Model: (Click to see more) 58307: Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
Status: New built
Date: 21-Jan-2013
Comments: 64
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This is a Maisto toy van body I modified (a lot) and placed on a Tamiya M04 chassis. This van has a full interior, hand made surfboard, many other hand made styrene parts, working safari windows, and 6v incandescent headlights. A lot of people on the forums helped me with ideas and made this what it is today. There is a full build thread with over 150 photos of how it was done. Much more detailed photos as well. There is a link in the first comment to the build thread. It actually was quite fun to drive on the beach!

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Skottoman

21-Jan-2013

Full build thread here with over 150 pictures! - [Click here]

stickerbod

21-Jan-2013

Awesome, looks totally real, top job

lupogtiboy

21-Jan-2013

I've said it before, and I'll say it again! MINDBLOWING!!! So much attention to detail, really does look real! I'm also pleased to say that you have inspired me with a lot of new ideas for my own models! Thanks!

SRB Bloke

21-Jan-2013

Absolutly superb, I've been waiting for these pics, watched the build on the forum and these photos are exactly what this project needed 'a day at the beach' The man is a genius, I have to ask, did you get any video?

SteveAdair

21-Jan-2013

Wow, amazing VW. Hard to tell some of those shots are not 1:1 ! Wonderful paint job, nice weathered look. Thanks for sharing.

Percymon

21-Jan-2013

If it wasn't for the grain size of the sand suggesting otherwise, this could easily be mistaken for a 1:1 camper. Once again, great creativity, build and photos. True genius

andyalarto

21-Jan-2013

exceptional work my friend

Finman

21-Jan-2013

Wow. Difficult to tell from 1:1. Simply amazing.

njmlondon

21-Jan-2013

That is really special. I am blown away. Every photo looks 1:1.

MAD-BEE

21-Jan-2013

Wow dude!!!!
Not sure what to say?

How about......this is sick man!!

neobrunox

21-Jan-2013

Super cool combi & fantastic pics

beefmuffin

21-Jan-2013

this is stunning. i love the bumper stickers - what happened to portland?!? did it become necessary to move it to CA when you added the stones sticker? ron jon board is totally rad. what this needs, to my eye: a scale guitar case on the roof - properly ratty, board is too clean!, tires have waaaay too much tread! and maybe too much tread pattern in general, more glued-on scale bottle caps and/or glued on scale seashells! maybe cover one of the side mirror bodies with shells. and to make it truly skeevy and realistic, a tiny dream catcher inside??

SCORCHER KID

21-Jan-2013

Outstanding.........nuff said !!

Skottoman

21-Jan-2013

Thanks guys! The interesting thing about this build is how many different ideas have come about. It's amazing how while we all know the look of the VW Samba, we all have different views on how it should be. Of course it's never ending of how many things I could keep adding... I know I'll glue scale miniature snow globes all over the outside! Haha. Cheers! Skottoman

BeetleOne

21-Jan-2013

Amazing piece of art! Incredible skill! Thanks for the full build thread! Wow, entries like this one make this site really great!

speedy_w_beans

21-Jan-2013

This was a great build thread; I enjoyed watching it unfold. It really broadened my horizons and made me appreciate scale builds and small details more. Thanks for sharing this in the forums, and for the updated pictures here.

Singleseven

21-Jan-2013

Right now I have to say that you are the most creative and productive member on TC. This is without doubt your best scale build to-date and the 2CV and Unimog were good! With skills like this I'd say your're ready to graduate to the Scale Builders Guild, assuming your not already a member already of course. What I'd like to see now is a line up of the 2CV, Unimog and this bus.

Wandy

21-Jan-2013

Insane. Just an incredible piece of workmanship!

RallyeBaz

21-Jan-2013

WOW I thought what is he doing listing a 1:1 Van lol. Stunning model and pics

wrightpumpkin

21-Jan-2013

Fantastic job, really well done. I do like the bacon sticker on the back

ruebiracer

21-Jan-2013

How can anybody not like this cracker! Scott, hats off for this build. Your builds are one of the reason I finally had to join this community, even if I will never reach 1% of your skills!! Enjoy every drive with it!

LylesTV

21-Jan-2013

Wow!!! just awesome !! I NEEEEEEED one of these modled on my van Lyle!! my 56 TV repair van (see my showroom) This is a fantastic piece of work, Man got skills!

CAVS995

21-Jan-2013

Absolutely awesome build, I had to look through the thread to believe it wasn't real!

oldie

21-Jan-2013

Pure class, your photography is as good as your model skill

pagedm_f350

21-Jan-2013

Amazing build and awesome photos too!!!

mtbkym01

21-Jan-2013

Expert modelling here, tremendous scale appearance, and to top it off, it has working lights and is RC! Outstanding job mate, bar raised to infinity

def4x4

21-Jan-2013

Wowwww......this is really amezing, the first pic woudt look like a 1:1 buses. Looks great on the beach only. Woudt look great to see it together with your 2CV as your most amezing scale cars ever seen. You did some awesome work again, fantastic.

kevinthegerbil

21-Jan-2013

Unbelievable Detail. I wish I had the time and Patience! I think I got you to finish off my projects now Skottoman

RACECRAFTERS

21-Jan-2013

Maan! You've done an amazing transformation here, WoW! Now I know never to lend you my new car 'cause you really have the ability to trash things. Insanely awesome! Sure looks 1:1.

TIMECMDR

21-Jan-2013

Another fine masterpiece mate........ I too followed the thread!! Absolutely amazing craftsmanship and awesome photos to boot!!!

Skottoman

22-Jan-2013

Thank you again guys, the best part of this build, is hearing that I've inspired people. Almost everything on this build was an experiment, and it turned out well. I encourage you to try the same... I do enjoy the photography aspect of this hobby , although honestly, all these photos were taken with a point and shoot camera... but I had to get up at 6am to get them! Sunrise!

beefmuffin

22-Jan-2013

all you need now to make this complete is a 1:10 scale hippie. preferably very hairy/beardy. i know some, but they are 1:1 scale.

Meakz1973

22-Jan-2013

This is fantastic! I love the photos too, worth getting up at sunrise for. Superb!

R/CVET

22-Jan-2013

fantastic detail!!

ModMax

22-Jan-2013

This is outstanding. I thought it was a real vehicle. I'm blown away.

gozone

22-Jan-2013

Turned out amazingly great!!!.. Very nice work Scott.
I remember that 'Ron Jon' brand from a friend in school, who did some surfing too.
Cheers.
Michael

warlord62

22-Jan-2013

This is awesome! I can't believe the detail you've added....just incredible!!!

Steffen

22-Jan-2013

What!? That's a scale model and not a real surf bus!?

JWeston

22-Jan-2013

This deserves to be all over the internet. I hope the 1:1 VW fan sites have seen this. You ought to have people knocking your door down for work.

slimmy

22-Jan-2013

SKOTTO! I thought this was real as well. Unbelievable workmanship. Well done.

delux

22-Jan-2013

Just brilliant! I've had a few buses and I have to say this totally fooled me! Stunning!!

DerbyDan

22-Jan-2013

Simply Stunning!! Great pictures really set-it off too (Love pic 8!)

Aussie Top Force

22-Jan-2013

That is cool!

sunnyjai

22-Jan-2013

Your Veedub spells only one thing - 'ABSOLUTE REALISM!' I'm blown away

skywhelp

22-Jan-2013

This model really is the cure for the blues! Anytime I get into a rut I will look at it and I'll be back at full strength! Outstanding work on this, and the beach shots raise the level to perfection. And raises the bar for builds. I hope I can reach a 1/10 of this ability and I would be a happy fella. Your dedication is really inspiring and your willingness to show others the way makes you a true master of the craft.

SB_Aust

22-Jan-2013

Absolutely magic work! Curious to know how many hours were put into this. All worth it i am sure..

BigDuke

22-Jan-2013

Fantastic! Would look very cool on a shelf but looks real in the correct setting.

CASE1

22-Jan-2013

Oh No, this cannot be real! I mean: it looks real, no: this is to good to be true. But is is a model, it is an out-of-this-world-model, never would have imagined this could be build. A bit confusing maybe, but so cool and your photo's do it justice: what a beautie, what a pleasure!

sludgeguts

22-Jan-2013

My god that is amazing. Can't think of anything else to say other than it's gone into my favourites list.

Skottoman

22-Jan-2013

Such awesome comments. I really appreciate it! This one turned out very special, and I'm so happy it's been a motivating factor, and inspiration to others. I have no idea how many hours I put into this, but I'm guessing 40 or more hours for the shell alone. Chassis was pretty simple as it's an M04, and I've built those many times. Sadly I forgot to actually film anything when taking these photos, but I think a van driving with no driver would be strange. At least in these photos, it has the illusion of being driven and parked there. Thanks again for your comments, they really make the build and photos worthwhile!

MAD-BEE

22-Jan-2013

I think we all like this van Skotto buddy!

rcdomi

22-Jan-2013

Wooow,this is the best of the best of the.......................

pastimesteve

22-Jan-2013

Lots of awesomeness on display here! Fantastic job, as always.

Wyoming

23-Jan-2013

LOl thats amazing Scott, I'm never in the forums so hadn't seen it before. Funny thing is I almost didn't even look at this when I saw it in the show room cause I thought it was just some real car ref pics of some old hippy van

berman

23-Jan-2013

Jaw dropping. Stop setting the bar so high, or we are all going to need NASA to get us there!

Grastens

23-Jan-2013

Hands-down my favourite build to follow and now to enjoy complete. The variety of techniques used and their results are astounding. Good decision to leave out the driver, and an even better one to take photos at the beach. And above all, I love the fact you still run it!

scollins

4-Feb-2013

Wow, one of the best RC models on this website for sure!!!! A+++++

Toykid

10-Feb-2013

This will be the next RCCA reader ride of the month, possibly the year

biggamehunter

1-Jul-2013

this build blew me away , i read the whole thread 4 times ! amazing modeling well worthy of recognition from tamiya japan !!

megadeth

13-Jul-2013

I cant believe that these is rc.looks real mate
nice job
i what it.

Pintopower

23-Oct-2013

I often wondered how hard it would be to take a picture of a real car and play it off as an RC? Clearly that's what you have done If I didn't read the build I wouldn't believe this.

steve3smart

2-Nov-2013

I can't get over how realistic this is. My job in England was helping to restore Veedub's back to new, but this looks great just the way it is. Amazing work.

simensays

5-May-2014

Excellent!!! Had to look twice Great work and great model!

Dirt-540

11-May-2014

Damn! Cant believe I didn't leave a comment on this. This is one of my all time favourites on TC, it's a really beautiful and stunning piece of work. Just finished a long-term Humvee project but it just doesn't come close to this. Am in ore of the weathering and body work, its simply amazing. Envy!


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