Model: (Click to see more) 58035: Wild Willy Willys M38
Status: Extra info
Date: 28-Aug-2013
Comments: 12
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For a long time I've wanted to do a hard top Willy. About a year and a half ago, I started scratch building one from styrene. I had the design figured out, and albeit a Willys hard top is a pretty simple & not very sexy piece of engineering, I foound that scratch building it with the detail & presise fit I want for my models, it was gonna take too much effort and never be finished. Then I though of Shapeways, and desided to design a 3D printable version.

I've been busy with developing modular kits & parts for various multirotor systems the last few months, so Tamiya work has been on the back burner. I finally found the time to finish it, and received my revised hard top yesterday.
This is just a preview, and I will now prep paint & detail it, before posting more & better photos.

I've test fitted the hard top on both WW1s and WW2s and it fits great, after doing the same with the prototype that needed minor adjustments. It's made of four panels (rood, left/right quarter panels, rear harch) that screws together. The roof panel has a clip inside, that clips on to the roll bar and secures the whole thing down nicely. The roll bar spot light can be fliped back 90 degrees, and fits perfectly, but I plan on using this on a WW1 project with no roll bar spot light on.


Hard top Willys are not that well known, and while researching them, I came across several variations. The one I like the best, is the 'Artic Top'. See reference pic at the bottom of the page.


I'm working on a bunch of other parts for the Wild Willy also, and will preview them shortly...

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If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Wild Willy M38 :: Soft Top

Comments

Skottoman

28-Aug-2013

Wow, that's spectacular!

SRB Bloke

28-Aug-2013

Now you're at it to, with the 3D printing. 😃
It looks great, really nice work. My mind boggles to what you'll come up with next. 👍

simensays

28-Aug-2013

LOL, yeah I'm at it too Actually I've been at it for a long time now, but my work so far has been for modular multi rotor systems & skydive/GoPro related designs. This is just the first of many Wild Willy parts I am working on, but I do have a list of parts for other cars I might get around to design also...

delux

28-Aug-2013

That's awesome! Are you going to sell them? 3D printing is opening up a whole new world...

giantobo

28-Aug-2013

Amazing job !!!!!

simensays

28-Aug-2013

Sure, the job is already done, so I can make the Shapeways listing public, for others to buy.

SRB Bloke

28-Aug-2013

Put you and Toykid in the same room and who knows what you'd come up with.

BeetleOne

29-Aug-2013

That is a very nice addition!

delux

29-Aug-2013

I'd be keen on a couple for sure!

Toykid

29-Aug-2013

Just awesome dude! I can't wait to see what other goodies you have in the works. When are these going live on Shapeways?

SRB Bloke

29-Aug-2013

simensays

29-Aug-2013

I can make them available later on today, but I think prices for pinting such big parts on Shapeways are too high, so a bit hesitant to actually open for sales to others. I'll prime, paint and detail the hard top tonight, and take some better pics. I'll try to finish up the next set of parts in the next few days, which I believe will help a lot of Wild Willy Mk1 owners, me included


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