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Stage Prop - VW Camper "Splitty"

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Project by Bodger posted 1688 days ago 2644 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I put this together a few years ago for a local school production of “We Will Rock You” the Queen musical. OK it’s not piece of furniture etc but we love it (it has feelings).

The frame/skeleton is 1/2” ply and laid over with 4mm hard board.

It’s around 4/5ths scale and is just the front , side and roof. The headlight is a real 60’s unit off a Morris Mini and the one remaining indicator is off a Series 3 Landrover. The bumper (Fender) is made from telecoms ducting and other bits of poly pipe.

The thing that really makes it work is the paint job. The idea was to make it look like a something from the very distant past. I think the play is set a couple of hundred years in the future although in reality it would be a miracle if any abandoned VW would be more than a lumpy stain on the ground after that mount of time in the elements.

It sat in our Garage in bits for a year until I finally decided that it would be better as a den for the kids. So that is what it is now. It will probably last a couple of years if I can remember to splash some sort of preservative over it now and again. Or unless someone from the Tate Modern fancy’s putting in a bid. From time to time we get a knock on the door from passing VW restorer types who gingerly ask what we are planning to do with the old splitty.

Now the real project would be to build all four sides, a floor, chassis, a liitle electric motor and a…

-- Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, give a man a net an he'll invent a ball game.





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GaryBuck

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#1 posted 1688 days ago

OH DUDE,, I thought you took pics of a real V.W. L.O.L. Great job, but if your neighbors are anything like mine you better watch it they will be callin the city on ya. Look at that ol junker he has out there why don’t he haul that scrap off. L.O.L. again. I had my truck jacked up in my drive way with the tire off for a few days waiting for pay day to get a new tire and they called the city on me. unoperable vehicle

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Attila

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#2 posted 1688 days ago

I thought it’s real too! Great job.

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sras

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#3 posted 1688 days ago

Fooled me! “What the heck is a van doing on a woodworking site? Oh, never mind!” Excellent paint job.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Rob Drown

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#4 posted 1688 days ago

Very very cool. Nice job. Fooled me too!! The bumper is especially creative

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1688 days ago

I wondered why is he posting a junk car on here :-)) Fantastic job!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 1688 days ago

that’s awesome!!!
I too thought it was the real thing!!
fantastic.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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cedarcanoeman

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#7 posted 1688 days ago

Holy cow, I thought it was real and abandoned. I was thinking it was your next auto project. I work with some college kids that would love to have a real one.

-- Lance, southwest Missouri, cmkld@yahoo.com

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zlatanv

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#8 posted 1688 days ago

Awesome job, put it in a tree make it a tree house. I love it!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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TedM

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#9 posted 1688 days ago

I want one!

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nmkidd

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#10 posted 1687 days ago

Fooled the pants off me…....looks more real than an actual VW hulk…...great job!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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Brad_Nailor

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#11 posted 1687 days ago

Thats cool! I love seeing “out of the box” stuff like this. Super creative and original. The weathered paint job is supurb..especially the rust spots and the bumper. You would have a career in set making..that is if they didn’t just CGI everything now! Great work…

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Raspar

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#12 posted 1686 days ago

really nice… I have taken over the sets for my daughter school drama group. Its surprising what they ask for. We have built a working 16 foot high Ferris wheel, 16 foot high barn that can be move on and off stage,trains with all the bells, etc… All in the name of the theater. Actually I love it, I love engineering the sets so they are safe for the kids and still fun to look at. At this point I always thank the painters, they make our stuff look good.

Great job on this, I know how much time goes into these project.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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FenceWorkshop

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papadan

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#14 posted 1686 days ago

I live in KY and could put that in my front yard and nobody would notice. LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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Arnold

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#15 posted 1683 days ago

I’m into VW’s and when looking at the main picture I said cool, a 15 window, then looked closer and said this model bus is a little unusual, might be rare. Then I thought, He doesn’t know what he’s got in his back yard, then realized after clicking. Very nice storage
Can’t find these vans at a decent price anymore.

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