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What can we say about the iconic VW Camper Van, it holds a special place in everyone’s hearts especially those that can remember the 1960s/70s! We are thrilled to finally get to make our own version to hang on the studio wall.
The Camper Van began life in Germany in 1950 thanks to Dutch importer, Ben Pots, it wasn’t long before the first generation Type 2 took shape, with the famous cylindrical headlights, circular logo and split windscreen or “splitty” as it became known.
The Camper became synonymous with the carefree, no strings lifestyle of the counter culture movement, and the affection we have for this endearing van continues right up to today. The love and time spent restoring them clearly demonstrates the affection remaining and the appeal of stepping out of the rat race, even temporarily.
As the saying goes “ it’s not about the destination, its about the journey!” that’s why you cant help but smile when passing a VW Camper! So, with The Mamas & The Papas, California Dreamin’ playing in the background, lets get started!
. . . . . See below a fantastic photo of Beatrix Brockman's Camper . . . .
First think on the pattern, which can easily be adapted to suit your own requirements, regarding size, colour and also the choice of either adding as much or as little of the detail, i.e. the larger the pattern the more detail you can have, whereas a smaller pattern requires less detail as some of the pieces would be far to small to handle safely.
Small quantity of 9 & 6mm Tulipwood – or wood of choice
Small quantity of 2 & 6mm plywood
Small quantity of Veneer
01. Begin by make 4 copies of the pattern, 3 to be cut into sections and used, and the 4th to be retained as a reference.
Select your wood in 2, 6 & 9mm thicknesses, cut, align and attach the sections of the pattern onto the appropriate wood thickneww, matching the directional arrows on the patterns with the grain of the wood.
04. Its important to set the Scrollsaw blade accurately, this time with a No 5 reverse tooth blade, use either a small square or triangle to confirm that the blade is exactly 90° to the table, this will ensure that all your cut out sections of the VW will fit snugly together, it’s a good practice to follow this procedure whenever you loosen or change a blade.
When the need arises, our first choice when colouring/staining wood is nearly always acrylic paint thinned with a little slow dry gel medium, this allows the excess paint to be removed easily, so the grain of the wood is still visible. Also in acrylics favour, is a vast choice of vibrant colours, no odor, quick drying and brushes wash out in just soapy water.
Begin by placing the pieces into groups of colour, tape down a small strip of of masking tape and then attach the letters and numbers onto it (to make painting them easier), have to hand a dry brush for removing the build of paint from small areas, and a few small pieces of cloth to wipe the excess paint.
25. In preparation, lay the pieces out in order of gluing to one side of the backing have to hand an old artists brush and a slightly damp cloth for removing any excess glue that may ooze out.
Use a craft knife to remove the painted letters & numbers for the number plate from the masking tape.
26. Cut a new strip of masking tape to approximately the same depth of the black inner section of the number plate, then attach the letters & numbers in order face down onto the tape, lift the tape to check that everything is aligned, apply a very small amount of glue to each letter/number and carefully glue in position.
27. Continue to apply glue to each piece in turn, position firmly onto the backing wiping away any excess glue as you go, work your way down from the top or up from the bottom, whichever is easiest for you, allow to dry completely.This is a text! You can edit, move, copy or delete it.
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28. When dry attach a hanger (D hook) to the back, to establish the correct position hold the pieces between your thumb and forefinger until it hangs the way you want, mark the position with a pencil and then attach the hanger.