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Customizing the VW camper Van 10220

bkprbkpr Texas, USAMember Posts: 295
edited February 2012 in Building and Techniques
I plan on picking up a VW Camper Van set. But being me I'm going to want to change it's colour to something custom. It would be awesome if some bricklink sellers offered 10220 'customisation kits' which would basically be a set of the red outer bricks in the set from Lego, but in different and cool colours (assuming there are no special bricks in this part of the set).

This would save me (and others) a lot of time and hassle searching for all the parts from a myriad of sellers, and paying multiple shipping costs. I'd pay a premium — an extra cost over the bricks themselves — to save myself this hassle. What does everyone — especially bricklink sellers — think of this idea?

I can imagine an awesome version in Maersk blue (or similar), or bright orange. Looking forward to the set being released, I hope it makes it's way to Malaysia.
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  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    Good idea. I may do this. I'm already planning on modding this vehicle in a couple of different ways.
  • bkprbkpr Texas, USAMember Posts: 295
    I'm thinking if painting the hubcaps chrome. But I'm afraid it might stand out too much.
  • davee123davee123 USAMember Posts: 804
    Looks like a straight piece-for-piece substitution may be tricky. A few special elements:

    87620 - Facet 2x2
    30357 - 3x3 Round Corner Plate
    85080/3063 - Macaroni
    4175 - Plate 1x2 w/ Ladder
    92950/3455 - Arch 1x6
    61678 - 1x4 Curved-Top Slope
    3830c01 - 1x4 Hinge Brick
    87087 - Brick 1x1 w/ Side Stud

    Might have to get a little creative to find some solutions, but it'd be neat to see!

    DaveE
  • bkprbkpr Texas, USAMember Posts: 295
    Hmmm, just noticed the hubcaps are already silver. I thought they were grey.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,218
    Looks like a straight piece-for-piece substitution may be tricky. A few special elements:

    87620 - Facet 2x2
    30357 - 3x3 Round Corner Plate
    85080/3063 - Macaroni
    4175 - Plate 1x2 w/ Ladder
    92950/3455 - Arch 1x6
    61678 - 1x4 Curved-Top Slope
    3830c01 - 1x4 Hinge Brick
    87087 - Brick 1x1 w/ Side Stud

    Might have to get a little creative to find some solutions, but it'd be neat to see!

    DaveE
    Agreed - I don't think we'll be seeing this in Maersk Blue !

  • bkprbkpr Texas, USAMember Posts: 295
    edited August 2011
    Unfortunate.

    How are you guys getting the parts list before it's released?
    Or are you seeing some tricky pieces from the photos?
  • davee123davee123 USAMember Posts: 804
    I was just looking at the photos and seeing which red elements were there that were non-standard bricks or plates. When I did a cross-check of colors, the options were something like red, white, black, and dark blay. Red's obviously taken, and white/white wouldn't work too well. Black or dark blay would be... not quite in the same spirit, probably-- would be great if there were a nice vibrant color as an option.

    DaveE
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,218
    The likes of Medium Blue, Maersk Blue, Aqua and Orange would all be lovely alternatives, but none are remotely feasible unless someone fancies getting the vinyl dye out....
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,112
    lime green would be pretty cool as well
  • CommodorelegolasCommodorelegolas Member Posts: 21
    All I want is a minifig sized one.
  • RavenhookRavenhook Member Posts: 70
    So I can't have a blue one resembling the DHARMA Initiative vans from LOST?

    I'm crushed!
  • BinaryCodeBinaryCode Member Posts: 15
    ^That's exactly what I was thinking! It seems like Maersk Blue would be the perfect color for the DHARMA vans.
  • paddypmtpaddypmt Member Posts: 7
    edited January 2012
    Hi everyone, new to this forum but I just wanted to share my son's and my Campervan in Blue. We both got one for Christmas :-) so I wanted to try and build one of them in a different colour (I owned a Blue bay window van years ago)
    After getting most of the blue bricks from our stash we still had to source extra pieces from pick a brick and bricklink. Three small design changes (hopefully not very obvious) and we have finished.

    Anyone else completed this in another colour?imageimage<img
    AdzbadboyJohnnyfinlandiamargot
  • StuBoyStuBoy New ZealandMember Posts: 623
    I think it looks better than the original! A lime green would make it real retro - not sure if all the parts are available though.
  • paddypmtpaddypmt Member Posts: 7
    Thanks, so do I. We had a look at different colours but some of the special bricks aren't available.

    Lime green, yellow or orange would have been cool.
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
    (from duplicate discussion)
    No, but I did the 4X4 from the Horsefloat set in red and grey - not as nice as the original but a good-looking vehicle regardless of colour.

    Did you post an image? I'm not seeing any link.
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    Very cool. Love it. :D
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    nice!
    I used to own one in the new bright turquoise colour you can now get in the freinds sets .. hmmm I wonder ....
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    Very nice, love the blue one :)
  • coachiecoachie South WalesMember Posts: 476
    edited January 2012
    @paddypmt I love it. Is one of the substitutions the front wheelarch? Try Sand Green if you want a challenge!
    On the "to do" list for me, is a convertible 10187.
  • Blue1dotBlue1dot Member Posts: 78
    looks nice!
  • paddypmtpaddypmt Member Posts: 7
    edited January 2012
    The wheel arch was ok, found a couple through bricklink. The main design change was on the back quarter planel where we couldn't find any 3x3 round plates. We used an extra macaroni and filled in with a 1x2 and a 1x3 plate. The tricky bit to get hold if is the 1x1
  • paddypmtpaddypmt Member Posts: 7
    edited January 2012
    With Side stud as you need so many of them!
  • paddypmtpaddypmt Member Posts: 7
    Has anyone else done a different colour van?
  • wRuBwRuB Member Posts: 86
    The blue one is cool!
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,391
    Thanks, so do I. We had a look at different colours but some of the special bricks aren't available.

    Lime green, yellow or orange would have been cool.
    Okay...now I have to pick up another VW camper to experiment with. It wasn't on my list, but now it is.

    Very nice!
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 611
    Of course, one could always mix-and-match different colors to achieve a "hippy flower power" swirly-type paint scheme...
  • paddypmtpaddypmt Member Posts: 7
    Thats a good idea, maybe I'll buy a third one. We thought about adding some red brown bricks to make it look like it was rusty, my friend has a van like that they call it a "Rat" look
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    edited February 2012
    Never got the 'rat' look myself... thats supposed to be how they start out before restoring them, not how they end up!

    If you want a challenge, try making it into the 1970s version :)
  • jgadgetjgadget Member Posts: 181
    I built a sand green version over the last couple of evenings.
    Quite a few substitutions, obviously, but all the doors open.
    I don't have the official set yet and didn't resort to bricklink, so there are no curtains in there or fabric in the roof.
    I only have 2 of the correct wheels on it at the moment, so will BL some of those.
    For the doors, I didn't use hinge bricks, since they're not available in sand green, so I used some black hinge plates in the black plate layer that separates the sand green from the white.
    The doors open smoothly and are easily supported by the hinge plates.

    The model's not quite right in a few places, but it's good enough.
    The colour scheme definitely suits this model.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    sounds great - pics, we need pics!
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    Ok I am tempted. Anyone has a spare VW camper Van 10220 for resale (for personal collection)? I am located in Pakistan and will pay for full shipping (duh) :)
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    It would be great if Lego retired this model after a year & then released a new version every year, each time in a new colour scheme, or a variant. Wouldn't that be lovely? ;-)

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Volkswagen_T1_Camper_early_model.jpg
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rud66/4652767095/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rud66/4652764935/
    http://www.campervan-photos.com/picture/number590.asp

    Think of all the lovely new part/colour combinations :-)
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    Definitely.
    And early bays too, not just splittys.

    (scroll down for the better ones)
    http://www.flickriver.com/groups/[email protected]/pool/interesting/
  • coachiecoachie South WalesMember Posts: 476
    ^^^^^ Love to see the piccies!
    ^^ That red and black 23 window Samba is just a classic.
    Looks like we are starting a Lego VW fan club here.
    I just bought a 8487 Flo's V8 Cafe just for the Bus (Fillmore?) Looking for a good deal on the Duplo version now...
  • jgadgetjgadget Member Posts: 181
    Ok, I managed to find my way back into flickr.
    I've not been in there for around a year!
    Took a few pics this afternoon and uploaded them.
    At some point, I need to swap out some pieces, since there's some colour inconsistency.
    A link to one of the photos is:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6897574431/in/set-72157629373350745/
    The others should be easy to find from there.
    Johnnyfinlandia
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    Very nice!
  • coachiecoachie South WalesMember Posts: 476
    Excellent, I like how you did the rear louvres and front wheel arches. You now need to leave it in the sun to get that ivory paintwork colour!
  • jgadgetjgadget Member Posts: 181
    Thanks.
    I've just modified those louvres, so that I can quickly switch between the look in the pictures and a pair of 1x2 grille tiles mounted on a couple of 2x2 plates.
    From old look to new, I just slide a block out, remove the 1x2 plate with door rail from the van, replacing with a plain 1x2 plate and then slide in the grille block.
    Takes about 30 seconds to do both sides.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Wow! You guys are inspiring with all those colors. Blue first, now Sand Green... what color next?
  • jgadgetjgadget Member Posts: 181
    Maersk blue.
  • weinnerweinner Banned Posts: 148
    Love the different colors, when we built ours I was saying I wonder if I could do this. I would love a lime green.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    Medium Azure mmmmm, yes please!
    Just need to wait for more types of bricks to come out. For this reason alone I can't wait til the next friends release.
  • jgadgetjgadget Member Posts: 181
    edited April 2012
    I couldn't wait for enough different parts to be available in medium azure, so went for Maersk instead.
    At the moment, macaroni availability is my starting point, which rules out a lot of colours, so I need to experiment with an alternative technique.
    Unfortunately, even when macaronis are available, some other features are tricky due to a lack of other parts. I'm still thinking about dark green.
    Green or yellow would be fairly easy though.
  • Standard_GrinStandard_Grin Member Posts: 24
    edited April 2012
    This way wheel arches won't be an issue:
  • modd1ukmodd1uk Member Posts: 3
    Does anybody have any more input regarding this ? Getting married shortly and really want to make one in purple for the mrs. It has been done before but not 100% sure how yet. Idea is to buy a red one and swap out the red blocks for as many purple as i can but some stuff is proving difficult like the hinges and the corner blocks, would it look stupid if they were black ? Would have two black pillars running up the back of the van then :/
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,685
    ^ Check out about a third of the way down this page for a bit of inspiration.

    http://gimmelego.blogspot.co.uk/2012_10_01_archive.html?m=1
    modd1ukJohnnyfinlandia
  • modd1ukmodd1uk Member Posts: 3
    Yeah i'm in contact with the guy that owns the purple one as he had to tweak a few things in the design i think. Can't find any other pictures apart from the ones in that thread either. I thought these vans would be more popular after all they are so iconic its just a shame lego never did them in other colours. I'm thinking i could just do all white with hints of purple, it would be a hell of a lot easier :(
  • beegeedeebeegeedee Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 380
    My wife wanted me to do it in orange but 5 elements aren't available and would have to redesign part of the van to replace them. As it happens I like it red and I did see the Brickish ones in the Glasgow store and they looked good too.

    I hope the pieces become available at some point. they seem to be largely curved pieces such as the 3x3 rounded corner plate and 2x2 rounded brick (macaroni piece) that are an issue...mostly.
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