Back into winter sleep

11 12 2014

I used a dry and not too cold weekend in November to get Taiga Lily ready for her winter break. We actually did not drive the bus much for the last couple of weeks. Now I found a beautiful little surprise when I took down the roof rack and bike rack: Someone had planted a little Brekina VW bus model in the roof railing, packed in the original little plastic box and wrapped in sticky tape, hidden behind a foot of the roof rack. Thank you, dear anonymous spender! This one is going straight to the pool room! Not much time on this weekend to bring her to perfect condition, but at least I gave her a thorough overall wash. Then visited two Ikea stores which re-charged the battery hopefully a bit, filled the tank to the top (this year with Ethanol-free petrol, zerotosixty), drove her into her garage and disconnected the battery. See you next year!

All clean and shiny again!

All clean and shiny again!

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Ebay Treasures

8 05 2014

I am already back in Berlin while DrJ and WonderDaughter enjoy an extra-week of holidays in Australia. Home alone with time to unpack a recent Ebay “win”: A set of bus models in scale “HO” (1:87), produced by BREKINA and titled “20 years of VW-transporter T2”. It commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the end of the production of the bay window bus in Hanover, Germany, so should be from 1999.

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All six buses are late bay windows (or T2bs) and all appear to come in original Volkswagen bus colors, though all with different body versions: The humble panel van in neptun blue (L50K), a microbus in red-beige two-color scheme (could be panama brown, L12A), a Westfalia camper in dakota beige (L13A), a single cabin pick-up truck in sage green (L63H), a high-roof ice cream van and a red fire truck from the “Volkswagenwerk AG Wolfsburg”. Arent’ they beautiful? It took me quite some time of fiddling around with the macro setting of my happy-snappy to get the depth-of-field ok-ish. Hope you appreciate the effort!

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