This van officially called "Type 2", is one of the most famous van in the world. Very popular in the 60's and known as the "hippies car"
There are many verions of the Type 2, this one is of the BUS version, known as "11 windows", it is very easy know why ;)
[Introduction by wikipedia]
The concept for the Type 2 is credited to Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon. Pon visited Wolfsburg in 1946, intending to purchase Type 1s for import to the Netherlands, where he saw an improvised parts-mover and realized something better was possible using the stock Type 1 platform. He first sketched the van in a doodle dated April 23, 1947, proposing a payload of 690 kg (1,520 lb) and placing the driver at the very front. Production would have to wait, however, as the factory was at capacity producing the Type 1.
When capacity freed up, a prototype known internally as the Type 29 was produced in a short three months. Coincidentally the wheelbase was the same as the Type 1's. The engineers reused the reduction gear from the Type 81, enabling the 1.5 ton van to use a 25 hp (19 kW) flat four engine.
The first production model, now designated Type 2, rolled off the assembly line to debut 12 November of 1949.
This creation is made in scale 1:7.8. The total size is: 66 studs of length, only 27 wide and 30 of high (53x22x25 cm)
The weight is 2.6 kgs(3kgs in the RC version), with around 3500 parts.
Also the doors have lock, you need turn the door handle to open it.
It has front full size seats and rear bench-seat.
Front rigid beam independent suspension with disc brakes.
Rear swing axle with drum brakes
Working steering wheel and brake pedal. Like the Beetle both mechanisms auto-connect when you place the bodywork on the chassis.
MANUAL chassis on the left, and RC chassis on the right.
This Type 2 release the new MANUAL chassis, it will be avalable for the Beetle coming soon.
The gearbox has 4+R speeds.
The gearbox is in the back of the T1, but the shift lever is placed between the front seats.
As always it includes some remote controlled functions:
- Steering (M motor)
- Drive (2 XL motors)
- Sequential gearbox (PF Servo motor)
- Brakes (M motor)
The sequential gearbox has with 4+N+R speeds and as always with auto-clutch.
The speeds ratio:
R - 1.25:1
1 - 1.25:1
2 - 1:1
3 - 1:1.33
4 - 1:1.67
It includes speed indicador between the front seats.
The only differences between the Type 1 and Type 2 chassis are the shift lever/speed indicator and the brakes pedal.
Here the new manual drivetrain with short(Beetle) and long(T1) shift levers
and the RC chassis with short(Beetle) and long(T1) speed indicadors
The "most wanted" picture for technic fans. Here with the Manual chassis.
Some pictures of the platform-brothers
INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE COMING SOON!!
Finally as always a little video:
I hope you like it!!!