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Old 10-19-2016, 02:23 PM   #1
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I have a dream to make my Bug Eye wagon the most unique thing out there. I am obsessed with the post apocalyptic art style.
I already have the wagon, now to actually design the parts. I create Digital 3D vehicles professionally and decided, why not do one for myself.

I have more pictures of the real WRX here: https://www.instagram.com/jared.samuelson/

So here is the progress so far:
http://imgur.com/LotbMwg.png

http://i.imgur.com/gT0Dpb5.png

I photo scanned my WRX to make sure the model will be extremely accurate.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/FaVAAKzHiKY


and here is the real vehicle

http://i.imgur.com/1rvkVJY.jpg


More updates coming soon!
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:00 PM   #2
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That's awesome, I've thought of this approach with my car before. I

What do you think of adding/redesigning the rear so it can take an impact, or move an object out of the way if you were reversing.

I also thought it'd be cool to attach an external solar panel to charge electronics, the only issue would be cleaning/maintenance on the panel, and attaching it to the car so it's sturdy.

Another idea I had (expensive, difficult) was to make it so your car can drive without any lights in the dark/have a night vision mode lol.

Yet another thought I had for a post apocalyptic vehicle, was to make sure it is quiet as possible. But the exhaust is cool too.

Would you have a spare tire in the trunk, or custom mounted on the trunk like an FJ cruiser. (that would add some rear crash protection too)
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Old 10-20-2016, 04:35 PM   #3
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I like where this is going.

I agree with rockthebox. Something added to the rear. I feel like a full tube rear wouldn't be too difficult (compared to the front), but would def add a better apocalyptic feel to the entire vehicle. You also have the option of adding a tire swing, gas cans, hi jack lift mount, CB mount, etc. A tire would block most visibility out the rear window though, unless the wheel center point was mounted near the rear hatch handle.

I know you just started, but what are your thoughts on adding a more plated style to the front? similar to the Spyder bumper for the jeep, minimal, but plated and badass.

I sold my subbie not too long ago and picked up an xterra and replaced the front sides and rear with Shrockworks. After a few off road trips I really want to pick up an old wagon like yours and do a similar setup.

good luck and keep us updated.
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Old 10-20-2016, 05:31 PM   #4
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I think the exhausts should come out from the hood and put louvers on the rear window (I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to mount them on)
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Old 10-20-2016, 05:37 PM   #5
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Have you considered an exocage? Could increase interior space as well as exterior durability.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:27 PM   #6
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That's awesome, I've thought of this approach with my car before. I

What do you think of adding/redesigning the rear so it can take an impact, or move an object out of the way if you were reversing.

I also thought it'd be cool to attach an external solar panel to charge electronics, the only issue would be cleaning/maintenance on the panel, and attaching it to the car so it's sturdy.

Another idea I had (expensive, difficult) was to make it so your car can drive without any lights in the dark/have a night vision mode lol.

Yet another thought I had for a post apocalyptic vehicle, was to make sure it is quiet as possible. But the exhaust is cool too.

Would you have a spare tire in the trunk, or custom mounted on the trunk like an FJ cruiser. (that would add some rear crash protection too)
I love your ideas! For the rear I designed the bumper to fit within the "bumper cover", although I can try making it more visibl. I want to put the rear tire on the door but I am not sure if it would be strong enough, plus it would be a pain to lift up. Maybe I can have a swinging mount attached to the rear bumper? hopefully that will hold up to all of the offroading

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I like where this is going.

I agree with rockthebox. Something added to the rear. I feel like a full tube rear wouldn't be too difficult (compared to the front), but would def add a better apocalyptic feel to the entire vehicle. You also have the option of adding a tire swing, gas cans, hi jack lift mount, CB mount, etc. A tire would block most visibility out the rear window though, unless the wheel center point was mounted near the rear hatch handle.

I know you just started, but what are your thoughts on adding a more plated style to the front? similar to the Spyder bumper for the jeep, minimal, but plated and badass.

I sold my subbie not too long ago and picked up an xterra and replaced the front sides and rear with Shrockworks. After a few off road trips I really want to pick up an old wagon like yours and do a similar setup.

good luck and keep us updated.
Yeah I a really like building with tube. For some reason building with flat steel scares me :P. Would be cheaper though because I still need to get a copeing rig and some parts for my tube bender. I checked out the Spyder bumpers, THEY LOOK AWESOME! I may do something like that. The shrockworks parts look great too! The wagon should be pretty good offroading but I am sure the X terra will have much better gearing. I feel like I burn out my clutch every time I take it out :S.
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I think the exhausts should come out from the hood and put louvers on the rear window (I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to mount them on)
MAD MAX! Lol, the best part is, blood will come out of your ears every time you drive the thing!
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Have you considered an exocage? Could increase interior space as well as exterior durability.
I thought about this, although it would be a lot of weight and cut down on the aerodynamics a lot. (I am probably around 5 mpg with the mods at the moment xD)


Sorry about the late updates, posting on IG is much easier then the forums :O.

I was considering a duel exhaust but I figured function over form, so I will probably balance the single exhaust out with a tow mount on the other side. If anyone has ideas, please post up!
https://i.imgur.com/SRQZToT.jpg


I finally finished the winch!
http://imgur.com/7IW3dAf.jpg

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Old 10-29-2016, 02:49 PM   #7
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I want to put the rear tire on the door but I am not sure if it would be strong enough, plus it would be a pain to lift up. Maybe I can have a swinging mount attached to the rear bumper? hopefully that will hold up to all of the offroading
I wonder if you could retrofit jeep/truck parts for a swing out system on the bumper, or somehow fab in some much stronger hatch struts to lift it with a tire on there?

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I thought about this, although it would be a lot of weight and cut down on the aerodynamics a lot. (I am probably around 5 mpg with the mods at the moment xD)
Cage weight has gotta go somewhere! Though yeah, adding outside would necessitate more tubing which would add more weight...but it'd also give some more mounting options. Just be sure and shield your gas cans or fireproof everything around them if you are running those outside.

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OH MY GOSH BUT THAT IS SO PRETTY.

Or you could just do a hood/quarter panel exit straight dumping from the turbo. Put one of those BBQ Smoker flapper things on it would be pretty mad max.
If you really want to get technical with it though, you may want to prioritize quietness and low heat output. Large piping for free flow with resonater/silencer/baffled muffler with a turn-down tip facing the ground that terminates right beneath the trunk area may be the quietest/lowest signature option, though it wouldn't look or sound very pretty.


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I finally finished the winch!
After seeing these updates and looking through your car pics on IG, that winch isn't the only thing that just finished.

Very much looking forward to this build, looks like an epic and new idea. 10/10 will follow for as long as it continues.

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Old 10-29-2016, 07:46 PM   #8
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I wonder if you could retrofit jeep/truck parts for a swing out system on the bumper, or somehow fab in some much stronger hatch struts to lift it with a tire on there?



Cage weight has gotta go somewhere! Though yeah, adding outside would necessitate more tubing which would add more weight...but it'd also give some more mounting options. Just be sure and shield your gas cans or fireproof everything around them if you are running those outside.



OH MY GOSH BUT THAT IS SO PRETTY.

Or you could just do a hood/quarter panel exit straight dumping from the turbo. Put one of those BBQ Smoker flapper things on it would be pretty mad max.
If you really want to get technical with it though, you may want to prioritize quietness and low heat output. Large piping for free flow with resonater/silencer/baffled muffler with a turn-down tip facing the ground that terminates right beneath the trunk area may be the quietest/lowest signature option, though it wouldn't look or sound very pretty.




After seeing these updates and looking through your car pics on IG, that winch isn't the only thing that just finished.

Very much looking forward to this build, looks like an epic and new idea. 10/10 will follow for as long as it continues.
I might be able to weld in stronger strut mounts for the hatch, but I feel like the rest of the body is so weak, it may cause more problems. I do need more mounting options. I usually carry my Downhill bike everywhere, then I have a ton of tools, camping gear that takes up the back end. I would love to mount everything to the outside. You are onto something good, maybe I can just have a rack attached to the metal bumper that folds down allowing me to open the hatch.


Great point with fireproofing the gas cans, that would be such a mess if that ignites!

Thank you for the compliments and great ideas! I actually figured this forum locks the first post after a while, so I put the IG thing in there. I am usually traveling around, so things get posted on social media before the forums.
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:24 PM   #9
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A new update! I finally added materials. What do you think about Sonic Yellow on it?

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Old 01-05-2017, 03:43 AM   #10
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it's like a mix of Mad Max and Bumble Bee! I dig it!!!
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:19 AM   #11
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That's a dope plan of attack you got going on there! The only bit of info I can add is you might want to think about adding a glair shield to the light bar. A lot of times it'll glair off the hood. I'm in for updates though!
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:45 AM   #12
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Freakin' love it. I'm a huge fan of yellow and black, it certainly is eye catching. And it gives it more of a fun and sporty feel than pure rowdy thunderdome aggression.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:55 AM   #13
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If you'd like some better detailed models let me know, I've got a rather detailed .max file of a "sport wagon 2003", I could probably throw your stuff onto the new model if someone else did it for you

Anyway cool idea, can't wait to see some more progress
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Old 01-07-2017, 03:58 PM   #14
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it's like a mix of Mad Max and Bumble Bee! I dig it!!!
Thank you! I wish transformers would contact me to have it in their movie. It would be so cool!!!


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That's a dope plan of attack you got going on there! The only bit of info I can add is you might want to think about adding a glair shield to the light bar. A lot of times it'll glair off the hood. I'm in for updates though!
Thank you! Ah this is why I love posting build plans, great idea with the glare shield!



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Freakin' love it. I'm a huge fan of yellow and black, it certainly is eye catching. And it gives it more of a fun and sporty feel than pure rowdy thunderdome aggression.
Thank you! Yeah I decided to keep it yellow. It is such a unique color for Subarus. Plus you are right, it is really aggressive.

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If you'd like some better detailed models let me know, I've got a rather detailed .max file of a "sport wagon 2003", I could probably throw your stuff onto the new model if someone else did it for you

Anyway cool idea, can't wait to see some more progress
That is awesome! My model has enough detail for now, thank you for the offer though . Are you a 3D engineer or artist?
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Cool looking mud bug looks insane
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Old 01-08-2017, 05:22 AM   #16
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That is awesome! My model has enough detail for now, thank you for the offer though . Are you a 3D engineer or artist?
I'll be honest, I didn't look closely enough at the last image you uploaded I think it may be the model I have haha (it has the full interior and I just went through to check the other models I've got, the blobeye wagon has the engine modeled if you're after that, no textures although it looks to be UVW mapped so you can add your own without TOO much hassle) and neither sadly, I got into modding GTA years back and learned "enough" photoshop/3D modelling-animation/video editing n such, good times :P

Also what about something similar to what Mighty car mods did with their bugeye wagons turbo? That was pretty post apocalyptic looking

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Old 01-09-2017, 09:15 PM   #17
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I'll be honest, I didn't look closely enough at the last image you uploaded I think it may be the model I have haha (it has the full interior and I just went through to check the other models I've got, the blobeye wagon has the engine modeled if you're after that, no textures although it looks to be UVW mapped so you can add your own without TOO much hassle) and neither sadly, I got into modding GTA years back and learned "enough" photoshop/3D modelling-animation/video editing n such, good times :P

Also what about something similar to what Mighty car mods did with their bugeye wagons turbo? That was pretty post apocalyptic looking
You have a blob eye model, that is awesome! I am probably going to photo-scan a blob eye next. Everything I have made including the body is made from scratch, I was thinking about modding it in a game, but I have soooo much 3D work on my plate right now :S.

Also update, round lights!!!!

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Old 01-10-2017, 04:03 PM   #18
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It's starting to come together nicely, are you sticking to the OEM scoop or maybe something a bit like the General Mayhem?



Also if you do want to have a go sticking it in a couple games, I'd suggest GTA (obviously) and Fallout New Vegas through XRE Cars-
http://flaubert.nl/includes/EW/XREAG/addonguide/
It's pretty incredible what they author was able to do with that^

And yeah here's what I've managed to come across in my research in the past haha



Oh and I totally spaced on the ViceCity models I was mucking around with too, they have fully detailed and textured interiors/engines that could come in handy (I spent WAY too long getting the textures to work properly in Max..)



I think that's probably about it now, I do have models of some wiring/details here and there but I don't see them being too useful to you, however if you're looking for models to inspect for inspiration and such try looking for Vice City/GTA III car mods because they can all be opened unlike many San Andreas and newer game models (depending on the author).
http://www.gtainside.com/en/gta3/cars/
http://www.gtagaming.com/downloads/g...y/vehicle-mods
(there are a bunch of other mod hosting sites but those had the best subaru selection by far)
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:30 PM   #19
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Thank you for gathering all of those links for me! I wish I had the time to mod games. Although I have been pulling 10 hour days developing VR scenes in the Unreal engine. I was able to squeeze in some time to work on the WRX

If I do wind up adding it to a game, it would probably be BeamNG, I absolutely love their physics engine.

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Old 01-16-2020, 01:39 AM   #20
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I haven't updated you all in forever, anyways I finally got a walk around video of all the mods currently, check it out !

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