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Sparks-Thorne Little Six 6-Wheeler Racecar Tyrell P34 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

1938 Sparks-Thorne Little Six racecar with six wheels

1938 Sparks-Thorne Little Six racecar with six wheels [Tyrell P34]

The first Tamiya catalogue I had as an aspiring young scale modeler, featured a Tyrell P34 Formula 1 racecar with six wheels on the cover page. Needless to say that I was fascinated by the weird looks. Back then at the age of nine and with easy access to information on the internet decades away, I didn’t know why they came up with the idea of adding an axle. I just loved it because it was quirky and stood out from the other F1 cars of the time.

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Bentley Continental SC | Bentley Continental SC Photoshop Chop by Sebastiann Motsch (2019)

Bentley Continental SC Sedanca Coupé

Flag United KindomBentley Continental SC Sedanca Coupé

Tastefully modifying the Bentley S1 Continental by Mulliner was very rewarding and I wanted to create a more modern customized Bentley in a similar style.

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Jaguar XJ-S V12 Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Jaguar XJ-S Notchback Hot Rod

Jaguar XJ-S Notchback Hot Rod

Building the Hasegawa Jaguar XJ-S kit in 1:24 scale, I noticed that it is virtually impossible to lower the car properly without modifying the wheel arches. Bolt-on overfender are always an option, but it didn’t feel right with the lines of this classy coupé. Instead of cutting up the body of the plastic model, I put it back into the box and switched to Adobe Photoshop. After many failed attempts to relocate the wheel arches, I decided to hotrod the sled just for fun. This is entirely fictional for now, but could be done in reality. XJ-S prices are low and it isn’t exactly a rare car nobody dares to cut apart and weld back together in a different way.

The frame was extended to get the proportions right and to make it less butt-heavy than the stock design, I reshaped the C-pillars. Inspiration for this mod came, believe it or not, from the foxbody Mustang notchback. I think it improves the proportions of the car, but at the same time takes away one of the design quirks that make the XJ-S so unique and instantly recognizable. In order to keep with the classic hot rod theme, I didn’t use the Jaguar V12, but added four cylinders to a Ford V8 just for the heck of it. Open headers should provide an adequate soundtrack to match the visual impact.

Jaguar XJ-S V12 Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

SAAB Sonett III Race Car | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

SAAB Sonett III Race Car

Creating the Sonett I Roadster and the Sonett II Club Racer was tremendous fun and I wanted to add a SAAB Sonett III  the collection. Looking at the Sonett III pictures on my hard drive for many months, I struggled to come up with an idea for the conversion. The inspiration finally hit when I found a picture of an old Indy car. Why not convert the Sergio Coggiola and Gunnar A. Sjögren designed four cylinder “sportscar” into a beast with a compact V8? I set to work and came up with the idea of relocating the wheel arches in order to fit some mighty race car rubber under the widened fiberglass body while lowering the overall height. To increase strength, the quarter windows behind the doors have been eliminated and filled in. The rear fenders are re-sculpted and flow into the ducktail spoiler, providing much needed downforce along with the front spoiler. I really like the 1970’s chrome accents on the otherwise more 80’s looking body and kept most of them. The paint scheme is more 70’s orientated: the blue and yellow paint scheme resemble the colors of the Swedish flag and the shape of the yellow stripe mimics the silhouette of a classic glider plane, to add the aeronautics reference typical for SAAB vehicles.

SAAB Sonett III Race Car | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

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Lamborghini LM002 4x4 Camper photoshop | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Lamborghini LM002 4×4 Camper

Lamborghini LM002 4×4 Camper

After hooking up an Airstream caravan to a lowered Suzuki Jimny just for fun, I thought it’s time to post a project I’ve been working on for a long time: the Lamborghini LM002 4×4 camper conversion. Form follows function and therefore the design of the vehicle is rather architectural. The lines of the base vehicle are a good place to start, because there are virtually no curves. Getting the proportions right is always important, but functionality is the highest priority with such a project. My friend Martino Sifredi suggested to mimic the vent design in the windows, as seen in his sketch below, but in the end I decided against it and went with rectangular ones for practical reasons. The interior could be furnished to match the customers taste, either in a very minimalistic design to reflect the military origins of the LM002 or in splendid luxury like a Riva yacht. The 4×4 vehicles ability could take you where most campervans can’t go, although an engine swap might be a wise choice to improve the range, due to the thirst of the original V12 engine.

Lamborghini LM002 4x4 Camper photoshop | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

This is what it could look like at night:

Lamborghini LM002 4x4 Camper photoshop | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

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Lamborghini LM002 4x4 Camper | concept drawing by Martino Sifredi (2019)

 

Suzuki Jimny JB74 with Airstream Trailer | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Suzuki Jimny JB74 with Airstream Trailer

Flag JapanYeah… this is a rather unlikely combination, but I just did it for fun. Who in real life would lower a very capable 4×4 like the new Suzuki Jimny JB74 to the ground, stick NASCAR wheels on the hubs and hook a rather heavy camping trailer to the tow bar? Nobody. But hey… it was a lunchbreak photoshop challenge #justforfun.

Suzuki Jimny JB74 with Airstream Trailer | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Bentley S1 Continental Saloon by Mulliner | Outlaw photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Bentley S1 Continental by Mulliner

Flag United KindomBentley S1 Continental by Mulliner

Class and distinguished elegance. This is what most people associate with the Mulliner-bodied Bentley S1 Continental.

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Ferrari 330 GT 2 2 Interim Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Interim

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Interim

The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Interim is a super rare car and nobody in his right mind would modify this Pininfarina styled beauty. Mind you – I wouldn’t do this to a real vehicle either, but pixels never complain.

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Toyota GR Supra A90 Targa | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Toyota GR Supra Targa (A90)

Flag JapanToyota GR Supra Targa (A90)

After teasing enthousiasts with prototypes for years, Toyota has finally reveiled the brand new GR Supra (A90) earlier this week.

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Morris Marina Coupé with Kayak ADO28 Brexit | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Morris Marina Coupé (ADO28)

Flag United KindomMorris Marina Coupé (ADO28) | Brexit

The Morris Marina was never known for bullet-proof reliability. In fact, it was widely known as one of the worst cars ever produced. Bad image, rust issues and questionable quality caused prices to drop and vehicles to be scrapped as a result.

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Lancia Flaminia Speciale 3C Outlaw | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Lancia Flaminia Speciale 3C Outlaw

Lancia Flaminia Speciale 3C Outlaw

At first glance, you might be tempted to think that there hasn’t been done a lot of work to this Lancia Flaminia 3C. Compare it to the original picture and try to spot the subtle changes on my version of this stunningly beautiful classic Italian car.

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Bugatti EB110 Widebody Conversion Merry Christmas | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Merry Christmas!

2018 was a successful year for my photoshop blog VirtualModels. Many thanks to everybody for your support, encouraging words and great ideas for improvements.
I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2018 war ein erfolgreiches Jahr für meinen Photoshop Blog VirtualModels. Herzlichen Dank an alle für Eure Unterstützung, ermunternde Worte und großartige Verbesserungsvorschläge.
Ich wünsche Euch allen Frohe Weihnachten und einen Guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr!

Herzliche Grüße and yours sincerely – Sebastian Motsch

Merry Christmas to everybody! Frohe Weihnachten!

Bugatti EB110 Widebody Conversion Merry Christmas | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

 

 

1959 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe SWB | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

1959 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupé SWB

What if downsizing the US land yachts went a little different?

Every car enthusiasts knows that the oil crisis in the early 1970’s eventually spelled the end for the gas guzzling land yachts. Cars from Europe and Japan with much better fuel economy flooded the US market and created a situation the big three had to face. They tried frantically to build something suitable. However, most cars they came up with were great achievements horrible miniature caricatures of the bygone era of dinosaurs. You fondly remember the downsized barges and new designs like the Ford Pinto, AMC Gremlin amongst others. Especially the shrunken Cadillacs and Lincolns put a sad expression on most peoples faces. But hey… what if they had approached the whole downsizing trend with a little bit of humor and left the interiors of the cars full-size and only compromised on the outside of the body and the drivetrain? They might have come up with something like this 1959 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupé Shorty concept I created. It puts a smile on your face, doesn’t it? 😉

1959 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe SWB | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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SAAB 96 Custom Top Chop | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

SAAB 96 Custom with Top Chop

This SAAB 96 has been modified, but appears to be rather subtle. Lowered, bumpers deleted, bigger diameter wheels with white wall tires, a top chop and custom front spoiler make it look a lot sportier. Can you imagine a second engine in the boot, as in my recently finished SAAB 96 Tvillingmotor?

SAAB 96 Custom Top Chop | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Volkswagen Beetle Käfer | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Volkswagen Käfer (Beetle) Custom Cutaway

A lunchbreak challenge on the weekend? Call it what you want – this photoshop has been finished in less than 45 minutes. I took an image of a cutaway Volkswagen Käfer (aka VW Beetle), lowered the car, modified the wheels, deleted the bumpers and customized it with a top chop. Done. The dog doesn’t care driver and passengers seem to like it. 😉

Volkswagen Beetle Käfer | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Porsche 911 Turbo 930 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Porsche 911 Turbo (930)

For this picture I challenged myself to a limit of ten modifications maximum. So, let’s see how it went. I started with a plain silver Porsche 911 Turbo (930), which I wanted to stand out but still be somewhat subtle at the same time. Not too easy to achieve, but according to friends who already commented on it, I pretty much nailed it. Here is a list of the changes I made with photoshop:

  1. Substantial lowering
  2. Zender Turbo II wheels
  3. idlers tire stencils
  4. Front lip modified with a larger splitter
  5. USDM sidemarkers front
  6. USDM taillights
  7. 993 Sideskirt
  8. 993 rearview mirrors
  9. Roof spoiler
  10. Stickers

Not even a dozen things modified and voilà – a 911 Turbo 930 that turns heads everywhere. Next step in the process of modification would be rocking up at bisimoto.com to have one of his famous twin-turbo engines installed. I’d love to have one similar to the engine I used for my Abarth 750 GT Bialbero chop.

Porsche 911 Turbo 930 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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FIAT Ducato Dangel 4x4 Surf Van | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

FIAT Ducato Dangel 4×4 | Surf Van

“Eat. Sleep. Surf.”

Great idea, but before embarking on an adventure and just doing what the sticker says, you have to build a go-anywhere vehicle that will take you even to the most remote of beaches. Let’s suppose your funds are limited and you have to make do with whatever base vehicle you find in your area. If it happens to be a FIAT Ducato Mk1 or Peugeot J5 with Dangel 4×4, you’re a lucky chap. Provided the rust has not eliminated most of the metal, it is a fairly good base to start with. Build a lift-kit, add overfenders, source some nice wheels and appropriate BF Goodrich rubber, build a camper interior that suits your needs, load up the surfboard and drive to the beach. Should you have forgotten to stop at the supermarket, it’s just surfing and sleeping for you and you’ll have to ask fellow campers for something to eat. 😉

FIAT Ducato Dangel 4x4 Surf Van | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

P.S.: The trim-line stickers are losely based on the original stickers of the Ducato 4×4.

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SAAB Sonett Mk1 Roadster | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

SAAB Sonett I Roadster

I have always loved the shape of the SAAB Sonett I roadster, but similar to the BMW  507 I never liked the stance and choice of wheels. Diameter too large, tires too skinny and a stance that would suit a 4×4 – not my cup of tea on a roadster intended to be driven hard. Fixing these three problems is exceptionally rewarding on many cars from the 60’s and 70’s, because the designs are often adorable. Apply this recipe to a first generation SAAB Sonett, add a set of American Racing Torq Thrust wheels and tires with white lettering on the sidewalls. Voilà, you have a roadster that it still tiny and nimble, but looks like it packs a lot more punch.

SAAB Sonett Mk1 Roadster | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Lada Niva VAZ 21213 V8 Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Lada Niva VAZ 21213 V8 Hot Rod

When the Lada Niva (aka VAZ 21213) was launched in 1976, the iron curtain was not even half way through its existence. It would take another 13 years until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, triggering the demise of the iron curtain. Now in 2018, 29 years later, this particular vehicle is still in production. Apart from using your new Niva (aka Taiga, aka 4×4) in the woods for hunting or similar activities it was intended to be great at, you could convert it to a hotrod. Yes, a hotrod. Find an old frame, throw all the good old performance parts at it along with a nice V8 engine and enjoy the balmy new car smell inhale cheap plastic fumes in your brand new, top-chopped cabin. I sincerely hope that someone builds this, or sends me pictures if such a beautiful thing contraption already exists. Just imagine rocking up in this hot rod at your local cars and coffee. Every other vehicle present would be invisible instantly.

Lada Niva VAZ 21213 V8 Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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BMW E21 323i with GM LS1 V8 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

BMW E21 323i with GM LS1 V8 engine swap

A rainy sunday with cold wind gustst at the end of a super dry summer. No reason to leave the house and plenty of time to photoshop something. After fiddling around with a couple of projects that never quite get finished, I found a picture of a BMW E21 323i and immediately started modifying it. The most obvious choice would have been a BMW V8 engine swap, but because I wanted a USDM style theme on the vehicle, it made more sense to pretend that it is converted to a GM LS1 V8. The NASCAR inspired steel wheels give the car a more or less period-correct look and the overfenders add a more modern touch. The stance is a compromise between aggressive fitment and driveability – not too low, to remain functional. I removed the trim on the sides and the rear bumper and replaced them with two black stripes. The Alpina front spoiler, the rear wing and the diffusor create an aerodynamic package that has yet to be tested in a wind tunnel. This BMW E21 could be a daily driver with ample power and excellent gas mileage. Now, who wouldn’t want to have one?

BMW E21 323i with GM LS1 V8 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Gutbrod Superior 600 Fettes Brod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Gutbrod Superior 600 | Fettes Brod

While researching pictures for an upcoming FIAT 500 photoshop chop, I stumbled upon a picture of a Gutbrod Superior 600. As usual, an idea sparked and immediately I had the finished project already in my head. So I went to work and what you see here is not quite what I had imagined, but the result of a hilarious late night brainstorming session with a good friend. The Gutbrod body was altered slightly by chopping the top, louvering the hood, converting the doors to being hinged as suicide doors and relocating the wheel wells. The front axle has been moved further towards the front to get rid of the long front overhang and improve the overall proportions. Lowering was mandatory and after some trial and error with other wheels, I decided to go for Wolfrace slot mags, but kept the original hubcaps for that period correct feel. A joke referring to the German band Fettes Brot led to the sticker you see on the fender: Fettes Brod, which now also is the nickname of this hot rod project.

Gutbrod Superior 600 Fettes Brod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Toyota Previa All-Trac 4x4 Wanderlust Special | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Toyota Previa All-Trac 4×4 | Wanderlust Van

Vanlife doesn’t only mean living and traveling in a van full-time. Most people actually just use for recreational purposes on the weekends and during their holidays. I found a picture of a 1990’s Toyota Previa All-trac and wondered if it would be possible to create a low-budget vehicle that has the ability to take you off-road to those remote hiking trails. After returning from the trail you could cook a meal, have a cold drink and sleep until the next morning. I removed the rear windows to make insulation easier and create room for storage. A body lift helps to tackle dirt tracks with more clearance and the light guards protect all four corners of the Previa. The bumpers have been shortened to improve approach and departure angles. And if you manage to get stuck, the winch will pull you out of trouble. Old school Wolfrace slot mags give it a that 1970’s vanlife touch and the roof rack provides storage for the spare tire and a couple of gas and water canisters. Add a CB-radio for those areas without cellphone reception and you’re set to go exploring. Happy hiking!

Toyota Previa All-Trac 4x4 Wanderlust Special | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Daihatsu Materia Sport Panel Van Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Daihatsu Materia Sport | Panel Van Conversion

Lately I had a phone conversation with a friend and he asked me what I think about Daihatsu. Due to my experiences with Daihatsu vehicles, I’m quite fond of the engineering, reliability and longevity. I drove my first Daihatsu Cuore (aka Mira) while studying in Karlsruhe, had a long-term hire Sirion while living in South Africa and even took that one to 4×4 trails without any worries or problems. Mind you, it was not the all wheel drive version. I have never driven a Materia, but it definitely is on my bucket list. I like the styling of the body very much, but the dashboard with the centered instruments doesn’t do it for me. Researching the PCD and availability of tuning parts, I stumbled upon the Inden Design shop truck. Taking this concept a bit further is easy with photoshop. Remove the rear doors, convert it to a panel van and it’s done. Or isn’t it? To make the converted car look good, I modified the rake of the B-pillar and changed a few things here and there to get the proportions right. Once finished it received some spice: I lowered it, added vintage Gotti wheels and converted them to multi-piece with BBS barrels. Now, would you jump into this Materia to fetch some parts or deliver pizza?

Daihatsu Materia Sport Panel Van Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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International Harvester D-300 Tow Truck Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

International Harvester D-300 Tow Truck | Tugboat Annie

Ever since I saw the first streamliner from the era between the wars, I was in love with the great shapes and details. Coachbilders created stunning works of art back then and the owners took pride in owning these rigs. This International Harvester D-300 has been converted into a tow truck with a custom-built streamline aluminum body by a shop in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Apparently the shop was called Ebenhoh Custom Truck Body, according to The Old Motor. Apart from lowering the truck and adding larger diameter wheels with lower profile tires, I didn’t change anything on Tugboat Annie. But if you let your imagination run wild, you might think about a hot rod motor under the cab.

R&R Vacuumcraft made a 1/25 scale resin kit, which unfortunately is out of production. If I can find one somewhere, I will build a scale model of the lowered truck.

International Harvester D-300 Tow Truck Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Assistenza Servizio | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Sportivo

The Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Sportivo pictured here is a follow-up to the Alfasud Furgone Sportivo I created last year. Basically the same idea, executed on a far more modern chassis (Type 939). I found a great picture of a metallic red 159 ti wagon and started, with the finished picture already in my mind. But then… I did the sensible thing got carried away and one idea led to another. From a simple all-red panel van conversion it escalated to a two-tone Alfa Romeo Assistenza & Servizio wagon, inspired by this Giulia Giardinera. To break up the hard contrast at the B-pillar and to lessen the impression of a simple hack-job, I added a small quarter window. This would also help the driver to better see pedestrians and cyclists when turning corners. I would really love to build this in 1:1 scale…

Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Assistenza Servizio | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)