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Practical means boring.

The very main reason for a self build is to avoid those boring all the same looking big white boxes. Roofrack with solar and decking , maxxair fans and windows and any van can be kept cool

White Is the last colour on earth i would paint any vehicle
Couldn't agree more.
 
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The more I think about it, I like the RAF Blue Grey.

It's an easy to get colour that is timeless (and surprisingly good value compared to most 2k paint). It will be easy to apply and blend - as I'll be painting each coat over a few days so I can do it in our unit, this is a big thing (unit isn't big enough to hit it in one go). It will be easy to repair. It really suits the vehicle IMO.

Here's another pic:
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It takes a bit of imagination to see how ours would be in this colour as there's a lot not finished in this image. For a start, I like to use a matt black on accessories like wheels, bumpers, grill etc. This is the paint I like for these things on our current wheels, which are still as perfect today as when I painted them a few years back:
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Also the wheel arch flares are missing in the image. These would be black as well, and ours doesn't have the side bars, which are ugly IMO.

I'm still going to do a test with the red and the blue. May as well as I've ordered testers of each. But if it were just my decision, the van would be this blue.

It isn't just my decision of course, so I'll have to see what Claira thinks when the samples are painted 🤞

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All the gear, and no idea!
Sorry but to me it looks like it is in primer waiting for paint.
I can remember sitting in the pit canteen in 1985 and my mate kev finally turns up in his mark 2 escort proudly boasting that he’d just resprayed it (it was a similar colour to the grey/blue) so I looked out the window into the carpark, oh I said, “when’s the top coat going on?” He wasn’t best pleased let me tell you!!

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Good Choice Wissel RAF Blue is def the colour IMHO.
Imagine finishing it off with a couple of round RAF Insignias, maybe even The Battle of Britain, Lanc, Spit & Hurricane along each side, sat with a glass or few on a stellplatz somewhere along The Mosel, or Rhine.:LOL:;):cool:

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Love it Otter Spotter, clean modern design with clever space saving ideas, the compromise for me would be the pop top bed though.
Bet it aint cheap either, but for a young adventurous couple this could be very attractive.
Get up them stairs girl!:giggle:
LES

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Zee Germans will love it, especially with the toad on the back.:giggle:
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Here we go David, the colour is right for your van and some great ideas inside



Enjoy

Some interesting idea's but as usual with this idealistic stuff, is it practical? Its obviously aimed at "adventurous young proffesionals" but where does their gear go? Is there a towbar so they can put their bikes/surfboard/Skis/walking boots! In the trailer? Will the towball make a dent in thedrop down flap. Where do clothes go especially skiing gear? Did anyone see a fridge?

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Some interesting idea's but as usual with this idealistic stuff, is it practical? Its obviously aimed at "adventurous young proffesionals" but where does their gear go? Is there a towbar so they can put their bikes/surfboard/Skis/walking boots! In the trailer? Will the towball make a dent in thedrop down flap. Where do clothes go especially skiing gear? Did anyone see a fridge?
For me the most impressive thing was the heat reflecting paint. I did a search on this a few hours ago, as I'd have liked something similar, but it doesn't really seem available yet. I think this is the future though as it would lower the dependence on AirCon in a vehicle - massive bonus in EV's.

I quite liked the pull-down desk.

The shower was just daft. Good idea, awful solution IMO.
 
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Good Choice Wissel RAF Blue is def the colour IMHO.
Imagine finishing it off with a couple of round RAF Insignias, maybe even The Battle of Britain, Lanc, Spit & Hurricane along each side, sat with a glass or few on a stellplatz somewhere along The Mosel, or Rhine.:LOL:;):cool:

LES(y)
Been done before see ‘Tonks‘ van it’s a stunner.

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I really like two tone. Perhaps red at the bottoms and white roof and sides?

You'll get that red you like and most of the heat reflection of white too.
 
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Thanks for posting this (y)

I'm definitely painting our van myself, but I was wondering how Rich was getting on a few nights ago. I had no idea he now had his own premises and I quite enjoyed floating around his site for a while.

The Nato Green comment a few pages back by Floydster was a reference to them/him - I did threaten Claira with this and got a stern no :LOL:

PS - I like RAF Blue as well. Claira doesn't :LOL:
Hi Wissel, how about RAF blue one side and Claira choose the other side? Good luck🤣

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Good Choice Wissel RAF Blue is def the colour IMHO.
Imagine finishing it off with a couple of round RAF Insignias, maybe even The Battle of Britain, Lanc, Spit & Hurricane along each side, sat with a glass or few on a stellplatz somewhere along The Mosel, or Rhine.:LOL:;):cool:

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And living in bomber County too!
 
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For me the most impressive thing was the heat reflecting paint. I did a search on this a few hours ago, as I'd have liked something similar, but it doesn't really seem available yet. I think this is the future though as it would lower the dependence on AirCon in a vehicle - massive bonus in EV's.

I quite liked the pull-down desk.

The shower was just daft. Good idea, awful solution IMO.
Hi again, do you know who was pioneering the heat reflective paint?
If so, maybe they would paint the van for you as a testing exercise for their paint.
Just an idea. Tell me where to get off if it's bad.:cool:

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Hi again, do you know who was pioneering the heat reflective paint?
If so, maybe they would paint the van for you as a testing exercise for their paint.
Just an idea. Tell me where to get off if it's bad.:cool:
It’s BASF, not much of a market for reel to reel recording tape so now paint 🤪🤪
 

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Dave Wissel you might be interested in this thread.
 

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