I am such a good parent…. First I make my daughter a Leica, and now a VW camper van. Two things I’ve always wanted, yet no one has made for me! This week’s instalment of 52 Create is a home made Volkswagen Camper Van toy box. While the die hard VW fans will notice many historical inaccuracies (not enough windows for the paint design, but too many for the pop top, etc.) you can’t deny that this is pretty darn cool.
The box is made from mdf (1/2″), the 6″ wheels are meant for a lawnmower, and the top is a foam cushion wrapped in vinyl. The paint was left over from various home renovations (yes I used that colour orange in my house, why not?), and the foam cushion was from a re-upholstered chair my wife and I did a few years back. This project from start to finish took me an entire year, mainly because I cut the pieces and then left them in a pile in the workshop for about 11 months. I was a bit disappointed with the paint job as the brushes were a bit too soft (mainly the black outline), and the vinyl wrap wasn’t as tight as I would have liked, however my daughter is happy and that’s all that counts right?
About a month ago, I bought a Freitag Dexter Messenger bag to serve as a daddy diaper bag/camera bag. I have to admit that I bought it mainly because I thought it looked cool, and less for it’s functionality.
Now that I’ve had the chance to use it for awhile, I have grown to appreciate it’s usefulness even more than it’s cool factor. I did complain before that a vinyl messenger bag got awfully hot on your back while biking, but truth be told, I don’t use it for biking, I’d rather a backpack in that situation. The vinyl is of course waterproof, which when you’ve got your dslr and your favourite film camera of the day, is mighty useful with Paris’ rainy spring days.
As you can see above, it holds my copy of Reponses Photo, my D300, my Bessa R, and my copy of Le Monde with room to spare (the diapers still could fit in there too!). The one drawback I have noticed is the lack of padding. I generally put something between the two cameras to keep them from bumping each other (diapers), but if you put the bag on too quickly, a D300 in the back doesn’t feel too nice…