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I haven't had much time in the last months for my Beetle restoration, life getting in the way. Mickey the 1972 Beetle is waiting patiently, so I may have time later, early next year when I think I'll have some spanner time. But in the meantime lets take a look at Airfix's latest VW model kit.
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some of the kit parts
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the kit provides a driver and passenger figures, very 1970.
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some of the tiny parts you may recognise.
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and the rims
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Rye Field are the latest model kit company to provide a Beetle model, this time it's in 1/35th scale, so will be very popular with military enthusiasts, It's a type 82 from ther 40's, so will suit a WW2 Diorama or with slight civilian conversion an early 50's split rear window.
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I have to say I dislike this tip and spill model boxs, we don't make these kits in a day, we need a tray box to place half made sub assemblies in while the table gets used for a games night.
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and don't tell me it's some EU directive to save on packaging because the shell has it's own Beetle box.
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the kit does look very well cast though, I have heard great things about Rye Field, and the actual model looks the biz.
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the parts are all bagged in sealed polys, so no chance of missing parts, unlike a real beetle project.
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when I get to build this, I'll update this thread with some pictures.
 

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found another Beetle model in a box in a second hand shop, look at the thickness of the roof, to scale that would be armour any Russian Tank would be proud of. The holes suggest a roof rack at some point in it's history. Long lost.
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a peek at the base and it's made by Matchbox competitor Husky Models.
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Great Patina, that's right John, it's already slammed to the deck as the suspension has gone.

Here's that Rye Field model Split rear windscreen model. nearly finished.
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the kit peel off window masks fitted awaiting it's final coat of airbrushed paint.
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the great thing with model making is if you have a sports injury that prevents you working on your real car, you can sit at the table and still assemble a beetle, even if in miniature.
 

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My Son Harry bought himself a quick build Beetle kit, a snap together model of a 1200 beetle, not my kind of thing as it's like Lego, but on the outside, it looks like a proper model, Very handy for anyone who wants to test out a full size paint scheme on a model first, but don't want to spend time making a complex model kit.
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I agreed to spray paint the red parts of the model for him, here they are in plastic primer from a Halfords air can. I'll spray it in red auto paint gloss red when that dries.
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My Son Harry bought himself a quick build Beetle kit, a snap together model of a 1200 beetle, not my kind of thing as it's like Lego, but on the outside, it looks like a proper model, Very handy for anyone who wants to test out a full size paint scheme on a model first, but don't want to spend time making a complex model kit.
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I agreed to spray paint the red parts of the model for him, here they are in plastic primer from a Halfords air can. I'll spray it in red auto paint gloss red when that dries.
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No rust issues on that one ever. The auto paints don't react with the plastic?
 

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The auto paints don't react with the plastic?
as ever John, right on point, I always test a piece of scrap before spraying an expensive kit. Here the red primer, top coat and then a coat of clear coat, as the primer protects the plastic from the later coats there is no reaction.
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this goes for models and full size car parts, you don't want to see that hard to find plastic door handle melting before your eyes, always test first.
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here the roof gets a clear coat of spray Laquer. Makes that glossy red just pop.
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bonnet too...
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Not really my cup of tea as I prefer more detailed refined models, but for someone wanting to test wheel colour against body colour, or maybe seeing how decals would look, to give a scale perspective to a real car, it would be cost effective to use a model first. These snap together Airfix kits could help someone plan a colour scheme.
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Very Mad Max, and there is a Beetle under all that armour.
It took a while to find (mainly because I couldn't remember the manufacturer!) but this is what it was originally... for some reason I don't still have the box of a model I bought in the 80s 😋

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And I know it's not Beetle related but this is the direction it was heading for and may yet arrive at (did the truck 2 years ago and actually finished it!!! 😱)

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