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68 VW, Revell ... first car model in almost 50 yrs (Finally finished)

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, October 25, 2019 12:20 PM

Mr Mike

 

Nice build, I'm impressed. Such a nice looking classic car.

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:56 AM

BuildingCars4Fun

Superb job. Did you start another one yet? 

 

Thank you!

I started an old Airfix WWII staff car for Bish's Airfix GB, but I'm having techincal difficulties with the undercarriage of all silly things and have been on frustration hold most of the summer. Embarrassed

-Greg

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:19 AM

Superb job. Did you start another one yet? 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:27 AM

Not late at all, Joe. Truly appreciate your kind words, and your support and encouragement (uh, and patience) over the course of this one, too.

-Greg

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:32 AM

A little too late to the party and I apologize for that Greg but you should really do more auto modeling. That thing looks fantastic brother! Wow!!! And I do mean me some WOW!!

                   

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:12 AM

Mr Mike

The raised rear suspension on the Beetle is for the benefit of the trailer hitch.  Just like on a 1:1 car, the rear suspension is raised to help level the trailer and to allow for extra towing capacity for the vehicle.

 

And that confirms that. Thanks!

-Greg

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:52 AM

The raised rear suspension on the Beetle is for the benefit of the trailer hitch.  Just like on a 1:1 car, the rear suspension is raised to help level the trailer and to allow for extra towing capacity for the vehicle.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club 

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, July 29, 2019 10:15 AM

MrMike, I surely do remember admiring your blue bug. You did a fine job and was an inspiration. Among other things, you sure did a better job with those side stripes than I did!

I also noticed the raised rear end during the build. It bothered me then and it bothers me still, but I don't have the skills to raise and lower suspensions. Yet, anyway. Interesting you noticed it too. I settled on what you said, figured it was for the trailer hitch and accepted it.

Brandon, you are too kind. Thank you very much. In person, my bug looks pretty good from 3 or 4 feet, closer, with a good set of eyes, the whole 'first model car in a long time' thing starts showing. Surprise

-Greg

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, July 29, 2019 9:45 AM

Well done. Most kits look, in some way, not real. They may be very well built but somewhere there is something that tips one off that the item your looking at is not the real thing. This VW is an exception to that generality. Your kit looks spot on to the real deal. When I look at it I see a car sitting in a studio having its picture taken. Again, very well done on the realism factor.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, July 29, 2019 9:44 AM

Greg, a great looking Beetle!  I built the same model in blue and then I lost the trailer hitch.  I found the hitch a month later under the bench in a box that I rarely look into and there it was!  I thought the hitch went into the trash by accident.  When I had finished my Beetle the rear suspension was raised and I thought that it was for the trailer hitch.  Yours is raised as well.  

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, July 29, 2019 9:15 AM

Est.1961

Very nice good looking Beetle, the black with the red interior looks ready to be driven away. 

 

Thank you!

-Greg

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Monday, July 29, 2019 9:13 AM

Very nice good looking Beetle, the black with the red interior looks ready to be driven away. 

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, July 29, 2019 8:45 AM

Bruce, thanks a lot, I appreciate it.

Tanker - Builder

Well;

 She looks nice.Why not put white-walls on her ?

 

Good question. Because I didn't notice the whitewall decals until finishing-touch time, and having never applied decals to the rubbery model tires (or at least no remembering same), to do it right I would have wanted to do it prior to mounting the tires and attachng the wheel assemblies to the chassis.

I actually regret it, I think they would have looked cool. You are right.

-Greg

  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, July 29, 2019 8:40 AM

Well;

 She looks nice.Why not put white-walls on her ?

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    May 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, July 29, 2019 8:09 AM

Greg, wow! Really well done! 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, July 29, 2019 7:57 AM

Thank you, Steve. Your use of German is clever, and yep, I had to use Translate just to make sure you didn't call me a name or something. Stick out tongue

Mach71, I do appreciate your taking the time to comment. Thank you.

-Greg

  • Member since
    March 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Sunday, July 28, 2019 7:45 PM

Great job on the bug!

 

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:53 AM

Das sieht gut aus

That looks great! Good job my friend. Yes

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, July 28, 2019 9:18 AM

Kensar, thanks for your kind words.

Hey John, thank you! I think I shall build more cars. This was a good time, boo-boos and all. Again, made 500% better with the online presence of you guys. Yes

Joe, so glad you stopped in. Thank you so much!

-Greg

  • Member since
    August 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:05 PM

Magnifico, my good friend! You have done the iconic Beetle justice. Very wonderfully done. And congrats on pulling it through to it's conclusion. You should be very proud of the fine work you have done.

Given the news of the end of the production of the Beetle, when I stop by our yard full of them, I certainly give reflection on an illustrious and rewarding journey of a trully historic car.

I look forward to your next project Greg.

Cheers, Joe

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, July 27, 2019 6:41 PM

Hey Greg!  Got her done.  Turned out nice - such an iconic profile.   Keep on building cars.

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

  • Member since
    September 2017
  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Saturday, July 27, 2019 6:06 PM

That's a great looking Beetle, Greg.

Kensar

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, July 27, 2019 5:54 PM

gregbale
I saw on the news the other day that VW is closing out its last production of its last version of the Beetle. The end of a long line.

I saw that too, Greg, and it made me sad. When out and about my wife doesn't understand why, when I see a VW Beetle, I almost always stop and gawk a little.

Thanks so much for your kind words.

Mike, thanks so much. And for following along.

crown r n7

That’s a sweet looking bug. welcome to the car world!

Thanks a lot, Nick. Seeing some of your cars inspired me to give this a go. And something to aspire towards.

DUSTER
I took notes of your mistakes -er- "learning experances" so I can apply them to my current project.

Steve, it makes me happy when somebody can learn something from my goof-ups. I think that a big reason to post WIP's. Thanks for that!!!

And for your kind words.

 

 

-Greg

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, July 27, 2019 5:12 PM

Greg. Well Done. It looks like a VW. I have to admit thet when I look at all the muscle cars being built (most so Very Well) It"s good to see a nice unassuming car, looking for all the world like one you could see in someones driveway.  

p.s. I took notes of your mistakes   -er- "learning experances" so I can apply them to my current project. 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, July 27, 2019 4:46 PM

That’s a sweet looking bug. welcome to the car world!

 

Nick.

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 27, 2019 4:07 PM

You win...looks as if one could just climb in and start it up! It's been fun following the build; I'm looking forward to your next one(s).

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, July 27, 2019 2:42 PM

Greg, your timing is as impeccable as your work. I saw on the news the other day that VW is closing out its last production of its last version of the Beetle. The end of a long line.

Yours makes a splendid 'farewell salute' to the Bug!

Hope you do another vehicle soon. There are lots of fun ones out there!

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, July 27, 2019 1:38 PM

I finally finished the Beetle. 16 months, I think that is a new slow record for me.

Most importantly, thank you to all of you who rooted me on and gave me so much advice and info.

What I learned: Vehicles done right are harder than I'd thought. My hat is off to all of you who make your vehicles look so great.

I am looking forward to trying another vehicle and hopefully be able to apply some of the advice I got after my mistakes. Thanks again.

-Greg

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, December 28, 2018 6:32 PM

Greg

 

 
crown r n7

Looks real good there Greg still trying to catch up on these builds ! Lol

 

 

 

Hey Nick, great to have you back!!!

 

Thatll make two of us Nick

                   

 

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