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Meyers Manx/ Dune buggy CBP
Posted by generaltso on Friday, January 06, 2012 10:54 PM

So folks, are we gonna do this? I think a summer deadline would be fair since this kit is still hitting the streets and some folks are limited on their painting schedules due to cold weather. With that said,  let's do this! Anyone with suggestions, comments, etc....... please chime in at any time.

Jim

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, January 07, 2012 3:22 AM

I'm hoping to get one or two of these but being in the UK, we can't find out when they are to be delivered yet! Even the UK importer isn't saying (answering emails).

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Posted by generaltso on Saturday, January 07, 2012 8:32 AM

Is it worth you scoring one off E-Bay?

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Posted by Snake45 on Saturday, January 07, 2012 9:10 AM

I'm in! If I don't get a red flake one, I'll be painting one red flake.

Still waiting for mine to ship from Model Roundup. In the meantime, I might try to dig out that bare chassis I have left over from "back in the day" and see if I have all the parts to build a "nekkid" dune runner. IIRC that was a build option in the original MM kit so it should be "legal" for this CBP. Can't decide on a color for that, though. Don't wanna go with black. Don't want anything too flashy or high-tech like a flake, metallic, or pearl, as it would be representing a low-buck garage-built bomb. Maybe a simple red, yellow, or, orange? I'll have to see what paints I have laying around in good supply.

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Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

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Posted by generaltso on Saturday, January 07, 2012 11:35 AM

Whatever you do Snake, don't do it in Revving Red! I call dibs and already bought the paint! LOL. I'm gonna "replicate" the 1:1 I bought when I was 14 ( I basically remember the color and the seats and top). I had mentioned mutang tail lights on my 2nd car but today as I was browsing a buggy forum and spotted one someone put Corvette ZR1 tails on ( frenched and round). I may be rethinking the Mustang lights.

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Posted by Snake45 on Saturday, January 07, 2012 12:04 PM

Snake45
In the meantime, I might try to dig out that bare chassis I have left over from "back in the day" and see if I have all the parts to build a "nekkid" dune runner. IIRC that was a build option in the original MM kit so it should be "legal" for this CBP. Can't decide on a color for that, though. Don't wanna go with black. Don't want anything too flashy or high-tech like a flake, metallic, or pearl, as it would be representing a low-buck garage-built bomb. Maybe a simple red, yellow, or, orange? I'll have to see what paints I have laying around in good supply.

Well it took some digging in the Snakepit but I found that "project." I could have sworn I had all new in-the-white parts (and I might still, somewhere) but what I found was painted flat black and gold, ick. Found the floorplan, spine, most if not all of the engine and transaxle, the rear suspension/shock thingies, the basic front suspension piece, the two roll bars, the bucket seats, and the steering wheel (and A steering colum but I'm not sure it's the right one). Am missing the steering box, front suspension tie rod dealie, hand brake, shifter, and pedals that I know of. Looks like I'll have to make the tierod thing out of styrene rod, maybe fabricate a "custom steering box cover," and come up with pedals and levers, but it looks like a do-able project with a little work.

Leaning toward yellow for the paint. Found several bottles of Model Master Bright Yellow and about all I ever use that for is model airplane propeller tips. But I also found a can of Testor Icy Blue flake, a color that turned out to be quite a bit different from what I thought it was when I bought it--I consider it kinda "girly" looking and will NEVER use it on a "good" model car--so I might go with that just so I didn't throw that money away. We'll see what I feel like when paint time comes.

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by generaltso on Sunday, January 08, 2012 3:37 PM

That blue and yellow combo sounds cool, kinda like Dale Sr.'s Wrangler sponsored Monte, LOL. Put a smallblock in it.........

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by Snake45 on Sunday, January 08, 2012 5:23 PM

generaltso

That blue and yellow combo sounds cool, kinda like Dale Sr.'s Wrangler sponsored Monte, LOL. Put a smallblock in it.........

Not blue AND yellow...it's not a cub scout dune buggy...EITHER blue OR yellow.

And no small-block, either. Found VW parts, looking garage-built.

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by generaltso on Sunday, January 08, 2012 5:46 PM

LOL.... you must not have picked up on my sarcasm............ you'll get to know me.

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Posted by High octane on Sunday, January 08, 2012 7:33 PM

Sarcasm? Now you're beginning to sound like me! LOL!

High octane

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Posted by generaltso on Monday, January 09, 2012 10:25 AM

LOL. A rear mounted v8 tube buggy WOULD be cool, but maybe a bit beyond my scratchbuilding capabilities. I knew some guys in PA that built a couple 1:1 on Blazer chassis' using old tube vw buggy bodies. Those things were SWEET!

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Posted by Snake45 on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2:15 PM

My Modelroundup kits arrived today, WOOT! Unfortunately, both are white. Oh well that's why Testors makes red metalflake paint, right?

Meanwhile, here's the parts I have to play with to make my "nekkid" dune buggy. Most of the important stuff is here, but I'm missing the steering column, steering box, and front end tie rods. Can use the new Manx kit parts for patterns for these and scratch them up, I suppose. The next order of bidness will be to try to remove the hideous black and gold paint--what WAS I thinking when i painted it that way?

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 4:13 PM

One club member had the new Meyers Manx built up and on display at our meeting this past Friday night and it featured a Turbocharged Corvair engine, steerable front wheels, and green paint.

High octane

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Posted by generaltso on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 4:32 PM

That was a very nice build he did Nick, I just wish the Corvair motor was included in the new Manx kits. My California Buggy from a decade back had it, I wish now I had kept the pieces when it broke but I was so mad I threw it in the trash. Spenc, at least you still got a good foundation to work with there. Since you're going for the "on a budget, garage built" look, why don't you give it a quick spray of something, and then "chip" away the paint to give it the run through the woods flavor?

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:18 PM

Looked on ebay as still no idea when they are to be sold here. All are only offered to US customers especially when they don't allow or allow only 5 day returns so if the kit gets smashed in the post, nothing.

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Posted by streetrodnut on Friday, January 13, 2012 9:01 AM

I have a question. I know it's a different kit originally, but would the teevee buggy qualify? It does share the same chassis as the Meyers Manx. If not, that's cool. Just curious.

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Posted by Snake45 on Friday, January 13, 2012 9:25 AM

streetrodnut

I have a question. I know it's a different kit originally, but would the teevee buggy qualify? It does share the same chassis as the Meyers Manx. If not, that's cool. Just curious.

I'm certainly not in charge of anything (although I believe I was the one who suggested this CBP), but I'd vote to allow it. As you say, same basic kit, just different body.

In fact, the "nekkid" VW chassis I'm trying to rebuild/restore for this CBP originally came from a TeeVee if I'm not mistaken.

Speaking of the TeeVee, I wonder if the molds for that body (and the shortened VW beetle) still exist, and if so, if they'll be reissued too. It looks like the Manx has been a HUGE sales hit, which I'd think would be encouraging.

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by generaltso on Friday, January 13, 2012 10:14 AM

I can't think of any reason why ANY buggy shouldn't be allowed. Like you guys said,perhaps we can spark enough interests for some other re-issues. I was just looking at the empty box for my Revell California Buggy last night (again basically the same kit, SLIGHTLY different body than Manx) and wishing they had released the Manx with a Corvair motor. I say build 'em if you got 'em!

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by generaltso on Friday, January 13, 2012 10:16 AM

Heck, I wouldn't even mind seeing a Beetle with the Baja treatment. I also owned one of these in 1:1 and miss it.

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Posted by bowtiebadboy33 on Friday, January 20, 2012 9:29 PM

hey guys so I decided to build one of my meyers Manx kits. I started this build today and I have made quite a bit of progress.

 

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Posted by streetrodnut on Friday, January 20, 2012 11:25 PM

Nice work, bowtie. Btw, what colr name and brand of green is that? Looks killer.

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Posted by generaltso on Friday, January 20, 2012 11:26 PM

One day?! I'm calling BS on that one......LOL. Looks good man, I like that green. I thought about starting one of mine today and went with a 66 Galaxie instead. The stinger and headers look really good!

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Posted by bowtiebadboy33 on Saturday, January 21, 2012 7:23 AM

Hey thanks guys. And nope, it's true, I got all that done in one day lol. I hope to have it done or close to done today. It's been a wonderful build so far, a few fit issues, but no big deal. I bought 2 already and I might buy 2 more because they are so fun to build.

 

The green is testors one coat lacquer mystic emerald. It is actually a bit lighter then in the pics.

I'll keep everyone updated! 

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:09 AM

As I still don't know when we will get any new Manx kits into the UK can I submit my Empi Imp that I rebuilt from a glue bomb late last year?

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Posted by generaltso on Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:39 AM

I used that green on several builds, love it! Those buggies were MADE for metallic paints. Patrick, hang in there buddy, the build isn't ending anytime soon.

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Posted by bowtiebadboy33 on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 8:05 PM

I just need to get some paint to do the top and the seats. Then the final details and it's done.

 

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Posted by markdoo on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 9:54 PM

Here's some of my progress shots of my Manx build.  I striped the chrome from most all of the engine pieces to get a more accurate finish to the engine.  I also pulled a different set of tires out of my parts box for this build. 

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

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Posted by Too Old on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 10:23 AM

Count me in !  I have 3 kits and can't wait to do something with them . The possibilities are endless ! Look forward to seeing what every one comes up with .   TooOld

TooOld

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Posted by Too Old on Saturday, March 10, 2012 4:15 PM

I'm surprised there isn't more interest in this build . Well , here is the start of mine . After I took the pictures I realized I used too large a wire for the plug wires . Oh well , better get new glasses !

More to follow .

TooOld

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" In case of war all rivet counters will be shot ! " - Winston Churchill

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Posted by Too Old on Saturday, March 10, 2012 4:18 PM

I made a fan guard out of the screen from a splatter shield for cooking .

 

TooOld

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" In case of war all rivet counters will be shot ! " - Winston Churchill

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