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Meyers Manx/ Dune buggy CBP

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:51 AM

Well here are the last few pics of my Manx build that's now finished! It's interesting to read The Kit Reviews section of the new mag that hit the mat yesterday. The Meyers Manx is reviewed by Ken Hart who includes in his comments about the rear axle being just a metal rod. My thoughts entirely so I found a piece of alloy tube that just fits over the top of the metal axle, and after cutting two lengths and fitting them it transforms that area nicely. I will though go and see at my local LHS whether he has any plastic tube of that size so if I build another I shall do as I did here but paint the two peices matt black.

Anyway here are a few of the finishing pics... the first showing the wheels as I painted the five spokes of each wheel in dark matt grey as I am a lover of American Racing Mag wheels..............

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It's a nice sunny day here in the UK...............

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And a few more to come................

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:58 AM

I have one more shot of the Manx on it's own then with the two other VW aircooled kits, The Empi Imp found as a glue bomb and rebuilt, and the resin off-road racer buggy from Scale Equipment Ltd....[View:/themes/sca/utility/:550:0]

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Enjoy!

 

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:49 PM

 Here we are again, just over 12 months down the line and quite a few other kits built. Yet another Meyers Manx for my collection. This time it has metalflake paint and a turbo engine!

Are there no other Manx builders in the world?

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, July 06, 2013 9:43 AM

I also have a photo of the four air-colled buggys in my collection...

These have various engines the Empi Imp a Corvair six. The Special Equipment Resin buggy a standard 4 cylinder, The green Manx with a road going alloy muffler, and the latest Manx a turbo charged 4 Cylinder partly scratchbuilt.

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:55 AM

This is my latest offering..............................

A few mods and some decals from the kit.

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Posted by funman1712 on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:33 AM

Guys....for some reason this thread escaped me, but this is a subject very near and dear to my heart.

I campaigned both publicly and behind the scenes with AMT/Ertl and then Round 2 to reissue this kit for a number of years, and was really pleased when Round 2 took the plunge.  

I have two sets of photos to share.  The first is from our NNL Nationals Dune Buggies cult theme a few years back.  Of course, these are Manx's and other dune buggies, but you can dig out the Manx's pretty easily,.   WELL....it  appears these photos have disappeared as part of the latest Fotki "server relocation" saga.  I'll try to remember to repost when (if) the pictures reappear.  

Second set is still there, although missing some of the photos.  Again these are multiple dune buggies but three of them are Manx builds.  Here's the link...public.fotki.com/.../boyd-dune-buggies

Here is a photo of each of the Manx builds (many more photos of each at the link):

First up is the straight box build - this is the same model that is featured in the insert in the actual Round 2 box...

Next is a kitbash with the AMT '69 Corvair engine.....

And last but not least, the platform buggy version only....this one powered by the Corvair turbo engine from the AMT parts pack........

 Of course, these builds are not nearly as detailed as some of the others shown in this thread (great job, guys!, but you still get the general gist of what I was trying to accomplish. 

 

Thanks for looking....TIM 

"Funman1712" is the board name for Scale Auto contributor Tim Boyd. 

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 3:12 PM

Wow Tim, three great builds, thanks for sharing. This CPB closed sometime ago, but I keep putting one on now and again. You see my last one just above yours. I had seen a few Manx's with sidepods since the 70's so I thought I'd do some myself, just folded plasticard. I currently finishing a Resin Airstream so as soon as that is done I have another manx in the wings to start on, this time a fast road version.

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Posted by funman1712 on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 4:13 PM

Patrick...sounds very cool....please continue to post pictures.  Manx's are a timeless subject as far as I'm concerned!  TIM

"Funman1712" is the board name for Scale Auto contributor Tim Boyd. 

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Posted by Too Old on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:30 PM

Hey guys !  Here's a peek at what's on my bench right now ,  it should be finished in a couple of weeks .

  

TooOld

A.K.A.  BOB.

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

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Posted by funman1712 on Thursday, October 31, 2013 3:42 AM

Bob...that is super sharp!  TIM

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, October 31, 2013 5:23 AM

Bob that looks great I look forward to seeing more on this build. Where did you get the side pods they look very good and in keeping with 1:1 manx's I've seen.

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Posted by Too Old on Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:32 AM

Pat ,  PM me and I'll hook you up with a set !

TooOld

A.K.A.  BOB.

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

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 3:27 PM

Here's my latest effort.......

Yes it's a four seater! Thanks TooOld for the side pods, I hope you all like the metalflake home mixed paint finish.

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Posted by funman1712 on Thursday, December 05, 2013 11:37 AM

Patrick - sharp!  Like those dual quad VW tail-lamps, too!   TIM

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Posted by PatrickW on Friday, December 06, 2013 3:27 PM

Cheers Tim, yes I had another pair from a previous build, you can never have too many tail lights to stop folks running into you.

And being a builder of race and rally cars I always have extra tyre decals so I thought I'd put some on this time round!

The big question is what do I build now? VW Porsche 914, Focus WRC Rallycar with Ken Block Decals a Citroen 2CV van or a Toyota Hiace delivery van? So many choices!

OR I could try and build one of these..........................

Ally space frame chassis and all!

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, December 15, 2013 5:08 PM

With reference to the above, I've started a Porsche 914 kit produced about 30 years ago! But...............I've just won a bid on UK ebay for an even earlier kit. It's an Airfix Beach Buggy in 1/32 scale, now that's an interesting build in the new year!

  

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, May 18, 2014 4:18 PM

My latest.................. a 4X4 version......

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, May 25, 2014 3:06 PM

I'm building this one now...........

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Posted by Prostreeter69 on Friday, May 30, 2014 4:07 PM

Hey Bob!

I love what you are doing with your buggy that looks great!  Could you tell me where you got the side pods from?

Jon

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, June 01, 2014 2:48 PM

Bob makes them himself from resin.

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, June 01, 2014 2:49 PM

Oh I've just finished this......................

And I've just started this................

But in bright Yellow!

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Posted by PatrickW on Friday, June 20, 2014 4:42 PM

Unfortunately the Enamel Yellow wouldn't dry properly so stripped that and painted in in acrylic Orange as per box top. Windscreen badly scratched in the box so cut another out of correct scale thickness plastic  chocolate box. Also added a few sliced Manx decals...........

Now trying to learn resin casting to cast long wheelbase Manx to fit standard Beetle chassis!

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Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, June 21, 2014 6:06 AM

Sharp!  I don't think I've ever seen a built version of that kit.  Thanks for posting....TIM

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:08 PM

My pleasure Tim, I thought that there weren't that many around but on 'Other Models' people say they have them on their shelves and have not got round to building them.

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:24 PM

I've finished another aircooled wonder! This is the Revell Gran Turismo, just another fibreglass kit built on  VW Beetle floorpan............

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Posted by Snake45 on Saturday, September 06, 2014 9:32 PM

Remember this sad, unloved assemblage of random leftover Manx parts I posted back on Page 1?

I had a fit of industry this week and have been working on it. Realized I could pirate the steering box and tierod out of a new Manx kit and still build the Manx and their lack wouldn't show (or not much). So I did. Couldn't find the missing front shock absorber so I made two new ones out of aluminum tubing. Fit of the AMT VW front suspension parts is sort of casual to say the least but I think I've got things looking satisfyingly busy, and it only took most of two mornings of work. Scratchbuilding the pedals and the handbrake should be easy after all that.

Still haven't 100% decided on a color for this thing. At the moment I'm leaning toward Olive Drab, as if the sad little backbirth had been cobbled together on a tight budget and painted with paint from a Surplus Store. Come to think of it, that's not too far off the story of this model, either.

 

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Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

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

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Posted by Too Old on Sunday, September 07, 2014 7:24 AM

It's great to see you rebuilding this one Snake !   "Casual" is a good word to describe the fit of those parts ,  and I think the whole kit is pretty "Casual" ! Smile, Wink & Grin

TooOld

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

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, September 07, 2014 3:52 PM

Good to go Snake, I look forward to seeing the rest of the build!

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Posted by Snake45 on Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:18 PM

The mood finally struck me to scratchbuild the missing pedals, using the kit Manx part as a guide. Was so pleased to get the five piece made that I ended up gluing the gas pedal on backwards. Oh well, it actually fits better that way, and I'm not ripping the assembly apart--or doing it all again--to fix it. It'll have to do.

 

Scratchbuild a hand brake, too, out of sheet styrene and carved plastic rod.

 

Pedals and handbrake installed, looking properly "busy."

 

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 Snake45 on Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:24 PM

Those pesky fiddly details out of the way, I cleaned the flash and molding lines off the rear suspension arms and shocks, and reinstalled them and the rear roll bar. And then, for the first time in more than 40 years, the little thing can sit on its own wheels again. I think it's time to squirt some paint, before the front roll bar and steering column are installed, which will almost certainly impede painting. More to come....

 

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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