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Revell 68 VW Beetle kit...not

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  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Burleson, Texas
Revell 68 VW Beetle kit...not
Posted by ModelTexan on Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:01 PM

As a Beetle fan (and previous owner of a '68 back when it was fresh out of warranty) I was extremely disappointed in this kit and wonder how Revell missed the mark so much. Although many VW fans hated the '68 because of the 'C' bumpers instead of the blades with overriders this was one of the most important Beetles ever made due to the major improvements: padded dash, external gas door (instead of filling in the trunk), flow-through ventilation via windshield vent, bigger windows, first car to ever have high-back seats with built-in headrests and many more.  This kit has blade-style bumpers (which is easily overlooked as a "Cal" look car) but the dash doesn't look anything like the '68 padded one and there are no vents or gas door and the seats are low-back style.

The kit looks well engineered and the engine is the nicest air-cooled single port powerplant I've seen in years but the body problems make it look like a cross between a 62 and 66.  There are too many problems to make it worth correcting.  Can't believe how wrong they got this.

Oops. Oh, well it'll buff out...maybe...
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    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Sunday, October 01, 2017 6:56 AM

The Revell '68 is the European version that didn't have all those improvements. But, the '70 convertible released at the same time, does have them. It kind of stinks, but with both kits you can build an American '68.

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    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, October 01, 2017 7:00 AM

What Foxer said. The kit represents a European market car. The kit was originally a Revell of Germany kit.

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  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Burleson, Texas
Posted by ModelTexan on Sunday, October 01, 2017 10:11 PM
But that is still wrong. The Euro version in 68 had all of the same features except the high backed seats. The padded dash was an option in Europe but was on 90% of the cars there. That was the year VW standardized the car for both markets. The dash in the kit even has the vent knobs so someone knew the body was wrong. Revell Germany kit or not this is bad.
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    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Monday, October 02, 2017 11:37 AM

I wasn't debating the differences in 1:1 Bugs but how to build a model of an American '68. Sorry if I confused the intent of your thread.

But if you want to build one, I told you the simplist way. I have a thread on another forum building the '69 I had from a '66 Tamiya kit. It addresses the bumper (I made one for scratch building my wife's '68), finding tail lights that are close, Fitting the newer engine lid from a Revell VW Street Machine, padded dash formed with Bonto, Headlights from the Revell kit in newly formed openings and many little things like the EMPI extractor and different wheels I had.

I'm still considering using the two new Revell kits for this project, but hate to abandon what I've done.

You should be able to copy-paste the link below to my thread.

 

http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/73922-69-vw-bug-66-to-69-bug-82417-fotki-update/#entry925384

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