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1968 Volkswagen Beetle WIP - Finished!

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  • From: Spring, Tx
1968 Volkswagen Beetle WIP - Finished!
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:57 PM

I can't believe I have never built this California Wheels kit so here I go. It took a couple of days to get going as the first paint job went horribly wrong with sags. I was using Ironlak paint and it came out too strong and fast. After a couple of days in the Super Clean, I am back to where I started. I know that this color is not Factory Stock as it is too bright, not Arizona Yellow. But after failing with a light blue color, I decided on a bright yellow bug! The finish is almost perfect so very little rubbing will be required. Thanks for looking! 

After removing paint:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 3:43 AM

WOW!  That sure is a BRIGHT yellow!  Looking forward to seeing how this progresses, I love VWs.  Cheers

Steve

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 8:08 AM

So far, so good, JR!  I built the same kit several years ago with Tamiya TS-23 Light Blue.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 18, 2020 12:48 PM

Thanks, Steve and Mike! I appreciate your comments! MrMike, your beetle looks good. I wanted a lighter blue closer to the actual color. TS-23 looks good, but is more a medium blue to me. Unfortunately, there aren't any good lacquers that I have found that are like a 55 Chevy Skyline Blue. I'll have to keep searching. In the meantime, I have this TS - 16 yellow. 

I completed the chassis and when mocking it up found that the body sat too high on the frame and left a big gap between the tires and the body. So after some thinking, I took the wheel-back centers out and mounted the wheels off-center to bring the wheels to meet the body closer. I'm sure it would look funny rolling like a clown car, but these wheels are not going to roll. I also still have the poseable wheels working. 

I also wanted to get an effect of the black rubber and chrome moldings. I tried foiling the window edges but that didn't work as the foil won't stick to the clear plastic very well since it is such a skinny piece. So I ended up blackening the inner part of the window edges and then using the Molotow chrome pen on the window edges. The black may be a little hard to see unless you leave it off and then you see yellow window edges.  I also had a problem with the Molotow pen skipping just like a pen. I decided to store it on its end overnight so that the pen is upright and leaning against one of my small tool cabinets. The chrome paint flows much better now and I can avoid multiple passes which only leads to matting. Just one slow steadymovement over the surface of the edge works much better and allow the paint to level out as it is drying. I may have to re-do some of these early window attempts although the drivers door window looks OK. Thanks for looking!

  

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, September 18, 2020 4:49 PM

Looking good.  The chrome on bugs wasn't extremely bright to start with. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:37 PM

Your paint and foil are superb, Prowler! You should post your work more often! I appreciate your comment! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:22 PM

The body, interior and chassis have come together. I forgot to take a picture of the interior but there isn't much to see. Tan and white. I had to move the dash inward about 1/8" in order to clear the cowl and the top of the dash is still not completely visible but as I remember, you couldn't put anything on the top of these dashes anyway. Still have to complete the body foil and then its on to the rest of the hardware. Thanks for looking! 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, September 20, 2020 8:40 AM

Looking good. I have the majority of my builds on here. Just search for my content, you'll find it.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, September 20, 2020 12:20 PM

I find it interesting that you and others are having issues with the front suspension  Your VW looks like it has 4 wheel drive!  I don't recall having those kind of issues with my Bug.  Just paint issues.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:13 PM

Thanks, Prowler and MrMike! I appreciate your comments! Prowler, I take a look, thanks! 

MrMike, I am not quite sure what you are saying. I actually don't have an issue with the front suspension. Its an issue with the wheel postion in the wheel opening in all four wheels. Removing the center of the wheel back seemed to help in moving the wheels closer to the body. The mock-up probably looks too high because the body wasn't glued down yet. Now I think it looks OK. Might be a little high in back. May remove the frame to thin it down and push it in to the body a bit more. I noticed that Prowler's was a bit high in back too probably due to the same issue. 

In the meantime I had to stop on this one and paint another body and other parts on a 66 Chevelle, a Lindberg kit. Its gonna rain for the rest of the week with Tropical Storm Beta on the way. So I got everything but the interior painted before noon today and now its raining. Body is Tamiya Light Blue Metallic. So I have plenty to do! Thanks for looking! Cool

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 21, 2020 7:47 PM

Hey! Somebody hand me a flyswatter - there's a little yellow bug in here! 

This Beetle comes complete with its own alligator "luggage"! 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by amt68 on Monday, September 21, 2020 10:32 PM

Great job Jr and that looks to be a very cleanly molded kit. The yellow was also a good call. I guess the kit didn't include the spare tire that sat on a slant between the headlights. 

I'll be following your '66 Chevelle build which is a kit I've considered purchasing. I've heard mixed reviews on that Lindberg kit. 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:14 PM

Beautiful. 

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:03 AM

Thanks, AMT and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! No, there wasn't a spare tire in the kit but it would be an interesting aftermarket addition. I'll try to make some comments on the 66 Chevelle as I get going. So far, the body was in very good shape right out of the box, only the couple of typical mold seams at the "B" pillar and a little bit of flash along the wheel openings and bottom of the body. The scripts and badges are a bit faint but there are decals in the kit so I guess they will have to do. 

I did want to mention that on the Beetle, I did take the chassis off, shave down the rear wheel wells to fit into the body better and I think that helped with the wheel placement. I left off the pipe that is suppose to stick out the rear that I thought might be a European or California pollution device that I don't remember ever seeing on the road. Overall, it was a very nicely manufactured kit! Outdoor pics whenever it stops raining. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by TransAm Mike on Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:23 PM

I'm building this same kit but as a mild custom.  Incidently, the bumpers and seats in this kit are not for a 68, but older models. I actually like the older bumpers for a hot rodded VW.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:41 AM

Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your comment! Yes, I did notice that the bumpers were different, at least on the American models. I did see some European models with the round bumpers and thought that might be the difference. But it wouldn't surprise me if a model manufacturer simply used a bumper and seats from an older kit. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:47 AM

The Revell kit is a European variant so the bumbers are correct.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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