Hasegawa 1/24 1966 Volkswagen Beetle
Produced from 1938 to 2003, over 21 million Volkswagen Beetles were built in several factories around the world. Over the years there were many changes made, but the overall shape remained much the same.
The kit represents a 1966 model Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle with a 1300cc engine.
The decals are dated 1993, instructions 1994, and the box 2009.
The parts are finely moulded, with engraved and raised lines. There is flash on some of the parts, and a mould joint line is visible. There are some ejector pin marks that mostly will be hidden after construction. The main body shell part has a prominent pip on the roof, which will need repair.
The black parts make up the floor pan, suspension and running gear. The blue parts are for the body and interior. The clear parts comprise a large insert with all the cabin windows, as well as the light lenses, The chrome parts are the bumper bars, hubcaps and details such as handles, lights, mirrors and trim.
The instructions are a large folded sheet, clearly printed on high quality
paper. It shows 11 construction steps and a painting and decaling guide. There
is a brief history in English and Japanese, and a multi-language paint list with
Gunze and Mr Color paint numbers.
Comparison with an Australian built 1966 Beetle shows that while the general shape is good, there are a number of detail differences. The texture of the seat fabric and door liners is different, the model has a ridge down the centre of the bonnet, the dashboard and the shape of the bumper bars is quite different.
A nice model of a very popular car. Looks to be an easy build, with plenty of scope for interesting paint jobs and customisation. Recommended for everybody.
The old rust heap outside the back.
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