I haven't been into the hobby room for some time and although I still have the Porsche 356 to finish off, I needed something to get me back into the hobby room, so i pulled this one off the shelf, I've had it since September last year.
I had a good look in my reference books to see just what colour I could do it, now the instructions mention a 1500, and in the catalogue it mentions the "Super Beetle" which this model is neither, it's a basic 1200, which was available in Europe until 1972 when in the '73 the 1200 had the rear wings and larger lights fitted, up until then you could still buy a basic 1200 with the smaller bumper and rear lights and they still had the older designed torsion bar suspension, I have had some VW Brilliant orange in the workshop for around 18 years with nothing to use it on, it will be used on this build.
There's a few mold lines on the bodyshop to remove, a couple around the front headlamps and around the rear wings, apart from that the body is flawless, there's 6 ejector pin marks on the inside of the front bonnet which were filled with bondo and sanded smooth.
The wheels and running boards were on the chrome tree and were popped in the oven cleaner and stripped of their chrome, the wheels will be airbrushed silver and the hubcap which is molded as part of the wheel will be covered in BMF.
This is a brand new model released by Ebbro, and is a co-operation between them and Tamiya, the model has new moldings for the cab, front & rear doors, van body and clear parts, the rest of the kit, engine,gearbox, tyres and wheels, plus the front seats and dash are all from the Tamiya 2CV kit, after you have built the model, you will have a few parts to go into the spares box.
The decals included in the kit are for a French car specialist in England, based in Weybridge, Surry, http://www.grovegarageweybridge.co.uk/ or with using the french number plates supplied you can build it as a un-liveried French van that were used by most small business at the time, I wish Ebbro had supplied some better decals to go with this kit, hopefully the aftermarket companies will come to the rescue.
The front doors and the van rear doors can be fixed in the open or closed position, but they can't be made to function as supplied as they are, but still a nice function to have on a model,
I've never built an Ebbro kit before, but the instructions are typical Tamiya, included in the instructions is a small correction as the seats in the instructions are marked incorrectly, the left seat should actually be the right, and the right is actually the left .....
Won this on eBay, it finally arrived this morning, with the windshield frame broken, I'm pleased that it wasn't as bad as the 911 I built not long ago, but still a PITA, but a bit of cyano' and after it had dried up sanded it and reshaped the frame and re-did the panel line in the trim that will be done in BMF after the body has been painted.
Windshield Frame Repaired
The body was covered in mold lines, on top of the front wings, around the rear wings and along to front panel, I spent around 30 minutes with a coarse sanding stick, floowed by a medium foam sanding block, I finally got them sorted
The build starts with the floorpan, and side panels, pretty much like building the real thing, there's a lot of parts in the kit, way more than the Fujimi 911 kit, but I'm sure I'll get though them all ...
It is all clamped up and will be left overnight to dry out ....
Managed to get this one finished today, it's the Later release from Revell AG, it was painted in the original BMC shade of Fiesta Yellow, with the powder blue interior .... the chrome on the wheels were stripped and redone using Alclad lacquer.