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Meyers Manx in two nasty flavors

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I bought both of these kits back when the kit was reissued (five years ago or so?), had them both pretty much mocked up within a month... then they both gathered dust until just a few days ago, when they were finished within a few hours of one another. 

One is done as a rat rod, severely lowered and with a chopped top that was textured by stretching a piece of cloth over the still-tacky primer, followed by a few very thin coats of black. The "spine" was Z'd at the rear to lower the rear of the car, while the front axle was flipped upside-down and backwards to lower the front and push the front tires further forward. There are seats from a Roth Beatnik Bandit II and a chain steering wheel but they're a bit hard to see under the heavily chopped roof. 

The second one is a post-apocalyptic battle cruiser with a pair of forward guns from a Stuka bomber, a 50 caliber rifle, and dual rear tires for some reason. I may add some dirt and a few doodads to this one later. Both models feature the kit-supplied Beetle engine- I have another one in the works which will be Corvair powered and done as more of a nice, showy car. It, too, was started back when these two were... who knows when it'll get done?

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I like em both, but that Beach Rat just tugs at my heart!  :D

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Mean looking buggies.

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That beach rat is really cool. Now if you could just find a scale "rat fink" to sit behind the wheel.  

Years ago there was a show on TV called "rat patrol".  Hmmmm, I wonder.....

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Awesome! Really like the red version. 

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Like both but the red is my favorite. Nice job.

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Crazy cool! 

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I like both styles. There used to be a 1:1 kit very much like the Beach Rat with the top with a little less chop. donb mentioned the Rat Patrol  TV series. I remember the setting was WWII African Desert with Jeeps. Both great builds and look forward to your "Show Manx" .

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The oval tires explains the odd proportions.

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Great looking customs Chuck!!!

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Both look great!  Not sure I would like to be driving behind the green one though.

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Almost didn't click on this because normally I could care less about the subject, but you sure put a unique spin on each one.

I especially like the dropped red one.

Edited by Robberbaron

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V E R Y different - I like it!

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Thanks guys!

I just hope it won't take five years to get the Corvair-powered one done...

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Both are pretty cool, but the red one would be wild to build in full-scale. LOVE it.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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Looks great!

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Wild!

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Both are cool, but I can't wait for a Corvair powered beast.

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They both look cool and great fun to build!

 I dig buggies, especially when they're a bit different 👍

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