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1968 (Well, 1968ish) Beetle - Ran When Parked

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Just wrapped up the Revell '68 Beetle.  What a fun little kit to build!  I'm sure there are concerns about accuracy for those who are true Beetle Aficionados, but for me, it was just a fun little kit.  Besides, it's an old car, it might have parts from Beetles of different years on it!  :)

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Might have been a little too aggressive with that low tire there on the driver's back. :)

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And a couple of in-progress shots:

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New to me techniques (or dumb luck; take your pick!):

  • Based coated the body with Tamiya Red Brown, and various shades made by adding white, black, yellow, etc. to imply rust.
  • Some bits of Tamiya Brown and Black Panel Wash along panel lines
  • Testors Dull Cote
  • More Tamiya Brown and Black Panel Line Wash
  • Hairspray (I picked some gross stuff at the dollar store; which may or may not have been a mistake - boy did it stink!)
  • Various light coats of Tamiya Yellow, lightened with white some
  • Once the Yellow was dry, used an old brush (wet with water) to dab at the yellow in places where I thought rust would be most obvious.
  • Testors Dull Cote
  • Used a variety of oils (cheap, on clearance at the art store) to dab some earthy colors on the body and immediately wiped down with mineral spirits
  • More wash in some areas
  • Testors Dull Cote
  • Touched up the "rust" in places
  • And here we are ... 

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Nice job, being a proud owner of three in my past!

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Pretty cool bug, I'm sure loads of us had a similar one at some time

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Very convincing job on the weathering!  I had one that looked a lot like that :)

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This kit reminds me of some of the last standard beetles ( supers too ) that came out of the plant in Mexico.

They were a mix of parts from the 60s and 70s.

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That rust is legit. Amazing job and completely to scale. Love it. 

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Superb job on the "People's Car". Just about every year's parts were interchangeable, so it would be totally believable in the 1:1 world. I've seen them similar to this sitting in backyards more than a few times!

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That looks great, for a beater.  I got hair spray from Dollar Tree, it said "perfume free" but it was enough to drop a horse.

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"Perfume Free" means they didn't charge extra for the stinky stuff in the can! LoL

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Nicely done...weathering is spot on!

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As others have said, excellent job on the weathering, in the right setting it could pass as a 1:1.

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Thank you.  I think I need to dirty the windows up a bit, but I'm not sure how to do that without ruining the clear plastic.

And yes, that Dollar Tree hairspray ... 😵😧  

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Nice job on that Jonathan !

As others have said, very realistic rust look👍

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Thank you for the kind words!  Now, on the another build ...

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