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RoG 1/16 '62 VW Beetle

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Just saw this model on the shelf at my LHS, is this a reissue? Has anyone out there built one, is it any good? Kind of a steep price for the kit, was wondering if it is worth buying.

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Are you sure it's not a '52 Beetle?

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I'm with Harry, if thats the kit its nice.

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If it's the kit I think he means, then yes, it's a reissue, and it's very nice. Fully detailed engine, opening hood, trunk and doors, front seatbacks tilt forward, IIRC, separate chrome trim spears, etc. I think there's also an open/closed sunroof option.

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You're right Harry it was a typo., I meant 52. I think the kit box said it had the 1200cc engine. It looked like a neat kit,I think I may go ahead and buy it.

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I remember it being about $50 ten or more years ago. (and worth it)

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I haven't seen one around.

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Yes, it's a re-issue, and as mentioned, very nice. Lots of detail throughout, but it builds a 100% stock split window Beetle.

I bought one in the '90s to use for a Durachrome Bug F/C project, so I have very few parts left on hand, but the beltline chrome trim is indeed separate, as are the door handles, center hood trim piece, and I recall semaphore turn signals in the B-pillars. I think I paid $60 for it over a decade ago, so prices really haven't gone up that much on these kits.

Buy it. You won't regret it.

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Just what I need.... ANOTHER 1:16 kit to buy! :lol:

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I think the kit box said it had the 1200cc engine.

Not if it's a '52. 1200 was a later engine.

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It is a reissue and it is worth every penny.

Yes, it would have a 1131cc engine, which is fiscally a 1200 in Germany. Even a 1101cc would be.

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in that scale there's no reason for not installing working lights. it BEGS for details and deserves them.

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Moving trafficators would be nice with the working lights.

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don't see why not.... carve them out of clear styrene; paint the surface and put a light fiber into the end... Q.E.D......

was this the same basic kit that Revell used for the "Elegant Beetle" custom Rolls nose version?

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was this the same basic kit that Revell used for the "Elegant Beetle" custom Rolls nose version?


No, the two kits are not related. The Elegant Beetle was a Monogram kit, and the VW Kafer was a Revell AG tool. The VW Kafer is related to the 1/16 Karmann Ghia, though.

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Love it! That would make a great model!

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So it's not a 3n1? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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What we REALLY need is a 1/24-25 split window! :)

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What we REALLY need is a 1/24-25 split window! :)

Absolutely!

Until then, we have to alter the Gunze/Mr. Hobby oval window.

Or whack out the division bar of the Revell and make a 1:16 Inch Pincher out of it.

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I agree. Buy it. Don't even think about whether or not you should. I reviewed it many moons ago in CAR MODELER and had my socks knocked off by how nice the kit was. That said, we still need a good split-window Beetle in 1/24-1/25 scale.

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I agree. Buy it. Don't even think about whether or not you should. I reviewed it many moons ago in CAR MODELER and had my socks knocked off by how nice the kit was. That said, we still need a good split-window Beetle in 1/24-1/25 scale.

I agree with Larry. VERY nice kit.... just too darn big. A 1/25 Split would be great, especially with a Hebmuller option!

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I'm all for a split Beetle in 1:24/5 scale, but I'd really like to see a Thing kitted first.

Reworking a Hasegawa Kubelwagen just isn't really workable.

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This is a '60 model, but there are a LOT of great reference pics here. Check it out, just seeing a 60 Beetle with 7500 actual miles is a pretty cool thing to behold anyway!

http://www.oldbug.com/marxred60.htm

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