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revshag

VW Beetle

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My father-in-law recently got back into HO model trains. He got this Bug for the display. It's an 1:87 scale diecast. He owned a Bug back in the day and asked me to repaint it to replicate his 1:1. Somewhere in the conversation I mentioned using fingernail polish. He found the nail polish and he says it's almost an exact match to the way he remembers it. I know green was a popular color in the 60's but it's scary to think you can find this color in nail polish!

Anyway, here's the before as I had disassembled but not yet stripped it:

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After stripping the paint, I polished it with 000 steel wool and then airbrushed right over the metal. I BMF'd the lights and trim (if you thought it was a pain in 1/25, try it in 1/87!)

I've been in a bit of a building funk so it felt good to get this knocked out pretty quick.

Here's the finished product:

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That's really good looking for an HO model! Nice job.

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Wow! That little, little Beetle came out great!

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1/87th scale can be difficult, but also very fun and rewarding. And a real change of pace. I love them. Yours turned out very nice, very well done.

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WOW, nice rebuild ..... I built the 1/24th Tamiya Beetle and that was bad enough doing the BMF, I really wouldn't want to try it on a 1/87th one ....

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VW's are tiny to begin with. But that small........... very nice job indeed.

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Hey Guys,

Thanks for the compliments. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Should exceed my father-in-law's expectations (which is always a good thing ! :D :D )

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More and more people are doing these 1/87 cars. Its good to see that.

Very nice.

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Nice Work! The stock one had two sets of front turn signals!

If they want more HO-scale cars, Walls Mart has some by their Hot Wheels section, I can't remember what they are called, but they have some sort of goofy name on them, but the cars are good quality for about $2 each.

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Lets just hope you dont catch the HO bug. :P Very nice little build.

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