1966 VW Bug 1300
Hi everyone. First time poster here. My modeling buddy Eric has been after me to show some of my builds. So, here goes.
My latest build is Tamiya’s 1966 VW Bug 1300. There is so much good to say about this kit. The design detail is great. It builds like a real car. The molding quality is good. Other than a few mold lines there was not much cleanup required.
The paint instructions prescribe specific mixes that are supposed to match factory paint. None of their formulations seemed quite right so I created my own by mixing three colors of decanted Tamiya spray lacquer; blue, haze gray, and white. Not a true factory color but it had the right vintage feel and looked good with the Tamiya racing white I used for the interior.
One odd thing about the kit, no decals for the instrument panel. I created a speedometer in Photoshop from a Stewart-Warner decal and painted the rest by hand. All the chrome trim is Bare Metal Foil except for the VW logo on the hood and the 1300 on the engine cover which were metal transfers from the kit.
This kit was lots of fun and brought back many memories (including skinned knuckles and sheet metal cuts from working on engines). I highly recommend it.
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