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Airfix Vintage Classic 1/32 Beach Buggy re-release, comparison to original kit.


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I've placed this in these pages as I will be building this soon-ish, it's just been re released today by Airfix, I pre-ordered mine, but they are available on E bay now. So lets tale a look at the new re released kit, starting with the box artwork. far more saturated colours on the car body, deeper and more vibrant.

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and here is the original box artwork, don't know if anyone here remembers the original, last re released back in 1979.

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Dr Porsches unique front torsion bar suspension, it's shown here upside down, theose ears at the bottom are the top mounts for the dampers.

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the body shell, molded nice and straight.

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I'm rather pleased that Airfix have re-issued this fun model kit, I'm looking forward to making this up with a sandy base, maybe some splashing water too.

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32 minutes ago, Sprocket said:

don't know if anyone here remembers the original, last re released back in 1979.

 

I remember it distinctly.  I built one as a kid.  I also had a Tonka beach buggy toy too.  Can't remember now,  but maybe I had caught the beach buggy scene in the original Thomas Crown Affair movie and got bitten by the buggy bug....?

:D

I also built the Airfix Bond Bug kit as well in my youth...  Yet more "bugs"...

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Never mind how long YOU'VE had it,it and the Bond Bugs are made by Airfix,not YOUR usual T-word fare.

As such they are way too technical for YOU to build(not shakey-bakey see)so the best thing to do is

wrap then up in a nice box and send them to meeeeeeee.

I build Airfix kits on a regular basis and can easily handle such old kits.

Off you go quickly and smartly to your impending boxing up work............................

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How bout..... No 😬

I rarely actually build the old airfix cars but i do pop one out every now and again, and Im actually planning on doing a Lotus Cortina in the near future :yes:

Ive been collecting them for 20 years odd

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14 minutes ago, Mad Steve said:

planning on doing a Lotus Cortina in the near future :yes:

You mad impetuous fool,they're nearly as rare as an uncorrupt Saf Effrican politician(well,any politician really)

Airfix bugge,er,modified the moulds for the Capri,Lotus'Tina and the Zody years ago to make

some sort of hideous custom car things.

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47 minutes ago, Miggers said:

You mad impetuous fool,they're nearly as rare as an uncorrupt Saf Effrican politician(well,any politician really)

Airfix bugge,er,modified the moulds for the Capri,Lotus'Tina and the Zody years ago to make

some sort of hideous custom car things.

Yep, I know they are very rare, but they dont bring me any joy sitting in a box ( nor do the Zodiacs and Capri's either) 😬

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2 minutes ago, Mad Steve said:

Yep, I know they are very rare, but they dont bring me any joy sitting in a box ( nor do the Zodiacs and Capri's either) 😬

Well said laddo,well said.

Get'em built and up where e can see'sm.

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Interesting to see how one of the figures has a rather 'dated' look yet the other doesn't :laugh:

Is it my imagination or is the new kit less plagued by flash on the parts?

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to be fair, they're about even, little bit of flash on the intercooler pipes on the re release, I'll be making one of my two re released kits I've bought on here soon, I'll do a fair amount of close up photography of the build, just to bring you all along with the project.

the female passenger has a passing resemblance to Angela Rayner MP So I'll call the figure Angie, she doesn't look to be having a great time, mindful I expect of Jimmy Savill's clunk click every trip, and there's no seat belts, let alone aircraft style harness. I doubt Angela Rayner ever had this much fun and excitement as a Labour front bencher.

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rather than start again with a dedicated build thread, I may as well build it here and just carry on.

the instructions start with intercooler pipes for the VW air cooled engine.

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the pipe needs cleaning up to remove the flash and mold lines, but they are at a minimum for this kit.

 

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the pipes need drilling out one end to make them appear hollow.

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my work area this bright, sunny, sunday.

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4 hours ago, Sprocket said:

the driver is Jason King

Needs more sideburns and a frilly shirt imho!
But otherwise deffo Jason King lol

His "bird" looks a tad uncomfortable.  Probably for being compared to something with skinny legs and a beak.
Hardly flattering if we are being honest.  xD 
 

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On 7/28/2021 at 3:40 PM, Col. said:

Is it my imagination or is the new kit less plagued by flash on the parts?

Hi Col,

I'll say it again in the hope that word will spread but flash on a kit has nothing to do with the age of the tool or wear on the tool. It is solely down to poor condition setting of the tool or stray plastic some where in the mould stopping the mould from locking off properly. Any setter could take a brand new perfectly engineered tool and flash the buggery out of it.  

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5 hours ago, DC3 said:

Hi Col,

I'll say it again in the hope that word will spread but flash on a kit has nothing to do with the age of the tool or wear on the tool. It is solely down to poor condition setting of the tool or stray plastic some where in the mould stopping the mould from locking off properly. Any setter could take a brand new perfectly engineered tool and flash the buggery out of it.  

I remember you saying that in the past, possibly in reference to some Revell kits, and debunking the 'worn tooling' myth.

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