Mat Irvine: This time the link is one of Elvis Presley’s many movies (often thought one of his better efforts) Live a Little, Love a Little from 1968. In it, Elvis plays photographer Greg Bolan, who juggles jobs, girlfriends, and bosses. As such, he needs a suitably quirky mode of transport - enter the Meyers Manx, kit box (below) loaded with useful reference photos.
Read on, and you will see I had some issues with colour eventually settling on a warmer yellow than my first Humbrol yellow attempt (below).
In my build of the car, I masked the central Moon disc, spraying the outer rims aluminium, to give a contrast (above). The discs should have the original VW logo stamped in the centre, but for these you’d have to find an alternative source. There are various stock Beetle kits out there, so finding a set shouldn't be too difficult.
The beach diorama pictures show the two figures I included in the scene, Elvis cast in white metal, Bernice moulded in resin. More on them below.
There are no figures from Live a Little available, so I created an Elvis lookalike from an old white-metal Miniature Autobits figure. His main love interest, Bernice (played by Michele Carey) came from a resin figure produced by Pegasus Hobbies. I added a camera slung from Elvis’s neck, from the Tamiya rally set, I used in the CSI Hummer conversion. Last but not least, I used a cooler box from the short-lived Jo-Han Rambler station wagon reissue, which has given the whole thing a reasonably authentic ‘beach movie’ setting.
The final model (below) includes new license plates and changes to the windshield frame. The headlamps are slightly smaller, and front indicators are on top of the fenders.
AMT Elvis Presley ‘Live a Little, Love a Little’ Myers Manx
Assembled length: 125 mm (5 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: AMT847
Thanks to Round 2 for the review kit
Oh to be a playboy photographer who clicks with the chicks! Posters and movie stills from Live a Little, Love a Little.
Frame grabs from the movie.
The number plate was finally revealed on this black-and-white publicity picture, Elvis at the wheel.