HEAD FOR THE BEACH with this 1:32 scale Volkswagen Beach Buggy from the flower-power age of Aquarius.
Mat Irvine: This Revell kit of a late-1960s Volkswagen Beach Buggy was originally a Monogram release. Unusually, the kit was made to 1:32 scale, which went against the trend of US manufacturers at that time, most of whom favoured the somewhat larger 1:24/5 scale.
The back of the box (below) has plenty of details and tips on assembly.
Today, both Revell and Airfix fly the flag with various vehicles to 1:32 scale, and there are a fair number of aircraft available, too. As for this VW Buggy kit, it’s very simple, with just 22 components. However, they go together in a very straightforward manner.
Instruction booklet front and back pages (below) show the suggested green paintwork for the finished model.
Considering that the buggy is a simple kit, the instruction booklet is remarkably comprehensive.
An assembled VW Buggy, as seen on the Revell stand at the 2017 London Toy Fair.
A current Airfix 1:32 scale release (below) is this Ford Fiesta RS WRC (World Rally Championship). With the application of plenty of off-road dirt and grime, the model looks truly excellent.
Other Revell 1:32 vehicles have included (below, top left) the VW Touarag. Other models below include a Shin Maywa flying boat, quartet of diecast cars, and a figure from the Halo video game.
The Revell VW Buggy is a nice little kit that goes together quickly and easily. Assembly is certainly simple, with no optional parts to consider, but at least the wheels rotate! If you are a 1:32 scale car builder, it makes an ideal model to add to the display shelf.
Revell: VW Buggy
Assembled length: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 07682