You have to accept that Lego has a limited range of parts, many of which are straight or angular rather than smooth and curved. But on the whole the designer has captured the classic Volkswagen Beetle outline. Maybe its because I once owned a ’72 Beetle that I found so many little bits of this set, that were well thought out and true to life.
Only a small detail, but notice how the doors taper in to the front. This in turn makes the running board wider behind the front wheel arch. Just like the real thing.
The engine looks pretty good, along with the fuel tank and spare wheel under the front bonnet.
Internally there are a lot of nice little details. Side panels colour coded to the seats. Center transmission tunnel handbrake, even a rolled towel behind the rear seat. I deviated from the plan to make mine right hand drive.
I’m guessing Lego don’t have a deal with a well known cola brand, as it would have added to the vibe in the cool box, rather than a generic can! With 1167 parts, it’s a smaller piece count than the VW camper van previously reviewed but took a similar time to build.
Unlike the camper this set came with numbered bags, reducing the number of parts to sort through at any one stage of build.
Despite the fact a few of the curves have by necessity been flattened off , like the lower potion of the bonnet. It is a really good likeness to a VW bug. A great keepsake for a former owner.
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