1/32 Scale Split Window Bug – LS – WIP

While pondering life’s greatest mysteries, I realized that I really wanted a model of the VW split window bug. I searched the internet and discovered that there weren’t many options. There is a large scale version and this 1/32nd scale LS kit. I don’t collect larger scale model kits which left me with this option.

For the most part, the body is shaped well. There were virtually no panel lines for the hood and trunk. I carefully scribed several new panel lines to help improve the look of the kit. I also elected to shave the trim on the hood as well as a few other small details that didn’t look quite right. One other detail involved moving the locating indentations for the tail lights. They weren’t in the right spot. After filling them in, I did my best to eyeball the correct location using reference photos and drilling shallow holes to locate the tail lights after paint.

I chose Tamiya’s racing white after I saw another build in the same color. I also wanted to try and incorporate 1/24th scale VW wheels. I’m having a friend of mine cast tires in resin with the intention of drilling them to fit the larger wheels.

To date, the interior is nearly complete and the body is in color ready for polishing and detail work.