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VW Beetle Cabriolet AKA "Gentleman Jim"
Thank you for looking, appreciated. This is my first MOC for the site and only the second ive constructed in 35 years!
About this creation


This model is dedicated to my father, he is terminally ill and does not have long to live. For those that don't know him,he really is a true Gentleman, and a gentle man. I have found it difficult to cope with the idea of the world minus dad, and to occupy all that "thinking time", put my energy into this. After tragedy always follows good, and being reunited with a childhood passion i'm taking as a good omen. Jim's first car, a VW Beetle, was purchased for the princely sum of 642 in 1964. I still have vivid memories of the engine when it coughed and spluttered to life.
Anyway, enough of sadness and nostalgia on with the show....



The model is approximately 1:22 scale and measures 24 studs long by 9 studs wide. Its difficult to model accurately at this scale especially this particular iconic shape. Compromises have to be made, bigger ones still, if you model in orange.




To reach its, "as photographed" state the model has undergone many rebuilds, the biggest being dropping a stud from the centre. (7 is better than 8!) But in doing so required rebuilding the chassis which meant rebuilding....Basically it created an issue with just about everything. But i persevered whilst waiting for further supplies of orange...




Unfortunately Lego haven't yet produced orange hinges, hence the grey, blended in as door trim. The windscreen anchor hinge, again unavailable in orange, causes me the most angst however. I haven't yet reached such levels of sophisticated building technique to combat hiding the front boot hinge without impeding its opening.(Any help gratefully received in this department.)





Finally Ive designed the model so that it dismantles into over 30 odd parts, Ill post pictures when i get time with more pictures if people request them. I have pictures of his yellow brother, (that was the first model i built) Perhaps a spot the difference competition?






Comments

 I like it 
  January 26, 2011
I love it. I love orange. Great memories of my father who died for cancer a few years ago. Can you post more pictures of how to do that and maybe a peeron list of element ? thanks.
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  November 12, 2010
Beautifully sculpted! And an excellent choice of colors, too!!
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  October 31, 2010
great job!
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  October 28, 2010
this is awesome!!! the color makes it look really cool! Great job on it!
 I like it 
  September 17, 2010
You're right. Out of sadness can come good things and here is a car built with love.
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  September 13, 2010
This is simply stunning. It looks so striking in orange. Great job.
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  September 13, 2010
Amazing!
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  September 13, 2010
I bet you had to use huge piles of jumperplates, right? Half stud offsets work brilliantly on this one...great work! Regards, Jens
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  September 10, 2010
Wow, I like this a lot! The color choice and shape are great, excellent work!
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  September 10, 2010
This is very good! I like the authenticity and different-from-the-norm colour scheme. Welcome to MOCpages and keep it up!
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  September 10, 2010
Ooooh! Nice! If you don't mind could you check out some of my latest creations?
 
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