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I got this model a couple of months ago and didn't even take it out of the box until yesterday. It is by Johnny Lightning and If I recall I gave $19.99 US for it at Wal Mart. If you compare it against a Bburago or Revell Bug, the Johnny Lightning version is so far ahead of them, the other two can't even see it's smoke.
The first thing that stood out to me was the door hinges. It features hinges that are like real VW Bug hinges. Two round ones on the body, two round ones on the door itself, held together with a pin. No dog legs here. The chrome trim is simply raised metal cast in and painted chrome, but it looks good. The VW emblem on the hood is only a tampo, however. The bumpers are very well done, as are the headlights. The paint is very good and I couldn't find any flaws in it, however it would need to be polished out or cleaned as the plastic strips leave some kind of residue behind. Two flaws I noticed in the back. The exhaust tips are too far apart, and I am pretty sure '63 Bugs did not have half-amber tail lights.
The engine is not wired, but it is very detailed with everything else, including the cooling hoses to the "dog house" represented. There is even a relay on top of the generator, as there should be. Sadly, there are no under-bonnet decals. The front compartment has a spare tire. It comes with a hub cap attached, and I took mine off. The spare rim should not be chrome plated. The wheels are nicely done with the VW emblem molded in. The undercarriage is very simple, but on the real thing, there isn't much to see either. The same applies to the interior, very basic, but the VW was a very basic car. If you are looking for a vintage Bug, this model is worth the money.



review added to the DX Model Review Database on 16-JUNE-2005
 

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Thanks for the review Eddie! :cheers I will have to pick up the "Herbie" version next time I see it. I was never a big fan of the 1:1s, but I have a soft spot for the 1:18s :giggle

You sure are getting great at outdoor photography!
 

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Thanks for that informative post about the Johnny Lightning Beetle Eddie! :cheers You're the best. Those outdoor photos are really terrific too. :coolpics :coolpics My family used to have a little white Beetle (something like the '63) while we lived in Holland. It was a white one with red interior if I recall correctly.
 

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Man, that is great! Thanks for the review, Eddie! :nicejob I have to get a vintage bug for my collection, and that one would be great. Specially the Herbie version. Did you ever see that one? It's pretty cool. There was one up for auction here once, though at an absurd price, but it still went fast. Richard has the "hot rod" version (if I'm not mistaken, and it's also very nice.
 

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Thanks for the scoop on the Bug :nicejob
I really have to find one of these, I wish I had a Wal Mart close by.

The outside pics look great!

The half amber tailights are correct for 1963 (at least according to "Original VW Beetle")but the tailpipes looks to be off.

The 1963 is one of my favorite years for the bug :cheers
 

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Thanks for the kind words, as always. I've never seen the stock version in anything but that maroon color. The "Hot Rod" version has flames and EMPI style wheels. The Herbie one I have seen too, but they go much faster than the others.
 

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Excellent review Eddie and your outdoor are outstanding :nicejob I love the fact that there is nothing obviously out of scale in your pictures

One request though, very soon Minichamps (in their British Car Collection Series) are bringing out at least 3 maybe 4 versions of the Morris Minor (a big competitor to the Bug, in its day) It would be great if you could do (in the future) one of your reviews on it and do a comparison of both the Bug and the Minor

http://www.minichamps.com/bc.html scroll to bottom (no pictures as yet, maybe soon though)
 

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I too have noticed that the Herbie sell instantly when WM gets them. I have also seen a "dirty" race version.

I wonder if they will do a version for the new Nascar Herbie movie? And does anyone know if the new movie uses the same version of the Bettle?
 
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Thanks for the review Eddie! :nicejob

I see this model at the store alot and always wonder what detail it has. Now I know.

I would get Herbie the love bug if I had the chance.
 

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B-E-A-utiful!
also thank you Eddie for the review and for the great pics.
are there any Johnny Lightning like that one in black?
 
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