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 VOLKSWAGEN 12OO BEETLE - POLICE

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VOLKSWAGEN

1200 BEETLE

POLICE

page last updated:25 April 2015



This is actually a really nicely modelled car. This example is a wreck and it has nasty Whizzwheels and it has had the opening bits taken away, but it remains a really well modelled car.

In an earlier version it had opening back and front and could be steered by turning the beacon - Follow this link to see one. If you look inside this one you can see a blank in the seat moulding where the steering shaft used to be. However it is probably true that by the time Corgi made this car from old moulds and models they were no longer capable of producing modelling of this quality. It is worth comparing it to the 1966 version to see how production standards had deteriorated in four years. The moulding on this one, especially on the front wings is very poor.

I managed to disguise the fact in my original pictures, but the rear suspension on this model had collapsed, this has now been repaired. Yet again plastic springs have failed. The lower pictures show what had happened, there is a red plastic piece which had run the length of the chassis holding the axles in place and acting as a single spring. This piece had broken leaving the back axle loose and the wheels free to retreat into the bodywork. I think the original pics were done with the car sitting on a big blob of blue tack.

Luckily the red plastic spring has a sort of rebate along its sides which allowed me to push a couple of pieces of sprung wire under it to act as replacement springs.  These wires had to be held in place. To do this I drilled four holes in the base plate and put in pop rivets, placed to stop the wires slipping out. You can see these in the underneath shot. I used dummy rivets to put the car back together, my technique is improving.

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  DIE CAST SCALE MODEL WITH SPRING SUSPENSION
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Volkswagen 1200 Beetle Police - 373 Volkswagen 1200 Beetle Police - 373 Volkswagen 1200 Beetle Police - 373
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