Diorama Update / 1:64 Scale VW Beetle Roof Rack

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Just Some New Pics

VW Hub Cap ClockVW Hub Cap ClockUpdated BlingUpdated BlingUpdated BlingUpdated BlingJoe's Crab Shack BucketFan UpdateThis past Sunday, we visited the Cincinnati Zoo, then stopped at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, Ky. on the way home. I immediately noticed the Corona and Miller Lite buckets sitting on all of the tables. I thought the Corona bucket would be a great complement to our J C Higgins cooler so I inquired about purchasing one. Our cool waitress checked with her manager and she told us that it was cool just to take it with us. So, props to the Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, it’s a perfect complement to our J C Higgins cooler. I also replaced the center logo on the fan that I installed last weekend, just to make it look even more VW. I like the little details that we can add to these cars just to make them that much more personal. I also updated our VW hub cap clock. Found new clock workings that fit the look a little better.

Latest Diecast

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New Hot Wheels and Roof Wrap

New VW's For The CollectionRoof Rack WrapAdded two more Hot Wheels to the collection. 50th Anniversary redline Beetle and Walt Disney Classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs T1 Bus with real riders. Very nice! Both of these were found at Walmart. When I first read about the 50th Anniversary Redlines, it was obvious that people were snatching them up and trying to sell them for a profit. Ebay was flooded with them for a few days. However, a recent visit to our local Walmart proved that these were readily available. Don’t fall for the trap. I also began wrapping Mabel’s roof rack with rope. I’ve always like this look and decided to give it a try (sorry video of the process). Just the top part required 90 feet of rope. Don’t know if I’ll take it any further than this or not, we’ll see.

Pre ’68 Reverse Lights Install

1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse LightsI’ve always loved the look of the pre-1968 reverse lights on the old Beetles. I believe that the early 1968’s still had the same setup as the 1967’s. I thought I’d try to incorporate the pre-1968 reverse lights into Mabel just to see what they look like. Finding OEM reverse lights is very difficult and if you do find the lights and the brackets in decent shape, they’re way too expensive to be experimenting with. So I opted for the EMPI reproduction lights. I ordered these from Moore Parts Source out of Anaheim, California. For the price, I’m very pleased with the quality. If you didn’t know they weren’t OEM, you’d never guess. Even though the bumpers are different on the ’68 and ’67, the brackets for the lights still fit perfectly. All in all, I’m very pleased with the outcome. They look like they’ve been there for 50 years. Total time spent on the project was about 2 hours.

Avon Beetles

Avon Beetles

Shauna and Lenora have managed to get me 2 of the 3 Avon Beetles that were released in the 1970’s. Oddly enough, both of these are full of cologne and sort of smell like Old Spice…..I’m only missing the blue one, but I’m sure in time, we’ll find it. Shauna was also able to get me the VW Rabbit that is also full of the same cologne. They’re a nice addition to the collection.