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KaeferModelle
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

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Hello Jack,

all MiniStyles have an original model in 1:1. However, only the black beetle in my photo is a MiniStyle. The purple beetle in the foreground is from Duvi.

Thank you for showing the newspaper clippings. Would you allow me to show the newspaper clippings in my beetle model community?


hi KaeferModelle, Yes - use freely.

By serendipity, I came across a copy of the newspaper while I was doing something completely unrelated! I've attached the full page below.

I didn't realize that one of Alfred's 'Coming and Going' Volkswagen was displayed at the 1974 New York Auto Show in the Coliseum. So maybe this was the inspiration for the MiniStyle toy.

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Hi Jack,

it is quite possible that MiniStyle was inspired by Alfred's Beetle.

Thank you for the permission and the complete newspaper article. Smile

Friendly regards

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

I built this Jolly about 10 years before Schuco's. All I had to work with was one black-and-white photo.

Here it is with its sister Pyro Sunroof Sedan.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

KaeferModelle wrote:
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Hello Jack,

all MiniStyles have an original model in 1:1. However, only the black beetle in my photo is a MiniStyle. The purple beetle in the foreground is from Duvi.

Thank you for showing the newspaper clippings. Would you allow me to show the newspaper clippings in my beetle model community?


hi KaeferModelle, Yes - use freely.

By serendipity, I came across a copy of the newspaper while I was doing something completely unrelated! I've attached the full page below.

I didn't realize that one of Alfred's 'Coming and Going' Volkswagen was displayed at the 1974 New York Auto Show in the Coliseum. So maybe this was the inspiration for the MiniStyle toy.

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Hi Jack,

it is quite possible that MiniStyle was inspired by Alfred's Beetle.

Thank you for the permission and the complete newspaper article. Smile

Friendly regards


Nicki

This photo was supposed to be taken in Connecticut and was called push me pull you.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

The Beetle was a funny idea. Laughing MiniStyle called the model "Bicephale".
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

Does anyone know if there were other VW buses from Pepe / Jato that had such nice stickers Question

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

I've never seen one like this.

As KATO models appear to be new releases, this could be something new.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:04 am    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

The Pepe models are the new version of the Jato models, Blue Baron. I suspect that the bus was produced during the transition phase because the stickers read "Pepe Portugal", but Jato was embossed on the base plate. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

This is my last new addition.

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I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

For Christmas this year I received an original Mego Riddler 8-inch action figure to go with the Mobile Bat Lab. The Caped
Crusader needed to use the Foe Catcher device to place him in custody.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

This is what father Christmas bought me! Ref 4066 ragtop bandai! Rare?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

Yep, it sure is. That's one that has eluded me lo these many years.

Looks good!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:25 am    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

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Yep, it sure is. That's one that has eluded me lo these many years.

Looks good!


Thanks Bluebaron, I'm thinking to change the chromes and wheels for better ones at some point...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:27 am    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

One of my favorite... Big size truck with visible engine, other picts / colors anyone? Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

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Yep, it sure is. That's one that has eluded me lo these many years.

Looks good!


Thanks Bluebaron, I'm thinking to change the chromes and wheels for better ones at some point...


Yes, you can use parts from the more common version of this toy.

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One of my favorite... Big size truck with visible engine, other picts / colors anyone? Shocked

The large Bandai is hard to find as a pickup. The bus version came in yellow over red, and red over yellow, so it's entirely possible the pickup was offered in these two combinations as well. Two really good additions to your collection, Barny.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:52 am    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

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Yep, it sure is. That's one that has eluded me lo these many years.

Looks good!


Thanks Bluebaron, I'm thinking to change the chromes and wheels for better ones at some point...


Yes, you can use parts from the more common version of this toy.

Barny55 wrote:
One of my favorite... Big size truck with visible engine, other picts / colors anyone? Shocked

The large Bandai is hard to find as a pickup. The bus version came in yellow over red, and red over yellow, so it's entirely possible the pickup was offered in these two combinations as well. Two really good additions to your collection, Barny.


+ pink over white and orange over cream, saw a blue over white as well

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:02 am    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

Vintage Amloid car carrier with Amloid VWs, made in USA.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

Cool! Did you add the VW sticker?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

Yes. The toy was never played with, but needed a little something extra.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

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Vintage Amloid car carrier with Amloid VWs, made in USA.

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Really cool set, nice addition of the VW decal. Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Toy collectors Reply with quote

I picked up one of these rare Bandai rag top Beetles about a year ago. Overall it was pretty nice - just covered in dust and grime. Unfortunately it was missing the rear window and antenna. I searched for some time until I could find an affordable donor car so I could combine the two and give this one a cosmetic restoration. Well mission finally accomplished.

I pulled my donor car apart and cleaned up the antenna, rear window and 2 hub caps. Next task was to dismantle the sunroof car. I've done many of these in the past and I always hate trying to get at all of the tabs that hold the chassis to the body. The 4 in the fenderwells are always tough to get at.

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Cleaning parts in the sink :

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Chassis got a good cleaning as well. They are always caked with dust, lint, hair - you name it. I used a paint brush and compressed air to start with and then it too got a soapy bath (avoiding the electrical motor) :

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Now it's the body's turn :

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3 hours later it has been waxed, a few small dents pressed out, chrome cleaned with fine steel wool and donor parts added :

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Now to make room for it in the toy cabinet.
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