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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:04 pm    Post subject: M2 Machines VWs 1/24 scale Reply with quote

So, Ive been on this forum for several years now and have looked through the threads that interest me. I dont own any 1:1 VWs. I grew up with them, (dad was a mechanic) and they were the first cars I drove. I still like them, but dont have room to store and frankly being 64, I was never really comfortable driving them once I was taller than 62.
Fortunately, like any frustrated hot rodder, car enthusiast, there are scale models and die-casts. Boy do I have my share. Mostly 1/25-1/24 but a smattering of 1/64, 1/32, 1/20, 1/18, all the way to scale.
Ive always felt air cooled VWs were never well represented in quality 1/24-1/25 scale when you consider how many were produced in the world. Revell and Tamiya have made good efforts in recent years in the plastics and I have collected representations of their kits. I sometimes build but lately it seems I only collect.
In 1/24 scale, Franklin Mint made a Euro 67 Beetle hardtop and cabriolet, 67 Ghia hardtop and a well detailed 62 21 window Bus in several colors before they were robbed by China. They only other quality 1/24 air cooled VW Im aware of are the Minichamps/Pauls Modern Art Euro 67 Ghia hardtop and cabriolet. The problem with these is they are out of production and can be hit and miss to find. I do have all but the Bus in my collection.
I know there are other die-cast air cooled representations from Motor Max, Jada, Kinsmart, Maisto, and Welly, but they really come across as visually toy like with clumsy doors or cartoon features.
Well, several years ago M2 Machines started producing 1/64 Beetles, Double Cabs, Deliveries, and Microbuses. They come in Euro, and USA versions, stock and hot rodded, opening features too. Im really surprised no one has started a thread on this line in 1/64 or 1/24 scale.
I have collected several of M2s other 1/24 scale models over the years and usually the 1/64s come before the 1/24 versions, Needless to say I was waiting in anticipation for something from this company. I was not disappointed. A Wal-Mart exclusive, they released two 1960 Microbuses. Though they were painted in colors not available for 1960, they had actual hinged doors, deck lid, and rear hatch. One had an open sun roof and one didnt. The side doors didnt open. Im sure there were lots of other things wrong prototypically, they looked good and were only $20 each.
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A short while later they released a proper color 1960 Microbus in restored and rusty versions. I only have the shiny one.
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Next, more Wal-Mart exclusives that were lowered and rodded Microbuses in shiny black and flat orange. The one thing they added was an ambulance spotlight on the top. Not a huge fan, but to each his own.
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Now I kept waiting thinking anytime now they would release a Beetle. And wouldnt you know it they did while I was out of the country. I missed out on the release of the 52 Deluxe Beetle. I have one now. It was obviously designed by a different group than the Microbus, because they missed the details a lot on this one. Its not bad, but the bumpers, stance, wheel track and rear side window stick out. Still, there are no crotch cooler beetles in this scale that Im aware of for $20. Oh yeah the interior is messed up too.
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A deal with Moon Equipped brought these neat schemes there were a few more, but I liked these.
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Recently, we have these Surf themed releases. I find them looking pretty sharp looking.
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Now if you follow M2, you are aware they also make limited editions just like Hotwheels called Chase and Super Chase (raw). Im not a completionist, so I dont collect these or even look for them.
Im hoping they will explore Type 3s or possibly even type 4s in the future.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:25 pm    Post subject: Re: M2 Machines VWs 1/24 scale Reply with quote

I've just recently (past couple of years) started collecting M2's. They have such great detail and offer many more buses than the other small die cast manufacturers. Here is one of my favorites.

Is this going to be the delicated M2 thread?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:38 pm    Post subject: Re: M2 Machines VWs 1/24 scale Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: M2 Machines VWs 1/24 scale Reply with quote

A couple I've had in my collection.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:32 pm    Post subject: Re: M2 Machines VWs 1/24 scale Reply with quote

That split Beetle looks like an oval with a bar through it.

Love the chrome Centerlines on the bus, though. I could see myself pirating a set of those.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: M2 Machines VWs 1/24 scale Reply with quote

Here is another one I have in my collection. I wish that wouldn't put that cyclops light on most of them. One or two would be fine, but it seems like I have more with than without.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:45 pm    Post subject: Re: M2 Machines VWs 1/24 scale Reply with quote

Found these at Wally World.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:07 pm    Post subject: Re: M2 Machines VWs 1/24 scale Reply with quote

This one had box damage I left it on the shelf. 1:24 scale.

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