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Well, sir.....get on with it then! An unpainted Beetle is nearly a crime against nature, seeing as how they nearly beg to be coated, knowing a good plonk is next.
Haddock would never charge dereliction of duty knowing alcohol is in the balance.....but what the dragons could do to an unpainted car might be considerable.
 

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An interesting Beetle which was probably built in one of VW's many factories outside Germany. Officially, the post August 1967 cars with vertically-mounted headlamps had 4-stud wheels, whereas the car in your pic has the original 5-stud units.

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'Twill be painted soon-ish. I've made the mistake again of having three cars on the go at once. High time I learned to be sensible. Probably a bit late, though.
 

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I've got enough on my slot plate as it is but, whilst waiting for glue to dry, I started forming a plan to build another Tamiya Beetle in 1:24 scale. A set of 917 wheels might be 'cool' as youngsters say these days, or it might end up as a pile of carp. Anyhow, it's a job or two for another day in the not-too-distant future.
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Thought I'd try this Carrera car against a couple of homemade specials last evening, but immediately ran into a common prob, namely, that of disintegrating tyres. Difficult to know what purpose might be served by standard Carrera rubber.

'Urethane replacements ordered immediately.
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Happy holidays.

August is upon us. Sea, sand, surf, merriment, levity and fun all the way, eh? Just a few minor probs to overcome, though, first.

1) Roadworks and temp traffic lights at 3-mile intervals
2) Mrs Trellis from North Wales in her Austin A40 (goveŕned to a max 28mph)
3) The broken down 44-tonner blocking the A38 in both directions near Bristol
4) Cigarettes repeatedly thrown from the car in front
5) Kids on the back seat forecasting an imminent bout of vomiting
6) A complete lack of parking space if you ever reach your destination
7) The seaside chip shop is 'closed for lunch.'
8 Local authority notices restricting fun to 8mins 10secs per day

Please send us a postcard. Glad I'm not there.
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Love that expression, "slammed surf," Paul. It reminds me of times swimming in the sea when waves were minimal and disappointing. Nowadays, I simply get disappointed when Mrs Grumpy merely mentions a trip to the coast. Usual probs.

Waiting for her to get ready, a downpour of rain, endless duh-traffic, an infestation of jellyfish washed up on the beach, and traipsing around shops that don't sell Airfix Beetles. Incidentally, isn't it high time Airfix re-released the 917?
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Oil, plugs, points and water for the washer bottle. Oh, not forgetting to kick all four tyres to check that they were, more or less, inflated.

Five jobs that comprised a complete service years ago... But, of course, we've 'improved' things in recent years.
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After last evening's trough Mrs Grumpy turned Aztec. "For crying out loud, another stupid bl** dy Beetle. You must think I'm stupid, why do you need six Beetles?"

I replied that few good stories ever come to an end, "d'ya see?" It's rarely a good idea to resort to uncle Bonkers' vocab on these occasions.

Resigned to Fate she proposed a moot on the subject of: "Living with a half-wit from a family of half-wits." The moot didn't get far, as uncle Bonkers rattled into life on the electric telephone. Saved by the bell.
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