Model: (Click to see more) 58672: Monster Beetle Trail
Status: Runner
Date: 7-Jul-2020
Comments: 9
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Kinda interesting, kinda not.
That's what I thought about the Monster Beetle Trail kit for a long time. Lots of things to like - I like the GF-01 chassis, the portal axles look interesting, quite nice body-shell, the whole thing just seems quirky but cool. Downside - the dull red body and hideous yellow wheels don't help, not really a fan of the 'toy Monster Beetle' look and then there's the price!! Umm, no.

Then Tamico happened! One of their weekly offers made the price much more reasonable. The voice in my head that shouted 'I want one' was much louder than the voice that said 'You can't afford it' and an order was placed.

The kit arrived a few days later and it really didn't disappoint. A GF-01 is always a fun build and the portals added a nice little extra complexity. All good so far.
The dull red body and hideous yellow wheels were still there, but that's ok - I have paint!! I'm sorry if this offends the Monster Beetle fans, but the Sand Scorcher paint scheme is much cooler! I've cheated a bit, this is definitely a simplified Sand Scorcher theme but I think it does the job. I had a Sand Scorcher re-re decal sheet which I scanned, scaled down and printed for the body (and scaled them down further for the driver's helmet).

I didn't like the heavily tinted windows, especially as I wanted to fit a driver. Wild Willy just about fits in there and I made a basic interior to keep him happy.

So here it is. I probably made more work for myself than was really necessary but I'm really pleased with it.

Hope you like it too.
Cheers,
Rob

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Comments

mtbkym01

7-Jul-2020

Another classic from you Rob, brilliant concept......again

KEV THE REV

7-Jul-2020

Sweet , much better in Scorcher colours

Finnsllc

8-Jul-2020

fantastic

Steffen

8-Jul-2020

Genius, much cooler than box art!

MAD-BEE

8-Jul-2020

Iol crazy looking thing! Love it!

lowspot

11-Jul-2020

Best looking trail beetle I ve seen

mrmarui22

11-Jul-2020

I've never liked the colour scheme on the Monster Beetle either... yours is so much better. You should design cars for Tamiya, plus you could paint all their XB Willys eyes

mongoose1983

12-Jul-2020

Looks beautiful. I love the bllue color you used. Looks fantastic!

IBIFTKH

12-Jul-2020

Thank you for all the kind comments guys, glad you like it. It's a mad little thing but quite good fun. Seriously thinking about removing the portal axles and running this as a normal GF-01. Time will tell...


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