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 GUEST BUILDER- KEITH CHAMBERS 

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Li'l Herbie!!

The Li'l Herbie is a rare variation of the Deal's Wheels Bug Bomb. It's hard to find boxed and unusual to see one built, but I've never seen one built to this level of detail! Here are some comments from Keith on this awesome build:

"Here's some pics of Li'l Herbie.  I did make some subtle changes in the original model.  I added license plates from the movie of Herbie, fender welts, a dash from a Revell VW convertible kit, and a "Pope's nose" rear license plate light that I scratch built.  I painted the inside and chassis Model Master Fabric Tan lacquer from a spray can.  After taping off the windows to keep the interior clean, I painted the exterior Model Master Wimbledon White lacquer from another spray can.  The dash was also painted this color and the flat area of the interior was painted an acrylic light gray.  After applying aftermarket decals that were (in my opinion) better than the factory decals, I used a can of Krylon clear lacquer to seal all.  The windows were dipped in Future Floor Polish, which I also used to attach the headlight lenses and bezels, bumpers, turn signals, license plates, and windshield!  It doesn't mar the clear finish and dries hard and clear.  The last thing I did was Bare Metal Foil the VW logo on the hood and seal it with Future Floor Polish.  The off white Wimbledon White closely resembles Herbie's actual color, and brings out the contrasting number 53 circle decals to make them pop a little more against this color.  The only problem I ran into were the decals conforming to the body.   The Micro-Sol did a little bit of a number on the decals on the rear of Herbie. I used a couple of injector stacks from the Beer Wagon to make Herbie's exhaust.  I had to drill holes in the ends of the exhausts and the engine, and insert some brass wire to hold them up.  I use Future Floor Polish to secure them in place. This is the first Deal's Wheels kit I have built in a long time.  Hopefully, I'll have more done soon.  This one was fun to build and only took a couple of weekends. "     

 

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