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Meyers Manx Dune Buggy

AMT 1/25 Meyers Manx Dune Buggy Kit First Look

By Jeff Conrad, Front Range Auto Modelers (FRAM)

Date of Review December 2011 Manufacturer AMT/Round 2
Subject Meyers Manx Dune Buggy Scale 1/25
Kit Number 0651 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Lots of options, nice kit Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $20.95

First Look

Meyers Manx Dune Buggy
Meyers Manx Dune Buggy
Meyers Manx Dune Buggy
Meyers Manx Dune Buggy
Meyers Manx Dune Buggy
Meyers Manx Dune Buggy
Meyers Manx Dune Buggy

The Meyers Manx dune buggy was produced from 1964 to 1971 by California engineer, boat builder and surfer Bruce Meyers.  The Manx was made of a fiberglass body designed to be built on a shortened VW bug chassis and running gear.  The car could accept a standard VW bug engine, but was also capable of using 6 cylinder Corvair or Porsche flat 6 engines.  As you can imagine, these very light cars could out handle many sports cars of the time.  The Manx received widespread recognition when it won the inaugural Mexican 1000 race, the predecessor of the Baja 1000.

  • Scale:  1/25
  • Skill Level: Not specified, probably a 2
  • Assembly: Glue
  • Paint: Required
  • Molded in:  Metallic purple styrene
  • Decals: Water slide

This is a highly anticipated re-release of a kit that fans have been hoping AMT would reproduce for many years now.  The kit parts have been molded in a clear metallic purple color, tires in a black vinyl and the windshield in clear or optional blue.  The wheels, engine, roll bars and bright work are all chrome plated. The large decal sheet includes flames, stripes and various custom graphics that allow the builder to put their own spin on the project.  The shortened VW chassis is well detailed, as is the fully chromed engine, complete with “bag of snakes” exhaust pipes.  For this special release, AMT has also included a multi piece die cut cardboard display of a typical California beach drive in from the 1960s – the same type that AMT included in this kit when it was originally released.

This is a great kit, with lots of potential. The modeler can build 3 different off road versions as well as a street version of the Manx.  Options include 2 up tops - a hard Surrey style flat top or a more conventional shaped top; build it open with simulated tonneau cover over the back seats, as well as a body-less full blown race style dune buggy with roll bars.

This kit is highly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Round2 Models for this review sample!