Ninja Cheerleaders VW Beetle Convertible

VW Beetle Cabriolet from the movie Ninja Cheerleaders
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B-movie cars are starting to become a specialty here. These are generally very inexpensive or very simple projects, which feels about right. The models and their inspiration are quick, simple fun, while costlier/more involved projects are generally reserved for more serious subjects ("serious" being a relative term). Such was the case with Ninja Cheerleaders: a silly, campy movie that knew it was ridiculous right from the title. Aoshima's '75 Beetle kit was a near-perfect match for the one used throughout the film, all it needed was some detail work.

The first thing that needed to go were the wheels. The movie car wore Minilites, which I replicated with a set of Fujimi Watanabe wheels. Although these are a little deeper, I think they fit the look of the car very well once they were fitted with a set of parts box tires. The rest of the chassis and interior was pretty much box stock.

The movie car was missing its front bumper and sun visors, so I left those off. I also removed the side marker lights and second exhaust tip, reshaped the rear bumper and license plate light, shaved the side emblems and fender spats, and added the general distressing that defined the car. For this I removed the trim aft of the passengers' door, seated the right headlight in a bucket from my parts box using actual slices of black tape, bent the right sideview mirror, and scratchbuilt the housings for the tail light and front marker light. The intact marker light was carved from a section of amber sprue and covered with BMF. The body was painted Tamiya Italian Red and lightly weathered to give it a used appearance.


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