This car received a lot of modifcations and improvements along the years, I have built the 1967 model.
[Introduction by wikipedia]
This is an economy car produced by the German auto maker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003. The need for this kind of car, and its functional objectives, were formulated by German government, wishing for a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for the new road network of his country.
The government contracted to Ferdinand Porsche in 1934 to design and build it to his exacting standards. He and his team took until 1938 to finalise the design. This is one of the first rear-engined cars. With over 21 million manufactured (21,529,464) in an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform, worldwide.
This creation is made in scale 1:7.8. The total size is: 65 studs of length, only 25 wide and 23 of high (50x20x18 cm)
The weight is 2.5 kgs, with around 3000 parts and 5 motors.
As always it includes some remote controlled functions:
- Steering (M motor)
- Drive (2 XL motors)
- Sequential gearbox (PF Servo motor)
- Brakes (M motor)
The sequential gearbox is a modified version of the Mustang's gearbox (3rd Gen V2), with 4+N+R speeds and as always with auto-clutch.
The speeds ratio:
R - 1.25:1
1 - 1.25:1
2 - 1:1
3 - 1:1.33
4 - 1:1.67
The max speed in 4th speed is 4 kph (~2.5 mph)
It has a gear indicator in the interior, between the front seats.
Also you can disassembly the bodywork removing only 5 pins, do it is very easy and fast.
A complete bodywork with openable doors, front trunk bonnet and and rear engine door.
Also the doors have lock, you need turn the door handle to open it.
It has 4 full size seats and folding front seats.
The suspension is based in the real one: front rigid beam independent suspension axle and rear swing axle.
Also the front axle has stabilizer bar
The steering has ackerman geometry and working steering wheel.
The car also has working brakes in all wheels: disc brakes in the fron and drum brakes in the rear.
In addition it includes functional brake pedal.
Now the "most wanted" picture for technic fans
Finally as always a little video:
I hope you like it!!