Manx dune buggies have been around for several decades.
The kit engine is all chrome and fits together very well with very little flash. I decided to use a nCovair engine from my parts box for this build mostly because I had a set of big sand paddle tires that I was itching to use.
The typical VW chassis is a wonder in simplification and the parts in the kit go together easily.
There’s not much to a dune buggy interior. The kit seats looked a trifle small to me, so I substituted a pair of bomber seats from my stock. This buggy was made to play in the sand so there is no carpeting or upholstery. I modified the kit rollbar and tied it into the front support bar from the kit. The dashboard was left out so the tachometer was mounted on the steering column. The kit offers a couple versions for the rear seat area – a bench seat or panels to cover up the seating area.
There is really only 2 parts for the body, the body itself and a separate hood. I used HOK light teal pearl over a white basecoat on this project.
AMT has produced a wonderful kit and they need to be thanked. Since this is already the second version of the Manx buggy, I suspect that several more versions will be coming our way. Thank you to Round2Models and IPMS USA for the opportunity to build and review a marvelous kit.