Metal Earth Beach Buggy Model
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Metal Earth: Beach Buggy

SKU: 1373
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We Call Them Dune Buggies


The Beach Buggy is a very easy Metal Earth model with just six unique pieces on one sheet of metal. All of the instructions fit in one picture. A shrunken-down picture of the instructions is provided here so you can see what you're getting into.

Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).

Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.


Are you curious...?

They're beach buggies in the UK and much of the English-speaking world, but we call them dune buggies in the US. They typically have large, wide wheels that can cope with sand, an open chasis to reduce weight, and a rear-mounted engine to concentrate weight over the drive wheels. Dune buggies are mostly homemade. Post-1961 VW Beetles are a favorite "donor car" thanks to their air-cooled, rear-mounted engines. Strip off the body, enlarge the wheels, and your Bug is an instant buggie. Dune buggies can also be converted from just about any old rear-wheel drive car, built from scratch with a tubular frame, or built from a kit. You can recognize kit cars by their sleek fiberglass bodies.

The US military has its own take on dune buggies, called Light Strike Vehicles (LSV) and used by US Navy SEALS and other forces. Chenowith Racing Products of San Diego builds LSVs exclusively for government use.

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