Fun Ho! #05 Volkswagen Kombi Bus

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This model is of the Fun Ho! #5 Volkswagen Kombi Bus in Chrome. This model appears to be based on the Volkswagen Type 1 Kombi Bus made between 1950 and 1967.

There are no opening parts on this model. All features are cast into the metal of the model. The model appears to be based on a Volkswagen T1 Kombi, although the die maker got it wrong and made the die with twin rear side doors on both sides of the vehicle, whereas the real Kombi had them on only one side, left for right hand drive vehicles, and right for left hand drive vehicles.

At the front of the Fun Ho! VW Kombi there is a cast representation of the front bumper, head lights, the classic curved front panels, and the centred VW logo. Further back is a cast representation of the split front windscreen. The side feature cast representations of the front doors and handles, the rear side doors and handles (see above), and the rear side air cooling louvres. The rear has cast detail for the rear hatch, engine compartment door, number plate, and rear bumper.

There is no interior or glazing.

All wheels appear to be one piece, black plastic, typical of the Fun Ho! miniatures of the time, mounted on steel domed axles.

The base plate appears to be lightly plated. It is held in place by three machined rivets, one to the front and two to the rear. The base is marked "Volks-Bus" to the centre top, and has a representation of what may be the chassis rails.

1964 Volkswagen T1 Transporter Kombi bus (6105785703)
sv1ambo [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

1964 Volkswagen T1 Transporter Kombi bus (6105917315)
sv1ambo [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is likely to have been an early issue, issued after 1964, due to the lack of either Streamlux or Fun Ho! markings. During its original lifetime (1964-82), 118,400 models were manufactured, originally in a chrome finish, and later with a paint finish.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:80. My reasoning is that the normal length for the Volkswagen Kombi was 168.5 inches (4.280 metres) and the model has a length of almost 2 inches (53mm) (4280/53 = 1:80.75).

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