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1962 Lego Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Build

September 1, 2021
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“If I applied myself like I have over the last four days at school I could have been Dr Kerry Chant”

LEGO Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Review

by Bowen's Garage | Marcus Paul - Super Radio Network

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1962 Lego Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Build

This may be short notice, but I’ve discovered the ultimate Father’s Day gift. The good people at LEGO set me a task this week, to build a 1962 classic Volkswagen T1 Camper Van. Honestly, if I applied myself like I have over the last four days at school I could have been Dr Kerry Chant.

Epic Build

This little project started last weekend, with stay-at-home orders in place it seemed like a great time to bond with the family. Henry, age 4 – was VERY committed but with bedtime looming – we had to intervene. My wife departed the scene as I began drawing up divorce papers in my head.

Despite the sweat blood and tears, I finally made it. Or at least I created something very close to what’s on the box.

So Much Detail

There was the ‘V’ shape three-way colour split at the front, rounded roof, and window frames, opening ‘splittie’ safari windshield, opening doors, pop-up roof with textile curtain surround, roof rack, rear side air intake vents and much more.

Those 1332 pieces are put to great use and even reproduce the VW air-cooled flat four-cylinder boxer engine. Other painstaking details include the front cabin bench seat, a gear stick, dashboard with stick on dials.

\Being a camper van there’s plenty more in the back, including a folding rear bench seat, folding dinette table, closet with mirror and even a painting!

Vital Stats

So, in summary here are the key features:

  • “V” shaped colour split, “splittie” safari windshield, pop-up roof, textile curtains, “boxer” engine, wing mirrors and folding furniture
  • LEGO Creator Expert building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building
  • The Camper Van is over 5” high and 11” long
  • 1332 pieces – For LEGO fans over 16 years old.

The Video 

For the video I used the new gopro.com, which is a massive leap over previous models. Finally, there’s a front screen that displays what the camera is actually filming. This skips the fiddly process of trying to use the app on your phone. In fact, the $699.95 camera is what I use for my car reviews.

Bowen’s Report Card

I really enjoyed this experience, perhaps not so much during the build but hey I was a bit rusty! I’ve since discovered this product has been retired, instead you’ll need to turn towards the new Volkswagen T2 Camper Van available for $179,99. It’s an 80 out of 100 from me!