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Post  DrCox Fri 24 Jul 2020 - 15:30

Always competing with Cox, the Testors Corporation came up with some innovative ideas and designs. Their products sold well, some better than others. Here is a different vehicle named the Dune Buggy or also known as the Moon Buggy. Whatever it's called, it was truly original, especially with the engine header/exhaust pipe combo. Instead of the more durable recoil wire rope as equipped on Cox products, this Testors recoil was made utilizing a more economical rope known as monofilament "fishing " line for starting the .049. This model utilized a lot of flashy chrome from the deep dish rims, bumper, body trim, headlights and exhaust shroud.

Overall, a cool model available during "funner" times as a kid.


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Post  rsv1cox Sat 25 Jul 2020 - 7:56

Pretty neat Doc, and a model that I have not seen before.  Yours?

I have quite a few Testors and Cox plastic models, Aurora/Wen-Mac too.  It seems like Testors models were exaggerated in style when compared to the more conventional Cox models except for their Fly-em series which were pretty close to the full scale airplanes.  Wen Mac too with their out of proportion Ara and King Cobras when compared with the Cox model.

I don't know. Thinking it over some Cox models were pretty wild too.

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Post  getback Sat 25 Jul 2020 - 8:06

that is a cool looking Buggy Very Happy Looked but don't see one in action , tires look rubber ? would probably get the job done ! bounce
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Post  Ken Cook Sat 25 Jul 2020 - 9:15

I had the Super Beetle which was pretty much the end of the Testors cars. It worked, it was built very cheaply. The inevitable happened when the crank broke. It had hard plastic tires and the body looked like a cheap 5 &10 store push toy. The stickers were placed on crooked and generally wrinkled. A real lack of quality but it did work and was relatively fast while it did. They also made a van and 57 chevy in the Fast Ones series. Grossly out of proportion and ugly as could be but as I mentioned they did work. It's amazing to me how detailed and scale like the Wen Mac Mustang was and then they produce these . I will say though while I liked the scale like appearance of the Cox, I enjoyed the speed of the Testors Beetle.
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Post  rsv1cox Sat 25 Jul 2020 - 9:29

I just took a moment to study the engine and it's mount. Four screws takes it out. I would sure like to find a beat up model to mess around with, Smile

Strange. Looks like the exhaust is piped away from the engine compartment. The engine is mounted at an angle with a conventional fuel tank. But what is that trapezoid shaped thing? I would like to see how the engines gear interacts with the wheel drive gear. I'm pretty sure I have that gear or one like it in my spare parts.
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Post  NEW222 Sat 25 Jul 2020 - 16:34

I too will concour that it is a neat little model, and as well in great shape!
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Post  DrCox Tue 28 Jul 2020 - 9:52

getback wrote:that is a cool looking Buggy Very Happy  Looked but don't see one in action , tires look rubber ? would probably get the job done ! bounce

Eric, The tires are not the same composition as the Cox Dune Buggy tires. More of a vinyl-like plastic. Seem to hold up better over the years than the tires from Cox, especially when weight bearing.
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Post  DrCox Tue 28 Jul 2020 - 9:57

rsv1cox wrote:Strange.  Looks like the exhaust is piped away from the engine compartment.  The engine is mounted at an angle with a conventional fuel tank.  But what is that trapezoid shaped thing?   I would like to see how the engines gear interacts with the wheel drive gear.  I'm pretty sure I have that gear or one like it in my spare parts.  

Bob: The trapezoid shaped object is the fuel tank. On the bottom of the vehicle is a plastic slide switch that engages a gear that meshes with the drive screw from the crankshaft. Somewhat similar to the drive mechanism of the Cox Dune Buggy, but once again, made of plastic.

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Post  DrCox Tue 28 Jul 2020 - 10:20

Testors competed with the Cox Dune Buggy by introducing the Testors Surf Buggy. The body composition is flexible plastic unlike the rigid plastic body from Cox. This was also dressed with plenty of flashy chrome such as the deep dish rims, bumper, headlights, body accessories, roll bar and chrome exhaust tips and exhaust shroud. The overall design is original and unique, however the quality of materials utilized were based upon production costs.

The unique exhaust muffler/header exited the rear of the vehicle, while the recoil rope also incorporated the monofilament "fishing" line. Testors incorporated popular automotive colors of the 70's (Grabber Green etc) with their vehicles while also hoping to capitalize on the popular vehicles of the times. Overall, another creative idea from Testors.


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Post  rsv1cox Tue 28 Jul 2020 - 10:35

DrCox wrote:
rsv1cox wrote:Strange.  Looks like the exhaust is piped away from the engine compartment.  The engine is mounted at an angle with a conventional fuel tank.  But what is that trapezoid shaped thing?   I would like to see how the engines gear interacts with the wheel drive gear.  I'm pretty sure I have that gear or one like it in my spare parts.  

Bob: The trapezoid shaped object is the fuel tank. On the bottom of the vehicle is a plastic slide switch that engages a gear that meshes with the drive screw from the crankshaft. Somewhat similar to the drive mechanism of the Cox Dune Buggy, but once again, made of plastic.


Thanks, I see it now, my old eyes saw it as a two piece structure, but it's really just a single tank. Heck of a capacity, should run that engine for some time.
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