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When Did The Beetle Enter Military Service?
long_tom
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 08:00 AM UTC
I bought the Rye Field kit, but I never did find out if the Beetle changed during the war's duration and if so, which version this represents.
Frenchy
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 08:34 AM UTC
http://www.kfzderwehrmacht.de/Hauptseite_deutsch/Kraftfahrzeuge/Deutschland/Volkswagen/VW_Typ_82_E/vw_typ_82_e.html

H.P.
long_tom
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 08:40 AM UTC
Thanks. I've gone batty going through all the VW Beetle resources I could find.
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 09:02 AM UTC

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I bought the Rye Field kit, but I never did find out if the Beetle changed during the war's duration and if so, which version this represents.



The Type 82e is not the same as the KDF-wagen, so right off there are several differences with the most notable being the Type 82e was mounted on a Kubelwagen chassis and not the standard Type 1 chassis.

As far as the Type 82e changing, there weren't really many visible changes to the vehicle other than maybe some differences in the air cleaner depending on the source. There were more obvious changes made during the British occupation such as the odd roller-device under the front apron.

Did you know in the first ten years of the Beetle's existence over 5000 changes were made to it? Almost all were mechanical and internal where they went unnoticed by most.
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 09:36 AM UTC
Tom, I've built it and its a fun kit but has a couple quirks.
Dan
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 11:42 AM UTC

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Tom, I've built it and its a fun kit but has a couple quirks.
Dan


How do you mean?
panamadan
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 02:45 PM UTC
The doors have no hinges to keep them open.
There is a lever for 4 wheel drive, but the 82E did not have this feature.
The trunk interior is completely inaccurate.
But it assembles well and looks the part.
brekinapez
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 03:25 PM UTC
The 4-wheel drive was in the Type 87 Kommandeurswagen. Unless more have turned up in the past few years, there are only three survivors of that variant.
long_tom
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 03:46 PM UTC
Actually I thought the 82E did have 4-wheel drive.
panamadan
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 04:30 PM UTC
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=726579&view=previous&sid=1b9c981065e04a11d05cb87af50bcbf9
brekinapez
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 05:04 PM UTC
Just keep the trunk shut. But that was a pretty big error. Almost as if they wanted to make a Type 87 and then changed to the Type 82e halfway through.
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 01:37 AM UTC
It's amazing you ask questions as if you don't know anything then post with information. Maybe your previous thread on the subject should have given you some leads and information

https://www.armorama.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=279809&ord=&page=1

or is it just time wasting yet again.....
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 03:53 PM UTC
best thing is that knowledge is cumulative and we all pick up same as we trudge along.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=8735258

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_search.php?search_keywords=1941+Type+87+Kommandeurwagen&show_results=summary

https://www.o5m6.de/wehrmacht_old/KdFWagenTyp87.html

http://ww2vw.com/galleries/kdf-beetle-type-82e-1943/

why only yesterday did I learn what a Zwitter was.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ue_UQjHViM