Over the past few years my friends and I have started getting into The Dresden Files, a book series by Jim Butcher focusing on the exploits of one Harry Dresden; Wizard Detective. Harry drives around in a clapped out old VW Beetle (“The Blue Beetle”) and for my friends birthday we decided to make him one using a VM Beetle model kit I found in Hobby Craft (UK). Image (left) from www.scalemates.com.
About the Blue Beetle
It isn’t all blue
The Blue Beetle is in-fact multi-coloured. There are various references to which parts are what colour throughout the series. In The Dresden Files: Storm Front it’s described as one green door, one white door and the hood was red. Later the hood is replaced with a grey (primer).
In the series, Mold Daemons are supposedly responsible for the interior of the car being eaten. As a result of this we didn’t put the interior into the car. Instead of seats, there are crates made of match sticks (you can make these out in the second photo), which are referenced in one of the books and The Dresden Files wiki
There’s likely large amounts of damage to The Blue Beetle, and I doubt it has mirrors or bumpers any more, but we decided to include them anyway. It makes it shiny!
Harry Dresden’s Blue Beetle: Model