Category Archives: Land Rover

Big Hand Crafted Four by Fours – Part Five

By Robert P. Gunn

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Readers of MAR magazine will have been familiar with Robert’s contributions as an expert on pickup trucks. Since retirement he has been making a selection of 4×4 vehicles by hand to 1:10 scale, four of which have already appeared in MAR Online. The fifth is a 1957 Land Rover 107 inch wheelbase described by Robert below.

 

History

When the Land Rover appeared in 1948, its all terrain usefulness was much appreciated from the beginning.  But farmers and other users soon found the rear load area to be too small, owing to the very short wheelbase – 80 inches originally, then 86 inches (2.3 Meters and 2.18 meters).

In 1955 Land Rover answered this criticism by introducing the long wheelbase Land Rover, in pickup and station wagon versions. The wheelbase was stretched to 107 inches (2.71 metres), giving much more room in the load area. Oddly, the allowable load was initially exactly the same as the short wheelbase model, but the road limit was soon raised; possibly the springs were strengthened.

The 107 inch was stretched to the more familiar 109 inches later, the extra length being to accommodate a diesel engine which longer.

Making the Model

This model was made in the same way as the other four earlier ones in my ‘1:10 scale 4×4’ series. (use the site search feature and search for ‘big hand crafted’ if you wish to read Robert’s four previous articles). It is of mixed materials, to strict 1:10 scale, using whatever suits a particular part best. Or sometimes simply what I have available!

The chassis is of pinewood, and most of the body flat panels are in hardboard. The cab roof is aluminium sheet glued to a softwood block, while the bonnet lid was formed from nickel silver sheet – this is more rigid than aluminium but easier to work than steel.

Springs and much of the steering is of brass strips and tubes; some universal joints from radio-controlled cars were adapted to enable the front wheels to turn.

Rubber tyres are correct tread pattern, Dunlop ‘TRAK-GRIP’, a tyre actually fitted by the factory as an option on this model.

Seats are carved from softwood and covered in vinyl, obtained from a cheap handbag bought in a charity shop – with some funny looks from the assistant!

The many galvanised parts presented a problem. Only the cowling above the windscreen is real galvanised steel sheet. This is very realistic stuff of course, but is too hard to work. Instead I bought some bright zinc sheet and made it dull by a special chemical process. Other parts are painted in grey primer, which seems to match quite well.

The number plates and photo-etched Land Rover badges were bought from eBay suppliers, as were the rear lamps.

This model has 1,500 parts and took nearly a year to complete. It’s overall length is 18 inches (455mm).

The Result

Front Steering

 

The steering assembly test fit.

 

 

Details of the Damper

 

Rear Bodywork

 

Rear bed made of hardboard with sheet brass floor and plastic rubbing strips.

 

Tailgate is of aluminium and brass, superglued together.

 

The Interior

The doors do not hinge open but were made as separate parts. This gave access to build the model, and resulted in realistic gaps around the doors.

 

Views of the steering column, instrument panel, and gear and other levers.

 

Seats look as uncomfortable as the they are in the real thing!

 

More Views of the Cab

Showing the galvanised screen and the wipers.

 

Doors in place and all the galvanised strips showing clearly.

 

Doors shown in more detail with hinging shown even though doors do not hinge! But as can be seen a realistic gap can be created if doors are fitted separately.

General Views of the complete model

Model seen from front three quarter view .

 

Passenger side with exhaust winding its way underneath and mirrors standing high and proud on the front wing.

 

Drivers side with exhaust box and tail pipe and spare wheel clearly visible.
The Rear End

Cross member built-up of brass sections.

 

The Engine

The engine is fully-detailed. Bonnet stay is hinged like the real thing and works.

 

The Tailgate

Tailgate opens on chains, and the spare wheel can be removed from its bracket.

 

The Underside

 

The underside is fully detailed with all the transmission shafts, pedal linkages, springs and chassis sections modelled.

 

The Front End

A general view from the front. Note the strengthened hole in the front bumper to allow a starting handle to be used.

 

A view of number plate, grille and front lights as well as the Land Rover badges.

 

A detailed look at the front grille and headlights as well as the neatly made Land Rover badge.

 

The Wheels and Suspension

The wheels were modified by fitting the nuts and studs, among other changes.

 

The rear leaf spring and damper are shown above with the rear axle and prop shaft.

Rear Detailing

‘UO’ was a Devon registration. Number Plates include a realistic effect to suggest the raised letters used on 1950s plates. Reflector and rear light flank the plate.

The Completed  Model

All complete and ready for work!

Completed Model On Display

The fisherman, from eBay, sits in the rear of the finished model.

 

In a natural setting – the Rocky Mountains!

 


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News from the Continent July/August 2018 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of, the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

Busch Group produce models under three different brands: Busch; ESPEWE, and Mehlhose.  Busch models are of vehicles from Europe and America including some vehicles from the former DDR. ESPEWE covers subjects from the former DDR often using moulds from former East German producers, and Mehlhose agriculture/rural industry related subjects. All the models shown in this article are moulded in plastic to 1:87 scale.

July Releases

Busch

 

40152 American Motorcycle – blue metallic

Note that the term American Motorcycle is used to avoid the need to licence a specific brand.

 

40153 American Motorcycle – red metallic

 

40157 American Motorcycle – grey metallic

 

42840 Tractor Fortschritt (Progress) with iron wheels to compress the silage.

 

49704 Mercedes-Benz R-Class “Fire brigade”

 

51021 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023 “Military version”
51900 Land Rover Discovery red (new mould)
51901 Land Rover Discovery green  (new mould)
51902 Land Rover Discovery white (new mould)
51910 Land Rover Discovery “Fire brigade” (new mould)

 

51911 Land Rover Discovery “German Police”  (new mould)
59953 Long timber trailer
ESPEWE Automodelle

Before DeAgostini stopped Atlas Editions launching any new series a venture had been planned with Busch Group to produce a special Series of ESPEWE models liveried as they would have been when in use in the former DDR. This series was cancelled by DeAgostini but Busch now intend to regularly release the models that would have appeared in that series.

95170 IFA W50L Fire engine LF16-TS8 GW-hazardous freight
95235 IFA W50LA Fire engine TLF-16 tank with low-pressure tyres

Mehlhose Modelcars

 

009504 Multicar trailer

August Releases

Busch

41407 Mercdes-Benz 170V “Taxi”

 

48014 Citroen DS 19 “Taxi”

 

51126 Mercedes-Benz Vito “Taxi”

 

41441 Mercedes-Benz 170V Duotone

 

43459 Cadillac 1952 Station wagon “Ambulance”

 

43467 Cadillac 1952 Station wagon “Hearse”

 

43667 Mercedes-Benz C-Class T-model Elegance “Fire brigade”
43818 Mercedes-Benz MK94 1424 fire engine
46718 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet with closed soft top – brown
46732 Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet with closed soft top – light blue

 

50924 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U430 – dual use tractor (roads and rail road tracks)

 

51123 Mercedes-Benz Vito “German Federal Police”
51247 Barkas box van V 901/2 EMW Service (Eisenach Motor Works)

 

51290 Barkas half-bus V 901/2 VEB Simson bicycle works Suhl
51290 Barkas half-bus V 901/2 VEB Car manufacturer  Horch, Zwickau – The original in 1955 was not decorated with the Horch emblemfor political reasons.
51416 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 “German Border protection – today German Federal Police”

 

51507 IFA G5 1956 “aircraft manufacurer Dresden”
51551 IFA G5 1960 drinking water transporter
52000 Framo V901/2 box van – green/beige
52001 Framo V901/2 box van – blue/white
52002 Framo V901/2 box van – red/beige
ESPEWE Automodelle
95026 HW 80.11 agricultural trailer
95534 IFA L60 ETK box truck “Tractor service”
95535 IFA L60 ETK box truck “German Post”

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Premium X Land Rover Discovery Sport 2017

By John. F. Quilter

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Chinese model makers are fast at work producing replicas of past and present model vehicles. Some are now done as manufacturers launch new product, much as AMT and Johan did in the 1950s and 1960s with 1:24 scale replicas for each year’s American cars. You may have played with and collected these. Hopefully, today’s models will stay in good shape better than the early plastic “promos” that sadly tended to become grossly warped with age.

 

 

The model shown in this article is one of the the latest from Premium X a brand name of Premium Collectibles Trading Company based in Macau, China. This model reviewed is the 2017 version of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It is available in red as shown under item number PRD402 and in black as PRD401. Land Rover and Range Rover seem to be spinning out new models at a record pace. I’m having some difficulty keeping all these LR and RR products straight and trying to figure out what market niche they fit into.

In the interests of fuel economy the Discovery Sport features a 2.0 litre inline four cylinder engine with turbocharging and 9 speed automatic transmission and, for the technically savvy the bore is 3.44 and the stroke 3.27. All this provides for a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 MPH in case you are in a hurry to get to your favourite off road adventure.

There is a plethora of features such as All Terrain Process Control, Terrain Response, Hill Decent Control, Start Stop technology, (I’m not so sure about this feature as one who has spent a lifetime trying to make sure the engine does NOT stall at intersections) Electronic Power Assisted Steering, Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Park Brake, Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Roll Stability Control, Emergency Brake Assist. All this should keep you busy testing and demonstrating these features but of course only after you have read the owner’s handbook which is likely upwards of 300 pages. Heavens, the sales brochure is 96 pages! I can understand heated leather steering wheel, partial leather seats, 8 way front seats. Front and rear premium carpet mats but the other high tech features…. not so much.

Land Rover offers 17 exterior colours and 6 interior upholstery colours. Maybe you would like Ebony with Pimento stitching or perhaps Ebony with Cirrus stitching? We’ve come a long way from a Series 2 Land Rover. And for wheels there are 13 shown as available, some black, some silver and pick your diameter.

Now to the scale model, this one is done in Firenze red with Ebony seats, but aw shucks I cannot tell what the piping is, Pimento or Cirrus? The wheels appear to be 20” Split Spoke in gloss black. My camera seems to turn red into orange but trust me the model really is red. There is reasonable details on the undercarriage, the most prominent being the exhaust system that splits at the rear to two chrome tailpipes.

A very large tinted glass roof gives good visibility to the interior revealing some silver details to the centre stack, steering wheel and instruments. And this model is done in left hand drive just suitable for the USA. Proper green Land Rover oval badges appear on the grill and C posts.

So, if like me, you are an inveterate Land Rover model collector here is one more for the shelf. No fuel, insurance, registration, or a larger garage required. Now I eagerly await the Velar.


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Corgi – July/December Announcements

By Maz Woolley

Text by, and copyright of the Author. Illustrations provided by Hornby Hobbies.

Hornby Hobbies has recently announced the Corgi products for the second half of 2018. There are no new castings and little sign that any major changes being made by the new management team. Perhaps we will start to see those in 2019? Though the fact that prices are not being significantly increased shows that Hornby are finally realising that the market for their models is price sensitive.

Product Revivals

The sales of the film and TV tie-in products from Corgi are substantial and the products are carried by a wider range of retailers. Of recent years the emphasis has been on reproductions of earlier James Bond models but this time the models celebrate 50 year anniversaries of two films: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Magical Mystery Tour.

I am sure that Beatles fans the world over will buy the re-released models and that the Chitty will sell in respectable numbers as nostalgia for childhood and for the films of the late 60s is still strong.

03502CC Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 

 

05401CC Yellow Submarine 

42418CC Magical Mystery Tour Bus 

 

85925CC Paddington Bear Taxi

This will come in special packaging and will include a
Paddington Bear Figure. This will certainly be a good tie-in but Hornby need to be quicker with negotiiating deals like this Paddington 2 has already been released so the model is coming along a bit late to catch the maximum sales.

 

Aviation Archive

Here Corgi has created new liveries on castings which have already been seen in a variety of other liveries. Whilst the liveries are undoubtedly attractive ones one wonders how many versions of the same casting Corgi can sell. Looking on eBay many of the previous versions of these castings sell for considerably less than the latest models recommended price and only very popular and scarce ones attract a premium.

 

34018AA Consolidated B24H Liberator

‘Male Call’ of 453rd Bombardment Group 8th AF 1944
Jimmy Stewart

 

38109AA Sopwith F.1 Camel, No.3 Squadron RNAS

Lloyd S Breadner
Bray Dunes Aerodrome 1918

 

38808AA Do17Z-10 R4+LK I/NJG 2

Gilze – Rijen October 1940 – sadly the artwork from Hornby has a large watermark on it.

 

 

38906AA Fokker D.VII (OAW) 4649/18

‘Seven Swabians’ Alfred Bader Jasta 65 September 1918

Sadly the artwork from Hornby has a large watermark on it.

 

Original Omnibus

 

46514AOM Wright Eclipse Gemini 2,
Go-Ahead East London Transit
EL2 Ilford Station

46514BOM Wright Eclipse Gemini 2,
Go-Ahead East London Transit
EL1 Thames View Estate

46713AOM Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck),
Transdev The Shuttle 662
Keighley Bus Station via Crossflats

 

46713BOM Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck),
Transdev The Shuttle 662
Bradford via Bingley

 

Vanguards

At the risk of repeating myself we are seeing the same small range of castings again and again in different colours. Whilst some of the new colours are quite eye catching and may well persuade people to buy another version of the model the market for yet more of the same must be shrinking.

In many cases the castings are now looking old and basic. The Morris Minor for example has cast in window ventilators which are painted body colour, black printed line round the screen and a clumsy grille. Partwork models are superior to this in many cases.

The Land Rover in Military Police livery is different and will I suspect be a popular release as will the 1275 Mini in Special Tuning livery.

But taken as a whole the release is disappointing as it has been for about 3 years now.  I hope that this is just a  holding exercise before the new management re-launch Vanguards with some new castings.

 

VA02541 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1, Almond Green

 

VA05212 Ford Granada Mk1 3.0 Ghia, Jade Green

 

VA05810 Morris Minor 1000Turquoise

 

VA06713 Triumph Spitfire, Mk3 Saffron

 


VA09524 Ford Escort Mk1 Twincam, Blue Mink

 

VA10111 Triumph Stag Mk2, British Racing Green

 

VA10509 Triumph TR7 FHC, Triton Green

 

VA10712 MGB Roadster, Acconite Purple

 

VA10818 Ford Capri Mk3 3.0S, Arizona Bronze

 

VA11117 Land Rover Series 1 80”, Military Police

 

VA11509 Triumph TR5, Jasmine Yellow

 

VA12612 Ford Escort Mk2 RS Mexico, Signal Yellow (Forrest Arches)

 

VA13507 Mini 1275GT Special Tuning, Press Launch Car,
Auto Car Magazine

 

VA13605 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI


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News from the Continent Apr/May 2018 – Busch Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

This article looks at the latest releases moulded to 1:87 scale by Busch and its related brands.

 

41922 Citroen HY Mobile beehive

 

44944 Horse transport trailer – black

 

44962 Tabbert caravan “Soccer-Fan”

 

46219 Smart Fortwo Coupe 2012 “Soccer-Fan”

 

48494 Piaggio Ape 50 “MB” building site staff car

 

50367 Land Rover Defender Camel Trophy 1989 “The winning car”

 

50368 Land Rover Defender “Scholpp Crane Service”

 

51258 Framo Bus V901/2 Factory fire engine “Rubber Works Waltershausen DDR”

Barkas Collecting Series

 

51288 Barkas half-bus V901/2 – Nr.1 – VEB Fahrzeugwerk Waltershausen Customer service vehicle 1957

 

51289 Barkas Half-bus V901/2 – Nr. 2 – Möwe Bicycles Mühlhausen. Customer service vehicle of the bicycle manufacturer 1957

 

51811 Robur Garant K30 box van – laundry delivery van (new mould)

 

51812 Robur Garant K 30 box van “60 Years of Busch-Toys” 60 years of quality” – Limited Edition for the company anniversary.

 

51860 Robur Garant K 30 Kombi-van “Energy supplier Halle” (new mould)

 

54902 STA trailer “Oil incident” Guben

 

54903 STA trailer Fire brigade

 

59952 Trailer loaded with motorboat “German Police”

 

59956 Heavy duty grubber B 365 A02

DreiKa Modelcars

 

94200 Goliath Express 1100 pick up – blue

 

94201 Goliath Express 1100 pick up – dark green

 

94202 Goliath Express 1100 pick up – wine red

 

94220 Goliath Express 1100 pick up “Goliath Works” limited edition of 500 pieces

Mehlhose Modelcars

 

210004701 Tractor RS09 – loading arm with shovel – green

 

210006900 Tractor Famulus with trailer – red

 

210007100 Tractor Famulus with trailer – blue


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Cult Models for 2018

By Maz Woolley

All photographs provided by the manufacturer and may be prototypes subject to refinement and changes.

Cult Models has a past history of making 1:18 scale models of classic British cars and four more are expected in the first half of 2018. These models are made in China for Cult.

Cult have been known to offer some of the more reasonably priced 1:18 scale models in the past but the price has risen steadily over the last year or so making each model a significant investment for collectors.

Land-Rover Discovery Mark I metallic red 1989

This model of an early Land Rover Discovery with the graphics printed on should prove popular. The wheels seem to be very accurate and the large areas of matt black also seem well printed.


Austin 1100 Glider yellow 1969

The car is a four door illustrated with right hand drive and the correct grille bars for the 1100. I don’t believe that the name “Glider” was ever used on a UK car, though looking at the web shows it was used and perhaps in the Netherlands as most of the references using this name seem to be Dutch.

The model seems to capture the shape well and though the colour is certainly authentic the Author wishes they had done it in another colour.


Sunbeam Supreme MKIII white/maroon 1954

From 1953 the former Sunbeam -Talbot 90 was marketed by Rootes Group as the Sunbeam Mark III. On the radiator shell instead of “Sunbeam Talbot” used on previous versions “Sunbeam Supreme” was to be seen.

This model captures the cars shape well and again the wheels seem to be neatly represented as does the chrome belt line.


Triumph Spitfire MKII blue

A popular vehicle for modelling and one that is available in almost every scale commonly available. The Cult model seems to be a good replica of the real thing. The early Spitfire front and rear end is clearly captured as are the simple painted steel wheels and chrome hubcaps.


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Chocolate Land Rovers

By Mike Pigott

All photographs by, and copyright of the Author.

On a recent trip to Antwerp in Belgium, we visited an upmarket, specialist chocolate store located in a former palace just off the central square. The shop, called The Chocolate Line, featured a large range of gourmet chocolates and several large chocolate sculptures on display. One product that caught my eye was a window box containing five model Land Rovers in assorted colours. My first impression was that it contained diecast models, possibly a set of 1:76 scale models by Oxford Diecast or Cararama, both of which use a similar packaging style. Closer inspection revealed them to be one-piece mouldings without separate wheels or interiors. Admittedly I should have realised that as I was in chocolate shop, they must be made of chocolate; but instead of being in the customary brown and cream colours of chocolate novelties, they were in five very unusual shades with a glittery sheen. Anyway, I went ahead and treated myself to a set.

 

Although The Chocolate Line’s logo is an ocean liner, the company uses a long-wheelbase Land Rover Defender for publicity purposes; supposedly because they travel around the globe to source the finest cocoa beans. The chocolate Defenders were officially licensed by Land Rover and were heavily promoted on the Belgian distributor’s website.

 

As described on the packaging, the Land Rovers were not your average chocolate treats. They were actually made from chocolate-coated praline, with the unique fondant fillings designed by famous Belgian chefs and chocolatiers. The flavours were concocted especially for this set by the chefs who, incidentally, were all Land Rover drivers. They were very unusual flavours for chocolate pralines, inspired very much by modern fusion cuisine. Although the chefs were Belgian, there was a noticeable Japanese influence in three of the Defenders.

The gold Defender was created by the founder of The Chocolate Line, Dominique Persoone. It was made with hazelnut praline and key lime, and was probably the best tasting of the five. The black car was by Sergio Herman, and had the unusual fusion of salted caramel and sakura (Japanese cherry blossom). The red vehicle by Jonnie Boer was gin flavoured. David Martin’s green Land Rover was made with Miso (Japanese soya bean paste) plus fine Okinawa salt. Finally, the white one was also Japanese-inspired; Gert De Mangeleer produced a very odd concoction of koji (fermented rice) and green Matcha tea.

It has to be said that the taste of some of the Defenders was somewhat… interesting. They no longer appear on The Chocolate Line website, and it appears the set was intended as a limited-edition release. As praline can go off after a while, it is not really possible to keep the Land Rovers in mint condition. Throughout my many years of model car collecting, these remain the only ones I have actually eaten!


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Big Hand Crafted Four by Fours – Part Four

By Robert Gunn

Readers of MAR magazine will have been familiar with Robert’s contributions as an expert on pickup trucks. Since retirement he has been making a selection of 4×4 vehicles by hand which he will share with us over a series of articles. All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The Models

The models are hand made to 1:10 scale. Each is a unique creation and when finished is displayed on a modelled plinth in a clear cabinet. Here we look at the fourth of my models the 2016 Land Rover ‘Heritage Edition’ Defender.

How the models are made

All have a softwood chassis of pine or deal. Most body sides are tempered hardboard, as are the floors, but bonnet lids are metal – either aluminium or or nickel-silver sheet. Rounded corners are of timber beading, usually hardwood. Small details are made of anything which suits from my huge boxes of bits – parts of old pens, pieces of metal or plastic, nuts and bolts, tubes and so on. Sticks of solder are good to file into manifolds, carburetors and similar. Windscreen frames are either brass sheets and strips, or latterly in sheet polystyrene plastic.

Parts which I can’t make are brought-in, such as wheels, tyres, mirrors, lights, and badges.

Glues used vary from white PVA (Woodworking Glue) through super glue, Scotch glue and others. “JB Kwik” two pack epoxy is also very useful stuff – a combined glue and filler.

Part Four – Land Rover Defender ‘Heritage Edition’ 2016

 

On it’s diorama. Real chestnut rail fencing made from a 30 year old post found in my garden.

 

Front axle and steering gear.

 

Front axle and steering gear again.

 

Underside view

 

Details of lower door hinge. Tiny screws out of an old camera. Aluminium brush finish obtained using wire brush in a mini electric drill.

A view of the engine.

 

Another engine view.

 

Interior view. Canopy lifts off to enable inside to be seen.

 

Rear view of finished model.

 

Front view of finished model. The real ‘last Defender’ had an egg-crate grille in plastic which looked a bit ugly. So I made mine in real wire mesh, like a traditional Land Rover. The etched Land Rover badges are from a specialist – they’re quite expensive but are superbly made.

 

A view of the driver’s side of the completed model showing mirrors, black grilles in the wings and a host of other fine details.

 

Higher view of the front and side of the completed model.

 

Low view of front and side of completed model.

 

Engine installed. The thick sturdy metal bonnet stay was unaltered on the real Land Rover from 1948 to the last Defender!

 

Rear corner. Lights from an eBay supplier from the Czech Republic. Tiny screws from an old camera. The ‘reversing lights’ jewel was a motor scooter’s headlamp on a Birthday card I received.

 

Rear view of completed model

 

Front/Side view of completed model.

 

Seats and console. The real ‘Last Defender’ which the factory are keeping for their museum has cream leather seats. I bought cream leather on eBay ‘same as used by Aston Martin’  and glued it over timber patterns. The seats come from a ‘Bratz Doll’ 1:10 scale Cadillac car and were much modified to the correct shape.

 

The main body early on before the ride height was adjusted by shortening the springs.

 

Rear end. Early test fit. The tailgate is brass and aluminium with hard wood ‘triangle pieces’ in corners.

 

Primed chassis and front bulkhead. Coil spring towers are pen-caps!

 

The Land Rover’s chassis. Two pieces of structural quality softwood, glued together then cut to correct profile. Wood filler has been applied and it is ready to prime.

 

The finished Land Rover on it’s diorama with chestnut fencing.

Editor – Robert’s latest project is a 1:10 scale hand made 1955 Land Rover Series One 107 inch long wheelbase pickup. We at MAR Online look forward to Robert sharing the pictures and details of that build with us when it is finished.


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Oxford Diecast – Range Rover Classic

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author except for the picture of the real car whose copyright is recognised.

Oxford Diecast‘s models from the Second Release of 2017 are now starting to arrive thick and fast. This article looks at the first release of the Range Rover Classic, so called as it was built alongside its replacement for a period of time.  Most readers will be familiar with the fact that in the 1950s Rover developed a set of prototypes of an upmarket Land Rover estate car based on the P4 chassis but with the ability to be used on or off road. The programme got so close to release that Corgi had developed a Road Rover model of its own and when Rover decided it was not going ahead with the Road Rover Corgi had to scrap theirs too.

By the 1960s the agricultural nature of the Land Rover was allowing Japanese makers like Nissan and Toyota who offered 4x4s with options of civilised cabins with nice seats and a more car like ambience to attract customers tired of the hard ride, discomfort and rudimentary cabin on even the Land Rover Estate versions.  In the US the Jeep Wagoneer and other 4x4s were much less like a truck. To fight back against this Rover developed the Range Rover powered by the 3.5 Litre V8 and with full off road capacity. It was a much more comfortable vehicle but retained the go anywhere capacity. In its initial form it was fitted with an interior that could be hosed down, rubber matting and plastic seats but the requests for a less utilitarian interior lead to an interior that became more luxurious at each upgrade.

This Lincoln Green painted model is Oxford’s first Classic Range Rover and is diecast in Oxford’s Chinese facility to 1:76 for the UK.

It is a nice model with an excellent shape. The printing is well registered and the Range Rover black script is neatly done as are the side badges .

Some have commentated very favourably about the wing mirrors but I think that their shaft is so very over scale that they may have been better left off altogether. Not all pictures of the original have mirrors and those that do are on a very spindly shaft. I guess that some collectors would not agree with me and want mirrors and are happy to live with the overscale shafts needed to prevent the mirrors breaking off.  I also think that the black printed grille should actually run along under the lights and to the level of the bumper and not end at the bottom of the grille cutouts.

At the side the wheels are good  and the mudflaps good with an exhaust exiting at the correct place. The door lock should have a black rim printed round it as the silver “blob” looks much too large and flat.

Inside there is a good matt finish suitable for this first generation of Range Rover and the typical very long gear lever. Sadly there is not the additional small lever to select low ratios next to it but in this scale that is not as obvious as it would be in 1:43. At the passenger side of the luggage area the spare wheel hanger is moulded in but no spare wheel is fitted.

The rear is generally good with the lifting rear window convincingly moulded above the handle unit and the Land Rover badge printed well. I am unconvinced by the number plates. I don’t know what process causes it but the characters are too wide for their height. In addition members of modelling boards on the web have pointed out that the lights are incorrectly printed. Checking the real vehicle myself against the model shown above, this seems to be the case. A web picture of YCX 348K as shown below confirms this.

© Land Rover Centre Huddersfield.

Oxford Diecast has often listened to criticisms of minor issues with  their initial releases and sorted them out for later ones. I hope that they do as the model is excellent apart from a few details which could be easily fixed and I look forward to it in the mid-blue and yellow/beige so many were painted.


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Busch

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Manufacturer.

The releases from Busch, and allied brands, expected by the end of September are shown below. All models are moulded for Germany to 1:87 scale.

Mercedes-Benz 170V

The pleasing shaped 170V was first presented to the public in February 1936 during the 26th International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition (IAMA) in Berlin.

41448 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabrio limousine – two-tone green/cream
41450 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabrio limousine – two-tone red/cream

 

Cadillac 66 Saloon

42958 Cadillac 66 Saloon “Metallica” – silver
42960 Cadillac 66 saloon “Metallica” – blue metallic

 

Toyota Land Cruiser Crawler

43038 Toyota Land Cruiser crawler vehicle

This special power train has been in use for 15 years and has even passed strict military tests.

Mercedes-Benz 300 Landaulet

44807 Mercedes-Benz 300 State Landaulet

Only three of this type of body were built. This was in the early 1950s and they users were the German Federal Public for state occasions, the Pope for his tours, and an Arab State.

Chevrolet Bel Air

More variations upon the old Revell-Monogram 1957 Chevy moulding bought by Busch.

45045 Chevrolet Bel Air Saloon 1957 “Metallica” – grey metallic
Chevrolet Bel Air Saloon 1957 “Metallica” – red metallic

 

Cadillac Eldorado

Another long running moulding in the Busch range. Here with custom wheels and a metallic paint job.

45118 Cadillac Eldorado Cabriolet, open, “Metallica” – brown metallic
45119 Cadillac Eldorado Cabrioet, open, “Metallica” – green metallic
45121 Cadillac Eldorado Cabriolet, open, “Metallica” – silver

 

Ford Probe

The Ford Probe 24V was made from Summer 1988 to Autumn 1997 in Flat Rock, Michigan, USA. It was imported into Europe too though it was never a strong seller.

47413 Ford Probe 24V “Metallica” silver
47414 Ford Probe 24V “Metallica” red
47420 Ford Probe 24V “Sport” blue

 

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

In the livery of the German motor rescue outfit.

 

48546 Mercedes-Benz M-Class facelift “ADAC”

Land Rover Defender

50361 Land Rover Defender “Carabinieri”

Caribinieri are a special Police Force unit in Italy.

 

50363 Land Rover defender “DLRG” with surfboard

This vehicle is equipped for rescue activities. The Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V. (DLRG)  is the German Life Saving Group and is the biggest such organisation in the world.

Smart Fortwo

50712 Smart Fortwo Coupe 2014 “German Police”

Mercedes-Benz V and G Class

Many public services represented here. From the Fire Brigade to the Emergency Doctor Service and the Technical Assistance Service.

51169 Mercedes-Benz V-Class “Fire Brigade of Karlstein
51411 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 Emergency Doctor
51460 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2008 THW

EsPeWe IFA W50

95231 IFA W50LA TLF16 GMK “Fire brigade of Ellrich

The TLF16 appliance went into production in 1985 based upon the 4×4 chassis of the IFA W50.


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