By Matt Beaumont
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
A bit of background
Land Rover introduced a special edition version of the Range Rover Evoque, the Landmark Edition, which was announced on the 8th of May 2017. It celebrated 6 years of production of the Evoque. By that date more than 600,000 units had been produced solely in the U.K. An Evoque rolled off the Halewood production line every 170 seconds, Eighty percent of which were exported to 130 markets around the world.
The Evoque had more awards than any other vehicle in the Range Rover family at this time with more than 200 awards.
To celebrate this the Evoque Landmark Edition was produced In three colours: Yulong White and Corris Grey both standard Land Rover colours, and Moraine Blue, a colour that was solely available on the Evoque Landmark Edition. All came with the dynamic trim level body kit and grey exterior design details including a Carpathian Grey contrast panoramic roof, 19-inch Gloss Dark Grey alloy wheels and Graphite Atlas lettering on the bonnet and tailgate. The lettering coordinated with Graphite Atlas coloured grille, fender vent, bonnet and bumper inserts. Dark grey accents continue on the interior in the form of brushed satin centre console trim finishers surrounded by grained Ebony leather seats with contrasting Light Lunar stitching and a perforated mid-section. The car cost about £39,000 when new in the UK without any options.
Sadly no model of the Evoque Landmark edition was produced, I always thought what a lovely colour Moraine Blue was, so when I managed to obtain a Kyosho Ousia 1:18 Scale Evoque, a sealed diecast model, for the ‘right money’ my next stop was my local automotive bodyshop supplier where I had an aerosol made up to the correct colour code “JHL”
I started by dismantled the model. The base and shell are held together by 6 small Philips headed screws. The construction of the model is not unlike a 1:43 scale model, or indeed a 1:18 scale resin model.
The glass, lights and grille assemblies were all gently unclipped and removed. The roof features a panoramic glass insert which turned out the be stuck on with 4 double sided sticky pads. All went well until I started to remove the rear most section of the roof when disaster struck and the roof cracked.
My first action was to contact Kyosho themselves to see if I could buy a new roof, sadly Kyosho do not stock spares. My next stop was to see if there were any suitable spares on eBay, or a damaged model that might lend its self to sort the issue out but I had no luck there either.
Thinking laterally I then went online to see if any of the Landmarks had solid roofs without the glass insert but research showed that they were all fitted with glass roofs.
Blocked at every turn I had to come up with an alternative. Finally I had an Idea, window tinting film could be used to cover the broken transparent section and conceal the crack. I masked the clear section and whilst doing this created a template for the window tint film when it arrived. Whilst waiting for this I sprayed the bare body with Moraine Blue paint, and then retouched the detailing on the repaired roof, wing vents, bonnet vents and wheels with a suitable grey metallic. This was done with an Aston Martin paint which I had left over from a previous project.
Once dry the car was reassembled and I waited for the tinted film. Once this arrived a few days later the crack was covered up. I placed the tinted film over the rearmost section only, covering the area over the rear seats. This isn’t correct as the car has a uniform tint across the whole roof but I wanted to retain the ability to see the interior through the roof.
I have taken a few liberties as the car is fitted with some parts which were not generally fitted to the Landmark Edition. For example the wheels are of the wrong style and size as they represent the upgraded 20” wheel. In addition the Landmark Edition cars do not have a two tone seat trim as fitted to the Kyosho Model I started with but I retained it as I preferred it that way.
There are a few areas that need to be revisited. The badge painting could be significantly improved for example. But other than these I am pretty happy with the way it turned out as I am no master model maker.
I have include some pictures with the base model as I already had one of them and wished to keep that one factory “fresh”.
I hope you have enjoyed this article. If you have, you may be pleased to know that I will soon do a review of the standard Kyosho Evoque model and some other 1:18 scale diecast models that have recently been added to my collection.
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