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Land Rover Series III Long Wheel Base (07047) - 1:24 Revell

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Land Rover Series III Long Wheel Base (07047)

1:24 Revell

 

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Its a Land Rover! I would imagine just about everyone on the Planet knows what one is.  Since the original Series I was developed post war there have been many thousands built and are seen in just about every corner of the world. They are used by many military organisations as well as civilians, Series III production began in 1971 with the same body and engine options of the Series II including the Station Wagon or Long Wheel Base model. The main difference was the headlights being moved to the wings to comply with overseas regulations, for the LWB version there was also the option to make the interior more comfortable if the buyer wanted, though how much more comfortable it was is subjective ! 

 

 

The Kit

This is a welcome new tool in 2019 from Revell. The kit arrives on 13 sprues, 2 sprues of clear plastic and the impressive single mould body. There are also 5 rubber tyres. Construction starts first with the engine. A complete engine & transmission is supplied in the kit. The engine is made up as is the gear box and the two are joined,  They are then put aside and work moves to the floor pan which is a single part. Some cabin internals are added to the floor pan at this point, We then move to the chassis again another single part in the kit. The front axle and steering is attached to the chassis along with the leaf springs and their shocks.  The fuel tanks is added at the rear along with the exhaust system and rear axle, The leaf springs for the rear then go on. Next up the engine and gear box go in along with all the power shafts. At the front of the engine goes the radiator and fan shroud. 

 

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The floor pan can then go on the chassis.  The gear stick and leavers for 2/4 wheel drive, and low/high range are then added. The instructions show these being handed depending on whether you are doing you vehicle Left hand or Right hand drive, though I am told by those in the know that these did not change from the UK position for a left hand drive vehicle.  The next step is to make up and fit the seats. There are some variations here depending on which version you want to do.

 

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Next up the bumpers are added to the chassis and the lower vehicle internal body side are added. Inside the cabin the dashboard is added in to the main body moulding, and at the rear the tailgate is added. Steering and other controls are put on the dash.  The windscreen is assembled and added as are the distinctive headlights and trademark Land Rover grill.  All of the side windows, and rear window can then be placed in the top. The body can then be joined with the chassis/floor pan. 

 

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To finish off the wheels are added, a roof mounted spare as well if the modeller wishes. There is the roof rack to add as well as the rear handles and lights. The bonnet can go on as can the front door mirrors. A couple of aerial finish things off. There is an option to leave the bonnet open with a stay being provided if needed. 

 

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Markings

There is a small decals sheet for a number of small markings and mainly vehicle license plates These are printing in Italy by Zanchetti so should pose no problems. 

 

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Conclusion

It's always good to see a Land Rover and this looks to be a great model from Revell with many possibilities. It is a shame the doors are moulded shut, but this should not detract from what is an excellent new tool kit from Revell. Very Highly recommended.

 

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Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit

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That looks beautifully researched and executed, even down to the different wing mirrors and variations in the number plate styles.

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Is that a roof liner on the wheel sprue or the roof for a future soft top version?

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18 minutes ago, Aeronut said:

Is that a roof liner on the wheel sprue or the roof for a future soft top version?

It goes on top of the roof, look at the box art you can see its spaced.

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3 hours ago, Julien said:

It goes on top of the roof, look at the box art you can see its spaced.

Ah, that makes sense, its for thermal insulation - as close as the Mk3 got to air con.

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