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The next batch has been printed, along with another pair of doors.  I inadvertently snapped off a door hinge but I can't remember which one; so I printed another set.  That's the great thing, about 3D printing, if you make a mistake or lose a part etc., then you can just print another one.

 

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These prints will get cleaned up and primed tomorrow, ready for the next phase of the build. 

 

I found the lighter colour sky green and repainted the engine block.  I shall add the other colours later.

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cheers,

 

Mike

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7 hours ago, 71chally said:

I wonder if that's why they later went to bright yellow!

 

You work fast.

Obviously before each unit had an H&S rep to tell you a spinning fan was dangerous to fingers and we could not recognised this ourselves as we were not wearing a dayglo vest😉

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Hi Andrew,

 

I would certainly agree about 3D kits, especially if they are up to the standard that Pete has produced with this Landy.  I'm just finishing cleaning up and priming yesterdays prints, and I hope to have another update in an hour or so.

 

cheers,
Mike

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Yep, two mottlies.  848 Junglies CU/HMS Albion/Singapore 1970s and 845 Junglies VL/HMS Hermes/Med/USA.

 

I can see clearly now (with Bardic night landing aids)!

 

Mike

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After painting the engine, I fitted the clutch/gearbox unit and then added it onto the chassis.  I then kept doing a "little bit more" and nearly forgot to update my progress.  So, herewith where I have reached in the build.

I am planning to paint this as if it has been on deployment in Norway for about two months,  with weathering in accordance of that period.  We tried to keep our vehicles clean, until the Arty trundled past with their Forward Control gun tractors or Rapier mobile units!  They would cover our little Landies with horrible, slushy and dirty snow.

 

My modelling or painting skills just don't do this kit justice.  Others would turn this kit into a modelling masterpiece.

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As I progress, I am continually amazed at the detail that each component has;  right down to hexagonal nuts and grease nipples (Ooh er missus!) etc.  I don't know which method Pete is going to distribute this kit. when he puts it up for sale; whether by download STLs or as a ready-printed kit or even both.  Each method would have their pros and cons:

 

Downloadable STLs - Pros:

Fast delivery by download.

If mistakes are made then that part can be re-printed.

Could be re-scaled to, say, 1:48

Cons:

Need to have access to a 3D printer of good quality - probably 8K to get the benefit of such amazing detail.

Fiddly and time consuming, printing and cleaning etc.

 

Pre-printed kit - Pros:

ready made kit to assemble and paint

Cons:

Only one kit, as with plastic kits, any mistakes/breakages and could be ruined or need re-work

 

Whichever method, I would recommend the kit; Absolutely!   It is crisp and stunningly full of accurate detail that is not found in mainstream plastic kits. 

 

More progress later this week.

 

cheers,

Mike

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Thanks James.  Yes, this one did because it was an FAC (Forward Air Control) vehicle [note the large array of antennas] and our FAC was an RAF chappie!  It was one of the best postings that I had in my 22 years.  We got to talk in A-10 Thunderbolt II's plus RAF and U.S. Phantoms etc.

 

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Mike

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My wife has been out for the day, with daughter doing 'shopping things'.  She arrived home about an hour ago with a chinese take-away and a bottle of white wine.  I'm already part way through the wine, :drunk:  so I probably won't (or better if I don't) be doing any modelling tonight.

 

cheers,

Mike

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Hello everyone,

 

I had quite a busy non-modelling weekend which means that I am only just getting to catch up.

 

The next phase is underway and this involves items such as the doors, steering, and exhausts etc.  The parts have been printed and cleaned up and, this evening, I gave them all a spray of white primer.  These components are really fine, as an example, the doors are only 0.7mm thick.

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Now I have a query for all you Land Rover experts.  What original 1970s-80s colours were the following items, before weathering [i.e.] as new?

steering armatures

shock absorbers

exhaust pipes

prop shafts

brake servo.

 

On another point, If you refer back to my original photo of the white camouflaged FFR, you may notice that the tyres looked different to these Bar type tyres on the left.   I contacted Pete about this and Wow! Bingo!  a fresh set of wheels with Goodyear type tyres came winging my way.  :thumbsup:

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I am very grateful indeed to Pete for his help.   :worthy:   It could mean that there will be a choice of tyres with the production kits. 

 

cheers,

 

Mike

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On 8/22/2023 at 8:50 PM, bootneck said:

I have been working on the chassis today,  setting up the file, printing it off, cleaning it up then priming it.

Here is the chassis after a coat of black acrylic paint.   I think it looks a little better than seeing loads of grey printed files; which might just be the case over the next few weeks!  :dull:

 

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The chassis, including the battery tray and bumpers, is a single unit and I shall paint those items the correct colours later.

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A quick test fit with the body, that looks and fits fine

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This close in view shows up some little bist of dust and roughness around body.  I'll get a fine sanding stick to them before priming and painting later.

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the next element, probably on Thursday, should be the engine block, clutch housing and gearbox assembly.  I can't remember what colours to paint the engine block,  I think it might have been a pastel green; with black cover and sump.  I would appreciate any advice on how the engine and gearbox assembly should look when painted.

 

I won't bore everyone by doing a thread for every individual printed part.  Once the engine/gearbox components section has been completed, I'll do batches of prints and report on them together and that should speed up the process until we get to the assembly stages.

 

I'm tired now, so I shall log off, shove my eyes back into their sockets and go make a cup of tea.

 

cheers,

Mike

 

Mmmmm.  Black nasty!!!  Dont forget to apply liberal coats of the stuff on anything that moves on the underneath of your 1/2 tonner!!

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You've made a great fist of that Mike, truly splendid looking piece of work. Interesting to see that Pete has also opened a scale version of Kwikfit when it comes to changing tyres! :laugh:

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11 hours ago, bootneck said:

Now I have a query for all you Land Rover experts.  What original 1970s-80s colours were the following items, before weathering [i.e.] as new?

Again, only form my experience with a direct from service vehicle,

Black, black and black!  The shocks, springs, brake servo, metal pipes and intakes in the engine bay, steering linkages, prop-shaft, axles everything that wasn't the engine or body it seemed was painted black. Chassis was also black, though have seen some painted olive green.  The exhaust was bare steel, so shiny when new but then lightly rusted. 

The bumpers were painted camo nearest to the body colour, but because some bumpers were galvanised the paint would often chip off easily and then left with the bright metalwork finish.

On the FFRs the massive 24v alternator was engine colour, and the special screened ignition leads were aluminium colour.

 

Glad to see the other tyres that Pete has created as that is what mine had, well it did before I had to put civvie tyres on as with those tyres on my Landie would not stop when the brakes were applied in a hurry!

I think the bar treads were anti-FOD tyres.

 

Superb work Mike it looks fantastic, great work on what looks like an exquisite model that Pete has created there.

 

 

Unfortunately no close ups, but some nice in service shots here,

https://www.joint-forces.com/land-rovers/21926-mlr-pt-16-the-lightweight-or-airportable

 

 

 

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Ah! the massive 24v alternator.  As this will be a 24v FFR then I'd better make sure to include that; thanks for the colour details for that James.  I realise that this FFR will be quite different from Petes 'SOTP' (straight off the printer) in many ways, that I had better start another build;  this time, a standard GS 12v version and that one wil be green!

 

Off to set up the supports for some of the 50 parts!  This is going to be interesting, having concurent builds of the same kit.

 

cheers,

 

Mike

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6 minutes ago, bootneck said:

Ah! the massive 24v alternator.  As this will be a 24v FFR then I'd better make sure to include that; thanks for the colour details for that James.  I realise that this FFR will be quite different from Petes 'SOTP' (straight off the printer) in many ways, that I had better start another build;  this time, a standard GS 12v version and that one wil be green!

 

Off to set up the supports for some of the 50 parts!  This is going to be interesting, having concurent builds of the same kit.

 

cheers,

 

Mike

Mike if you check the ref pictures I sent you the 24v alternator is on the left looking to the back of the vehicle and also takes up the space where the battery goes and is driven by two belts rather than one and more of the LW vehicles were 12v rather than 24v and it was very hard to get any usable info which was usable for modelling, so I went for the most produced version.

 

Pete

3 minutes ago, simmerit said:

I’ve got a 1976 series 3 half tonner in my garage if you need any pictures. It’s a 24V FFR as ‘as is’ from when it was cast. 

Can you PM me please?

 

Pete

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On 9/5/2023 at 7:58 PM, simmerit said:

I’ve got a 1976 series 3 half tonner in my garage if you need any pictures. It’s a 24V FFR as ‘as is’ from when it was cast. 

Lucky so and so, really miss mine.

 

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Land Rover Lightweight Series III XYC 231W by James Thomas, on Flickr

 

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Land Rover Lightweight Series III XYC 231W by James Thomas, on Flickr

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11 hours ago, viper-30 said:

Like this a lot and you are doing a fine job..I did contact them but they haven’t bothered to reply ,,shame really I’d like one of these ..

 

Hello Terry mate - I've just sent the lad thats doing the design a wedge of piccies of my truck - he's planning to make some changes/improvements apparently.  I suspect he hasnt replied as the finished article isnt yet complete.

 

Si

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51 minutes ago, simmerit said:

.......I've just sent the lad thats doing the design a wedge of piccies of my truck - he's planning to make some changes/improvements apparently.

That's good news Si and I'll look forward to seeing Pete's updates. 

 

It has been too hot to do any modelling or printing today, so I have been having a look at the radio fit that I'll be making for the Landy.

 

The radio cage is coming along nicely.

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I've done the first radio.

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and I'm rather pleased with it.

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cheers,

 

Mike

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