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Revell Germany Land Rover Series III LWB

Kit No.: 07047
Scale: 1/24
Mfr.: Revell Germany,
Price: $34.95
Comments: 184 injection-molded plastic parts (gray, clear); decals
Pros: Great subject; well-engineered; easy assembly
Cons: Sink marks on hood; basic undercarriage
Revell Germany (also available from Revell USA) has brought us a new tool of the iconic Land Rover Series III LWB (long wheelbase).

Inside, you’ll find a 28-page instruction booklet with paint callouts and parts for a Series III you can build as either right- or left-hand drive and with your choice of multiple seating options.

Starting underneath, the Series III is a 4x4, so you get front and rear driving axles. To ease mounting, the axles have tabs to slot into holes in the frame. The front end has been simplified with basic steering, separate spindles, and a tie rod. There are front and rear shocks but no steering linkage or steering box.

The frame glues to the underbody, which also serves as the interior floor. There are numerous ejector-pin marks and the slots that locate the seats show through the bottom. I filled the ejector-pin marks and covered the slots with sheet styrene. The exhaust system comes as one piece. You’ll find what looks like a mold fault in the muffler, but don’t fill it. The depression creates clearance for the rear axle.

The generic tires have nice tread and mount to three-piece wheels with good detail, including valve stems.

Inside the engine compartment rests a detailed six-cylinder engine. You also get upper and lower radiator hoses, a battery, master cylinder, and washer reservoir. Pay attention to the instructions when building the firewall: The component layout depends on whether you are building a right- or left-hand drive vehicle.

The interior door panels have well-molded details, ready for detail painting. Make sure to use the appropriate dash and engine cover for the driver’s position. Decals detail the instrument cluster. While exterior antennas are supplied, there is no radio. Per the instructions, German and British versions use different style seats; take care not to get them confused. However, Series III Rovers had multiple seating combinations, so you’re open do to almost anything you want.

There’s not much cleanup on the body, which features fine rivets. The hood had sink marks that followed the underside reinforcement but filling them will probably sacrifice rivets. An option is to mount the spare tire on the hood, or you’ll have to spend time replacing rivets.

The windshield panel builds up as a subassembly that mounts to the body. The windows are individual panels and fit perfectly from the outside. You’ll need to paint the brake and parking lights with transparent colors.

On top, the luggage rack assembles from four parts and is a little fiddly. I built mine on the roof cooling panel (Part 128) before attaching the panel to the model. You need to drill the holes for the luggage rack and spare tire. Pay attention because there are recesses for extra holes — don’t drill the wrong ones! The instructions give you a choice between two styles of mirrors, but you’ll find three styles on the tree. Does this indicate another model in the works?

Revell Germany’s Land Rover Series III is a winner. If you are into rugged vehicles, then you won’t want to miss this kit.


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