Slightly off topic from the Series 2 but still worthy of the site I think…
Some weeks ago whilst sorting through a box of “things” from my childhood… with a view to tidying a corner of the basement up… I came across this small toy car. I don’t know if it accounts for my interest in Land Rovers but it could be this small Corgi die-cast pick up truck sowed a seed all those years ago.
It was residing in an old tin pipe tobacco box with my fathers name on it and the words “Christmas 1942”. The Land Rover obviously isn’t from this era but the numerous lead soldiers in the tin (and they really are lead) were certainly from that period. Given what was happening in the world at the time, I’d much rather have been playing with a small blue Land Rover.
Also in the tin was a model of a Range Rover Classic at a slightly larger scale. I’ll restore that at a later date.
The model in question, is that of a Land Rover Series 3, truck cab, 109” wheelbase… with the obvious attachment of the recovery crane.
(These small rope clips are also the only part (as far as I know) not to have changed design in the entire production run of Land Rovers from 1948 to 2016)
The bodywork paint takes 3-4 hours to tack dry, so I’ve managed to get a second coat on today. To be fully dry and ready for some delicate masking, this will take 8-10 hours.