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1/72 Landrover Defender Wolf

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A couple of years ago I picked up the Kingfisher 1/76 kit of the Landrover Defender Wolf with Milan. The Defender is a development of the regular long wheel base Landrover and that has subsequently been developed for various military applications. I recently pulled it out and took a serious look at it prior to beginning construction. The white metal parts were well cast and the resin detail parts also nicely done. However, the main body of the Defender was a mess. The detail was very soft and it was literally covered in pin holes and voids making it unusable. So I decided to try to do what the Landrover company did and that was to start with the original long wheel base Landrover and convert that to a Defender. I used the JB kit. I'm sure there are very many mechanical differences that don't show, but as long as it cosmetically looked the part, I was going to be happy. The main differences were in the front, so I had to reshape that with sheet plastic, strip and discs punched out of sheet. The hood is different on the Defender and I just could not get it correct, so upon commissioning, a friend made a mold of the original kit's hood and cast a replacement. It took some sanding and trimming, but in the end it fit nicely. The photos show the model with all the main parts either glued or set in place just to get an idea of what it's going to look like and what fits where. the Milan launcher mounts on the top and the missile that will go in the launcher is shown. I had to make caps for the Milan re-loads and the photos show those up as too large so I'll pare them down. The kit's wheels were unusable as they had little detail and none on the inside and looked too "whimpy". A trip to the spares box yielded up some Daimler Dingo tires that looked just right. I needed to modify the hubs, however, to reflect hubs I had seen in photos. The spare tire has a mounting plate on it's hub. My fender flairs are also not 100% correct. They should be squarer, but that would take completely reshaping the wheel wells and I was just not up to that. Currently, I'm working on the grates that go over the headlights for protection and cleaning up all the other small resin storage you get.

 

 

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Wow!! Looking great Ron. Waiting to see the rest of the build.

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Got a coat of primer on it. Now I can find all the goofs I made and stuff I forgot. After I fix all those, I'll move on to paint. The wheel is an example of the modified Dingo wheels I used.

 

37171193495_4f7d528272_c.jpgDSCN4708 by Ronald Bell, on Flickr

 

37171192615_01bb1fde04_c.jpgDSCN4709 by Ronald Bell, on Flickr

 

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Excellent work Ron, though as usual, the primer belies all of the cobbling together. Also, is that a valve stem I see on the rim of the 1/72 tire? Nice!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Nice job Ron. Looks like more scratch building than kit work. Seamless transitions between the two.

 

This is coming together really well.

 

Bill

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That is brilliant work Ron. I just wish they'd come out with a plastic kit of this model. I hope to see that in Phoenix.

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Here's the completed model. The thing I am proudest of on this is the headlight guards. I made them out of modified sections of 1/400 PE ship railings. They're not perfect, but they look the part.

 

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Excellent blending of all of that work Ron! If you hadn't told us how you made the headlight guards I'd have simply supposed they were parts actually made for that. I'm always impressed with the work you do in such a small scale. Congrats!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Brilliant work Ron! What a stunningly masterful little model!

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