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Land Rover Series III Is Completed

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Land Rover Series III Is Completed
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 8:53 PM

With everything else that I want to do, this kit came into my life and I want to build it...now!  The old tag line from Land Rover was "The Best 4X4 By Far" and with its rugged good looks and a no nonsense drivetrain, it is!  It is a far cry from what Land Rover has to offer today with a Sport Utility Vehicle.  This basic, bare-bones 4X4 has no A/C, no power steering or brakes, no GPS, no leather seats, no auto leveling controls, no electronic wizardry at all, yet this 4X4 could go just about anywhere you point it towards.  I am building the Monogram Land Rover kit #2279.  The engine will be wired and who knows what other details I can add.

I will paint the body with Tamiya TS-9 British Green with a light grey/off-white interior.

The tires in the kit are Goodyear Tracker A-Ts and I had painted the tire letters with Tamiya XF-2 Flat White paint and a fine tip brush and some of the lettering was a bit messy.  Having bought a new Gelly Roll pen earlier this week, I touchup the lettering.

Some of the things about this kit has me scratching my head like why is there a wide spare tire sitting on the hood?  Even with a tire that large and heavy, who'd want to pick it up and place it on the hood?

More Land Rover to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by 69moparuk on Thursday, August 08, 2019 10:21 AM

Hi, I do love a LandRover.

It was common practice to fit the spare on the bonnet. This was to protect it from damage with most early landrovers being soft tops and this kept the spare free from damage without taking up loadspace. This continued into the 80's with early coil sprung 90's and 110's. 

Will be watching this build as I have often wondered how good this kit is.

Incidentally, did you know Revell Germany are to release a S111 lwb station wagon this year?

Regards Jason

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 08, 2019 3:11 PM

I know that Land Rovers were known to have their spare tires on the hood, but if you look at the box art, you'll notice just how tall the spare is and how much room it takes up in front of the driver.  

I had just read of the new Revell of Germany release of the LWB Land Rover before checking this forum.  I have always liked the SWB Land Rovers better.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, August 09, 2019 7:06 PM
Very cool, I'm looking forward to seeing more of this!
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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, August 10, 2019 7:35 AM

Looking forward to this. Revell is issuing a new tool in the 4th quarter.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:22 AM

Thanks guys!  Yes, Revell of Germany is issuing a new tool Land Rover this year, but it is a different model, a Series III 109.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:25 PM

An opportunity to work on the Land Rover for a bit yesterday at my Play Date at streetrod's house.  I started off with gluing the engine block halves together and painting the engine with St. Lawrence Blue by Polly Scale.  This will get a coating of Model Master Acryl Semi Gloss Clear to give it a slight gloss.

Next, I moved to installing the front cowl and the upper bed sides to the body.  My goal was to paint the body British Green and the top with white, but streetrod, Paul and Pat are trying to get me to paint the body with another color.  I'm thinking about it, but I may stay with the green.  We shall see...

More Land Rover to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, August 17, 2019 6:54 AM

Looking good. Is the Land Rover engine a 6 or a 4?

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Posted by 69moparuk on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:15 AM

Hi, landrovers of this era were usually 4 cylinder engines. Either 2 1/4 litre petrol or diesel. There were 6 cylinder engines but these were less common. 

Kitformservices do a set of wheels for landrovers. These are 7.50x16 tyres. 

Looking good on the build

Regards jason 

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:17 AM

Thanks Lee!  The engine is a 4 cylinder.  I'm not sure what the engine size is as there was one Petrol (gasoline) engine and one Diesel engine available and there is no indication on the box art or instructions as to what is what.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:45 AM

I have been rethinking my paint choice for the body.  In my mind, the British Green is ultra glossy and I don't really want that.  It needs to be a bit more subdued.  I decided on changing from Tamiya British Green to Polly Scale GN Big Sky Blue with a Tamiya Gloss Clear coat.  This color shouldn't be that glossy.

I have been researching what engine is in this Land Rover and I have come to the conclusion that it is a 2.25 Ltr. Petrol (gasoline) engine.  But, what is the second smaller hole in the engine block?  Most of the pictures I have looked at don't show the side of the engine clearly.  The larger front hole is for a oil tube which is in the kit, but the smaller hole is for a distributor that is not included in the kit or listed on the instructions.  I can find a distributor and mount in my parts box and drill it for four plug wires and an ignition coil wire.

More Land Rover to come...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:14 AM

It looks like you've made a good start on it! I've started this kit years ago then put it in the box. I need to get it finished. The tires are Monogram's standard ones which are way too wide for my tastes.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:32 PM

Thanks gulftarpon!  If you are looking for a more standard size tire, check out Fireball Modelworks.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, August 25, 2019 7:33 AM

I would agree it's for a distributor. Strange they forgot to include it.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, August 25, 2019 9:49 AM

It's a good thing I have a few extra distributors in the stash.  Just drill one out and add some wires and Bob's your uncle!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:52 PM

Yep. Worse case scenario use two diffrent diameter pieces of round sprue, one for the distributor and one for its shaft.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, August 26, 2019 7:17 AM

midnightprowler

Yep. Worse case scenario use two diffrent diameter pieces of round sprue, one for the distributor and one for its shaft.

 

As a worse case scenario, I would have used an 8 cylinder distributor from Parts By Parks and clipped off every other lead to make a 4 cylinder distributor.  The round sprue idea is a good one, too! 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, August 26, 2019 11:56 AM

I got the 2.25 Ltr. 4 cylinder engine wired and mostly assembled, I just need add the oil filler tube.

Then I discovered what the second smaller hole was for in the engine block...there are two nubs on the back of the base of the oil filler tube!  I guess I'll have to move the distributor over towards the center of the block and drill a hole for it.  

I must have been tired last night when I painted the exhaust system before I painted the frame.  Well, I'll paint the frame and then paint the exhaust system...again! 

More Land Rover to come...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mini man on Monday, August 26, 2019 4:17 PM

Ray Mears once said ''if you want to go into the desert drive a Land Rover,but if you want out of the desert drive a Landcruiser''

 

Nigel.

 

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 8:44 PM

It is still, "The Best 4X4XFar!"

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, August 30, 2019 8:26 PM

I got the chassis almost completed this morning before taking off for NH's Lakes Region.

More Land Rover to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 31, 2019 4:30 PM

The chassis is done until I can paint the body and install it onto the chassis.

The body is ready for primer and paint.

More Land Rover to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, September 01, 2019 7:01 AM

Looking geat.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, September 01, 2019 8:24 PM

Thanks Lee!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, September 08, 2019 5:00 PM

I got the body, hood and doors in a coat of Polly Scale GN Big Sky Blue which is a close match to Land Rover Marine Blue.  The color is a tad darker than what you see here.  The flash washed out the color a little.  

More Land Rover to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, September 09, 2019 8:43 PM

I painted the the Land Rover grille with Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black and the silver trim with a silver Sharpie.

A mock up to check the fitment of the body on the chassis.  Looking good!

I left the coil wire long since the ignition coil is mounted on the firewall and not on the engine.  So far, so good!

More Land Rover to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:50 AM

Another mock up to check body fitment since a few items were slightly warped.

I detailed painted the engine compartment.

One of the warped pieces was the roof top.  I have been bending the roof slightly in the opposite direction to remove the warp.

More Land Rover to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by 69moparuk on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:25 AM

looking good and loving the colour scheme.

regards jason

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 3:27 PM

Thanks Jason!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:33 PM

I clearcoated the Land Rover this afternoon.  This is two mist coats of Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear and it darkened the color quite a bit.

More Land Rover to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

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