EARN: ' 48 Land Rover series I by Minichamps in 1: 18
After the first landlord with four drive wheels, which builds Land Rover series I, Minichamps in 1: 18.
Ultra narrow and with spindly tires of the great Land Rover by Minichamps comes as 1: 18-model therefore zinc die casting
The very first Land Rover was debuted at the1948 Amsterdam Motor Show, to a warm reception from the public. At just 3.55 metres long, it is almost a metre shorter than the current VW Golf and much tinier than the average modern SUV! The idea for such a distinctive vehicle came from then-Rover Technology Chief Maurice Wilks, who found that the salty air around his home on Anglesey made his beloved Willys Jeep rust, and needed a replacement. With plenty of aluminium left over from wartime aeroplane production, the Land Rover was made from this and designed to be as simple as possible with flat sheets used for the angular body and the triple-abreast seats designed to be hosed down to clean them. There was a simple starter button and a 50hp engine, thin spokes on the steering wheel with the instruments set in the middle of the dash. One huge switch works the indicators - all very far from today’s luxury SUVs, yet still iconic!
One of the early prototypes to survive was registered HUE166, from which it was nicknamed Huey. The oldest surviving Land Rover, it was used to plough a farm in England until it was bought back by Land Rover and lovingly restored. This is the vehicle that Minichamps have used as a basis for their 1/18 scale model. The idea for an early Land Rover model in 1/18 scale came from Minichamps’ British agents, but the model has been embraced positively worldwide. And this is unsurprising given the incredible detail levels! There is a separate spare tyre in the rear section, both the top and the side-screens can be removed and the windscreen folds down. The intricate rivets holding the bodywork together, the external hinges, the grille, headlamps and engine are all perfectly rendered - as is the HUE166 number plate.
Underneath, there is the separate chassis with its longitudinal leaf springs providing suspension and the differentials sending power to both the front and rear wheels (of course). The thin tyres found on the real vehicle are faithfully reproduced, as are the narrow steel rims. Down the passenger side runs the exhaust system, all separate plastic parts. Inside, the cockpit is Spartan, but perfectly realised - the block of dials and warning lights, the indicator switch, four-wheel-drive and gear levers and a black three-spoke steering wheel. The three-abreast front seats are in olive green, while two side benches provide for passengers in the back. Notable at the rear of the model are a pair of round tail lights and reflectors, a step below the rear door.
All things considered, this is a fantastic model with both the detail and the charm of the real vehicle, a wonderful achievement on part of Minichhamps on the level that all model makers shout strive for!
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