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Paint arrived from Gravity paints in Spain, it's about time I gave them a try, hopefully I'll find time to get back into the hobby room very soon.

 

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On 1/13/2020 at 5:01 AM, GeeBee said:

It's a good kit, the instructions can be a little confusing with all the LHD and RHD diagrams, some parts need to be chucked in the bin, they supply two transmission tunnels, one's useless, Land Rover never made a LHD tunnel, there's two sets of seats, standard an deluxe, it's a shame they didn't include a deluxe bonnet though, drilling marks in the body for LHD or RHD options need sorting, why they put them on the outside of the body I'll never know, but it's the only Land Rover kit out there, and once built it really does look the part, when i build one for myself I'll be doing a few things differently,but this one has to built pretty much OOB.

I'll probably chuck the unused parts into my spares box right way to avoid confusion during the build. I didn't know about standard vs. deluxe bonnets. Does the deluxe have the spare wheel mounted on it? I'm enjoying the progress on your build and can't wait to start my own. In the meantime, I've my SWB version.

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9 hours ago, Roadrunnertwice said:

Does the deluxe have the spare wheel mounted on it? I'm enjoying the progress on your build and can't wait to start my own. 

Yes, the standard bonnet didn't have the indent in it, the standard bonnet is what is supplied in the kit, the spare wheel would have been put in the back, which was totally inconvenient, you either had to put up with it, leave it behind it you were going to use the rear seats or pay for the dealer to have it mounted on the back door, which was a pain if you were using your Land Rover for towing as the tyre got in the way when coupling up the trailer, the later Defenders have the wheel mounted much higher.

The door mirrors supplied in the kit are totally incorrect for a Series land rover, the only way to fit them is to swap the top door hinge with the ones off a later Defender.

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11 hours ago, GeeBee said:

Yes, the standard bonnet didn't have the indent in it, the standard bonnet is what is supplied in the kit, the spare wheel would have been put in the back, which was totally inconvenient, you either had to put up with it, leave it behind it you were going to use the rear seats or pay for the dealer to have it mounted on the back door, which was a pain if you were using your Land Rover for towing

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I have never owned a Land Rover but I would think that having the spare up on the hood would be inconvenient. How does it affect opening the hood for service? It looks like it would be very heavy

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15 minutes ago, Tom Geiger said:

I have never owned a Land Rover but I would think that having the spare up on the hood would be inconvenient. How does it affect opening the hood for service? It looks like it would be very heavy

It is. You’d certainly know about it if it landed on you while you were inside... ISTR the wheel and tyre weighs around 75 lbs... which is why you don’t want it above the cab like the prototype of the Revell kit, which is unusual verging on the unique. Back door mount is common, but needs a frame or it will put a lot of stress on the door hinges. Pickups often have it mounted on the bulkhead behind the front seats, but obviously that eats into rear compartment space. Some military types carry spares high on one or both sides on a frame behind the front doors. Bonnet is one of the lesser of all the potential evils, but it pays to take the spare off before any serious work under the hood...

best,

M.

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1 hour ago, Tom Geiger said:

I have never owned a Land Rover but I would think that having the spare up on the hood would be inconvenient. How does it affect opening the hood for service? It looks like it would be very heavy

Ours had it on the hood but I can't remember  if it was a problem or not. Of course we were much younger. 

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12 hours ago, Tom Geiger said:

I have never owned a Land Rover but I would think that having the spare up on the hood would be inconvenient. How does it affect opening the hood for service? It looks like it would be very heavy

Done it a few times, almost impossible with the tyre still in place, if you weren't going to use it for towing,the spare wheel could be mounted on the rear door, but if you were towing the bottom of the tyre got in the way of the coupling, vans and pick ups had the spare wheel mounted on the rear bulkhead inside, the later Defenders had the spare mounted much higher on the rear door.

 

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