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Land Rover 'Wolf' with MILAN

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About the Author

About Henk Meerdink (Henk)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM


Comments

Thanks Michael, They did indeed, but the individual kits vary quite a bit... believe me, I've done four, and have another two to go for this commission, no two of these are the same. Which is just as well, as I usually don't build the same model more than once.
SEP 28, 2008 - 01:50 PM
Very nice work but the suspension on the AA Rovers seems to sit too high.....none of the images I have seen of real vehicles show them that jacked up........have you tried to address that in your builds?
SEP 28, 2008 - 02:41 PM
Henk You have done a terrific job here. I have built several of these Rovers (and own a Rover 1:1 scale) and they are difficult and beautiful when done. It was great when the offered the pre-assembled frame! I ordered three frames so that I could finally finish several of the earlier models. I have one over at the AA site gallery if you ever wander over there. I like the DPM on the packs as well...it is quite realistically scaled. Great job. Mike Powers
SEP 28, 2008 - 02:58 PM
Very nice build Henk even it it's too clean in my opinion. Two questions : How was the fit and did the PSP come with the kit ? Olivier
SEP 28, 2008 - 07:23 PM
Thanks Jason Yes, you are right, the suspension is a bit of a tricky part of these kits. For reasons only known to Accurate Armour, they include small springs, which are supposed to be pressed down to the right height, "just like the real thing"... unfortunately, that puts a lot of strain on the various suspension parts, which makes it both difficult to get the suspension straight (level) and at the right height. The original chassis, which consisted of multiple separate pieces in white metal and resin, was even worse, it even came with a special jig to set the rear suspension I cut the springs down to the required lenght, but even then every kit comes out slightly differently. This is in part because every kit is 'hand cast', and the various parts differ greatly in quality and fit (trying to fit the V8 engine and drive train is a real joy...not). As good and accurate as these kits are, the fit can be a bit of a problem, and most of the larger parts, such as the (new) one piece resin chassis, body etc usually need a fair bit of prodding with the hair dryer.. And yes, some times the suspension does sit a little bit to high, sometimes it sits better. It takes a bit of practise, and a lot of dryfitting (which requires about four pairs of hands... ). Thanks Mike, I know your vignette on the AA site (the August 2004 winner, congratulations..) indeed, I have wondered which figures you used, and the bike? Are the two in the LR the AA crew? I have one in their gallery as well, in NATO Green, which I did a few years ago, but lately they don't seem to add any new models to the gallery. DPM is a pain... The more samples I look at, the more different patterns and colours I seem to find... Thanks Oliver, the fit was good overall, but, due to the casting process, some parts can be tricky, and need a bit of persuasion to fit properly. All the kit you see in the picture comes in the box. Indeed, Accurate Armour included everything AND the kitchensink (superb decals, a real joy to work with ) long before Dragon jumped on that particular band wagon... Cheers guys, I appreciate the comments Henk
SEP 28, 2008 - 09:19 PM
Oh, Olivier, I agree with you, I like to add a bit more 'life' to my models, but customer wanted some of these just clean and tidy. I am however using some 'artistic licence' on some of the duplicate ones (yes, like three of the SAS Land Rovers LR009... ), for example this "Winter/Water" prepared version. Mind you, it only includes the raised air intake, and a PVC cover over the dash board to set it apart from the others.. Cheers Henk
SEP 28, 2008 - 10:46 PM
Thanks for the reply and answer Henk....I think when I build mine I will replace the stiff metal spring with thin metal solder or a more pliable metal wire coiled like the shock spring.
SEP 29, 2008 - 04:36 AM
Henk, Nice, clean build. Very well done. Bill
OCT 04, 2008 - 06:20 PM
Really, really nice Henk. Love those Landies.... Bob
OCT 28, 2008 - 02:36 AM
Beautiful build. Seeing this makes me wish I hadn't sold my Landy several years back. (it wasn't as impressive as this one ) Cheers, Charles
OCT 28, 2008 - 05:27 AM