This petrol-driven half-scale model is based on a Little Leafer. You buy the plans online (little-leafers.co.uk) for about £30, and then you fabricate the whole thing yourself.
I’ve heavily modified the base design to give me the full military model. It is made almost entirely of MDF wood with a 3x2in chassis also of wood, glued and screwed.
The engine is a Honda 5.5hp petrol (as used in most go-karts), with a centrifugal clutch and chain-driven through a series of shafts and sprockets that give rear-wheel drive. Top speed is about 10mph. There’s one rear disc brake, and the wheels are standard 8in trailer wheels. The guns are also mostly MDF, made to my own design.
I don’t know of anyone else who has completed a Little Leafer to this modified standard, but I’m sure many people have made them to the basic design. It took a couple of years to build at a cost of about £1300. It now belongs to my nine-year-old son Harry, who gets lots of attention when he drives around in it at shows!
Originally featured in the December 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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