After five years developing a series of model powerboats, I was ready for something a bit different; but what? I had happy memories of driving my 1953 Series I, LWX 958, which I bought in 1956, and that got me thinking...
Initially, I had planned to build a 1:6-scale model of LWX, but as the project progressed, it became clear that it would need to be 1:5-scale instead, as the track of the axles on my base chassis was too wide for the smaller scale.
I started with an Ansmann chassis with electric rear drive and powered steering. I built the kit as supplied then measured the basic dimensions. This showed that I needed to cut the chassis in half and extend it to get the wheelbase correct. The front track was slightly over scale and the rear track needed to be increased to match the front.
The wheels supplied with the kit were a little under scale, but Modelsport of Otley, which sold me the kit, found some nearer the right size. Unfortunately they’re a touch too wide – which caused problems trying to get the body dimensions right.
Because I no longer own LWX, I had to find a similar Land Rover to take the measurements from; and Jake Wright Ltd were extremely helpful. They proved invaluable, as did Graham Parker, who allowed me to measure his 1953 Series I 86-inch, PSK 552, at Wright’s workshop.
The body panels are made from a 3mm-thick composite of thin aluminium and plastic, bonded together with epoxy resin adhesive and I had to make the body 12mm wider than it ought to have been to accommodate the fat wheels.
I made the body and even the tilt from scratch. It took me more than nine months but the results justify the time spent, I think.
Published in the November 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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