As I mentioned in Classic LRO (January 2015) when I wrote about my 1977 Series III 88in 2.25 petrol, I’m a keen model collector. I bought these two Corgi Land Rover 109s on eBay.
They were both well played-with and incomplete. The Breakdown Service Tow Truck was minus the crane, the tow hook, the canopy and the tyres. The other truck, Corgi’s Daktari model, had no spare wheel and its other tyres were worn. Both were ideal for modifying.
I hate plastic windows and interiors – which is why I only collect Dinky toys up to 1958 – so I drilled out the rivets and removed them from both trucks.
I stripped both toys thoroughly, cleaned them and repainted in several thin coats: two of primer and three of top coat. Painting the wheel-hubs is much easier when the trucks are dismantled. I was lucky with the axles of both trucks – they were straight.
This owner review appeared in the September 2011 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.