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Land Rover “Pink Panther” build – Part 2:Assembly

It’s not often when building a model that I can say “I have that part in real life” but with one or two pieces on this one I could. For example, the rear bumperettes are very similar to those on my car and other parts of the chassis and bulkhead were familiar to me. It still looks a bit unfinished as various parts will not be added until after painting. Also, I have a resin stowage set by Legend to add later.

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Land Rover “Pink Panther” build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle


Used by the British SAS and based upon the Land Rover Series IIA (109 inch) chassis, these vehicles stand out due to their vivid desert camouflage [1] [2]. Alas, I have not yet seen one for real …

The kit


This is an old kit nowadays but I saw it in the Bovington Museum shop on my recent visit there and, given my interest in real Land Rovers, it makes sense to build one or two models of them!



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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – battery retaining clamp

A recent issue involving the starter motor prompted the mechanic in attendance to comment on the the unsecured nature of the battery in the box under the passenger seat. Well, he was right – the retaining clamp was missing when I bought it. Putting a temporary fix in place (yes, those wooden blocks in the first image) we put in an order for the correct fixtures. Once delivered, they weren’t difficult to fit. Even so, I reckon next time we might just use two extra long bolts to secure the clamp, rather the the slightly fussy official pieces.

Parts used (no, the below isn’t remotely interesting to anybody else, but by starting to list the Land Rover (or equivalent) part numbers in these posts I can remember what we used):

  • MUC7513 – battery clamp x 1
  • STC307 – “J” bolt x 2

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KV-1 (Model 1939)

Unknown unit, Soviet Union, 1939.

KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 1:Introduction
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 2:Assembly
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 3:Painting
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 4:Weathering (rust)
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 5:Weathering (chipping)
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 6:Weathering (oil fading)
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 7:Weathering (wash)
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 8:Weathering (streaks)
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 9:Tracks
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 10:Weathering (dust)
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 11:Weathering (oil and fuel stains)
KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 12:Finishing

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KV-1 (Model 1939) build – Part 12:Finishing

  • Soot from the exhausts was simulated by spraying on Tamiya “Flat Black” XF-1 in Tamiya X-20A thinner (10% paint mixture in thinner). The end of the exhausts were then treated with Tamiya “Soot” weathering powder.
  • The end of the gun barrel was treated with Tamiya “Soot” weathering powder.
  • The machine guns, tow cables, outer rims of the wheels, those inner part of the tracks in contact with wheels and the outer part of the track in contact with the ground were dusted with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.
  • Certain wooden crates (from Value Gear) were dug out of the spares box and stowed on the fenders, along with some spare tracks.
  • A few Dry Oak leaves from AMMO (A.MIG-8402) were placed on parts of the fender and hull.

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