Land Rover 1 Tonne FC Truck G.S. Body
Reviewed by Ian Sadler
JB's new Landrover kit comes in their now standard packaging - very stout and well packed in an outer with box art on the front and on the back a colour illustration with the measurements in mm.
The contents are packed in resealable poly bag. There are two spruces of grey plastic and one of clear with a very good instruction sheet and decals for 5 vehicles.
So just what do you get for your money. In total 29 parts for the construction of a long neglected kit of an important vehicle.
The moulding is very good and level of detail ESP on the wheels has to be seen to be believed. The GS body can be constructed with the canvas tilt erected or left off.
The great innovation once again is in the cab. This is gem in it's own right. It is moulded in clear plastic. I suppose after JB's Bedford Mk featured this method that it would become a trademark. All you have to do is paint the inside green and if you are painting another colour (say white for UN usage) then paint the outside. A very thin demarcation line 1.5mm is thoughtfully included on the inside to give clear edges for painting the windows. Simply brilliant and well thought out - let's see if the big boys can do any better.
Having seen over twenty of these vehicles in a scrap yard very recently I can say that with out any doubt he has captured the feel very well.
Please do not let us hear any comments about the tyres on the kit as the British Army now uses civilian ones for general usage on roads and only uses the Military pattern for War or Peace keeping missions.
The purists will no doubt use some thinner sections of rod to replace certain items but overall it is a well thought out kit and I wish him well with the next one.
Many thanks to John for the two review samples.
Review Copyright © 1999 by Ian Sadler