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Land Rover Series III LWB
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, September 13, 2020 4:53 PM

I need to start another project now like I need a hole in my head! So, this project will take a while as I go about gathering my paints and stuff for this build. This project also signals another case for McNally, Boston PI. This story is called, Harvest of Murder and it is a total work of fiction.

The Build
I am using Revell of Germany's Land Rover Series III LWB Kit #07047. I have been looking at paint colors trying to find a close match to the Land Rover Light Green without having to resort to ordering paint from overseas.




The Story
McNally journeys to the United Kingdom to help an old friend harvest his farm. A “vacation” in the UK is turned into a murder investigation with the local Constabulary seeking his help. The murder victim is a longtime resident who was always broke and McNally tries to find the killer with the help of the local Police who have no training in murder investigations.

It was about 4:00 PM when the telephone rang at 157 Dardenvale Street, the home of McNally, Boston PI. McNally has just returned home from an early afternoon jog that took him over an hour to run and he had worked up a good sweat. He was also tired when he answered the phone.
“This is McNally,” he says puffing slightly.
“Mc! Its’ Angus Burrows calling you from the UK. How are you? I didn’t call you at a bad time, did I?”
“No. I’m just back from a run. I’m well Angus! Long time, no hear! What is happening across the pond?”
“I’m actually calling you from Westby Hospital in Liverpool. I have a case of bad heart angina and they had hospitalized me. I’ve got no one managing at the farm and I need some help with the workers.”
“Are you asking me for my help?”
“Yes. If you can. I know you can be busy with your detective business. But, I do need your help getting the workers organized and moving forward.”
“Angus, I could use a small vacation and the farm at Alston-at-Harkness sounds like a good place to start. I’ll be over tomorrow or Friday. Okay?”
“Thank you Mc. I truly appreciate your effort.”
“Okay. I’ll see you tomorrow at the hospital. Bye Angus!
“Bye Mc.”
McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, September 13, 2020 7:43 PM

I've got that one on the bench waiting on paint as well.  The instructions call it blue and I got ahold of 3 square bottles of blue.  Zeropaints makes the right green but i can't find it 

https://www.zero-paints.com/Land_Rover_Series_III_Paints_30ml--product--7974.html

 

Tamiya IJN interior green is close

 

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, September 14, 2020 9:04 AM

Thanks John!  I wanted to find a close matching color local instead of trying to buy it from overseas.  After searching at a hobby shop, I found a color that may be a close match.  Now to try it out on a plastic spoon with grey primer.

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Monday, September 14, 2020 12:20 PM

Mr. Mike,  I like the story concept, sounds like it will be fun. But something I picked up from your blurb was that your Brit doesn't 'sound' like a Brit. Either tone or language, I'm not sure, but just not quite Brit enough. (yes, I'm a published author too.)

As for your Land Rover, a friend of mine was stationed at Lakenheath and bought a 88" wheelbase model there in the UK, but built to North American standards i.e. left hand drive. He painted it in a British Army camo pattern. We had a lot of fun in that truck.  

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, September 14, 2020 5:07 PM

HooYah Deep Sea

Mr. Mike,  I like the story concept, sounds like it will be fun. But something I picked up from your blurb was that your Brit doesn't 'sound' like a Brit. Either tone or language, I'm not sure, but just not quite Brit enough. (yes, I'm a published author too.)

As for your Land Rover, a friend of mine was stationed at Lakenheath and bought a 88" wheelbase model there in the UK, but built to North American standards i.e. left hand drive. He painted it in a British Army camo pattern. We had a lot of fun in that truck.  

 
Well, it's like this...I'm an American trying to write (albeit poorly) a view from a British citizen.  I have never claimed to be perfect and the writing I do is merely a hobby for me and it helps keep my mind active during retirement and this pandemic.  Sorry if it doesn't "sound" British to you.  It is what it is.   

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by siiirhd88 on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 11:06 PM

I have one of these in the stash, a few of the ESCI / Italeri three door 109s and one of the old Monogram short wheel base 88s.  These are all Series III models, with the headlamps in the wings instead of the rad panel, and the padded dash with the instruments in front of the driver and not in the center of the dash.

There were not many colors available on the Series trucks but the Pastel Green was a very common color.  Below are the DuPont paint color codes for the typical Series colors:

Pastel Green 38504*
Bronze Green 38500*
Marine Blue 38503*
Limestone 38505*
Poppy Red 38506*
Sand 38502*
Mid grey 38501*
*The suffix "A" is for Centari Acrylic Enamel, "L" for Laquer, or "D" for "DuLux" Alkyd Enamel.
The top and wheels were typically painted Limestone.  The Rustoleum Almond is a close match. 
 
The sunsheet on the "tropical top" is an extra roof layer spaced about 1.25 inches above the normal hard top ribbed roof.  There are four vents in the ribbed roof that open into the space below the sunsheet for ventilation, even in the rain.  There are bumps on the sunsheet above the vents that the kit, I think, shows as a clear window.
 
For weathering the rad panel and the bulkhead / firewall are steel but the rest of the body is Birmabrite, an aluminum alloy.  The windscreen and body trim is galvanized.  
 
There is a bronze green Series IIA 109 three door with a trop top and a pastel green Series III 109 soft top out on our driveway, if anyone needs details.  
 
Bob
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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 9:25 AM

I am getting ready to start mine...I think I will paint it dark green with a black roof!   

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Posted by siiirhd88 on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:58 PM

The idea was the light colored roof would reflect the light better in attempt the keep the interior cooler.  The wife's 109 is all bronze green, roof and sunsheet included.  I imagine it makes a difference in very hot climates.

The kit has the spare tire on the roof which is not one of the factory locations.  On the five door like the kit it would normally be on the rear door or on the hood (bonnet).  IIRC the kit has a 'deluxe' bonnet without a dished area for the spare.  The Monogram kit has the dished 'deluxe' bonnet.  There was also the standard 'knife edge' bonnet that was a bit flatter shaped, has a sharper edge at the front, is not dished and came with and without the spare mount.   

Bob

  

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:23 PM

Almost have enough for a group build Stick out tongue

Thanks,

John

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:25 AM

I'd love to do one of these, but I'd want a Series III in the 88" wheel base.

But then again, I could do one of the 109's as a BIOT / Diego Garcia vehicle. The Brits had two 109's and three 88's when I was there.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:13 PM

Very cool!I opted to paint the roof black and the body British Racing Green.I think I will put the spare tire on the hood!   

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:47 PM

For all who may be doing this build; a friend just reminded me that Series I, II, and IIA land rovers all had metal radiator grills, and the Series III had plastic. So weathering will be much different, as last time I checked, plastic doesn't rust. On that note, remember that all of the main body panels are aluminum alloy; so subject to corrosion, but not rust. Also, as already mentioned, the bumpers and external steel fittings are galvanized.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, September 17, 2020 9:21 PM

No corrosion for me!  This Land Rover will look factory fresh!

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Posted by siiirhd88 on Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:23 PM

HooYah Deep Sea
For all who may be doing this build; a friend just reminded me that Series I, II, and IIA land rovers all had metal radiator grills, and the Series III had plastic. So weathering will be much different, as last time I checked, plastic doesn't rust. On that note, remember that all of the main body panels are aluminum alloy; so subject to corrosion, but not rust. Also, as already mentioned, the bumpers and external steel fittings are galvanized.

The bulkhead / firewall and the rad panel are steel.  The flat wire mesh grill on the SI, II and IIA is dull galvanized and normally shows no rust even at 50 years old.  There are a few different styles of mesh grills, too.  The plastic grill on the SIII has a few different colors of gray / silver and fades badly. 

The chassis from the factory were painted black except for the very early SI trucks which were galvanized.  The painted chassis rusts badly in snowy or salty climates and will often be replaced by an aftermarket galvanized chassis.  I replaced the rusty chassis with galvy replacements on all three of our Series trucks.

The Military / MOD trucks also have a different chassis, with extended spring hangars for an optional extra lift and a squared off rear chassis crossmember.

Bob

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:50 PM

Here we are, a bunch of Yanks, detailing the aspects of a Brit lorry. Frankly I find this humorous. Well, carry on gents, carry on.

I'd still like to find an Series III 88 out there.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by siiirhd88 on Friday, September 18, 2020 12:10 AM

HooYah Deep Sea
I'd still like to find an Series III 88 out there. 

Here ya go:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Land-Rover-1-24-model-by-Monogram/363110400836?hash=item548b110344:g:4kIAAOSwFVBfZCOT

https://chuckmost.wixsite.com/madhouse-miniatures/single-post/2015/04/07/The-Sad-and-Sordid-tale-of-Monograms-Land-Rover

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, September 18, 2020 8:02 AM

I built the engine last night and I have to say it is well detailed and everything fits well!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, September 18, 2020 8:43 AM

I built the Land Rover Series III 88" last year minus the quirky graphics.

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, September 18, 2020 10:04 AM

Nice job!

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, September 19, 2020 7:47 AM

Looking forward to it.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, September 19, 2020 7:48 AM

Mr Mike

No corrosion for me!  This Land Rover will look factory fresh!

 

X2!

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, September 20, 2020 3:26 PM

Thanks, Lee!

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Posted by philo426 on Sunday, September 20, 2020 9:03 PM

Just as a heads up...do not glue the exhaust to the engine exhaust manifold until you route it through the left front fender well.I made the the mistake of gluing it to the exhaust manifold so I had to use my Dremel and fine sanding disc to cut a slot and cover my goof with a plastic plate.    

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, September 20, 2020 9:23 PM

What's that oval opening along the edge of the roof? Some sort of skylight view port?

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Posted by philo426 on Sunday, September 20, 2020 9:28 PM

Yes like an Olds Vista Cruiser!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, September 21, 2020 7:43 AM

I am very much aware of the exhaust system through the inner wing.  This comes from reading the instruction manual prior to actually starting on assembly and making notations in the instructions.  I appreciate the heads up!

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Posted by siiirhd88 on Monday, September 21, 2020 8:18 AM

Rob Gronovius

What's that oval opening along the edge of the roof? Some sort of skylight view port? 

 

Rover called them "Alpine Windows".  They are held in place by the rubber seal and so would have a black surrounding edge. 

Bob

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, September 21, 2020 9:43 AM

This is a great kit!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:57 PM

The Story

McNally gets off the plane in Liverpool and he catches a cab to Westby Hospital to visit with Angus.  Angus is happy to see him and he tell McNally where everything is at the farm, including the keys to the Land Rover Series III LWB which is parked on the side of the house.  McNally tells Angus that he will do his best with the harvest and for him to not to worry about anything and to get better.  Angus tell him that he glad that McNally made the trip across the pond and he will try to get better.  Then a nurse comes into the room and throws McNally out.

The Build

The 2.6 L straight six engine is nearing completion.  I have wired it, but in the process, I destroyed the distributor, sending me looking for another distributor cap which I found in the parts box.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, September 24, 2020 4:31 PM

The Story

McNally leaves Westby Hospital and hails a cab who'll drive him out to the farm in Alston-at-Harkness.  At the farm, he pays the cabbie with a decent tip and them he pulls his luggage along with his large Army bag slung over his shoulder on the dirt driveway which is rutted with rocks and holes, some holes filled with muddy water.  He reaches the farm house which is dark and he finds the front door key hidden inside a rock outside the front door, which was unlocked anyway.  He opens the door, turns on the lights and steps inside the old house and he finds the keys for the Land Rover hanging on a hook with a couple of jackets and a hat next to them on a wall rack.

The house is as he expected it to be, lived in with a newspaper next to a chair in the living room, a couple of dirty dishes in the sink in the kitchen and a light coating of dust on the furniture.  Tomorrow, he'll meet up with the field managers and discuss where they are at with the harvest in their fields and see what they need for equipment and supplies.  He goes outside and finds the Land Rover Series III LWB parked next to the side of the house and it is unlocked and he locks the doors on the SUV and the barn as well.

 

The Build

After staring at the engine last night, I didn't like the color of the engine.  I repainted it this morning with Model Master Gunmetal Metalizer and the fan got a coating of Model Master Daytona Yellow.

McNally will return...

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