Roam, Baby, Roam: Minichamps 1948 Land Rover

Sep 10, 2012 No Comments by

These days, Land Rovers are comfy – all frills, fine leather, and modern tech, they coddle occupants with heated cup holders as they bravely venture to Starbucks. But beneath the frou-frou, these trucks have been strong off-road performers since 1948. Those early Rovers were far more basic and bare-knuckled – and Minichamps’ 1:18model of the seminal mudslinger is proof. This thing is a blast, right out of the box; everything attachable – the door tops, the spare tire, and the lift-off metal hood – comes cleverly folded into the styro clamshell and snicks on effortlessly. The olive green paint is flawless, as is the fit and finish; real hinges are on the doors and the fold-flat windshield, and the pinpoint detailing on the dash and wired engine continues beneath to a full-metal frame hosting driveline and (static) suspension detailing. Work the steering – gently – and the idler arm plays along; the tailgate is cast shut, but the grille is photo-etched and the overall effect is spot-on. The only thing this knobby little brawler is missing is a scale pith helmet. Outstanding. - Joe Kelly Jr.

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I have been a car guy since my early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; my career path has taken me on an exciting journey. I have consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and have been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited me to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of my cars graces the cover. My diecast addiction began about 12 years back. My girlfriend at the time knew I was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold me over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because I was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. The next time we went shopping I stopped in the toy aisle and ended up purchasing additional Hot Wheels and a few Jada vehicles. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next came my introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later I am the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over 12 thousand unique pieces. My then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for my hobby and my two little girls enjoy it with us too. Today I find myself fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles. From tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag. I do have an appreciation for the well delivered OEM vehicles as well. Most of all I enjoy the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles. I look forward to being a part of DieCast X Magazine and helping to strengthen, grow and deliver our hobby to people who do not know how rewarding it is to an individual and a family.
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