Century Dragon Land Rover “Huey”

May 23, 2014 No Comments by

1:43 | $129

It would be hard to quantify the accumulated love that’s been lavished on the oldest Land Rover. Over the past six-odd decades, millions of folks have heard of it, thousands have seen it, but only a select few get the chance to take this nigh-on-priceless piece of British motoring history out of the museum for a spin, lest something… awkward happen. That’s ironic, given the toughness that the Land Rover became known for – but completely understandable, given the little drab truck’s first-born icon status. We’ll get right to it: this Century Dragon replica of “Huey” – named for its registration plate, HUE 166 – is a confoundingly good model, done to startling level of completeness and finesse. The resincast body is crisp, flawlessly painted, and wears a fabric-textured roof; the sags and wrinkles in the top are contrasted by the straight, clean lines of the rivet detailing all over, and the photo-etch used for the window frames, hinges, and rub corners on the wee truck’s rear section. More p/e is up front, and makes up the grille; shine a light in there to discover a set of lensed headlights, and even more photo-etch for the radiator proper. Bring the light to the sides or rear, and there’s a full (bare bones) interior. Our favorite bit? The intricate chassis, detailed to the brass drain plugs on the diffs, made easily accessible without having to unscrew the piece, thanks to a clear plinth. That’s clever as hell. This is an amazing little piece. – Joe Kelly, Jr.


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I’ll start by saying that my “real world” job for 37 years was being an AeroSpace Engineer in the Preliminary Design Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. I’ve been a car nut (as well as an airplane nut) for as long as I can remember but I never intended to be a writer. I began collecting 1/43 scale diecast models in 1966 and wrote a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early ‘70’s I bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and wrote a story about that which was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John liked it and sent some more kits and, well, things just got out of hand. I’ve written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazine continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, I still have it) have been joined by about 3500 more models. Although I’ve never been out of the country, this hobby has given me the opportunity to make friends all over the world, something that would never have happened if I hadn’t bought those Ford GT’s. At this point I’ve had more than 1700 magazine articles published and plan to add some more to that with DiecastX. I’m really looking forward to this association with a great group of people who have helped make the hobby what it is and hope to make a lot more new friends through these pages.
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