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Land Rover Series 2a Police - 277

 

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This is a repaint - a very good repaint, but a repaint none the less. It started life as the basic blue Land Rover and someone has taken the trouble to strip it down and disassemble it, source a Police canopy for the back, paint it and put it back together. They sold it to me as genuine on eBay for about 9 - how many hours work went into earning that fraudulent sum? Life is too short. It may actually have been done at the factory - I have a number of other models, Corgis & Matchboxes too, where it looks like models of one colour were resprayed into another colour at the factory, production errors maybe or re-finishing when one model sold out and another was in surplus.

How do you spot it's a repaint? Three pictures give it away. First the floor level rear shot, click to get the full size picture and you can see blue paint in the deeper details in the bodywork, the front floor-level shot shows that the grille and lights have been painted with a brush - not spray-masked and finally the base-plate, it's the wrong screw. These were screwed together but with a flat headed slotted screw, not a Philips head.

The modelling is appalling. It is recognisably a late Series 2a Land Rover from the front detail, they had the lights in the wings with a mesh grille from 1970-73 when the Series 3 came along with the plastic grille. One point this has over the Corgi 109 is that the back of the cab is right - Corgi left the detail as in the square-cornered Series 1 - Dinky had the correct rounded windows on the corners - see my blue version for the photos. But the rest of it is not good..... The windscreen looks wrong - why? because the glass comes too far down and the scuttle vents are just not there, the interior detail is non-existent and the engine detail shows that the modeller never even looked under the bonnet of a Land Rover. Sorry - could do better Dinky - the engine in the Range Rover is dead right.

This Land-Rover was in the Dinky range from 1977 to 1980, it is always black and white with a blue beacon.

 
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