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Long Range Desert Group Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun

DML 1/72 Long Range Desert Group Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review June 2012 Manufacturer DML
Subject Long Range Desert Group Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun Scale 1/72
Kit Number 7439 Primary Media 63 parts in grey styrene
Pros First injection-molded kit of this vehicle in this scale; nicely done body and cab Cons Wheels only half molded with no backs
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $19.95

First Look

For many years one of the most popular of Tamiya’s kits in 1/35 scale has been their LRDG Chevrolet truck, based on a cut-down 1941 Chevrolet light truck with military body and sand tires. It is one of the few older kits in their inventory which is still a good seller when re-released and for which companies still produce after-market upgrade kits and figures.

DML has now offered a brand new version of this vehicle in 1/72 scale. It captures the personality of the ‘41 Chevy (which once again due to trademark demands is now called a “Patrol Car” rather than a Chevrolet truck) and the British military pattern body. It comes with two Enfield rifles, a Lewis gun with cooling jacket on a pedestal mount with separate drum, a “flimsy” of gas (only one!) and the rolled tarps on the front fenders. No radio is provided but it also comes with the lockers as separate parts, a sand channel and tent poles for the canvas.

The cab is neatly done with the modified grille shell and a false radiator front that mounts behind them to be visible. There are no pedals in the control area, nor any engine or transmission upper bits.

The chassis is simple with a one-piece driveline, separate springs and front axle, and separate exhaust. But the wheels are only half-molded with no back sides, which is surprising in this day and age with the molding skills DML possesses. Oddly enough a back side and wheel rim are clearly evident on the directions.

Finishing directions are included for two vehicles: “Te Aroha”, T Patrol, Libya 1943 in overall sand, and “Rotowhero”, R Patrol, Libya 1943 in pink and dark green. A set of Cartograf decals is included along with a number jungle for census numbers for other vehicles.

Overall there are enough shortcuts taken with the chassis to make it seem more of a wargamer’s model than a scale model, which is surprising.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 18 Body, storage bins, fuel can, Lewis Gun and mount
  • B 31 Cab, details, kit, weapons
  • C 14 Chassis, wheels, tires, exhaust