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Land Rover Fire Truck

Italeri 1/24 Land Rover Fire Truck Kit First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2019 Manufacturer Italeri
Subject Land Rover Fire Truck Scale 1/24
Kit Number 3660 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Straightforward build, nice details Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $31.95

First Look

Land Rover Fire Truck
Land Rover Fire Truck
Land Rover Fire Truck

When Italeri first announced this kit, there was speculation online whether this would be something new or a reissue of their previous Series III two-door Land Rover kit (AKA 4 Wheel Drive 109" LWB). The answer is the latter, this is a rebox of their African Safari along with a new parts tree for the fire fighter gear. Actually, this kit started life in the 1970s as an ESCI kit produced in several configurations, and when Italeri acquired the ESCI molds, they added a new parts tree for the Safari version and its first hardtop for its debut more that 12 years ago.

Molded in styrene, the kit is presented on two parts trees molded in black plus the chassis, the body shell and hard top molded in red, one tree of clear parts, and one set of rubber (vinyl) tires. As you can see in the images, this is a simple kit that will go together nicely out of the box, and will also look even better with some selective super-detailing and aftermarket help.

Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Choice of left or right-hand drive
  • Good interior with lots of potential for extra attention
  • Basic chassis with drive train and suspension
  • Fire hose reel, water tank, and fire extinguisher bottles inside the cargo compartment
  • Front doors, rear door, and hood (bonnet) are all molded closed but can be positioned with some careful surgery
  • Roof rack with ladders and hose containers
  • Water pump mounted to front bumper
  • Rubber (vinyl) tires

Decals are provided for six options:

  • Hampshire (UK) Fire Service, 1975
  • Cornwall County (UK) Fire Brigade, 1979
  • German Fire Engine (with EU license plates)
  • Ville de Limbourg (Belgium) Fire Service (pre-EU license plates), 1980
  • St. Urban (Austria) Fire Service (with EU license plates), 1975
  • Santana (not Carlos) Fire Department, Spain, 1982

Despite its age, the tooling is in good shape with very little flash and is ready to head to your workbench!

Here is a list of paints Italeri identifies for use with this kit (minus the Italeri colors):

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Metal Black
 
71.073
C078
H028
N028
 
 
 
 
LP40
X10
 
 
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Steel
0191
71.065
C028
H018
N018
 
 
MMM002
030
X10
1780
X502
Red
0049
71.269
C003
H003
N003
A276
C276
LC006
MMP003
002
LP07
X07
1705
 
White
0050
71.001
C001
H001
N001
A528
C528
LC001
MMP001
004
LP02
X02
1745
 
Orange
0129
71.083
C059
H014
N014
A704
C704
LC005
 
 
TS12
X06
 
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Black
0032
70.950
C002
H002
N002
A125
C125
LC002
MMP047
005
LP01
X01
1747
 
Wood Brown
0079
71.293
C043
H037
N037
A213
C213
UA082
MMP130
387
 
1701
 

Thanks to MRC for the review sample.

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