ARM: Review - DML 1/72 scale LRDG Chevrolet Truck

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale Armor-Pro Series Kit No. 7439; Long Range Desert Group Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun; 63 parts in grey styrene; pre-order price US$19.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: first injection-molded kit of this vehicle in this scale; nicely done body and cab
Disadvantages: wheels only half molded with no backs
Rating: Recommended
Recommendation: for all 1/72 Desert War fans
    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 Freddie Leung for the review sample.      Cookie Sewell
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote the following on 6/10/2012 10:09 PM (ET):

Long Range Desert Group Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun; 63 parts in grey styrene; pre-order price US$19.95 via Dragon USA Online

You misspelled 1/72 above.

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.

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.

front that mounts behind them to be visible. There are no pedals in the control area, nor any engine or transmission upper bits.

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.

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.

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On Monday, June 11, 2012 6:58:02 PM UTC-4, willshak wrote:

Ouch! Mea culpa -- did get it right in the title slug though!
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote the following on 6/13/2012 11:39 AM (ET):

Long Range Desert Group Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun; 63 parts in grey styrene; pre-order price US$19.95 via Dragon USA Online

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.

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.

front that mounts behind them to be visible. There are no pedals in the control area, nor any engine or transmission upper bits.

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.

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.

No prob. I read (reed) the first paragraph of your reviews and I immediately search for the review model on the web so I can see what you are talking about (I have dual monitors so I have the newsreader on one monitor and the web is on the other). I had a hard time finding a 1/35 model til I realized that it was a 1/72.
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