Australian Perentie 6x6 LRPV in 1/87...
...a new resin kit from Trident Models
A new resin kit from Trident Miniatures for the LRPV (Long Range Patrol Vehicle) variant of the Australian Army Perentie 6x6. A variation of the Land Rover 110 these were partly built under licence in New South Wales with first orders in the late 1980s and a second order in 1998. With a galvanised chassis, a relocated spare wheel and using Isuzu engines these are now being replaced by variants of the Mercedes G Wagon. The original order was for 2,500 4x4 variants and an additional 400 6x6 variants. The turbocharged 6x6 versions had a wider cab and the rear axle used leaf springs to spread the weight.
Two earlier kits from Trident Miniatures provide for the IIMV (Infantry Improvised Mobility Vehicle) and an Ambulance, two of the 9 variations on the 6x6 chassis. While the cabs are so instantly recognisable as Land Rovers, the 6x6 configuration and the distinctly Australian military multi-colour disruptive camouflage will make for a quite different and distinctive model in any collection of model Land Rovers. Now we have this open bodied LRPV variant as well.
All the parts are very neatly moulded in polyurethane resin plus three metal axles. You need to remove the parts from their casting plugs, and with some of the parts being very fine, you just need to take care in removing some of them. The roll cage elements and the bull bars and supports are quite delicate, but everything goes together well. Even the handlebars for the motorbike that is included is very fine. The parts location is provided by a small sheet with pictures of the model and part numbers indicated on them. Superglue worked well for construction and I did drill out the location holes for the roll cage elements. It is complete, so now needs a coat of primer before starting on the camouflage colours.
Thanks to Trident Models for this example.