118 Land Rover 1 tonne Forward Control VARIANTS



Like the original Land Rover, the 1 tonnes became the basis for many military variations. I would normally make conversions, to transform existing model kits – as I have with the Land Rover Series – however, due to the lack of current 1 tonne kits I’ve designed the whole thing. The Land Rover 1 tonne Forward Control Basic Chassis model is available in a variety of scales

I’ve decided to go the Mr Potato Head route, choose what body , roof and accessory to add to the basic chassis.

There are different sizes of roofs in 3 types, plain, ribbed and short cab ribbed. These will fit the various backs including: cab, extended cab, crew cab, full length.

The cargo comes with printed canvas back.

pick-up comes with framework for soft top.

So far some of the possible representations are: Ambulance, Cargo, Repair, recovery, Vampire.


This is the basic chassis, front, steering wheel, wheels and mirrors, add your choices to it.

The official name of 101 Forward Control is derived from the vehicle’s 101-inch (2,565 mm) wheelbase, and the position of the driver, above and slightly in front of the front wheels which used a fairly large 9.00 × 16 inch tyre. To cope with the extra height above the ground, the wheels feature an unusual feature for a Land Rover (but used for many years on the much older and similar Mercedes Unimog S404); a flange around the centre of the wheel has an embossed tread pattern forming a step for the crew when entering the cab, named a wheel-step.

Development of the 101FC started in 1967, with a design team led by Norman Busby (14 October 1931 – 30 June 2005). Production took place between 1972 and 1978.[2] In common practice of the armed forces, many vehicles were not used for some years and it is not unheard of for military vehicle enthusiasts to pick up these vehicles after only a few thousand miles service. All the vehicles produced at the Land Rover factory at Lode Lane, Solihull were soft top (“rag top”) General Service (GS) gun tractors, although later on many were rebuilt with hard-top ambulance bodies and as radio communication trucks. A rare variant is the electronic warfare Vampire body. It is thought that only 21 of these were produced and less than half of these survive today.

The 101FC also served with the RAF Regiment. Two 101s were allocated to each Rapier Missile set up. The British RAF Rapier system used three Land-Rovers in deployment: a 24V winch fitted 101 Firing Unit Tractor (FUT) to tow the launch trailer, loaded with four Rapier missiles, guidance equipment and radio; a 12V winch fitted 101 Tracking Radar Tractor (TRT) to tow the Blindfire Radar trailer, also loaded with four Rapier missiles and guidance equipment; and a 109 Land Rover to tow a reload trailer with 9 Rapier missiles and loaded with the unit’s other supplies and kit.

I like Uhu glue for assembly. Dennis prefers plastic weld.

Additional information

Weight 100 g
Dimensions 100 × 80 × 54 mm

1:35, 1:48, 1:56 28mm

body type

Base, Ambulance, Bees wing, Cargo, Firefly, Hardback, Pickup, Recovery, repair, Vampire, Radio


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