Series I Land Rover SWB

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Series I Land Rover SWB by schlem May 5, 2013

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Land Rover entered production in 1948 with what was later termed the Series I. This was launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show. It was originally designed for farm and light industrial use, and had a steel box-section chassis, and an aluminum body.


This is roughly based on the original 1959 Moko Lesney Matchbox toy, #12, Land Rover 86 inch wheelbase AKA SWB. A longer wheelbase (107 inches) was also available. bamca.org/cgi-bin/single.cgi?id=RW12a While I can't duplicate the finish of the original die cast, I can add details like spare tyres for mounting on the bonnet or rear bulkhead. There are two versions of the short-wheelbase body, one with a driver and one without.

If you haven't seen "The Gods Must Be Crazy" stop whatever you are doing and find, steal, or download (maybe all three) the movie. Here's a little snippet: youtube.com/watch?v=fxCJL6GGsdE

UPDATE 4/6/13 I have uploaded a double-sized version of the driverless Series I SWB, in several files. It is twice the size of the original Matchbox model, with upgraded Non-Directional-Tread (NDT) on the tires, a dubious vanity on my part. Some dimensions have been altered to better reflect a generic 86 inch wheelbase Series I - They came in a variety of subtly different styles. The bigger wheels necessitates bigger axles and retainers (hubs), included in the new plates. The fit is tight; you might want to drill out the wheels a bit.

Also, all the embellishments precipitated some non-manifoldness - which I easily solved using the Netfabb cloud fixing tool - you can too: netfabb.com/news.php

All tinkered in Tinkercad while I can.

*** Tinkercad is dead; Long live Tinkercad!***

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That would be awesome but unfortunately I only have a Solidoodle 3 with some upgrades and I'm limited to plastics. but if there was a way that I could print that model with Repetier-Host I would print out all different sizes in all different plastics

A number of months ago, I began embellishing this model with undercarriage bits, and just adding all kinds of details, including leaf springs, and suspended live axles. I kinda lost my steam as the model became more complicated and wouldn't slice properly. Maybe I'll revisit that project. One caveat - the detailed Series I would be suitable for FDM (extruder type) 3D printers; it would need to be printed using SLS technology, like available at Shapeways, but metals would be an option!

If you would like to make floating axles it would make this model even better, and yeah I would love a model of the Range rover classic. I would make it myself but I'm not that great at sketchup and there's no way I would even be able to make the Series 1 that you made

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Some assembly required. I used 3 mm filament as axles, glued in place and trimmed flush with the side of the body (see picture). Careful, don't scratch the Birmabrite! The tyres should be chased with an 1/8-inch drill bit prior to fitting to the axles, the end of the filament "peened" by melting with a hot implement. I used a screw with a suitable concavity in the end of the threaded bit. Super glue seems to work very well with ABS, and I used it to fix the spare tyres to the bonnet or the rear bulkhead (early Land Rovers NEVER carried spares on the quarter panel or tailgate like a Jeep). The windscreen can be fixed vertically or horizontally (or omitted), as per your mood (should have a jaunty rake). I hope to eventually model a hardtop for winter or livery use - removable of course.

Small version printed with 50% infill, larger version with 25%

NDT tyres updated 5-9-13 to fix symmetry problem.

5-20-13 If you have problems getting the large version of the tyres and axles to print, Thingiversian jeromemaurey has corrected the tyre plate here: ://www.thingiverse.com/thing:91441 Thanks!

Fix incorporated into double-sized plates. Thanks again!


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ncocivi_pw on Feb 27, 2014 said:

I was wondering if you could make a different type of axles for this and in the future if you could make a model for a land rover classic. Thanks!

schlem on Feb 27, 2014 said:

I could probably design portal axles, live axles, or floating axles, but I don't really know what you're asking me.

That "Range Rover Classic"? Probably not, but I wish I could.

BerndJM on Oct 28, 2013 said:

for years I'm dreaming to own a land rover, in about 1hour I own one ;-)
just printing ...

schlem on Oct 28, 2013 said:

I hope you'll post a picture! Remember, they leak 90W!

schlem on Jun 13, 2013 said:

No support necessary. Should print just fine.

plvttr on Jun 12, 2013 said:

is it necessary to use supports to print it?

PatG on May 23, 2013 said:

Lovely model. I plan on making this my first serious print.

iamjorgensen on May 15, 2013 said:

Nice design :)

ramai on May 5, 2013 said:

haha neat