In the 1950s the Land Rover took over from the Austin Champ and US Jeep as the general purpose light utility vehicle. Given the UK’s international commitments, a requirement emerged for a lightweight version that could be easily carried by air. A particular need was for helicopter lift by the Westland Wessex, which could lift about a ton.
The Land Rover Series IIA was used as the basis for a stripped down version, narrowed in width so that it would fit a standard pallet. The result is known as the Land Rover half-ton, widely known as the lightweight or airportable Land Rover. The vehicle was produced from 1968 to 1984, and it was widely used in the British Army, proving to be a robust and popular vehicle. Further information can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Rover_1/2_ton_Lightweight and http://www.4wdco.com/view/collection/landrover_LW-FFR.php.
This product provides the modeller or wargamer with a model of this useful vehicle, and is relatively easy to print and assemble. The hull is split in two to ease printing; the top half is printed normally, but the bottom part should be printed inverted i.e. with the axles up. The wheels may need to be drilled out with a 1.5mm drill to ease fit on the axles, as printing accuracy limitations can cause issues.
An update on 8th July 2019 (LtWt LR 2-100.zip) slightly widened the centre windscreen divider, as this element did not print reliably on further testing. An integrated version (one-piece body) is also now provided in case this is preferred for printing, though it is more difficult to remove the supports generated by Cura.
The product is offered for personal, non-commercial use under the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).