Our new Land Rover Defender is here!
And it's a little bit smaller than you think!
Believe it or not. This was a Christmas Present from my wife. I absolutely love it. She's a 90X with the inline 6 cylinder engine and a DSG gearbox with high and low range options. She's finished in Gondwana Stone with the white contrast roof, so pretty much the launch colours.
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You didn't think my wife had bought me a real one, did you?
Nope! It's LEGO! And it took about 15 hours to build. Unfortunately, I did something wrong at the first attempt, too. You start with the 4 speed DSG Gearbox and I'd done something wrong at that point without realising. From there, you assemble the transfer box, the engine, steering mechanisms and suspension. It was only when I'd put the three completed sections together that I'd realised my mistake. The axles were rotating in opposite directions, although I could still push it due to the differentials. Doing so wouldn't make the engine or any of the gears turn. Do'h! Because of the complexity, there was nothing else for it, but a complete strip down and rebuild.
The DSG Gearbox which was the cause of my woes.
The completed DSG Gearbox module
Engine (L) Transfer box and gear selectors (Centre) and the gearbox (R) read to be put together
The Transfer box, and the gear selectors
Naked Land Rover
The engine. The pistons move. The gear to the left operates the winch.
The interior. The '+' and '-' controls the DSG Gearbox. You can just see the 'R' from the main 'box by the steering wheel. The transfer box lever is to the right. It even has a rear view mirror!
The completed car with the roof rack on. You can also steer it with the small gear on the roof.
The roof rack can detach, which takes the pannier box...
and the ladder on the other side.
Would I recommend one?
Hell. Yes. Quite a bit cheaper than the Bugatti Chiron model at £169 but was still a massive pleasure to assemble - even with my gearbox woes. The complexity of it is mind boggling! There's something uniquely therapeutic about building Lego, and this was quite a challenge!