This is an un-assembled 1/152nd scale model of a 1 ton Land Rover that measures 29mm long, 13mm wide, and is 15mm high. It weighs 16g and consists of 7 parts that are made of lead-free pewter alloy.
In service - 1975 through to the 90s
The 1 tonne Land Rover Forward Control first came into service in 1975. The original role for the vehicle was as a limber for the 105mm Light Gun. It was designed to be stripped down by removal of the tilt, body sides, tailgate, doors and windscreen which made it light enough to be carried by a Wessex helicopter, and so was used extensively by British airborne forces. It was also used to carry Milan anti-tank missiles and for the Rapier ground to air missile system that was used by both the Royal Artillery and the RAF Regiment (to defend air bases and forward dispersal sites). Another common use of the 1 tonne Land Rover was to carry mortars and their teams.
The vehicle was widely used throughout both the British Army and RAF as it filled a gap between the ¾ ton capacity of the Series 2 and 3 Land Rovers and the Bedford MK/MJ 4 ton trucks. A small number could be found in each Armoured Regiment and Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment as well as in every Infantry Battalion.
1 tonne Land Rovers were 15 years old when they were used in the first Gulf War in 1990/91, after which they gradually went out of service. The artillery limber and mortar roles were taken over by the Reynolds Boughton RB55 2 tonne truck. Many of its roles are now covered in the British Army by Pinzgauers.