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1/35 Rhodesian Rhino MPV

For this model I used an Italeri 1/35 Land Rover Series III chassis (as used by the full size vehicle) and then scratch built the mine protection capsule, interior and roll bars. This was the first vehicle type designed by the Rhodesians to combat the land mine back in the 1970’s.

This was my first attempt at scratch building a vehicle part.
The capsule was made using white plastic sheet cut to size.
The roll bars are 2mm aliminium rod.
The canvas covers were made by using an old handkerchief and gluing it to the roll bars/engine cover bars using white glue.
The seat belts were made using printer paper and painting them black. Glued into position with white glue.
Number plates were printed on printer paper using my ink jet printer and glued into position with white glue.
Paint used was Acylic Humbrol spray can Dark Green.

6 additional images. Click to enlarge.


7 responses to 1/35 Rhodesian Rhino MPV

  1. Now THAT’S different…. 🙂

  2. A very interesting build!

  3. The first “MRAP”! Interesting vehicle and great scratchbuilding/modifications.

  4. For those interested in scratch building this vehicle here is the data sheet and a drawing of the capsule and some photos of the real vehicle. There was an army version which had dual rear wheels:

    7 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  5. Awesome scratchbuilding on this one Phillip. The Rhodesian Bush War spawned some strange military vehicles and I am sure they all will appeal to any modeler. The South Africans surely learned from the Rhodesians when it came to the designing of mine resistant military vehicles such as the Buffel (Buffalo) and Caspir personnel carriers. I like the Rhodesian Leopard and “Pookie” the most as these are designs born out of the necessity to tame the landmine during the Rhodesian Bush War. I have added photos of the Leopard and “Pookie.”

    2 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  6. Now that’s something really different. I like it.

  7. Great looking “Funnie,” Phillip! That’s a vehicle I’ve never seen or heard of before now.

    Well done, Sir!

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