REVIEW: Almost Real 1970 Land Rover, Range Rover • DiecastSociety.com

REVIEW: Almost Real 1970 Land Rover, Range Rover

There been a lot of noise with this particular manufacturer as of late.  For one, they are currently leading the DiecastSociety.com 2017 Model of the Year race.  And our team has previously reviewed their brilliant, 1:18 Bentley Continental GT3-R back in December (one of their first 1:18 production models).  The brand, the manufacturer is Almost Real.  Suggested retail for this model is $188US.  It is currently distributed by Minichamps in North America and Europe.

Almost Real continue to stir the conventional norm with their latest release, the 1970 Land Rover, Range Rover.  Our example is finished in the OEM Tuscan Blue.  Right out of the box the exterior paint is simply striking.  Application for the most part is completed with care and attention. Our example however has somewhat paint build-up or thickness area around the passenger side aerial.  This is nothing overly large, and only visible under certain lighting conditions.  The model itself has some bulk.  It doesn’t feel fragile or cheap while you play and admire all the bells and whistles it has to offer.

The exterior lines of the Land Rover, Range Rover is true to form, and represents the 1:1 well.  The little details are found throughout the exterior.  Some of which include the roof section with metal indents, exterior hinge work, and all the way to the precision crafted little key-hole on each door.  These guys are all about attention to detail and it shows!

The Land Rover is 100% fully accessible.  With that our example proved excellent in visual shut-lines and panel gaps throughout.  It seems to us everything is measured to a fault, perfection for lack of a better word.

Moving to the front you will notice the quality is evident in all elements.  First off the fit and finish is near perfect.  Materials used for headlights and turn signals are top notch.  Centre grille is clean and crafted with care.  We enjoy seeing the cross-member bars and horns apparatus in behind the grille, adds to the over realism of the piece.

The top section of the hood features a vented scope with perforated grilles, beautiful hinge work and mirrors at the tips complete the section.  And finally we have the included hole/opening in the centre of the bumper for the starting handle.

One element that exemplifies their attention to detail is the front metal antenna.  It is fully functional.  Something that is rarely if ever seen in scale.  Operation here was flawless as well.  Note the quality Range Rover decal underneath.

The rear section has even more to offer than the front.  Again we find quality components that encompass the rear package.  This includes taillights, bumper, decals, and more.  Where this model excels once again is the full access to the rear storage compartment.  Almost Real completes entry with a two stage system.

First you open the upper glass section, and second you move the lower tailgate down.  The hinge work and applicable engineering here is off the charts and operation is seamless and smooth.  While some manufacturers would have taken a cost effective approach, Almost Real goes that extra mile!  The only thing we see wrong is the missing lighting apparatus for the license plate assembly and toe hook (underside, rear driver side).

Note the model does ship with a full spare tire.  Almost Real does take caution to wrap and separate the wheel within the styrofoam housing to minimize any chance of damage to the model or spare itself.  The spare sits on the inside/left in applicable cavity.  The right features complete hardware/tools.  Attention to detail is excellent.

Access to the motor is granted, and what a special offering this is.  We’ve reviewed many models here at DieastSociety.com in the last few years, many unfortunately of the sealed variety.  It is sooooo refreshing to see something so authentic and real.  With their use of materials, colours and attention to the little things the team has created a truly complete engine compartment.

There is also a fully functional and removable prop-rod. Some would regard this as the icing on the cake, but no there is more.  Note the two stage hinges, OEM badging and magnet.  We believe the magnet aids in completing a smooth shut-line.  Read on…

Flip this model over to enjoy an array of detail for the senses.   Possibly a sensory overload due to the overwhelming views of the cookie cutter sealed/resin undercarriages as of late.  Note the fully detailed working suspension front and rear.  Yes I said working!

The drive train is amazing too.  The team at Almost Real utilized metal pieces with various paint and texture techniques to provide the collector with some truly remarkable representation of the actual 1:1.  The kicker, as you rotate the rear wheels the centre drift shafts rotate in sequence.  We haven’t seen since since the Kyosho Cadillac CTS V.  So cool!  Honestly some of the best work we’re seen in awhile here at DiecastSociety.com.

The wheels on the Land Rover, Range Rover are simple and to the point.  Almost Real’s representation is flawless and executed well.  Top marks would have been given here if there was some script was added to the side walls.  Unfortunately there is none.

Inside the Land Rover the quality assurance is once again the main theme.  Flocking is found throughout.  We suspect even the overall quality of flocking found within this model is elevated over the typical scale piece. The remaining interior elements, this includes dash, seats, door cards, and centre console mirror the original well.   You can definitely see the use of colour and quality material throughout.  Finish work is superb.

One thing that is evident and missing is the seat-belt hardware is not where to be found.  We understand the Range Rover, Land Rover is pushing 50 years.  Was this an option back in the day?  We are unsure.

Hinge work on the doors is excellent as well.  And operation is flawless once again with almost 180 degree swing.  Makes taking photos a lot less challenging too!

We thought the Almost Real Bentley Continental GT3-R was a well rounded offering.  Well it seems the Land Rover, Range Rover is taking it up a few more notches.  The model excels on all fronts, and dare we say almost perfect?  Yes there are a few minor oversights, and we probably missed a few others.

This is a great model period.  Almost Real is pushing the status quo, and we like it!  I think many have forgotten what a truly GOOD scale model offering is all about.  Sorry folks, it isn’t all about a stagnant visual perspective either.  The team is bringing back memories of what this hobby was in the mid to late 90’s.  If and when they enter the supercar arena their market share and popularity will gain even more momentum.   Is this sustainable? We sure hope so.  Looking forward to future releases from the brand, Almost Real.  Enjoy the pics!

0

Written by

20 Responses to "REVIEW: Almost Real 1970 Land Rover, Range Rover"

  1. Pablo Pozo says:

    You forgot to say that when you turn the wheels the driveshafts front and rear also turn!! I haven´t seen anything like that anywhere before, also the shock absorbers are working pieces!!
    Almost Real really hit it out of the stadium with this one. availability so far has been very limited but they accepted to take my order directly through facebook messenger, that is another new one!!

    • DS Team says:

      Thanks for pointing this out. We will revise the review some what. Also we will highlight the function in the accompanying video shortly. One thing Almost Real should consider is provide the end-user with a manual that highlights all these goodies!

    • Atalante says:

      The Bauer Bugatti 41 Royale has this feature as well on the rear driveshaft (car is rear wheel drive only). Nonetheless it is a much more expensive model so hats off to Almost Real for providing this function.

      Besides the fact the tires have no marking (and they are way too clean!) nothing to complain about this model. Waiting for more goodies from AR.

    • Marek says:

      rotating driveshafts had also lot of Highway 61 models in the past, as so as some GMP releases I think.

  2. spikyone says:

    This looks like an absolutely superb model. The level of detail is right up there with AA’s Signature range, yet in the EU they’re likely to cost at least €100 less. (Yeah, we know that AA are cheap in North America!). The panel gaps are incredibly tight for an opening model, and you can tell that AR have made a lot of effort to get the details right.

    I’m not 100% certain on this but the lack of seat belts may be accurate – they weren’t mandatory in the UK until 1972. AR would have had plenty of access to this car as it’s the exact one on display at the British Motor Museum. It’s only about 90 minutes from where I live so I’ll have to pay a visit some time to check! :-)

  3. Vitaliy D says:

    This is what I call a really great model! I wish their Bentley GT3-R was at the same level of details, especially with regards to its engine and suspension!

  4. Amhlaoibh says:

    How much is one of these ?

  5. RogerLodge says:

    Get your wallets out ladies and gentleman – don’t forget to buy these EXCELLENT models and help make Almost Real a dominant player in the model car world like they deserve to be.

    It will be joyous to see them stripping revenue from Autoart and other manufacturers who have been giving us much less detail for much more money over the last five years.

  6. Roberto says:

    I love this subject matter, execution and have one of these on order. I am glad Almost Real has entered the market, my only concern being that, after perusing their catalog, there’s a lot of copycat models coming. Models that lack the creativity and exclusivity of this model.

  7. spikyone says:

    Yeah that last bit is what I meant about it being at the British Motor Museum, it is the specific car that AR have modelled – registration YVB 153H is in a museum 90 minutes from where I live.
    Although seatbelts were used on the full production version, this wasn’t really a full production car. In the UK at that time, the last letter of the registration indicated the year of release (running August 1st-July 31st). All customer (full production) cars had the last letter J or higher, so were delivered some time after August 1st 1970. The production cars had seatbelts, but this may not have – and given AR’s attention to detail it would be a surprising thing to miss.

  8. spikyone says:

    (that was meant to be a reply to Karsten, no idea why it’s posted down here…)

  9. spikyone says:

    I also meant “year of registration”, not “year of release”. So much brain-fail today…

    • Karsten says:

      Never mind the brain-fail, mate, it´s the weekend after all, innit?
      Concerning the seatbelts, the YVB 153H clearly had them for the front seats, as the first commercial reveals https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=286&v=Fha8KmAcq2Y , while it remained optional to strap in the kiddies on the back seat and the poor little ones in the commercial family are clearly left vulnerable while mum in the driver´s seat is properly belted up. There were mountings behind the rear bench to add seatbelts, and I believe, I can spot them on the model in the pictures. I am sorry to say, though, that the missing seatbelts for the model´s front seats are an ommision on AR´s part.
      If you live so close to the museum, why not drive down and do a detailed model versus real steel comparison in pictures? I´m sure DS would be more than happy to publish it and we all would love to see it.

  10. Karsten says:

    Sorry to say, I found another mistake: Although it´s nice of AR to give it “elevated flocking”, the Suffix As didn´t have carpets.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJeCMcVIdZo Same video shows how seatbelts would have been somewhat awkward on the model: They WERE in real life!

  11. Alex says:

    looks sensational! I wouldn’t mind adding one to my collection.

  12. Lamborghini245 says:

    I have this, and it’s amazing suv with great level of details. I would say that these models are above Autoart (pre plastic era) and just below CMC!

    Amount of detail is what we truly seek, and these guys deliver!

  13. Renjiro says:

    This Almost Real definitly Almost Perfect, and if they make the bigger scale too, that would be Real Perfect haha

  14. Sac says:

    Waiting of the yellow color..

Leave a reply