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Land Rover Discovery 1 Brochure

Land Rover Discovery 1 - Development Update

The recent announcement that we are adding the Land Rover Discovery 1 to our line up at both 1:43 and 1:76 scales, created a lot of excitement.

My brochure for the Discovery is from 1991 and the opening page reads as follows:

You work hard and you play hard. Your life is busy and demanding, but that doesn't mean you don't have fun. You need a car as versatile as you are, as adventurous as you feel - and you want comfort, safety and performance as well.
Until now it would have seemed impossible. But now there's the Land Rover Discovery, an all terrain, four wheel drive car with saloon levels of comfort. It can chauffeur you around town in style or tackle the most demanding countryside with ease.
There's room for the whole family in its spacious, modern interior, along with all the luggage you'll need.
And if you are looking for strength, the Discovery won't let you down. Towing a boat, a caravan, or a heavy trailer is child's play for the car which celebrated its launch by pulling five railway carriages along a section of the Dart Valley railway track.
Land Rover have been building acclaimed four wheel drive vehicles for more than 40 years, so it's hardly surprising that the award-winning Discovery has been hailed internationally as the best car in its class by consumer organisations, motoring experts and four wheel drive owners.
When you get behind the wheel of a discovery you'll understand why.  

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

Colour Options 1991 - we have gone with Foxfire for the first Oxford release.
Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information
Price List 1991 - starting at just £17,300 !

 

When this latest vehicle launches Oxford Diecast will have covered the Discovery 1/2/3/4/5 at 1:76 scale.

Designing diecast vehicles takes time.

  • Research and selection of vehicle to scan
  • Scanning the vehicle
  • Product Design
  • Designing the moulds
  • Making the moulds and trialling the moulds
  • Creating artwork specs
  • Getting products approvals

 

Research and selection of vehicle to scan

Finding a suitable vehicle may sound easy, particularly a Land Rover, but you have to be careful as on older vehicles modifications could have taken place. Many years ago, I foolishly asked the question “Can I be shown a standard Series 1 Land Rover”, as many of you know there are never two that look the same!

We also need to consider any variants that may be required, police cars need light bars or recovery vehicles like the AA or the RAC need banners. It makes the design process lengthier but the biggest crime is trying to add them at a later stage.

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

Brochure Image 1 - part of the research.

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

Brochure Image 2 - part of the research.

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

Great brochure imagery - showing suspension

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

The Discovery we chose to scan.

Scanning the Vehicle

Today this is the best option as it allows the shape to be correctly drawn. Laser scanning the vehicle creates a ‘point cloud’ which can then be triangulated to create a surface.

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

Point cloud scan of vehicle, the higher areas are meshed together later.

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

Product Design

How will the model be constructed and how will the components fit together? For the Series 1 Land Rover we will use the scan data to create both 1:76 and 1:43rd vehicles. These will not be the same design or construction.

 

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

CAD for 1:43 model

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

1:43 - lots of subtle differences between scales.

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

More 1:43 CAD

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

1:43 interior

Now for the 1:76 scale product CAD

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

1:76 CAD - note wheel hubs compared to above.

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

1:76 body thickness differ.

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

At 1:76 scale the interior can barely be seen, but worth making as accurate as we can.

Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

We also check the case fits.

Designing the moulds

High volume product lines may need multiple cavities of the same part. A typical injection moulding machine for our products will cycle at around 150-180 shots (sprues) per hour. Adding components make the mould costs more expensive, but the parts produced per hour increases. Bigger moulds, need bigger machines which cost more money to run.

Making the moulds and trialling the moulds

A lot quicker process today with the changes in technology. Typically today you would get 1st off shots within 8/10 weeks from the time you start cutting steel. The development and completion of the moulds taking a further 6/8 weeks. During this time you may require licence approvals from the vehicle manufacturer. Some of the larger car brands, may want to be kept in the loop throughout the whole design process and they can often be slow (very slow) to respond.

Creating artwork specs

Today we use the scan images or the original vehicle CAD as the basis of our line drawings. These are critical, they act as the ‘bible’ when we create the 1st off samples and move through the production process.

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Using the scan data allows us to create accurate line drawings for artwork.

 Land Rover Discovery 1 Oxford Diecast Launch Information

Oxford Diecast Design Cell for the Land Rover Discovery 1.

So that's a quick update of the Land Rover Discovery 1 - when we get the 1st shots, I will share images with you.

Take Care

 

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Comments

Andrew Spiers - October 17, 2021

So pleased to see that Oxford Diecast is at last making Discovery 1 and 2! My wife collects Land Rover models and 12 inch to the foot scale as well! My model railway layout depicts family stories and Discoveries 1 – 4 have loomed large in many of them (all seven or so vehicles in the extended family in Aust and NZ), so these models will help fill a large scenery gap in the future, I hope. Well done!

Maz Woolley - October 16, 2021

Thanks for finding the time to share this information with us always great to see Cels CAD etc. It always staggers me how much work goes in to producing models even with modern automated tool cutting and subject scanning. In a way it is the art of what is left out as the scans capture minute detail and as you point out translating that into what works at 1:43 is different to what works in 1:76. And in terms of timescales you didn’t even mention the toing and froing with JLR to get product approvals!

Jeremy Miller - October 16, 2021

I’m really looking forward to getting both this model and the Discovery 2 in 1/76 scale. I already have most Land Rover models now in this scale and always thought it would be great to have the Discovery 1 and 2 in this scale. I take photos of my models out in the open and countryside so really looking forward to doing the same with these. Finally, how about adding the 5 door Range Rover Vogue Classic in the near future? Love these models and thanks for producing them.

Chris Pryor - October 16, 2021

Thanks for showing these. Looking forward to getting one/some.

Are the models made to a true 1/76 (or 1/43) scale in all dimensions L W H? Or do you vary these a little to get a better looking model?

In a previous life I made model ships for a periscope trainer. Their height scale was 2x length scale. The models looked weird, in ones hands, but apparently fine once viewed through a periscope mock up.

Thanks

Chris Pryor - October 16, 2021

Thanks for showing these. Looking forward to getting one/some.

Are the models made to a true 1/76 (or 1/43) scale in all dimensions L W H? Or do you vary these a little to get a better looking model?

In a previous life I made model ships for a periscope trainer. Their height scale was 2x length scale. The models looked weird, in ones hands, but apparently fine once viewed through a periscope mock up.

Thanks

Alan Haydock - October 16, 2021

The CAD images are very interesting. The Discovery is a model which I am sure will be a best seller, not just to car & railway modellers but to Land Rover enthusiasts too. Is it worth considering that when producing the Discovery 2 model, that the facelifted version with the round headlights and revised bumpers is chosen, as the early Discovery 2 is very similar to the Discovery 1, as depicted in the blog? This may already be planned but from the side-on line drawing already on the website the version is not clear.
As an aside, has Oxford Diecast considered a Mark 1 Ford Escort Van in any scale as an accurate model of this highly sought after van would be greatly appreciated by many?

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