FMS’s 1/12-scale ready-to-run (RTR) Land Rover Series II has quickly become one of our favorite recent RC truck releases. As a detailed replica, it looks as realistic as it gets. In terms of performance, it’s fun to drive over dirt trails and rocky surfaces. It’s not a competition crawler, but that’s not the point. It’s all about realism.
The real Series II was offered in three distinctive body styles, and like its big brother, FMS designed their version of the Series II to emulate these different forms. The RC truck can be configured in three body styles thanks to two removable roof options. With its full roof on, it looks like an SUV; with its short roof installed, it takes on a pickup truck look, which exposes its utility bed. Removing the roof entirely allows its occupants a convertible-like experience. We have a lot of fun configuring it in its different forms and driving it with scale figures sitting in its seats.
This highly detailed model features a metal chassis, full-time four-wheel-drive drivetrain and realistic scale interior complete with fabric seats. It is filled with scale detail that even includes opening doors, tailgate and hood that use scale hinges and handles. The truck also has working headlights, taillights and turn signals. The Land Rover’s grille is accurately reproduced and comes complete with accurate badging.
While it isn’t suited for competitive crawling, it is a lot of fun at the park or even in the backyard. It is powered by a 180 brushed motor and two-speed transmission, allowing the Series II to seamlessly switch between high and low gears when the going gets tough.
FMS’s 2.4GHz MG41-BS transmitter is included as are a full set of LED lights. As a true RTR kit, the preassembled truck comes with a rechargeable LiPo battery and USB charger, so all you need are four AA batteries for the transmitter and you’re ready to roll. With the FMS Model Land Rover Series II, you have a configurable and highly detailed version of the legendary truck to add to your collection.
Land Rover Series II
Text by James York
Images courtesy of FMS Model