UK: Land Rover builds one-off sheepmobile
Land Rover has built a special one-off Shaun the Sheep model for a series of summer shows here in the UK.
The Shaun the Sheep plasticine character was first seen on TV 12 years ago in Aardman Animations' Wallace and Gromit adventure 'A Close Shave' and now has his own children's TV series on BBC television. The new show features a Land Rover Series I used by the Farmer character and his sheep dog, Bitzer.
Staff in Land Rover's Solihull Tool Room were tasked with creating a life-size, exact match of the one on the small screen, from scratch.
"It is based on a Series I, but completed using a mix of several models," said Roger Crathorne, Land Rover technical communications manager. "We used a 1951 rolling chassis with a 90-inch rear body. There are panels used from a variety of Land Rover Series vehicles including 2007 Defender panels. It has taken seven weeks to complete and has now passed its MOT making it completely road-worthy."
Aardman model maker Matthew Healey had only eight days to create the model seen on screen from photographs taken of different Land Rover vehicles.
Shaun's full-size Land Rover will be seen at various events around the country this summer including the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June and the Land Rover-sponsored Burghley Horse Trials at the end of August.