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  1. US Army G7107 4x4 1.5t Cargo Truck (35380) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd The Chevrolet G506 truck formed the basis of a range of 4x4 load-carrying vehicles that were capable of carrying up to 1.5 tonnes of cargo, men or equipment. They were initially made under the 4100 code, then were renamed as the 7100 series, and usually had a standard enclosed cab, with a 3.9L straight-6 engine under the bonnet, and a four-speed “crash” (non-syncromesh) gearbox putting out a little over 80hp through all four wheels. It rapidly became the Allies’ standard light truck, and served in substantial quantities on the Western Front, the Soviets on the Eastern Front, and the forces fighting Japan in the Far East. There were plenty of variants, some in US Army service, others in USAAF service, with almost 50,000 of two specific types, the G7107 and G7117 sent over to the Soviets in large numbers under the Lend/Lease program. The G7017 had a cargo bed with canvas top, while the G7117 was the same except for the addition of a winch to give it some static pulling power. They were well-liked by their drivers and crews from all the Allies forces, and were adapted to other tasks due to their ubiquity. The Kit This is a brand-new tooling from MiniArt, and is the first kit of a range that is coming to your favourite model shop very soon. It’s a full interior kit, with engine, cab and load area all included along with some very nice moulding and detail, particularly in the cab and those chunky tyres. It arrives in one of MiniArt’s medium-sized top-opening boxes, and inside are twenty-nine modular sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, Photo-Etch (PE) sheet in a card envelope, a tiny bag with some metal chain within, a wide decal sheet and glossy instruction booklet with colour profiles on the front and rear pages. Construction begins with the ladder chassis, which has leaf-springs fore and aft, cross-braces and rear towing eye fitted to create the structure, then has the fuel tank, PE rear bumper irons folded around a styrene jig, and axles installed, before the brake drums/hubs, battery and external brackets are added to the chassis rails. The transfer box and drive-shaft join the two axles together, and a steering linkage and box are inserted into the front of the chassis, then the engine is built up based on the straight six-cylinder block, with carburettor, dynamo and transmission added, plus the pulleys and fan at the front. The engine and substantial front bumper iron are fitted to the chassis, and at the rear a short additional chassis rail and stowage area are attached to the frame at the rear behind the fuel tank. The exhaust and its manifold slip into the underside of the chassis from below, with linkages and axle brackets fitted to the rails. The crew cab is next, beginning with the firewall and forward sidewalls. The roof and windscreen frame are moulded as one, with a headliner insert and rear-view mirror that are inserted within, and the three-part radiator housing is made to be used later. The firewall and roof are joined with some of the dash pots fixed to the engine side of the firewall, while the doors and their interior cards are assembled with their handles and window winders, plus the clear window glass that can be posed open or closed at your whim. The dashboard inserts into the front bulkhead with seven decals for the instruments and stencils on the glove box. The diagonal foot panel is joined with the firewall and decked out with three foot pedals and the steering wheel on a long column that slides through a hole in front of the pedals. The driver and co-driver share a bench seat that is made up on the floor from back, cushion and a C-shaped surround that fits round the rear of the cab back wall, with small ovalised window and PE mesh grille fitted later. The roof and firewall assembly are fitted, with the doors installed within the frame in the open or closed position. The windscreen is two panes of clear in a styrene frame that is posed open or closed later on. The cab and radiator are both placed on the chassis and the engine cowling side panels fit between them with a choice of two styles of front wing/fender included on the right side and just one on the left, which needs a hole drilling in the rear. The aforementioned windscreen has a pair of PE brackets and styrene wingnuts that are installed either vertically for closed, or at an angle for open, with a scrap diagram showing the correct orientation of the various parts. The spare tyre is placed on a bracket near the exhaust, and the front of the vehicle has its headlights with clear lenses plus sidelights fitted to the wings, and PE windscreen wipers hung from the top of the frame, then the front grille is built. You may have noticed that this doesn’t appear on the sprues, and there’s a good reason for that. It is constructed completely from PE, and two jigs are included on the sprues to assist with obtaining the correct shape. The lower rail and curved side panels are made up on one jig from a single piece of PE, while the centre panel is folded up on another, then they’re joined together ready to be attached to the front of the engine bay. There are two brackets stretched across the front of the radiator, and another small curved section is added to the left of the grille as it is glued in place with the help of some CA. The hood/bonnet is able to be fitted open or closed with two styles of clasp and in the open option, a PE stay is provided. Two tie-down hooks are fixed to the front bumper iron too. The load bed floor is a single moulding with a ribbed texture on the underside, and a thick rear section with hooks, separate rear lights and moulded-in reflectors. The shallow sides and front have separate frames and a series of tie-down hooks fixed along their lengths, with PE closures and chains on the rear gate that can also be fitted open or closed. The four rear mudguards are kept at the correct angles by PE brackets, and on one side a pioneer toolkit is lashed to a frame with PE fixings holding an axe, pick axe, and spade. The load bed is joined to the chassis along with the toolkit on the right side of the flatbed. It’s time for the wheels to be made up, with singles at the front, each made from two parts each, and twin wheels at the rear, made up much earlier in the instructions for some reason. Each wheel slips over its respective axle, with the hub projecting through the central hub. The kit comes with a stack of eight barrels to be made up of two types, both of which are made from two halves with end caps that are glued in with the embossed writing on the inside, and adding a separate filler cap for some of them. In addition, an American Army driver/loader figure is included on his own sprue, wearing overalls and a shoulder holster, wearing a woollen cap on his head and leather spats over his boots. He is made up from individual legs, torso, head and arms, plus the holster with the handle of his pistol showing round the retention strap. Markings There are four markings options on the decal sheet, all of which are green, but one is covered in sand coloured bean-shaped camouflage over the top. From the box you can build one of the following: 12th Air Force, 86th FBG, Kobra North, Cape Bon Peninsula, Tunisia, 1943 1st Sig Battalion, 1st Armoured Corps (7th Army), Sicily, Italy, 1943 US Military Police, 7th Army, France, 1944 US Army Service Forces, 9th Service Command, January 1945 Decals are printed by MiniArt’s usual partners Decograph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion We seem to be blessed with new kits of the Chevrolet G7107 truck in 1:35 recently, which was ubiquitous during WWII on the Eastern and Western fronts as well as the Far East, where it played an important but unsung role in the defeat of the Nazis and the Axis, lugging weapons, ammunition, men and supplies to the front and sometimes back again. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. I want to show you a model that I made in 2017 for a Facebook model competition (won it). The theme was post-apocalypse. I used a Chinese toy car: Chevy Camaro '67 in 1:34 scale and a 1:35 WWII figure from Tamiya (with a WH40K helmet). I also used accessories for WWII Tamiya military models. The base is made of styrene foam, the billboard is a vintage advertisement print and glued to the styrene frame. The bundle on the roof is a tissue soaked in wood glue, placed on polystyrene cubes
  3. ’78 Corvette Indy Pace Car (07646) 1:24 Revell After WWII General Motors subsidiary Chevrolet developed a sports coupé concept into a production car following a good reception at their 1953 show, with solid sales ensuring its continuation. Each year subtle changes were made until a new generation was ready to supplant the aging design. By generation three, referred to as C3, which was made from 1968 to 1982, the look of the car had changed substantially to a smaller, sleeker two seater, about which Prince was probably dreaming about when he wrote Little Red Corvette, a song released in 1983. The C3 was based on their concept car, utilising many of the internal components of the C2, but replacing the engines with a slightly larger unit pushing out the same BHP, which gave additional leeway for tuning. Engine sizes and output changed as the years went by, with optional small- and big-block engines, plus a host of other options such as power windows and side exhaust options, while the introduction of unleaded fuel and catalytic converters put a bit of a crimp in their performance for a while. In 1978 the Corvette was 25 years old, so a special edition was released to celebrate, with a silver and black paintjob that matched that of the Corvette Pace Car that was used at that year’s Indy 500 race, with a new interior and dash. The optional spoiler and air dam, and new seats were continued over into the next years until the C4 replaced it with a sleek new bodyshell that was itself phased out in 1996, with a little of the original spirit lost along the way to my eyes. We’re currently on C8 at time of writing, introduced in 2020 and that’s a good-looking car IMHO with over 600bhp on tap, although sales might not be great thanks to Covid-19. The Kit This is a rebox of an old 1979 tooling that has had some new parts along the way, although I don’t have any of the other kits so can’t confirm for certain. There was even a translucent glow-in-the-dark edition once upon a time, which is weird, but I’m starting to wonder if there is a snap-fit kit that’s muddying the waters. The Copyright symbol on the inside of the spare tyre carrier confirms the 1979 vintage, while the black printing of Zhongshan 112719 GL 2, probably relates to where in China this boxing was moulded. As I always say, it’s a product of its time but it seems to have stuck quite close to the original spec of the interior especially, which will give a good start to a historically accurate look, at least partly because it was tooled when the car was still new. You may need to do a little extra preparation in places due to the age of the tooling, and add some details here and there, but it’s quite a detailed kit for the time, even down to the tread upon the tyres. It arrives in the usual end-opening box that Revell use, and inside are three sprues and a bodyshell in white styrene, another with plastic chrome (Marzac?) applied all over, a clear sprue with glazing and lights, and four individual black rubbery tyres. Inside the colour printed instruction booklet you will find a large decal sheet and the disposable safety sheet that accompanies all their kits. After a preamble of paint codes and sprue diagrams that takes up half the booklet, construction begins with the engine, which is well represented if a little soft in places, although much of it won’t be seen once the body is in place around it. Some chrome parts for the rocker covers and other ancillaries are used, with the almost complete assembly and fan belt dropped into the floor pan with its transmission, securing on three mounting points, much like a real engine. The chassis is detailed with a one-piece front and rear suspension, plus the rear axle with differential housing in the centre, then the exhaust and twin mufflers to the rear with an exhaust pipe poking out on each side of the bumper, and to get the right angle, you are advised to use two 3mm lengths of sprue to space them correctly. A drive-shaft links the transmission to the rear axle, then the firewall drops in place with what looks like a chromed brake cylinder attached, then the radiator panel with tinwork around it and a chromed air intake trunk with airbox mating to the top of the carburettor, completing the detailing of the engine compartment, which you might want to add some HT leads to. At this point the wheels are made up from chromed “alloy” fronts with flat rears that are blacked out, both pushed into the tyres from either side without glue. Red pinstripes around the rim and Goodyear logos for the sidewalls are provided on the decal sheet. The passenger compartment is a separate “tub” that is painted according to the call-outs and then detailed with gear shifter (it’s a manual), handbrake lever, dashboard part with decals for the dials, a chrome steering wheel on top of a steering column that fits through the hole in the dash. Sadly, there are no foot pedals, but Revell have tried to remedy this by adding a decal for the front footwell, which you could use to pattern pedals of your own design along with some references. The seats have the correct lateral panelling plus side-bolsters, and have a rear added to bulk them out, then these and the arm rests on the door cards are inserted into the tub and glued into the inside of bodyshell, locating on two pins in the rear. The bonnet/hood is held in place on a pair of pivots that sit in recesses inside the front of the wing area of the bodyshell, trapped in place when the shell and the floor pan are joined in the next step. The body has a Targa roof, with a wrap-around rear window with ridges moulded into the inner surface to depict the de-mister wires, which was still quite a luxury back then. The windscreen has the rear-view mirror attached, then inserts into the body from the outside and can be joined later by the optional roof panels, painted gloss black to match the upper body. A pair of chromed inserts are installed on the side-skirts, with the indicator repeaters on the fenders painted or decaled, as they are moulded in with a slight raised texture. The front bumpers have the grilles moulded-in, and the spoiler is a separate part that affixes to the lower side of it. At the rear the deep moulded-in number plate surround and the two over-riders are depicted, and into the four deeply recessed lights, clear parts are fitted, after painting the outer lights with concentric rings in transparent red, silver, then clear. The inner clusters are left clear, then the bumper is inserted into its recess and joined by the spoiler above it. The final job is to fit the aforementioned roof panels (if you want), add the wing mirrors with their chromed inserts and you’re done. Markings This is of course a special edition depicting the race day appearance of the type at the 1978 Indy 500, so it has the special decals on the door, along with the pin-striping along the black/silver demarcation, as well as badges that are applied over the moulded-in depictions that give them a degree of depth. Decals are also provided for the badges on the boot/trunk and bonnet/hood, plus silver and red pin-striping around the power-bulge on the bonnet. Two options for number plates are supplied, one set in blue, the other black and both with red writing. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion Of course it’s an old kit and you should set your expectations accordingly, but with new decals in the box, and a bit of tender loving care during the construction process, a good replica can be made. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  4. US Army Chevrolet Trucks in WWII Casemate Illustrated ISBN : 9781612008639 Trucks, certainly not the most glamours of Army vehicles, and probably not the first thing that springs to mind if you are asked about vital military equipment. However its not really a case of what trucks do, but what they dont do. Trucks move men, equipment, and supplies. They tow guns, carry wounded back from the battlefield, are converted into mobile workshops, radio stations, recovery vehicles, cable layers, field kitchens and even field chapels! In short Armies could not really do without trucks. This book from Casemate in their Illustrated Special range is just slightly smaller than A4 in size, hard back with 160 pages. The book is illustrated throughout with black and white photos, with some colour plates towards the back of the book. The book looks at the 1 1/2 ton Chevrolet 4x4 truck in its various guises. Types covered in the book include; Cargo trucks, pane; trucks, dump trucks, tractors, bomb service trucks, telephone trucks, chassis cabs, cab over trucks, and lowboys. The 1 ton trailers often pulled are also looked at. The book finishes with a look at trucks on operations, lend lease trucks, and there use after the war. Conclusion This is a quality publication looking at this important truck of WWII and its many uses. There are great photos throughout which will be of interest to the modeller and WWII buff alike. Highly recommended. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Hi guys, this is the final reveal for this very old re boxed kit. I think it was kitted originally by Lindberg, back in the mist of time, and re booted by Round 2 model company, with a few improvements I guess I should have bare metal foiled the chrome trims, but instead used Molotow chrome, brushed freehand. This was quick, but not the sharpest of lines, but I can live with it. Overall not too bad of a build, I detailed up the engine bay with some chrome parts from my spares box, just to give it a bit of life, not really a show car, I wanted it to look a bit used. I had a can of sign writers white enamel paint on my shelf so I used it to paint the white wall tyres; also scratch built the twin aerials on the back of the car using some nylon bristles from an old sweeping brush. The beach boys wrote a song about this car "My 409". Well I better go and polish that chrome, bye for now.
  6. Happy New Year everyone, I started this kit just after completing the 66 T-Bird build, but shelved it for a while due to getting the Lamborghini build finished by the end of last year. Anyway I have dusted the box off the shelf and hope to crack on with it over the next few weeks, I found a red example on YouTube that I like the look of, so that's what I hope the finished model will look like give or take a few details. More updates soon.
  7. Finished the CMP at last, (delayed by moving house half way through the build). Depicted as part of the 2nd Bn, Royal Ulster Rifles, France 1944. On now to do the figures, then the diorama. Apologies if the photos are a bit naff; combination of a cheap camera phone and half a glass of scotch.
  8. The BM-13 'Katyusha' multiple rocket launcher was first deployed by the Red Army during the German invasion ('Operation Barbarossa') during WW2. Mounted on trucks, these highly mobile rocket batteries made up for their inherent inaccuracy with their capacity to deliver a saturation bombardment of an enemy position, before rapidly relocating to avoid retaliatory strikes. Particularly effective as a psychological weapon, the howling noise made as they were fired en masse earned them a fearsome reputation with the Germans. In June 1938, the first prototype multiple rocket launcher was developed in Chelyabinsk, Russia, firing modified 132mm M-132 rockets broadside from ZiS-5 trucks. These proved unstable, however one of the engineers, a man by the name of Galkovskiy, proposed mounting the launch rails longitudinally, firing forward over the cab. The result was the BM-13 (BM = Boyevaya Mashina, or 'combat vehicle' for M-13 rockets). The design was relatively simple, consisting of racks of parallel rails on which rockets were mounted, with a folding frame to raise the rails to the desired trajectory. Each truck had 14 to 48 launchers. The M-13 rocket of the BM-13 system was 142cm (55.9in) long, 13.2cm (5.2in) in diameter and weighed 42kg (93lb). The first large-scale testing of the rocket launchers took place at the end of 1938, when rounds of various types were used. A salvo of rockets could completely straddle a target at a range of 5,500 metres (3.4 mi); the artillery branch, however, were not particularly impressed with the results. It took the best part of an hour to load and fire 24 rockets, while a conventional howitzer could fire 95 to 150 shells in the same time. Further tests with various rockets were conducted throughout 1940, and the BM-13-16 with launch rails for sixteen rockets was authorized for production. Unfortunately, only forty launchers were built before Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. Initially, secrecy concerns prevented the military designation of the launchers from being known even by the soldiers who operated them. They were called by various code names, including 'Kostikov guns', 'Guards Mortars', and 'flutes'. The name BM-13 was only allowed into secret documents in 1942, and remained classified until after the end of WW2. Because they were marked with the letter K (for Voronezh Komintern Factory), Red Army troops adopted a nickname from Mikhail Isakovsky's popular wartime song, "Katyusha", about a girl longing for her boyfriend, who is on military service (Katyusha is the Russian equivalent of Katie, an endearing diminutive form of the name Katherine). As an aside, here's the actual song - you might have already heard the tune without necessarily knowing what it was called or what it was about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SLvtP6KMUM German troops coined the term Stalinorgel ("Stalin's organ"), after Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, due to the launch array resembling a pipe organ. As a result of their success in the first month of the invasion - most notably during the defence of Smolensk in July 1941 - mass production was ordered and the development of other models proceeded. The Katyusha was relatively inexpensive and could be manufactured in light industrial installations which did not have the heavy equipment to build conventional artillery gun barrels. By the end of 1942, more than 3000 Katyusha launchers of all types had been built; by the end of the war total production is believed to have reached in excess of 10000 units. The truck-mounted Katyushas were initially installed on ZiS-6 6×4 trucks, as well as the two-axle ZiS-5 and ZiS-5V. In 1941, a small number of BM-13 launchers were mounted on STZ-5 artillery tractors. A few were also tried on KV tank chassis as the KV-1K, but this was abandoned as a needless waste of heavy armour. From 1942, with the advent of Lend-Lease, they were also mounted on various British, Canadian and U.S. trucks; in this case they were sometimes referred to as BM-13S. The cross-country performance of the Studebaker US6 2½ ton truck was so good that it became the standard mounting in 1943, with the designation BM-13N ('Normalizovanniy', or 'standardized'). More than 1800 of this version were manufactured by the end of WW2. After the end of WW2, BM-13s were based on Soviet-built ZiL-151 trucks. A battery of BM-13-16 launchers comprised four firing vehicles, two reload trucks and two technical support trucks, with each firing vehicle having a crew of six. Firing was initiated by way of an electric primer provided by the truck's own battery system. Reloading was executed in 3–4 minutes, although the standard procedure was to switch to a new position some 10 km away due to the ease with which the battery's location could be identified by the enemy. Where possible the firing vehicles travelled to their new firing location with the lower rack already loaded. Four BM-13 launchers could fire a salvo in 7–10 seconds that delivered 4.35 tons of high explosives over a 400,000-square-metre (4,300,000 sq ft) area, making its power roughly equivalent to that of 72 conventional artillery guns. ************************* I enjoyed this kit more than I initially feared I would, despite the challenges put in my way by the kit makers PST. Certainly the relatively small scale (1:72) contributed to the 'fun', but at least the moulding quality was for the most part pretty good. The instructions could do with a bit more clarity though, and a couple of reasonably detailed figures would have been a welcome inclusion. The WIP thread is here should you wish to peruse it. Anyway, without further ado, here are a small (large!) collection of photos of the finished article, hope you enjoy them - comments and criticisms all welcome, as ever! Thanks to all who followed the build with comments and suggestions, all very much appreciated
  9. A few shots of the current WIP; the 1/35 scale Chevrolet 15CWT by Italeri. The tarpaulin is scratch built as I didn't like the stock part. Still very far from finished; haven't even started weathering the cab area yet, but happy so far.
  10. So working away on the Italeri 1/35 Chevrolet 15CWT truck as part of a diorama. Bit of a pig of a kit to be honest, and it needs all the help I can give it. Decided to complete the cab interior out of sequence as it'd be impossible to paint once assembled. Here are a few pics of the project.
  11. Chevrolet C60S Petrol Tank IBG Models 1:35 History The Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck was a class of military truck - of various forms - made in large numbers in Canada during World War II to British Army specifications for use in the armies of the British Commonwealth allies. Standard designs were drawn up just before the beginning of the war. Early in 1937, the Ford Motor Company of Canada and R. S. McLaughlin of General Motors of Canada Ltd were each invited by the Canadian Department of National Defence to produce a Canadian prototype of a 15-hundredweight light infantry truck that had then been recently adopted by the British War Office. By 1938, Canadian military authorities had shifted their interest to heavier 4x4 and 6x4 designs. In that year, Ford and General Motors of Canada Limited were invited to produce prototypes of a 6x4 medium artillery tractor derived from the British 6x4 Scammell Pioneer. By 1939, plans had been prepared for the mass production in Canada of a range of military vehicles based on fairly strict CMP British specifications. These trucks were originally designated "Department of National Defence (DND) Pattern"; however, when production volumes increased and it became clear that the Canadian-built vehicles were to serve widely in the forces of other countries, the class of trucks was redesignated "Canadian Military Pattern (CMP)". At the outbreak of World War II, Canada's large and modern automobile industry was shifted over to the production of military vehicles out-producing Germany. While the Dunkirk evacuation in the spring of 1940 succeeded in rescuing close to 340,000 Allied soldiers who had been encircled by the invading German army, the British Expeditionary Force had been required to abandon most of its military vehicles in France. It then became an urgent need to replace those losses and to provide new vehicles to equip the rapidly expanding armed forces of the Commonwealth. Canadian military truck production included both modified civilian designs as well as purely military designs based on the CMP specification, in roughly equal numbers. Truck production was focussed on a broad range of medium-capacity vehicles; Jeeps and trucks larger than 3 tons in capacity required by the Canadian Army were purchased suppliers. Most CMP trucks were manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors of Canada Ltd and by the Ford Motor Company of Canada. The vehicle manufacturers were able to rapidly ramp up their production because of an unusual degree of inter-company collaboration in Canada, the use of interchangeable parts, and because of the large amount of idle production capacity that was a lingering result of the Great Depression. A smaller number of CMP trucks were assembled from Canadian-made chassis and parts in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (2,600), India (9,500) and Egypt. Following British convention, CMP trucks had right-hand drive even though most of them were built in Canada, which primarily used left-hand drive vehicles. The CMP specification proved versatile, and it formed the basis of a wide variety of different truck types and armoured vehicles. In Australian service (almost always with the No. 13 cab) these vehicles were known as the "Chev Blitz" or the "Ford Blitz". Just over 500,000 CMP trucks were manufactured in Canada, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the 815,729 military vehicles made in Canada during World War II. The most prevalent type was the 4x4 3-ton truck (including models C60S, C60L, F60S and F60L), with just over 209,000 vehicles made. In addition, roughly 9,500 4x4 CMP chassis were made, mainly to be used to build armoured cars and other vehicles in Allied countries. CMP truck production in Canada exceeded the total military truck production of Nazi Germany. The British History of the Second World War (the official history of the war) argues that the production of soft-skinned trucks, including the CMP truck class, was Canada's most important contribution to the eventual Allied victory. The Ford and Chevrolet trucks shared a standard cab design, which evolved over the years of production. The first (designed at Ford by Sid Swallow), second and third cab designs were called No. 11, 12 and 13, respectively. The first two types were similar, the main difference being a two-part radiator grille in No.12 cab (its upper part was opened with a bonnet, which was known as the "Alligator cab"). The final No. 13 cab, an entirely Canadian design made from late 1941 until the end of the war, had the two flat panes of the windscreen angled slightly downward to minimize the glare from the sun and to avoid causing strong reflections that would be observable from aircraft. All the CMP cab designs had a short, "cab forward" configuration that gave CMP trucks their distinctive pug-nosed profile. This design was required to meet the original British specifications for a compact truck design that would be more efficient to transport by ship. The specifications also demanded right-hand drive. Internally the cab had to accommodate the comparatively large North American engines and it was generally cramped. The standard cabs were then matched up with a variety of standard chassis, drive trains and body designs. Chevrolet-built vehicles could be recognised by the radiator grille mesh being of a diamond pattern, whereas Ford-built ones had grilles formed of a square mesh. The production of CMP truck bodies in Canada was subcontracted out to smaller companies in Ontario and Manitoba, organized into the wartime Steel Body Manufacturers Association by the Department of Munitions and Supply. The wide variety of truck body designs included general service (GS), water tanker, fuel tanker, (the subject of this kit), vehicle recovery (tow truck), dental clinic, mobile laundry, wireless house, machinery (machine shop), folding boat transport, and anti-tank gun portee. The Model The kit comes in a glossy top opening box, with, what looks like a colourful Mirror Models style top. On opening even the sprues are reminiscent of Mirror Models kits. The box is stuffed full of parts and once you have had the sprues out for a bit of fondling you will find them very difficult to get back in so that the lid fits flat. There are sixteen sprues of blue-grey styrene, one sprue of clear styrene, two small sheets of etched brass and a smallish decal sheet. Have had a good look at the parts, I can tell you that the moulding is superb, with very crisp details, no sign of flash or other imperfections and only a very few moulding pips. Some parts do have quite a few sprue gates, but they are commendably small, so should take more than a couple of swipes of a sanding sponge to clean up. Since this is a variation of the other Chevrolet trucks IBG have, or are due to release there are a number of parts included that won’t be required for the fuel tanker, especially parts such as the two different types of chassis rails, half the parts off one sprue, plus a couple of parts from several other sprues. The build process is quite complex with lots of detail in and around the chassis, as for most truck models, so this won’t be a quick and easy build, but one that will need time, patience, and care to assemble, certainly not for a beginner. The instructions are very clear and easy to read, but not always logical particularly with the way the sub-assemblies are used, although they use the CAD/Photo style of drawings that I know some people don’t like, each to their own. Construction begins with a load of sub assemblies. Firstly the styrene wheels are assembled, each provided in two halves, which may require some careful sanding of the seam, along with the rear cross member spring unit, which includes the tow hook, associated clamps and the anti-swing bars. The access steps are next, with the option of styles for either the Cab 12, or Cab 13 with its extra storage box on one of the steps. The two fuel tanks are made up from five parts, the lower section includes the ends, the top section, filler cap/pipe and the two supports. The next three steps involve the bending of PE parts to shape. The transfer box support is easy enough, with the end being folded to 90’, as is the panel that will be fitted beneath the radiator grille. The grille itself is a little more awkward in that the sides of both the upper and lower sections need to be bent to 28’ whilst the outer frame need to be flat, so it would be handy to have a folding tool to hand. With those done, its onto the drive-train with the transfer box made up from four parts, the front axle/differential made up from eleven parts and the rear axle from six parts. The front bumper is then fitted out with the guard supports and towing eyes. The build proper begins with the assembly of the very nicely detailed engine. The two block halves are glued together, and then fitted with the sump, cylinder head, front, which includes the auxiliary drive points and rear, which includes the bell housing. The drive belt is a single piece moulding onto which the PE fan is attached, with the intake manifold, air filter unit, alternator and fuel pump finishing it off. The cab or cabs are next with the option to produce a type 12 or 13, so make sure you know what vehicle you wish to build and use the correct parts, as there are quite a few that are similar. Each uses a different floor pan which is then fitted with the respective scuttle, gearbox/engine cover, bonnet, wheel arches, windscreen, instrument binnacle, front end, grille and bonnet side panels. The common parts are the four part seats, gear sticks, pedals and fire extinguisher. Each cab also has the choice of having a plain roof or one with a roof hatch fitted. With the cab/s assembled the fuel tank construction begins. This is made up of a separate ladder frame, the outer rails of which have fitted with the separate top panels and three tank supports. The controls are contained in a large box mounted to the rear of the tank and contains the pumps, dials and pipework required to fill and empty the tank, all included in the kit and with the rear doors, which can be posed open or closed. The tank itself is made up form upper and lower halves, closed off at one end and fitted with two hatches, a vent plug and four hand rails. The open end is glued to the pump housing before being fitted to the support frame. On each side of the tank there are two walkways, each fitted at the forward end with three two part storage boxes, and the two rear mudguards, plus their respective support arms. Finally we get to the chassis, which is normally one of the first things assembled in a truck kit. Each of the chassis rails is fitted with the single leaf springs and their supports at the front, whilst at the rear there are double leaf springs fitted, along with the tow bumper beams and their brackets. Each rail is then joined together by the front bumper, five cross members and the rear end beam with tow hook assembled earlier. With the chassis assembled, all the sub assemblies can now be fitted to it, the engine, with four piece exhaust, the wheels, with alternative central hubs, the front and rear differentials, transfer box, all joined together by the various drive shafts, truck fuel tanks, main fuel tank, cab and access steps, which at this point you should have a completed model. IBG Models have also included some useful items to give a bit of life to the vehicle in the shape of four rifles and a couple of Jerry cans. Decals The small decal sheet provides decals for two different trucks, one with a type 12 cab and one with a type 13 along with various placards for around the truck, plain stars for the cab doors and a large star with segmented circle for the cab roof. The decals have been printed by Techmod and appear to be very well printed, with good opacity and very thin carrier film. The Type 12 truck is from the 4th Canadian Armoured Brigade Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division, Normandy, France, August 1944 The Type 13 truck is from the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, Normandy, France, August 1944 Conclusion It’s great to see this rather unusual version of the well recognised CMP truck released as an injection moulded kit. Whilst it is certainly not for the beginner, with care, patience and a bit of skill the average modeller should be able to produce a great looking model. Being the first IBG model I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the mouldings and will certainly be looking at their back catalogue. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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