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  1. Back in 2010, having built a 1/35th scale version of my 1/1 scale "Follow Me" Jeep, I decided to have a go at my friend's "Flying Control" converted Dodge WC51 Weapon Carrier. Little did I know that later in the year, the Dodge would change to my ownership, where I would continue the conversion work and fit aircraft radios! This was the vehicle during my trip home with it in early September 2010. So when I set out to build the model, it would be based on how the 1944 Dodge looked prior to my ownership, seen below in 2008. The vehicle is a standard 1944 Dodge WC51 Weapon Carrier, but with a wooden body and observation dome built over the original canvas covered cargo area. The vehicle was rebuilt post war by the Norwegian Army. During the rebuild it was fitted with the late war shorter "Access Body" giving more room for the driver to get past the spare wheel, but with the early war shorter step which was for the longer body! The Flying Control conversion was started by myself and my friend who owned the vehicle at the time. He really wanted a Flying Control Caravan, but as he lived in the Lake District, the roads made it less practical. I suggested converting the truck to an airfield radio vehicle instead which he agreed to. The rear body was made from recycled shuttering plywood, built onto the roof bows that originally supported the canvas roof. The dome was a wartime Avro Anson astrodome. The sides of the rear body were made to fold down to aid visibility when driving. There were no permanent fittings inside the truck at this point, so the inside of the model would be fairly easy. It was a while back now, but I think it was the Italeri kit that was the starting point for the build.
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