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G7107 US Cargo Truck (35598)

1:35 ICM via Hannants Ltd

 

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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 or equipment.  They were initially made under the 4100 code, then moved to the 7100 range, and usually had a standard enclosed cab, with a 3.9L straight-6 engine under the bonnet, with a four-speed “crash” (non-syncro) gearbox putting down a little over 80hp through all four wheels.  It rapidly became the Allies’ standard light truck, and served in substantial quantities with the Allies in the West, the Soviets in the East, and the forces fighting Japan in the Far East.  There were a lot 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 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, and were adapted to other tasks due to their ubiquity, such as being used by the Soviets to carry Katyusha rockets on a stripped-down flatbed.  After the war was over, there was a huge surplus of military equipment, resulting in many of the less dangerous kit finding its way into civilian service.  They were simple to run and maintain, which made them eminently appealing to industry, giving them a long and useful afterlife.

 

 

The Kit

This is a reboxing from ICM of their expanding line of kits of this type, branching out into the civilian sphere for a change.  The kit arrives in a standard ICM top-opening box with a captive lid to the tray, and inside are six sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, a small decal sheet, and glossy instruction booklet with spot colour and profiles of the decal options on the rear pages.  Detail is as you’d expect from ICM, with a lot included in the box including the engine and cab, plus a deployed canvas tilt in styrene.

 

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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 rear bumper irons, fuel tank, transfer casing and front axle installed, before 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, and a short drive-shaft at the rear that links to the transfer box in the middle of the chassis.  The rear axle is made up and fitted with another drive-shaft, while the front axle gets the steering arm installed, which keeps the twin ball-jointed hubs pointing in the same direction, providing you’ve not been over-enthusiastic with the glue. The exhaust and its manifold slip into the underside of the chassis from below, and the battery box attaches to the outside of the ladder chassis next to a pair of tread-plated steps, then from the left of the engine, the air box and intake are attached to finish it off.

 

The crew cab is next, beginning with the dashboard that inserts in the front bulkhead along with a top panel, then is joined with the cab floor and decked out with a pair of levers, gear stick and hand-brake on the floor, three foot pedals and the steering wheel on a long column that slides through a hole in the diagonal floor section in front of the pedals. The driver and co-driver share a bench seat that is made up from back, cushion and a C-shaped surround that fits into the rear of the cab and has the back wall with small ovalised window, then the roof fitted, after which the doors are made up with handles, winders and glazing, fitting within the frame in the open or closed position.  On the front of the firewall a vent is glued to the scuttle panel, and two reservoirs are attached, then the cab is mated to the chassis along with a couple of additional engine ancillaries and linkages to the front axle.  The radiator is laminated from core, surround and tin-work, with a bezel fitted to the front and the assembly is then applied to the front of the engine, attaching to the chassis and input/outlet hoses that are already there.  The cowling sides and front fenders are installed to permit the front grille to be attached, plus the bonnet and a large front bumper iron that runs full width, and is quite literally a girder.  Behind the cab a spare tyre is placed on a bracket near the exhaust, and attention turns to the load bed.

 

The load bed floor is a single moulding with a ribbed texture down the walkway, and a thick rear section with hooks, and the optional reflectors moulded-in.  The shallow sides have a series of tie-down hooks fixed along their lengths, and the front upright gets the same treatment.  An upstand incorporating two vertical pillars is glued to the front, and a pair of sides that consist of siding on five pillars per side are made up and are added to their locations, while underneath the floor is stiffened by adding four lateral supports, a trapezoid rear valence with lights, and four vertical mudguard boards and their supports.  The front valance has a hole with a length of tube for the fuel filler to travel, and the final position of this tricky part is shown in a scrap diagram to help you with placement.   It’s time for the wheels to be made up, with singles at the front, each made from two halves each, and twin wheels at the rear axle, put together with two two-part wheels each, and two hub parts added to the finished pair.  Each wheel slips over its respective axle, and is secured in place by a central cap.

 

There is a choice of steps when completing the load bed, as the lower portion of the sides can be built either vertically to make maximum use of the cargo area, or with the lower sections flipped down to form seats for the transport of troops.  This is accomplished by using a different set of supports, fitted vertically for stowed, or diagonally below for deployed.  The tilt is made up from five parts and placed over the load bed, then the model is finished off with front light with clear lenses, door handles, bonnet clasps, wing mirrors, and clear windscreen with wipers, and number plate holders front and rear.

 

 

Markings

These post-war civilian wagons were often colourful, but sometimes left in their olive drab army finish by the more retrained operators, but were personalised with garishly colourful schemes by others.  From the box you can build one of the following machines:

 

  • Post Office truck, Minnesota, 1946
  • Michigan, 1960s
  • Iowa, 1970s
  • Missouri, 1970s

 

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The decals are printed by ICM’s usual partners, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas.  There is a decal provided for the central instrument binnacle in the cab, which is nice to see.

 

 

Conclusion

These are pretty much some of the brightest lorries I’ve seen in a long time, and it’s a great kit of this important vehicle, moulded in great detail as we’ve come to expect from ICM.

 

Highly recommended.

 

Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd.

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Looks nice. Some of these military trucks lasted a long time post-war and where highly modified especially in the low counties for re-building. They gained locally built cabs and looked very different. Terberg and GINAF started with these conversations 

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