It is a 2.5 ton truck of the US Army. Apparently it looks like the 6-wheel drive as I checked on the backside. Wonder if it is out of product already… There used to be one of the resale items of the Tamiya Italeri original box in Japan.
Since the chassis assembled from a frame structure grips small parts into two large parts, I cut them out like a picture and assembled it at once. I’m laying it on the table as I am confused the parts assembling.
A total of 8 tires is rear wheels, parts are different between inside and outside. Including spare tire and front tires, There are a total of 11 and 4 types of parts. Before assembling the parts, half of the tires were gone off from the runners, around in the box and rolling, assembling them while checking which parts are proper.
Adhesion of the bonnet and front fender to chassis frame was fixed with the strength of tightness by using plastic adhesive and instantaneous adhesive in combination. Especially it fitted neatly without using putty. It was a nice surprise as I intended to fill the gap with putty from the beginning.
It is the 2.5-ton truck produced in the United States during the Second World War, which is famous for its large number of productions by GMC. It was called by the nickname “Jimmy” which is a common name in the United States. There was also sometimes called with the nickname “The Work Horse of the Army”. The truck of this type was produced during the Second World War more than 800,000 units other than GMC, including Stude Baker, etc.
The transport system with a truck called Red Ball Express was the logistics route for refueling, ammunition, repair parts, food, etc to the units that advance to inland after the Normandy Landings. This truck played an important role in establishing this system.
In fact, I think that the wooden part was also painted in olive drab, but this time I tried finishing with grain woody texture paint with oil painting. It may be fiction. Well, since hundreds of thousands were used, various tracks would have been gathered, one of them was like this work.
Unfortunately, the attached decals are getting too old, the margins of the stars are whitening and the finish is not good. So I used the Cartograf and Tamiya decals from the kit which I made previously. In fact, the yellow circle on the front seems to be a Free French Army marking, I used it for a good accent. Although it is just a transportation truck, it is somewhat getting better looking around the end of the marking.
I used the Tamiya Texture Paint to make the mud of three-dimensional effect. Also painted mud on the back of the front fender and feel as natural as possible. It is an interesting point of AFV modeling.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.