I know, I know. You all are tired of seeing war birds and tanks. And you’re asking “when will Dave do something really cool like a fuel truck?”
Well the day has come. After the jump, something really exciting.
Sometimes I really do enjoy doing the common vehicles that inhabited every airfield. And speaking as someone who works on an airfield, it amazes me how little much of this equipment had changed in 70 years.
This truck is simply the fuel truck modification of the very standard General Motors 2.5 ton Army truck (officially designated CCKW if you’re keeping score!). Over half a million of these trucks were made by the end of the war; the tanker was a common mod with a 750 gallon tank.
This is the Tamiya kit, and I have to say it was a fun build. Building cars and trucks is a different rhythm than planes or tanks. Planes are my baseline, my “normal”. Typically you paint and build the interior, you seal it up, you build and paint the exterior, and you’re done. Tanks have a few tricks I haven’t quite mastered (tracks, grrrr, grumble…) but are otherwise simpler, at least in my scale. No interiors. Basically you build and paint.
But car and truck kit often have “interior” surfaces that are open to the outside world. Like truck beds, or the hose accessory compartment shown here. It just seems like you build in more small assemblies, that get completely finished before you move on. Its hard to explain, but its different. And mostly its fun.
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