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1950's military personel carriers and dump trucks
Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 24, 2018 7:57 AM

I'm curious about what I might have built around 1959 or 1960. I believe it was a Revell or Monogram kit in 1/32 or 1/35 scale. I don't see anything like it in old photos etc. It was a millitary truck and no particular corp/ service sticks out in my mind ( I would only have been 9 or 10 back then). Anyway the cab and nose of this vehicle was typical 1955-57 or so Chevy/GMC much as a civilian pickup would have but it was either a 6 wheel or 10 wheel truck, it was not a 6x6 however as it had a common front axle with no diff., at least as I recall. I recall very much liking building this kit of what I can remember of it. But it's so long ago and I don't see anything around like it today. I would like to build something similar if it was available these days.

Just curious if this kit rings any bells with anyone from back then and if anything is around like it today ?

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, December 24, 2018 9:02 AM

Was it this one?  About 1/40  50's stake bed truck.  They made a couple different versions and one was an "Army" truck with stars and generic registration numbers.

  

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 24, 2018 9:31 AM

HeavyArty

Was it this one?  About 1/40  50's stake bed truck.  They made a couple different versions and one was an "Army" truck with stars and generic registration numbers.

  

 

Maybe, I don't recall any civilian options in the kit though and I'm guessing or seem to recall that it was molded in olive/green. I don't fully recall the box art but my imagination has an F104 or some other jet in the background.

That looks cool though ! Hmm, 1/40 scale.

Edit: the more I look at this kit, it must be it. The model photo looks it more than the box art of course.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, December 24, 2018 10:04 AM

Don't have any jets on thge box art, but could it have been one of these.

https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=Kits&q=Revell+Truck&fkSCALE[]=%221:40%22

 

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 24, 2018 10:09 AM

Bish, the link doesn't seem to work.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, December 24, 2018 10:11 AM

You have to copy and paste it, the direct links don't seem to work on here for some reason.

This was the original boxing.

 

 

 

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 24, 2018 10:17 AM

I did copy and paste it, my browser wanted to fix it I guess.

No that isn't it but it's a worthy contender that I wouldn't mind building actually !

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Posted by Bish on Monday, December 24, 2018 10:22 AM

I checked everything on scalemates and could not see any with a jet on the box. 1/35th didn't become popular until the 70's thanks to tamiya. If you can get the link to work, this is everything listed on scalemates under Revell Truck.

https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=Kits&q=Revell+Truck

 

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 24, 2018 10:49 AM

This time the link brought me to a page of Scalemate links. I picked one, I went there but off hand didn't see many 50's chevy trucks in my search. It's ok, thanks for the effort !

Edit: Incidentally the M35 ( the truck you showed) was built by Reo, I didn't know that before today, so I learned something by posting here today ! I never considered Reo as a military truck maker actually but it makes sense. Kaiser too.

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Posted by Pawel on Monday, December 24, 2018 2:00 PM

Hello!

That Reo was recently reissued by Revell Germany in a box together with a Jeep, so unless you just HAVE to have it in the original box, you can buy it really cheap plus you get a bonus Jeep (not a very good one, though).

Good luck with your oldies and have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, December 24, 2018 2:16 PM

Pawel

Hello!

That Reo was recently reissued by Revell Germany in a box together with a Jeep, so unless you just HAVE to have it in the original box, you can buy it really cheap plus you get a bonus Jeep (not a very good one, though).

Good luck with your oldies and have a nice day

Paweł

 

The Revell Germany kit is the old Monogram M34 Deuce and Jeep, not the Revell M35 Deuce.

 

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 24, 2018 2:45 PM

Guys, I like the idea of a deuce and jeep combo but not so hot on a lousy one lol ! On the other hand it's only $30 at Amazon.

I don't think the Chevy is available anywhere but it's no big deal. I like the M35 better anyway, it's probably what I wanted as a kid and someone got me the Chevy as a bday gift or something.

 

 

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Posted by Sergeant on Monday, December 24, 2018 3:53 PM

Oldermodelguy, I’m new to FineScale Modeling, but I have learned the people you received replies from in your post are experienced military veterans and model builders of Armor, artillery and support vehicles. If they say something is a certain way, you can count on it... 

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 24, 2018 4:01 PM

Sergeant

Oldermodelguy, I’m new to FineScale Modeling, but I have learned the people you received replies from in your post are experienced military veterans and model builders of Armor, artillery and support vehicles. If they say something is a certain way, you can count on it... 

J. Harold Benson

 

Yeah I can't argue with that. Thanks.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, December 24, 2018 5:13 PM

oldermodelguy

Guys, I like the idea of a deuce and jeep combo but not so hot on a lousy one lol ! On the other hand it's only $30 at Amazon.

I don't think the Chevy is available anywhere but it's no big deal. I like the M35 better anyway, it's probably what I wanted as a kid and someone got me the Chevy as a bday gift or something.

 

 

 

Well, if you want a new tool modern kit of the M35 series trucks, AFV Club probably makes the best one in 1/35. If not the only 1/35 M35 kits. The M34 kit originally by Monogram is dated, but not terrible. But it is the only M34 in 1/35 scale out there. The jeep, well there are plenty of better kits out there now-  Tamiya, old and new, Italeri/Revell Germany, Dragon.... For M38 series jeeps there is the Skybow/AFV Club kit. And for M151 series jeeps there is Tamiya and Academy.

But If you can get that Deuce & Jeep paired kit for a good price on sale somewhere... 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, December 24, 2018 5:22 PM

I've built the M38 AFV Club kit. It is really nice. A difficult build as it has about twice as many parts as the Tamiya WW2 Jeep. 

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, December 24, 2018 5:48 PM

oldermodelguy
Just curious if this kit rings any bells with anyone from back then and if anything is around like it today ?

I'm wondering if it was one of the Peerless or LifeLie kits.  They had a whole range of oddball vehicles.

Peerless had a 1.5 ton 6x6, and I never built one to know if it modeled the powedr front axle.  They also modeled the dump body 2.5ton truck, which was the only one of its kind for quite some time moulds bought up by Italeri and reboxed by Testor's, too--if memory serves).

LifeLike was reissues of Renwal (IIRC) in a number of scales, if with a cluster of things at 1/40. 

All that being said, I'm guessing the above posters were probably closer to correct with that old REO.  Boxes and box art were pretty cheap, and would be used in various ways.  Or, to the needs of the Five & Dime store that promised to buy 5 each per store.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 24, 2018 9:13 PM

Anything is possible. The model of this thread though had the Chevy/GM cab. I knew the cab because I was into cars and trucks at a young age plus a neighbor had a 55 Chevy pickup and now and then gave me a ride to school in it. Same basic cab.

That isn't to say I never built an M35 though, it's possible.

I thank you guys for all your thoughts and ideas.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 3:22 AM

CapnMac82

 

 
oldermodelguy
Just curious if this kit rings any bells with anyone from back then and if anything is around like it today ?

 

I'm wondering if it was one of the Peerless or LifeLie kits.  They had a whole range of oddball vehicles.

Peerless had a 1.5 ton 6x6, and I never built one to know if it modeled the powedr front axle.  They also modeled the dump body 2.5ton truck, which was the only one of its kind for quite some time moulds bought up by Italeri and reboxed by Testor's, too--if memory serves).

LifeLike was reissues of Renwal (IIRC) in a number of scales, if with a cluster of things at 1/40. 

All that being said, I'm guessing the above posters were probably closer to correct with that old REO.  Boxes and box art were pretty cheap, and would be used in various ways.  Or, to the needs of the Five & Dime store that promised to buy 5 each per store.

 

Life-Like reissued the old Snap Adams (and certain Revell kits Adams made for Revell but owned) in Revell's 1/40 scale. Renwal kits were 1/32 scale and were reissued by Revell in 1982-3 and again fairly recently.

I have the Peerless Max 1½ ton 6x6, but the kit the OP is asking about sounds like the Peerless Max 2½ ton GMC Cargo Truck. I'm fairly sure it was released by Testors/Italeri among others as well. 

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/183225-peerless-max-3514-gmc-2-1-2-ton-cargo-truck

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 10:16 AM

Rob Gronovius

 

 
CapnMac82

 

 
oldermodelguy
Just curious if this kit rings any bells with anyone from back then and if anything is around like it today ?

 

I'm wondering if it was one of the Peerless or LifeLie kits.  They had a whole range of oddball vehicles.

Peerless had a 1.5 ton 6x6, and I never built one to know if it modeled the powedr front axle.  They also modeled the dump body 2.5ton truck, which was the only one of its kind for quite some time moulds bought up by Italeri and reboxed by Testor's, too--if memory serves).

LifeLike was reissues of Renwal (IIRC) in a number of scales, if with a cluster of things at 1/40. 

All that being said, I'm guessing the above posters were probably closer to correct with that old REO.  Boxes and box art were pretty cheap, and would be used in various ways.  Or, to the needs of the Five & Dime store that promised to buy 5 each per store.

 

 

 

Life-Like reissued the old Snap Adams (and certain Revell kits Adams made for Revell but owned) in Revell's 1/40 scale. Renwal kits were 1/32 scale and were reissued by Revell in 1982-3 and again fairly recently.

I have the Peerless Max 1½ ton 6x6, but the kit the OP is asking about sounds like the Peerless Max 2½ ton GMC Cargo Truck. I'm fairly sure it was released by Testors/Italeri among others as well. 

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/183225-peerless-max-3514-gmc-2-1-2-ton-cargo-truck

 

I like the Peerless-Max but that isn't it. The cab on what I built is like a civilian cab of the 1955-58 or so years ( 3100-6400 series trucks). I'm thinking these would be base trucks more than in the field combat trucks, if they even existed in real.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 2:04 PM

oldermodelguy
I'm thinking these would be base trucks more than in the field combat trucks, if they even existed in real.

COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) was a "thing" even before the acronym.

There are a number of references for this, like:  https://www.amazon.com/U-S-Military-Wheeled-Vehicles-Crismon/dp/0970056710

and:  https://www.amazon.com/U-S-Military-Wheeled-Vehicles-Crismon/dp/0970056710

Which will give a nice range of stake bed and similar cargo vehicles.  Usually, the more complicated part is having Scalemates open when one finds an interesting one.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 3:20 PM

I have the tracvcked vehicle companion book. It's pretty nice, but the descriptions are brief because they have a lot of subjects to cover.

Speaking of 1950's APCs, I am still on the hunt for a couple of M59s.

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