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Bilek Kit...Dodge WC-54

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    November, 2005
Bilek Kit...Dodge WC-54
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, November 14, 2004 2:19 PM

Hello,

Anyone know anything about Bilek kits? I was looking at Great Models for a WC-54 Ambulance for my father. He was a Medevac pilot in Vietnam and likes models of anything having to do with the Army Medical Service Corps. I am wanting to build one for him but have never heard of Bilek.

The Great Models website says that it is previously an Italeri kit. What exactly does that mean? Also if you know of another MC-54 kit please let me know.

Thanks in advance,
Steve
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    January, 2004
  • From: bc,canada
Posted by gdarwin on Sunday, November 14, 2004 2:59 PM
Big Smile [:D] hi, dont know about about that kit?,but i just finished a wc-54 from Italeri.the kit looks good ,my web site is down right now,but send me your addy and i will send pics.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, November 14, 2004 3:15 PM
Actually, the Italeri kit is a rebox of the Bilek kits. The WC-54 series of kits are great. They build up nicley and are very detailed. I highly recommend them.

Here is a website with a build article too.
http://www.pcmodeler.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&page_id=3#topofpage

I would get it for him.
Happy modeling.

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    October, 2003
  • From: Clovis, Calif
Posted by rebelreenactor on Sunday, November 14, 2004 3:20 PM
I also heard that they were the same kits,
John
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    January, 2004
  • From: bc,canada
Posted by gdarwin on Sunday, November 14, 2004 7:45 PM
Big Smile [:D] that wood not surpise me that all the wc54 kits are all the sameBig Smile [:D]

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    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, November 14, 2004 8:47 PM
This kit goes back to the old Peerless Max line of the 1960s. Needless to say it's been around the block and back. Not all the Dodge WC kits are the same. The Skybow/AFV Club kits are new and outstanding.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 15, 2004 7:45 AM
Thank you all for your help.

Steve
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    June, 2018
  • From: USA
Posted by packer@1 on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:56 AM
I got mine on eBay. Nice kit.
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Posted by packer@1 on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:58 AM
There is also the old Testors / Italeri kit, it is the same thing.
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, June 22, 2018 11:37 AM

packer@1, you do realize this post was from '04; almost 14 years ago?  The original poster is no longer a member and he probably got and built the kit a long time ago.

If you have something to say, it is best to start a new post than to reply to ones that are ancient.

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, June 22, 2018 11:53 AM

Roger that, Gino.

But, the history of this kit acc'd to Scalemates is crazy.

Variously boxed by:

MAX

Peerless Max

Schreiber Max

Airfix

TOMY

Italeri

Testors

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, June 22, 2018 4:07 PM

OK, this is an old thread... BUT

Does anybody of you know of WC54s being used in Vietnam?

Once I've seen a photo of one painted all white and being used by a civilian hospital or an organization like that. Any info? I would like to build a model like that.

Thanks in advance for any help, have a nice day

Paweł

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    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:35 AM

Pawel

OK, this is an old thread... BUT

Does anybody of you know of WC54s being used in Vietnam?

Once I've seen a photo of one painted all white and being used by a civilian hospital or an organization like that. Any info? I would like to build a model like that.

Thanks in advance for any help, have a nice day

Paweł

 

Im pretty sure that the French would have used them during their war in the 50’s. And of course the ARVN for at least some portion of the war in 60’s/70’s. But I believe the WC series was out of US service by the time the major forces were committed in 1965 and afterward.

I did find this photo of an ARVN WC54

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:33 PM

Hello Stik,

The edges on the rear cab here are too sharp for a WC54, this photo looks more like the M43 Ambulance, but not exactly, neither. Very interesting photo, thanks for sharing.

I'm still looking for photos of a WC54 in service in Vietnam.

Thanks in advance for any help, have a nice day

Paweł

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