the release by AFV Club of the M35 Gun Truck (kit No. 35034) it raised the
interest in these many and varied vehicles. The AFV Club kit represented an
early gun truck on the M35 2½ ton chassis while the majority of Gun Trucks were
based on the later M54 5ton truck. James Lyles presents here a major conversion
article in building "Eve Of Destruction", the only surviving Gun Truck
to make it's way back to the US.
used two different kits for the basis of this model. The M35A2 was used because
a 2½ ton and 5 ton use the same cab, as well as some other parts. I also used
the Italeri M-925 kit because the frame, suspension and bed are basically the
same as an M54 Vietnam era drop-side 5-ton cargo truck.
The Elco 80 PT Boats were built of wood using laminated
spruce, white oak and
mahogany and covered with fir
plywood. They were considered expendable and 260
were built serving in most parts of WW11. They were powered by 3 Supercharged Packard 12 cylinder engines
of 1500hp each giving the boats a top speed of 41 to 43 knots. They carried 3000 gallons of 100 octane aviation
fuel with a total weight of up to 61 tons. Crew consisted of 3 officers and 14 enlisted men.
PT 596 was a late version armed with Mark XIII roll off
torpedoes, twin 50.cal Browning Machine guns, 2 / 5inch rocket launchers, a 20mm Oerlikon, a 37mm M9 gun and
a 40mm Bofors on the rear deck. This particular vessel was part of the US Naval Pacific
Fleet RON Samar based in the Philippines in 1945. She was decommissioned there and probably
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Name: Tamiya 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat
Category: WWII Model Aircraft Kit
Rating: Excellent - Four Stars
models are my absolute favorite to build, as they usually have no major problems
to contend with. This kit was no exception, and not a single spot of filler was
needed. This kit makes a beginner modeler look like an expert, is extremely easy
to build, and is highly recommended. This kit is so easy; it’s almost
The parts are superbly detailed, as one expects from Monogram......err
Revell kits of
current vintage. The exhaust, for instance, includes all the
actuating rods for the
afterburner petals. No more having to use resin
aftermarket bits or scratch
building. I can see a lot of letters to Revell
requesting extra burner cans!!
The kit also includes nice long intakes that will surely be a challenge to assemblewithout having a visible seam. For those of us who are cowards, there are alsointake covers provided! The tree with the fuel tanks and Sidewinders.
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The DUKW, probably the most successful amphibious vehicle in history, has long been at or near the top of most published wants lists (plus my own) for many years. I was thrilled when Skybow and Italeri both announced 1/35 scale DUKW kits in late 2001 (after a persistent rumour that Tamiya was going to do one). Skybow, unfortunately, dropped their plans soon thereafter, leaving Italeri with the only DUKW in the water. I have to say that I had mixed emotions about this; what I had seen of Skybow kits left me in no doubt that they would have produced an amazing kit of this vehicle, and Italeri's quality of late has been rather spotty. Still, better an Italeri DUKW than none,