Whereas I might get some more stuff painted before Christmas Day, I think I’m unlikely to get a still day so that I can varnish it or get some proper daylight to take photos in! Which means this is probably my last post before Christmas!
I’ve managed to get in a couple of quick wins and get two trucks painted, one American and one German. These were actually finished before the KNIL infantry in my last post, but it seemed to make more sense to post the infantry first to tie them in with the jeeps in the post before.
Nothing spectacular here, but trucks fulfil an essential if unglamorous role in any army. First up is a US 21/2 ton truck for my early Pacific war US forces (shown above). This is a 1:72 scale Pegasus Hobbies model and is a quick build plastic kit. It went together easily enough although I had to remove the locating pins for the rear axle assembly to get all of the wheels on the ground. The front wheels look as though they stick too far out to the side but they line up with the outer rear wheels so I’ve left them as they were. The truck is painted in the same way as the two recently finished jeeps, although it also has a canvas tilt that I washed with brown before drybrushing on the final highlight.
It doesn’t carry the white stars more common in the later war period and that seems to be the case for most (if not all) US vehicles in the 1941/2 Philippines campaign. I wasn’t sure about specific truck types in use with US forces this early in the war, but I did find photos showing these trucks in use there at the start of the war. Since the kit comes two to a box I’ve got another one I can build at some time – if I leave off any markings then both could also be used as Lend-Lease vehicles for my WW2 Russians. One thing I noticed way too late were faint mould lines running down both sides of the bonnet (OK, hood to US readers) that I originally thought were panel lines – since it was too late to remove them I just avoided drybrushing them and making them look obvious! Whatever the model’s faults it does capture the appearance of the real vehicle quite well.
The other truck to get painted was a German Krupp L2H143 Kfz. 70 personnel carrier, commonly called the Krupp-Protze (see picture above). This is the old Matchbox 1:76 scale kit and I originally built it in the ’80s as part of my late war Panzer division (see picture below)!
Back in the ’80s I had about a dozen of these painted in late war camouflage, but when I got married I scaled down my forces. I had four trucks for the motorised Panzergrenadier battalion I kept and I stashed another four away for use by German-equipped forces such as Hungarians and Bulgarians if required. Since I’ve never managed to do any other forces (despite my best intentions) I thought I’d repaint one of the trucks to use alongside my 1940 German tanks. I painted it in exactly the same manner as the US truck, but in grey rather than olive drab (the picture showing it in grey also appears to show a speck of dust on the canopy that isn’t there on the model). I’m pleased with how it’s turned out so I might paint another one grey at some point!
So it just remains for me to hope that everyone enjoys some time relaxing over the holiday period, whether you celebrate Christmas or not! UK lockdown rules regarding Christmas have just changed at short notice, but I would imagine there’s time for them to change again! Stay safe everyone!