Dodge - WC63 light Truck
This is a Dodge WC-63 1.5t light Truck of U.S. Army I have finished in 2007. This truck is all-wheel drived what is a siginificant aspect and a technical specialty during WW2. Also I like the edgy massive shape of that truck and so I decided to realize this this model. It's my first US vehicle and I wasn't sure what will come out.
This Academy-Kit is of quite high quality. Many sub assemblies consist of plenty of single parts and are highly detailed. The undercarriage is such an example, the engine as well. Although I have later decided to make the engine cowling in closed position, the engine consists of 19 single parts. The seats of the kit where quite poor so I have rebuild them with putty. Other refined assembly units - the winch got a real (cupper) wire, the tires I have reformed a little bit to imitate the weight of the truck, the front axle is changed and not straight forward anymore.
Well, I have primed this truck using black acrylic car primer direct from aerosol can followed by an complete coating of olive drab. Some highlights where applied by adding some white paint. All colors are mixed with 20% clear varnish to achieve that "egg-shell surface" and I often use Tamiya acrylics. The rear folding top has been sprayed khaki, washed and drybrushed using Vallejo Acrylics. Some more time consuming but the result is a really matt finish. The markings are made using decals (engine cowling) respectivly where sprayed (US Stars for example) using stencils by Stencilit and white color. After all got dry I have washed the vehicle completely with a black/brownish mixture, heavy diluted with ordinary terpentine from the property market.
Some drybrushing and detail paintings for chips and rusty areas followed and a cloudy layer of buff along the undercarriage has completed this model.