Vehicle Accessory Set
S u m m a r y
|Contents:||136 parts in olive drab styrene|
|Price:||price around US$7-$10|
|Advantages:||State-of-the-art Tamiya accessories|
|Disadvantages:||Two identical sprues limit the options|
|Recommendation:||For all WWII armor fans|
F i r s t L o o k
Tamiya noticed that their excellent GMC CCKW kit came with next to zero accessories, which means that it looks awfully barren without a crew or "stuff" in the rear. But, as with most of their recent German releases, they now have rectified this with the release of this set of "stuff' for either filling up the "Six By" (their suggestion) or using with any other Allied or Axis vehicle.
The kit comes with two identical sprues, which contain the following complete components: six 55-gallon drums, with very nice engraving and details; ten US and ten German 5-gallon "jerry" cans; six US "butt" packs; four collapsible buckets, folded up; two apparent tanker's roll blanket sets; two barracks bags; six ammunition cases; two duffel bags; and six miscellaneous tarps, folded. For those who do not like to "roll their own" duffel or kit for the sides of turrets and rear decks, this provides some new "poses" from previous kits.
The fuel drums and jerry cans should work well in "Red Ball Express" CCKW truck dioramas or single models. From studying contemporary photos, it appears that the US and British Armies were short on fuel cans, and thus captured German jerry cans were snapped up for fuel runs to the forward area. Photos exist of German prisoners loading several hundred cans on trucks, both the CCKW models and the 4-5 Ton semitrailer GMC trucks.
"Stuff" is always handy, and it is good that Tamiya has provided modern items with state-of-the-art engraving for a reasonable amount. This kit is readily available or from Squadron Mail Order.
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