Introduction1940's Studebaker 2½ Ton Truck
by Trackside Treasures
is an N scale medium truck kit cast in pewter.
was founded in the early 2000s in Madison, Wisconsin, and produced at least 42 types of N scale tanks and trucks of WWII American, British, German, and Russian subjects. I can find no information about T.T. now aside from some retailers selling them. The models I can account for are the:
1. 1/4-Ton "Jeep"
2. 1-1/2-Ton Dodge Cargo/Personnel Carrier (no canvas)
3. 1-1/2-Ton Dodge Cargo/Personnel Carrier with covers
5. GMC 2-1/2-Ton Cargo/Personnel Carrier (no canvas)
6. GMC 2-1/2-Ton Cargo/Personnel Carrier with covers
7. GMC 2-1/2-Ton Field Command Unit
8. GMC 2-1/2-Ton Fuel/Water Tank Truck
9. M3 "Lee"
10. M3 Half-Track
11. M3 White Scout Car
12. M4 "Sherman"
13. M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" Sherman 76MM Late HVSS
14. M18 "Hellcat" Tank Destroyer
15. Patton Command Car
16. Studebaker 2-1/2-Ton Cargo/Personnel Carrier (no covers)
17. Studebaker 2-1/2-Ton Cargo/Personnel Carrier with canvas
18. Studebaker 2-1/2-Ton Field Command Unit
19. Studebaker 2-1/2-Ton Fuel/Water Tank Truck
20. WC51 3/4-Ton Dodge Weapons Carrier (no canvas)
21. WC51 3/4-Ton Dodge Weapons Carrier with covers
22. AEC "Matador"
23. Bedford OY Cargo Carrier
24. Bedford OY Fuel/Water Tank Truck
25. Bedford OX Cargo Carrier
26. CMP 3-Ton Cargo Carrier - Loaded
27. CMP 3-Ton Cargo Carrier - Empty
28. CMP 3-Ton Fuel/Water Tank Truck
29. CMP 3-Ton Cargo Carrier with canvas
30. Bedford QLD with Canvas
31. Bedford QLD
32. PzKfw IV F2
33. PzKfw IV H
34. PzKfw V Panther
35. PzKfw VI Tiger
37. Opel Blitz 1-1/2 Ton Truck Cargo
38. Opel Blitz 3-Ton Truck Cargo
39. T-34/76 M1940
42. GAZ AAA Truck Cargo
Each package contains two models except for the jeep and Kubelwagen (4 each).
Studebaker 2½ Ton Truck
A key to the Allied victory in WWII was a heavy duty and reliable logistics organization. The key to it on land was the 2 1/2-ton 6x6 cargo truck. Three auto companies were the main suppliers of the types: GMC CCKW (G-508); Studebaker & Reo US-6 (G-630); International Harvester M-5H-6 (G-651).
Although the GMC CCKW was the most numerous of the WW II 2 1/2-ton, 6x6 cargo trucks, almost 200,000 of the Studebaker-designed US-6 (G-630) were produced by Studebaker and another 22,000 by Reo from 1941-45. The cargo version was quite similar to the CCKW. The line haul version of the US6 was a 6x4 tractor for use with semi-trailers on improved roads.*
Studebaker & Reo US-6 (G-630)
Although the CCKW was the most numerous of the WW II 2 1/2 ton, 6x6 cargo trucks, almost 200,000 of the Studebaker-designed US-6 (G-630) were produced by Studebaker and another 22,000 by Reo from 1941-45. Their engine was the 6 cal. 320cid Hercules JXD, mated with GMC transfer case, GMC transmission, and Timken split design axles as used on the CCKW. Most of these trucks were built with a closed, metal cab since they were primarily shipped to the Soviet Union under Lend Lease. The trucks were produced in short and long wheelbase with many of the CCKW body types mounted on the US6 chassis, but primarily the cargo body. A 6x4 US6 version with an undriven front axle was also produced in three versions: a tractor plus long and short wheelbase cargo trucks.
The US6 and CCKW are very similar externally, but the position of the gas tank is on the driver's side of the US6 vs. on the passenger side of the CCKW-353. The US6 had no louvers on the sides of the engine compartment, while both the IH M-5H-6 and the GMC CCKW did have louver slots.**
Stalin received more than 100,000 Studebakers which gave the Red Army the ability to fully exploit mobile operations on a grand scale. The Soviets were so impressed with the Lend-Lease truck that "Studebaker" became a Russian colloquial for "truck." For some reason many Soviet post-war GAZ and Ural trucks bore an incredible resemblance to the "Studer".
The Model1940's Studebaker 2½ Ton Truck
is packed in a blister glued to a card label. Each truck consists of four parts: chassis, cab, cargo bed and sides.
Casting is slightly rough as is common with white metal. However, the models are remarkably free of flash and seams. With simple cleanup the parts fit well.
The underside of the chassis includes cast-on frame, engine, fuel tank, drive train and exhaust detail, wheels, plus a spare tire. The wheel hubs have slight tread and hub detail.
The cab detail is simply recesses for the windows. The bed detail has slats and posts.
None. This simple kit needs none.
There are no decals, either, unfortunately.
Very simple. CA works well. Just remember that pewter is soft and easy to bend.
I primed the castings with common auto primer and painted them with Model Master and Life Color acrylics. After a few bad attempts to paint the tires and hubs, I painted the tires black and then put diluted drops of color into the hubs. Worked nicely. I tried the same with the windows. Worked okay.
I painted one "Studer" for the US Army and one as a surplus civie. They look good.
Trackside Treasure's Studebaker 2½ Ton Truck paints up into a good N scale model of an important medium capacity cargo truck of the 1940s. Even though the cast metal is slightly rough, the texture is hidden with paint. Surface detail is well represented in this very-braille scale.
Drawbacks, aside from the texture, is the soft metal that one must be careful not to malform it.
N scalers of the WWII and post-war era should be happy to equip their railroad with these little models. Recommended.
* Olive-Drab.com. Studebaker / Reo US6 2 1/2 Ton Cargo Truck
. [Web.] 25 February 2013.
** Olive-Drab.com. US 2 1/2-ton, 6x6 Trucks in WW II
. [Web.] 28 July 2012.