This is the Airfix WW2 DUKW
I started the model last year, but got bored with it and shelved it for a few months. I went back to it during the Christmas holidays and completed it in January.
I used the original Airfix decals so it represents a vehicle at Arromanches during Operation Overlord in June 1944.
The only original kit parts not used were the tilt, windscreen and machine gun.
Added details: I scratch-built from brass rod, plastic card, rod & strip
- The dipped headlight
- Headlamp guards
- Windscreen, frame and wipers
- The wing mirror
- Those things for rubbing up against the side of ships (or avoidance thereof)
- Those things that the things for rubbing up against the side of ships are tied to, which I suspect might actually be there to lift it out of the water, but maybe not
- Mooring eye and D-ring
I then sourced some after-market parts:
- Milicast - .50cal machine gun, rifle, Bren gun, rolled-up tarp, sack, day-sacks, helmets
- CMK – “US Cargo for GMC 353” (The large single block of oil drums, boxes, etc.)
- Wespe - crates, sacks, gerry can
- Wee Friends – Ammo boxes
- Crew figures are from Milicast (except the driver - original Airfix) and have been slightly modified, e.g. removal of headphones, replacement of heads, etc.
By: Iain Murray