Kit Preview : 1/76 Milicast Battlefield Series CMP 3 ton truck #13 pattern cabin

About the manufacturer
Milicast is the premier resin model manufacturer in 1/76. Their range is wide, the level of detail is showcase model-level as opposed to wargame model. Their kits are all resin and include a lot of small parts. The quality and level of detail have also vastly improved in the last few years with models having full interiors and sometimes detailed engines. Their latest guns, which I have only seen on the web site also seem to bring the hobby to a new level.
On the minus side, I do question the use of resin for everything as it is more difficult to straighten or unwarp than white metal. Resin parts can be corrected in a hot water bath, but not always perfectly, and the slightest bend in a gun is very conspicuous on a tank!
The Battlefield series are casts of built-up models, with a reduced number of parts and the same level of quality. The downside, as I found out, is that any misalignments are very difficult to correct where they could have been avoided with a little care during construction!

About the vehicle
The Canadian branches of the three US auto giants produced 410,000 Canadian Military Pattern trucks during WW2, combining American mass production techniques and British designs. CMP trucks ranged from 8cwt (approx. 400kg) to 3ton with a wide range of wheelbases and bodies. The cabs remained the same for all sizes but tire sizes differed. 3-ton trucks carried 10.50x20 tires, 30cwt trucks 10.50x16 tires, 15cwt trucks 9.00x16 tires, which altered their appearance somewhat. 3 types of cab were used in succession, #11, #12 with a modified hood, and #13 with the distinctive reverse slope windshield and the large integrated headlights. #13 trucks were in service from mid-1942 to the end of the war and were the most numerous. CMP trucks were used by Commonwealth forces on all fronts, the French and the Soviets. They were also very popular with the Germans in North Africa.

More details on CMP trucks here.

About the kit

The rear wheels are deformed. They are oval-shaped and smaller than the front wheels. There should be a bigger gap between the front wheels and the fenders.

Addtional parts are optional side windows, front bumper, command levers, steering column and wheel, 2 rear fender flaps, windshield frame, cab roof. There are two extraneous side windows for a 12 type cab on the bottom sprue.

Reviewed on 4/25/11