I bought this kit at the end of last year and when the box arrived in my home, my belly-worms simply stirred up. I love trucks and this model caught my attention as something different from the old Italeri and Heller CCKW kits.
In short, I could not resist the call of the truck and I began to build, just as see my bench vacated and clean. With you, the CCKW 353 of 2 and 1/2 tons, with a 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun in the back. This arrangement fought in Europe at the end of WWII, in the hands of the Free French.
|CCKW 353 - 2 1/2 ton with AA Bofors 40mm gun in French hands|
|Notice the ammo box in the truck´s side|
|Bofors 40mm AA gun|
|France, 1946 - 1 year after end of war.|
|Instruction booklet (very good)|
|Rope, decal and photo-etched (very good, indeed...)|
Starting the building...One interesting thing: the pieces are stuck in trees according to the sequence number. It may seem silly, but very helpful in quickly mounting. Prevents us to be wasting time looking for a part in the tree at random way. I loved the HobbyBoss solution.
|The engine...very well detailled..|
|The engine in the chassi|
|Rear bumpers in metal|
|Dry-run with wheels to alignement...|
A little advance...Cabin under construction:
|Notice the little gap filled with plasticard between the|
vertical plate of the hood and the dashboard panel
|Same gap, same fix...|
|Cabin´s internal view...Good details|
And the truck is growing...The rear parts under construction:
|Notice the jerry-can rack|
|Rear and front gun platform|
|Cabin glued in position|
|The gun platform ready...|
|I turn the windshield moveable...|
Here, a little surgery: I replaces the plastic recoil spring by another made of cooper wire. For this,I used a copper wire of 0.7 mm diameter, wound around a drill with 1.5 mm diameter. The spring was with a diameter of 3 mm:
|Making the metal spring...|
|Plastic and metal spring.|
|Don´t forget to insert the gun tube in the spring interior: a Plastruct rod with 1,5mm diameter|
|The 40mm gun almost ready....|
I took advantage of Carnival´s holiday and finished the truck ...
|I decided to keep the engine open for viewing the details ...|
|The gun is very well detailled...|
One thing that is bothering me is the wooden frame at the rear of the truck. In the instructions, this frame is shown downed ... But there is no logic to it ... And the original photos do not help ...
|Notice the frame in the truck´s rear ...|
I decided to remove the frame and mount it upright, cutting the tips that protrude from the horizontal beam horizontal...See pic below: the frame built erect and the first layer of paint.
|Notice the new aspect of the frame...|
|Decals with Future....|
|The wheels drying...|
|MVLenses for my truck|
And the French truck is done:
|CCKW 353 with AA gun Bofors 40mm|
|I used a spare tyre from the kit to do this....|
|I like the frame in new position...|
|The gun is moveable...The windshield, after a little surgery...|
|Open your mouth !!!|
Well, Gents. I loved building this HobbyBoss...The details are good and the build is easy and soft...Some details are omited in the instructions, like the gas pedal,that exists in the sprue but no is quoted ... and a disk holding the spare tire, in PE.
I recommend without a doubt!!