In my researchs on the Internet, I stumbled on this profile, from the famous truck Studebaker US-6, so beloved by the Soviets in WWII.
It was enough to stoke my desire for rare things....
|Studebaker US-6 snow-plow|
For this the project, I used the excellent Studebaker US-6 kit from ICM, even with the defective tires. For correction of the wheels, I used the correction set of wheels, of which I made the masters to TankWorkShop.
|Studebaker US-6 ICM - 35511 kit|
|Studebaker US6 Corrected Wheels (ICM) - TWS 0060|
And of course, tons of plastic, sweat and fun ...
The Studebaker US6 (M16A) is a class of 2.5-ton trucks manufactured by Studebaker during World War II, produced in the United States from 1941-1945 and in the Soviet Union beginning in 1942.
|Studebaker US6 with American marks|
The US6 had a Hercules built six-cylinder gasoline engine that produced 94 horsepower (70 kW), with a five-speed transmission plus a two speed transfer case.
The Soviet Union received almost all of the 105,000 trucks from production model 6x6 as well as most of the 90,000 6x4 produced, becoming the symbol of Law & Lend Lease. In Russia, the Studebakers were known as "Studer". They were extremely popular, due to its robustness, ability to receive loads beyond those provided and the ability to "digest" any type of gasoline.
Large numbers of Lend-Lease Studebaker trucks were sent into the Soviet Union via the Persian Corridor. The Soviets found them a good platform for "Stalin Organ" Katyusha rocket launchers, although it was not their prime use in the Soviet Union.
|Studebaker US6 with BM-13 Katyusha|
It fulfilled many roles in the Red Army, such as pulling artillery and was renowned for its ruggedness and reliability. The truck came in 13 variations, as 6x6 and 6x4, with short (148in.) and long (162in.) wheelbase, with and w/o winch, as cargo and dump truck and as tractor.
|Studer towing a 76mm russian gun|
Engine: Hercules, gasoline, inline six-cylinder, 5240 cc four-stroke, with side valves, 86 hp at 2400 RPM.Maximum speed (6x6): 70 km / h
Dimensions: (US6 - Long Chassis): 6325mm x 2230mm x 2700mm
Distance between axes: (US6 - Long Chassis): 4115 mm
Empty weight: 4850 kg.
Capacity: 2500 kg
Range: 390 km.
The kit building:
I built the Studer following the instructions until almost the end, replacing the (wrong) wheels kit by the wheels from TWS in resin.
|Studer US6 - replacing the wheels|
|Studer US6 - belly view|
|The TWS correction kit is complete....|
|Studer US6 - cargo bed|
To make the snow-plow blade and its accessories, I drew the profile truck in scale 1/35:
|Studer US6 with snow-plow profile|
I made the blade with plasticard and reinforced the edges with metal wire. This is the thing:
|The snow blade is growing...|
To adapt the snow device in the Studer´s chassi, I glued the ventral blades in paper on plasticard sheets.
|Templates of reinforcement blades|
Using metal wires and low power weld to make the "fork" of the blade. The alignment is critical...
|Welding the fork...|
|The complete device under weld...|
|Snow plow: front view|
|Snow-plow: notice the device bars under the Studer´s chassi|
|The snow-plow in place...|
|Front view: notice the forks under the front bumper...|
|...and the forks with the reinforcement blades, in the Studer´s chassi|
After building the structure, I started the detailing of the blade. Chains and skis...
|Chains in the blade and hooks...|
|...and the skis.|
|..and rear view of snow-plow.|
|Two bad trucks!!!|
|Olive drab in the russky truck.|
How is a Soviet vehicle, a patriotic slogan always makes a great impression on "Political Commissar Comrade"! Cleaning the road to West !!
|Patriotic slogan in the snow-plow.|
|Note that the graffiti was worn out with the ice's friction.|
|Kojak approves !!!|
|Studebaker US6 6x6 with snow-plow.|
And the girl was ready!! I hope you enjoyed it ....
Soon, another kit directly from Panzerserra's collection.