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Studebaker US6 U-3 6x6 with snow-plow - case report.


      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 US6 U-3 with 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 U-3  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 U-3 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.
Hercules engine

      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

       Studebaker US6 trucks were also used in the construction of the Burma Road as well as the Alcan Highway in North America.

Studebaker US6 U-3
Type2 12-ton 6x6 truck
Place of origin               United States of America
Production history
ManufacturerStudebaker and REO
No. built81.535 (U-3)
Specifications (U-3 Cargo)
Weight4,479 kg empty
Length8.51 m
Width2.24 m
Height2.69 m overall

EngineHercules JXD- 6 cyl.
5.240cc 86 hp (64 kW)
at 2.400 rpm
Transmission5 spd. x 2 range trf. case
SuspensionBeam axles on leaf springs
Operational range
380 km
Speed72 km/h

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...
Another view...
The complete device under weld...
       With plasticard strips, I connected and reinforced the connection between the fork and the snow blade. Superglue and epoxi !!
The snow-blade...
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.
Side view
Front view
..and rear view of snow-plow.
         Size comparison with Studer and CCKW:
Two bad trucks!!!
        Now, it´s color time; Olive-drab under lend-lease!!!

Olive drab in the russky truck.
      I decided to make these arcs in the cargo area, to reinforce the sides of the body:
Canvas arcs in the cargo body...

Done...and painted!!

The inspiration for my winter cammo

Starting the cammo: Zebra winter cammo.

masking with paper tape...

Painting with fade white...

Done !!  I like it!!!

Studebaker number 2.

       Studebaker US¨U-3 snow-plow number 2, belonging to 2nd Battalion, 181st Tank Brigade, 18th Tank Corps. Russian Front, Winter - 1943.
Great 181st Tank brigade!!!  By Motherland!!!

Cutting paper tape to protect the canvas from metal arcs...

The paper tape will be here... using cyanoacrilate!!!

In position...

Canvas made with tracing-paper and PVA glue...

Still wet...

After the PVA glue dried, the "canvas" in position

Rear view...
       Placing some Value Gear details.
Choosing the accessories...

Painted and put in position...

Mooring the canvas...

       Well, after a discret weathering, let's see the Studebaker US6 U-3 6x6 snow-plow number 2, in duty with  2nd Battalion, 181st Tank Brigade, 18th Tank Corps. Russian Front, Winter - 1943.

Studebaker US6 U-3 6x6 snow-plow number 2 - 2nd Battalion
181st Tank Brigade - 18th Tank Corps. Russian Front, Winter - 1943.

Studebaker US6 U-3 6x6 snow-plow number 2 - 2nd Battalion
181st Tank Brigade - 18th Tank Corps. Russian Front, Winter - 1943.

Studebaker US6 U-3 6x6 snow-plow with Kojak and
Rover, the dog.

Studebaker US6 U-3 6x6 snow-plow number 2 - 2nd Battalion
181st Tank Brigade - 18th Tank Corps. Russian Front, Winter - 1943.

6 comentários:

  1. what a great scratch !!! fantastic original and very well built, congrats

  2. Thanks, Hubert !!!

    Thanks for your incentive!!!!

    Big hugs.

  3. Thanks, Przemo !!!

    all the best !!!

  4. Very interesting idea. Do you still have links to the original photos or story you saw that inspired you to make this model?
    It looks like this is something you could replicate with an actual truck, but I think it would work with the plow able to move up and down slightly, pivoting at that rear plate and the plow lifted and lowered with a mechanism connected to a PTO. It only needs to lift up a small amount to clear the road when traveling and as for when it's lowered, you could add weights on the plow blade to keep it from bouncing off the road when plowing. A definite, no hydraulics, low tech operation. It would be interesting to see if it would work in real life.


  5. Thanks, Leo.

    About the font of the work, was a book in russian, with the drawings only...No pics or profiles...only the 3 view drawing that i reproduce in my post.
    indeed, the only adjustment of the blade are their own weight and the joint on the truck chassis. Skates help distribute the weight ...
    More primitive or Spartan impossible !!! But I think it would be functional ...