And speaking about Fords and ambulances, let's see this kit, which I built in 2011.
It's a Ford V3000S from ICM, with an old resin shelter from Panzer Resin Models, built as ambulance, in a field adaptation. The injected kit:
|ICM kit box art - Ford V3000S 4x2 german 3 ton truck|
The Ford trucks were widely used in WWII by Germany. As we already mentioned in a previous post, the Ford Koln AG built thousands of these trucks in its various versions.
|Ford V3000 with open cabin|
|Ford V3000S from Das Reich|
The Ford V3000 was a very popular with the soldiers, by its reliability and sturdiness. The Germans used this amazing truck in all theaters of operations, in its many factory versions and adapted in field, besides using the Fords built by the conquered countries.
|Ford V3000 made by Netherlands in German use - Luftwaffe|
(notice the windshield divided)
|Ford V3000 with gasogen device|
|Two Fords V3000 ambulance truck - field adaptations|
|Ford V3000 in Wehrmacht use - notice the shelter - field adaptation|
|Car wash !!! - SS Ford V3000|
|Ford V3000 in the sun - DAK|
|Happy driver students with Dutch Ford V3000 in German use|
|A proud soldier with his truck Ford V3000|
|Type||Cargo truck / transport vehicle|
|Place of origin||German (more then 24.000 built)|
|Gearbox||5 forward + 1 reverse|
|Transmission||4x2 (rear axle)|
Ford V8·3.900 cc95 hp at 3500 RPM
7.50 x 20
I started the kit following the ICM's booklet (a bit vague in their information ...). The engine first:
|The ICM booklet...hmmm...|
|The engine Ford V8 and the gearbox - right side...|
|The engine and the gearbox - left side|
The building of the chassis is a little confusing, because the drawings of booklet are not detailed:
|Chassis under construction...|
Some parts just do not fit ... It seems that the ICM has released this kit a little "too fast" ...
|The notches of the engine cradle are too big.|
Not fit in the chassis (red arrows)
|Cutting the notches. In blue, the standard; In red, clipped.|
|Chassis with engine, axis, suspension and transmission.|
Alignment is critical in this step
Instead, the cabin fittings are superb ... point for the ICM!
|Ford V3000 cabin...Wow !!!|
|The rear of the cabin. Notice the instruments panel in place...|
|Side by side with an old resin kit from Panzer Resin Models : Two Fords V3000|
|The details in the doors...|
|The seats and the steering wheel. Notice the wheels...|
And the wheels. Very good stuff:
|Wheels, bro...wheels !!|
|The exhaust pipe has incredible 7 different parts...|
|The exhaust pipe in place...|
As I said before, I decided to forget the original cargo bed and build this truck with a shelter . I had an old resin shelter kit...time of empty the closet ...
|The PRM shelter - side view...|
|The PRM shelter - rear view...|
|The truck with wheels...|
One thing I didn't like was that the front suspension looks lowered. I didn't like the "sunken" look of the front of the truck
|The front of the truck sunken...|
I decided to put plastic shims (strips) with 2mm of height between the springs and the chassis. Something like that:
|Lifting the front suspension....|
|Notice the details...|
|The roof's ventilator was made with metal scrap and plastic|
|Building the moveable ladder|
|Side view - ladder lowered|
|The strings and the restrictors of movement - ladder raised|
|Primming the kit|
Color time: Dark-yellow (post 1942...)
|Tonal variations in yellow|
After to apply the camo spots in green and red-brown, I masked the shelter and applied the white band:
|white band...Medic !!!!|
|Future and decals from my spare box...|
|Ambulance from Wehrmacht !! Achtung !!!|
|Notice the spare wheel...|
|The kit no have windshield wipers...What a shame, ICM !!!!|
After the weathering, the girl was ready:
|Ford V3000S - Ambulance truck|
The kit is fun to build, but the ICM could have a little more painstaking in the details. The lack of windshield wipers consider a silly flaw, easily repaired, if the manufactures want to ...
The pins of the rear wheels is another detail that should be reviewed, as well as the height of front suspension ... A pad greatly improves the look of the vehicle ...
But it is a beautiful representative of "snouted " Fords.
See you soon, Comrades !!!