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WC-57 Dodge 3/4 ton - 4x4 - 3/4 ton - Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB) - case report

The Boys from Brazil!!!
      I'll show to you fellows, a good project I completed a few years ago. I used a very old kit and I think I got good results and fun with something really cheap bought years ago at an eBay auction. A Brazilian version of the might WC-57 Dodge  4x4 3/4 ton. Command Car. The Brazilians of  FEB (Brazilian Expeditionary Force) used this brave jeep in his Italian campaign in WW II in 1944-45. In Brazilian hands, this rough vehicle was known as "Jipão" (Big Jeep).

WC-57 Dodge 3/4 ton. of  2º Grupo de Obuses Auto-Rebocados (2nd Group of Towed Howitzers)
Brazilian Expeditionary Force - Italy, 1944.
History:
      The Dodge WC series was a range of light military trucks produced by Dodge and Fargo during World War II. The series included weapon carriers, telephone installation trucks, ambulances, reconnaissance vehicles, mobile workshops and command cars. They were replaced after the war by the Dodge M-series vehicles. 
Dodge M-37 with U.S. Navy colors
      WC was a Dodge model code: W for 1941 and C for half-ton rating. The C code was retained for the ¾ ton and 1½ ton 6×6 Dodges.
      Dodge began producing light trucks immediately upon its formation in 1914. For the first few years these were based largely on the existing passenger cars, later specific chassis and body designs were used. Light and medium-duty models were offered first, then a heavy-duty range was added during the 1930s and 1940s. Dodge produced its first prototypes of dedicated military trucks in late 1939: the 1/2 ton 4x4 VC series. Production of the VC series started in 1939.
Built by Dodge Brothers Co. from 1942 to 1944, the WC56 - 4x4 - 3/4 ton command car was the third of three generations of command cars built by Dodge. The first being a 1/2 ton civilian style VC series introduced in 1939 (right) and the second being a 1/2 ton WC series introduced in 1941 (center).
       At the outset of World War II, Dodge produced the G-505 WC ½ ton series of military light trucks in 38 individual models, thousands of some models were produced, while only a few of some others were made. 
VC-2 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge Command Reconnaissance (G505)
      The WC ½ ton trucks replaced the 1940 VC-1 to VC-6 ½ton Dodge trucks which were also part of the G505 series. 79,771 of the ½ ton trucks were produced during late 1940–1942 under War Department contracts. WC models 1 to 50 were part of the 1/2 ton range and were 80% interchangeable in service parts with the later 3/4 ton models.
Dodge VC-1 WC-3 -  ½-ton 4x4 (G505)
Common features of the 1/2 ton trucks were:
  • Drive: 4×4
  • Wheelbase: 2.940 mm (116 in) - 3.120 mm (123 in for ambulances)
  • Track width: 1.508 mm
  • Tires: 7.50x16
  • Brakes: Hydraulic
  • Engine: 6 cyl, in-line, L-head
  • Transmission: 4 forward/1 reverse, manual
  • Transfer case: Single speed
       The Dodge G-502 ¾ ton 4×4 trucks were first introduced in late 1941. Standard vehicles in the ¾ ton 4×4 class were the WC-51 / WC-52 Weapons Carrier, Telephone Installation Trucks, WC-53 Carryall, and the WC-54 Ambulance. In the cargo trucks, the WC51 was identical to the WC52 but did not have the front bumper-mounted winch.


Model descriptions:
1/2 ton 4x4 series:

- WC1, WC5, WC12, WC14, WC40:
      Closed cab, two seater pickups with a nominal carrying capacity of a 450 kg.
Dodge WC1 4x4 1/2 ton.
- WC3, WC13, WC21:
      Weapon carriers, two seater pickups with open cab. The open cab pickups could be fitted with an optional M24 machine gun mount,which bolted across the front of the bed. The mount could carry the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle, as well as the M1919 Browning machine gun, and the M2 Browning machine gun.
  • Length: 4,60 m
  • Height: with top 2,24 m
  • Weight: 2.013 Kg
  • Width: 1,92 m
  • Payload: 590 Kg
Dodge WC3 4x4 1/2 ton open cab

- WC4, WC22:
      Open cab weapons carrier, with Braden MU winch, and transverse seats, designed to tow the M3 anti-tank cannon as well as carry the gun crew and ammunition. This type was usually issued to early tank destroyer units. 5570 built.
  • Length: 4,90 m
  • Height: with top 2,24 m
  • Weight: 2.166 Kg
  • Width: 1,93 m
  • Payload: 453 Kg
Dodge WC4 4x4 1/2 ton open cab
- WC9, WC18, WC27:
      Entering production during 1941 to early 1942, they were specifically designed to serve as military ambulances. These early variants are distinguishable from the later ones by having a curved radiator grille, while the later ones (WC51 onwards) featured a flat grille. These versions were given a longer 3,10 m (123 in) wheelbase.
  • Length: 4,95 m
  • Height: 2,27 m
  • Weight: 2.422 Kg
  • Width: 1,93 m
  • Payload: 590 Kg
Dodge WC9 4x4 ambulance
- WC10, WC17, WC26, WC36, WC48:
      Carryall trucks with a nominal carrying capacity of a 450 kg.
Dodge WC10 4x4 carryall
- WC11, WC19, WC42:
      Panel trucks carrying radio and communication equipment.
Dodge WC11 4x4 carryall panelvan
- WC6, WC8, WC15, WC16, WC23:
      Command cars.
Dodge WC6 4x4 command car
- WC25:
      Command car with radio 12 volt.

- WC7, WC24:
      Command car with winch

Dodge WC24 4x4 command car with winch
- WC39, WC43, WC50:
      These models were built as signals trucks, designed to install and repair telephone lines, and were also known by the U.S. Signals Corps as the K-50 truck.
Dodge WC43 4x4 signal truck
- WC41:
     Fitted with dual rear tires. Mostly employed as an emergency repair truck whose purpose was to provide mobile facilities for emergency ordnance repair. Other types of bodies were produced, such as an oil service vehicle. 902 of these chassis were built.
Dodge WC41 4x4 light truck
3/4 ton 4x4 series:

- WC51:
      WC51 Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/o Winch Dodge (G502) Weapons Carrier. 123,541 were built. The open cab pickup could be fitted with an optional M24A1 machine gun mount, which bolted across the front of the bed. The mount could carry the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle, the M1919 Browning machine gun, or the M2 Browning machine gun.
  • Length: 4,24 m
  • Height (with canvas cover): 2.08 m
  • Height (with top down):  1.57 m
  • Weight: 2 382 kg
  • Width: 2.11 m
  • Payload: 800 kg
  • Tires 9.00 x 16 in., 8ply
Dodge WC51  4x4 3/4 ton truck
- WC52:
      WC52 Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/Winch Dodge (G502) Weapons Carriers was identical to the WC51, but fitted with a Braden MU2  3.402 kg capacity winch at the front bumper. 59,114 built.
  • Length: 4,48 m
  • Height (with canvas cover): 2,08 m
  • Height (with top down): 1,57 m
  • Weight: 2.518 kg
  • Width: 2,10 m
  • Payload: 800 kg
  • Tires 9.00 x 16 in., 8ply
  • Engine 6 cyl, in-line, L-head - 99 hp.
Dodge WC52  4x4 3/4 ton truck
- WC53:
      A carryall, mechanically it was virtually identical to the WC54 but was fitted with a body which was the 1939 civilian carryall modified to military specifications. All four rear side windows were opening wind-up and the seating consisted of front folding passenger seat to allow rear access, two person second row leaving space to access to the rear full width three person seat.The spare was carried on a mount on the driver's side and although the door was fully operational it could not be opened (driver had to enter from passenger side). WC53 were also fitted as radio trucks with a bench on the left side with the operator seated sideways. 8,400 WC53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502) built. No carryalls came from the factory with a winch though there was a field modification available.
  • Length: 4,73 m
  • Height: 2,06 m
  • Weight: 2.590 kg
  • Width: 2,00 m
  • Payload: 800 kg
Dodge WC53  4x4 3/4 carryall
- WC54:
      The WC54 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Ambulance Dodge (G502) was produced as an ambulance, but a few were modified to serve as radio/telephone trucks with the US Signal Corps.
  • Length: 4,95 m
  • Height: 2,30 m
  • Weight: 2.685 kg
  • Width: 1,98 m
  • Payload: 816 kg
Dodge WC54  4x4 3/4 ton ambulance
- WC55:
      The WC55 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Gun Motor Carriage Dodge (G502) was a modified WC52 designed to carry an M3A1 37mm antitank gun and shield mounted on its cargo bed; the WC55 and gun combination was designated M6 Fargo Gun Motor Carriage (GMC) with 37mm Anti-tank Gun (G121). 5,380 built, most later dismantled and returned to service as WC52 cargo trucks.
  • Length: 4,25 m
  • Height: 2,49 m to top of gun shield
  • Weight: 2.540 kg
  • Width: 2,18 m
  • Payload: 80 rounds 37mm
Dodge WC55  4x4 3/4 ton Gun motor carriage
M6 Fargo Gun Motor Carriage (GMC) with 37mm Anti-tank Gun
- WC56:
      The WC56 Truck, Command Reconnaissance, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/o Winch Dodge (G502) was a command and reconnaissance vehicle akin to a large Willys Jeep. It did not prove popular as it was heavier and not as maneuverable as the Jeep, and its distinctive profile made it a target. 21,156 built. This vehicle was immortalized as one of General Patton's command cars.
  • Length: 4,22 m
  • Height: 2,07 m
  • Weight: 2.420 kg
  • Width: 2,00 m
  • Payload: 800 kg
Dodge WC56  4x4 3/4 ton Command car
General George Patton and French Gen. Auguste Nogues reviewing troops in French Moroccon city
December, 20 - 1942.
Dodge WC56 4x4 - 3/4 ton in the desert. Notice the .50 Browning position: Fixed???
The crew guns are Vickers k and .45 Thompson (font: http://www.wc57.com/index.html)

Very Important People in WC56 Dodge 3/4 ton: Gen. Eisenhower and P.M. Winston Churchill
inspecting a U.S. artillery regiment in the UK just before the D-Day invasion.
(font: http://www.wc57.com/index.html)

Dodge WC56  4x4 3/4 ton Command car
- WC57:
      The WC57 Truck, Command Reconnaissance, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/Winch Dodge (G502) was identical to the WC56 but fitted with a Braden MU2 5,000 lb / 2 268 kg capacity winch at the front bumper. 6,010 built.
  • Length: 4,46 m
  • Height: 2,07 m
  • Weight: 2.560 kg
  • Width: 2,00 m
  • Payload: 800 kg
Dodge WC57 4x4 3/4 ton Command car with winch
Our main character
General Eisenhower in his WC 57 waving to the crowds while being driven down the Washington DC
streets during "Eisenhower Day," a day that celebrates all he has done as leader
of military forces in World War II. June, 1945.
Dodge WC57 4x4 3/4 ton Command car with winch...
The advantages of the winch... Heavy mud in 
Philippines
- WC58:
      The WC58 Truck, Radio, 3/4 ton, 4x4  was identical to the WC56 or WC57 but fitted with a scr radio set in front of the rear seat, and a 12-volt electrical system.
  • Length: 4.46 m
  • Height: 2.07 m
  • Weight: 2.420 kg
  • Width: 2.00 m
  • Payload: 800 kg
Dodge WC58 4x4 3/4 ton Radio car
- WC59:
      The WC59 Truck, Telephone Maintenance, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge (G502) was designed to install and repair telephone lines. Based on the same chassis as the WC54, but with a wheelbase increased by 50 cm. The spare wheel was carried behind the seats, with a step ladder fitted to where the spare wheel would have been. 549 were built. The bed was known by the Signal Corps as the K-50 truck, and was fitted to both Dodge and Chevrolet chassis.
  • Length: 4,88 m
  • Height: 2,06 m
  • Weight: 2.430 kg
  • Width: 1,98 m
  • Payload: 800 kg
Dodge WC59 4x4 3/4 ton Telephone maintenance truck
- WC60:
      The WC60 Emergency Repair Chassis, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge (G502) was a mobile workshop designed for field maintenance. It featured the same body as the WC54 but with tool trunks that were accessible from the outside. 296 built.
  • Length: 4.73 m
  • Height: 2.26 m
  • Weight: 2.700 kg
  • Width: 2.08 m
  • Payload: 800 kg
Dodge WC60 4x4 3/4 ton Emergency Repair Chassis
- WC61:
      The WC61 Light Maintenance Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge (G502) was designed to install and repair telephone lines. Replacement for the WC59, the WC61 had the step ladder fitted to the roof, the spare wheel was fitted behind the seats, and the tool trunks were accessible from the outside. 58 built. The US Signal Corps referred to these as the K-50B truck.
  • Length: 4,73 m
  • Height (without ladder): 2,26 m
  • Weight: 2.700 kg
  • Width: 2,08 m
  • Payload: 800 kg
Dodge WC61 4x4 3/4 ton Light maintenance truck
- WC64:
      The WC64 KD Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Ambulance Dodge (G502) was an ambulance based on the same chassis as the WC54 but with a knock-down body designed to increase the number of vehicles that could be shipped at the same time. 3,500 were built between the beginning of 1945 and the end of the war.
Dodge WC64 4x4 3/4 ton KD ambulance

1 1/2 ton 6x6 series:

- WC62:
      The WC62 Truck, Cargo and Personnel Carrier, 1 1/2 ton, 6x6 w/o Winch Dodge (G507) Weapons Carrier was based on a lengthened WC51 with an extra axle added. 23,092 built (both WC62 and WC63 variants). One prototype produced as an armored car.
  • Length: 5.47 m
  • Height (with canvas cover): 2.21 m
  • Height (with top down): 1.57 m
  • Weight: 3.141 kg
  • Width: 2.11 m
  • Payload: 1.500 kg
Dodge WC62 6x6 - 1  1/2 ton truck
- WC63:
      The WC63 Truck, Cargo and Personnel Carrier, 1 1/2 ton, 6x6 with Winch Dodge (G507) Weapons Carrier was based on a lengthened WC51 with an extra axle added. Identical to the WC62 but fitted with a Braden MU2 7,500 pound capacity winch.
Length: 5,72 m
Height (with canvas cover): 2,21 m
Height (with top down): 1,57 m
Weight: 3.250 kg
Width: 2,10 m
Payload: 1.500 kg
Dodge WC63 6x6 - 1  1/2 ton truck with winch


Specs: 
Dodge WC57 4x4 3/4 ton
Command Car
Manufacturer            Number prod.          Orig.Dodge Brothers Co.
6.010 units.
United States
Body and chassis
Classification       Command car
Powertrain
EngineDodge T214 -3.800 cc 6 cil, 92hp -3200 rpm
Transmission

Suspension


Winch
Wheels
Tyres
4-speed forward x 1 reverse
Semi-ellipt. springs and hydr. shock abs.

Braden - 2.268 Kg
6,50" x 16,00"
9,00" x 16,00"
Dimensions
Wheelbase2.490mm
Length4.460mm
Width2.000 mm
Height2.070mm
Curb weight2.560 kg
Performance
Max. speed85 Km/h
Fuel consuption
Fuel tank
28 l / 100 Km
114 l

    The kit:
            I used, for this project, a jurassic kit (1974) : The Peerless/Max kit (#3505) Dodge 3/4 ton WC56/57 Command and Reconnaissance Truck. Man, I love these old gals...

Old (and good...) Peerless -Max stuff...

The sprues bag and booklet...

Wheels after a discrete sanding, to simulate wear and tear ... The weird tool is a cleaner brush for dental drills,
with brass bristles.... Ideal for scratching plastic ...
Brass rods to to strengthen the wheel axles (very brittle)...

The chassis ready...The alignment is complete!!

Aligning the bumper segments ....My version is the WC57, with segmented front bumper...

Waxed wire to simulate steel cable ... After painted it is perfect ...

The body!!!

The canvas in position..  Hmmm...The age of the kit appears in these details ...
Putty to fill the gaps...


The girl is almost ready!!! Paper-tape do mask the windshield...


Tool rack of my spare-parts box!!!


Ready for paint...

Primer!!


      After the first layer of Olive Drab, I decided to upgrade the canvas top. The smooth texture of the plastic was not pleasing me and I decided to coat the plastic with paper-towel, to simulate the texture of the canvas ... Paper glued with PVA glue:
Paper-towel as canvas...

Hmmm...Much better!!


Khaki and tools...


Washing in the canvas...

And Brazilian markings: the South Cross of Brazilian Army in WWII...

The 420 number in the bumper meant that the vehicle was of 2nd Group of Towed Howitzers- Vehicle number 1.
Brazilian Expeditionary Force - Italy, 1944.


      And the girl was ready: WC-57 Dodge 3/4 ton - 4x4 - 3/4 ton - Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB) - 2nd Group of Towed Howitzers- Vehicle number 1 - Italy, 1944-45.











WC-57 Dodge 3/4 ton - 4x4 - 3/4 ton - with Kojak.
Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB) - 2nd Group of Towed Howitzers
Vehicle number 1 - Italy, 1944-45.


WC-57 Dodge 3/4 ton - 4x4 - 3/4 ton - Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB)
2nd Group of Towed Howitzers- Vehicle number 1 - Italy, 1944-45.

See you soon, Gents!!

4 comentários:

  1. Show, fez de um kit simples um exemplar único!

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    1. Obrigado, Marcão...Me orgulho muito desta moça!!! Feliz Ano Novo!!!

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  2. Very good! And with the dust of the roads, that's cool!

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    1. Hi Sergei!! Thanks a lot, my friend!! Have a great New Year!!!

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