Looks like I am on another Jeep kick. This time I am adding another rare jeep to my collection, an M38, which was an interim jeep used after WWII and in the Korean war.
A little history on it:
In 1950, Willys introduced the M38 (identified as an "MC" by Willys), a post-WWII Jeep based on the CJ-3A and fitted will military-specific features, including a one-piece foldable windshield, bottom-mounted wipers, a pintle hook for towing, lifting shackles, and a fuel filler on the driver’s side. Pioneer tools (axe and shovel) were mounted on the passenger side, and larger tires were used (7:00 x 16) along with a waterproof electrical system, requiring a second battery mounted in the engine cowling on the right side, with a door on top.
Other distinctive features of the M38 include protruding headlights (with guard wires in front), an air vent in the base of the windshield, blackout lights and notches for various tools. The M-38 used a slightly modified standard tailgate, and as is normal with military Jeeps, it was not stamped with "WILLYS". It was also bolted shut since the spare tire and gas can would do damage to the tailgate if it were allowed to swing down. The M38 continued in production until 1952, when the M38A1 became the “standard” model of military service.
For the conversion, I am using parts of three kits; Tamiya's Willys MB, MK Models' M606, and Plus Models' M38 Conversion set.
Most of the parts are coming from the MK Moldels M606 since the M606 was built on the same MC model frame and body as the M38. Both were based on civilian jeeps (CJ-3A for the M38 and CJ-3B for the M606). The difference between the two was the engine, with the M606/CJ-3B having the later, taller F-head engine, which required the higher hood, grill, and engine cowl.
For the conversion, I used the low engine cowl from the Tamiya Willys MB and low hood from the Hobby Boss Ford GPW British Airborne jeep (it has a new one for the British version). Oddly enough, the Tamiya cowl was about 1mm too wide for the MK body, but the hood from the Hobby Boss Ford GPW (same vehicle as the Willys MB) fit the MK body perfectly. Which is the correct width, I don't know? I suspect the HB and MK Models ones are right. Either way, it was a minor pain making the Tamiya cowl fit. Tamiya also donated the flat-head "Go Devil" engine as well.
I also had to shorten the MK frame by about 2mm so it would fit the body. It may have been my assembly, but I think that the frame parts are a copy of AFV Club's M38A1, which is slightly longer than an M38, but otherwise the same.
I am also using the grill, tires, instrument panel, windshield, and a few other pieces from the Plus Model Conversion.
Here it is so far. The light cream parts are from the MK kit. The darker grey resin is from the Plus models Conversion. The dark green parts are from the Tamiya MB. The lighter olive green hood is from the HB GPW kit.
As always, all comments are welcomed.