by: Dave Cox [ ]
This is a first look in the box for the newly announced GMC/Bofors. So, first the history lesson.
The US Military asked various companies to design a troop transport vehicle, and the GMC was the chosen producer. Serving almost every softskin need, the GMC CCKW353 was sold all over the world after WW2 and served in many armies. The Bofors 40mm equipped vehicle serving in France.
The box is the usual top opening carton made of quite thick card, mine came from Hong Kong with no damage at all.
• Sprue A - Chassis parts
• Sprue B - Cab and front end
• Sprue C x2 - Suspension and wheels
• Sprue D x5 - Wheels
• Sprue E - Rear bed parts
• Sprue F - Gun and mounting
• Sprue G x2 - Accessories and ammunition
• 9 plastic collars for the wheels
• 1 sprue of clear parts
• Decal for one vehicle
• A short length of copper wire and a length of twine for the winch cable
• 1 fret of photo-etched parts
• Single A4 color sheet
• 16 page A4 instruction book
As this is only a first look in the box, I can't comment of the fit of any of the parts. All appear to be well molded in a dark olive green plastic, with no obvious mold lines or obtrusive ejection pin marks
The decals are well printed, and the colors appear to be solid; although how the white will go over OD paint remains to be seen.
Instructions are well printed and look to be clearly laid out in obvious steps. I can see that assembling sub-assemblies for ease of painting is easily possible.
I bought mine from Hobby Easy for about £18, but as it is not yet listed in any of the usual UK shops I don't know what the local prices will be; hence I haven't listed a price in the info box of this submission.