A new signals van for my WW2 Italian forces in 1940-41 Greece or perhaps even Russia.
The signals van is a conversion of one of a batch of IHC diecast toy trucks that Bill Krieg kindly sent me. I added new wheels and tires, a driver, rooftop stowage, and some details like front leaf springs and starter crank handle. The result is a reasonable stand-in for one of the elderly Fiat 15ter vans still in Italian service in 1940-41. The second van will be given a similar conversion, but in desert sand.
billk wrote: ↑04 Mar 2021, 16:24
David Reasoner wrote: ↑04 Mar 2021, 05:37
The IHC tanker truck will become a Fiat 15ter light utility, also for Italian East Africa.
David, will be looking forward to seeing this conversion. I have one of those tanker trucks sitting here waiting for me to decide it's fate. Bill
A WIP view of the "Fiat 15ter" light cargo truck. The original tanker body has been removed, along with the original wheels and axles. Since I will be omitting the windshield, the gap for it has been filled in with Evergreen plastic strip, and a resin clone of a Skytrex driver figure installed. A tropical helmet has replaced his original bustina field cap. Although a completely open cab would be more accurate for this type vehicle, the cab doors on the IHC model are very solidly cast as part of the metal chassis, defying easy removal. I'll just be content with filling in the gaps behind the doors with plastic card.
A set of new resin wheels are laid out with new wire axles. Being the lazy sort, rather than scratchbuild a new cargo body, I simply adapted one from one of my resin GAZ-AA/AAA or Ford AA trucks to fit the IHC chassis. It will sit slightly higher than it should, due to the IHC model having rear fenders that were not present on the Fiat 15ter cargo truck, but close enough for government work.