2 1/2 Ton Dump Truck (Tipper)
1/35 scale 2 1/2 Ton Truck
135th Construction Battalion
(A Division of the VLS Corporation)
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|Catalogue No. and
||Item CO 0062 - 2 1/2 Ton Tipper
Truck Conversion Kit for Tamiya's 1/35 scale 2 1/2 Ton Truck
USD$39.95 from VLS
|Contents and Media:
||27 parts in pale yellow resin
||Beautifully cast; great detail;
fairly simple casting block removal and cleanup; serious transformation
of Tamiya's Deuce and a Half; clear, illustrated instructions.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Back when I was a kid in the 1960s and early 1970s, I lived near a
couple of army disposal yards that were packed with a bewildering
variety of WWII vintage wreckers, cranes, trucks and even the occasional
My friends and I would often explore these vehicles before being
chased away. The M3 half tracks were pretty glamorous, but I remember
seeing GMC and Studebaker tip trucks for sale too. After seeing hard
service during wartime, these workhorses continued to labour in civil
enterprise well into the 1970s.
VLS has kindly, if unintentionally, enabled me to relive my youth
with 135th Construction Battalion's release of a Tipper Truck conversion
for Tamiya's excellent 1/35 scale GMC 2 1/2 ton truck.
The conversion set comprises 27 parts in pale cream-coloured resin.
The contents include a mounting frame for the truck chassis, the main
tipper section, the hydraulic ram and other small details.
Casting of all the parts on my sample was flawless, and the detail is
terrific. Woodgrain texture should look great with careful weathering,
and the raised boltheads are crisply defined.
Cleanup should generally be straightforward. The mounting rack has a
large section of waste resin between the frames, but this is very thin
and will only take a few minutes to eliminate with a sharp hobby knife.
The Deuce and a Half Tipper
Truck is a really interesting variation on the Tamiya kit. It should
lend itself to some creative diorama scenarios, both military and civil.
approach will provide a well-detailed replica straight from the box, and
should be within the capabilities of most modellers who have attempted a
resin conversion or two.
I find myself much more
interested in these vehicles now than when I actually had the
opportunity to explore them in detail. If only I could take my digital
camera back for a more appreciative examination...
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