Diamond T 969 A Wrecker

 US. Army, Red Ball Express, Autumn 1944

1/76 scale scratchbuilt


Technical manual T M 9-811

Verlinden Publications – Warmachines Plus 736 by Willi Peeters

Wheels &Track  No. 13

My own photos taken in Arromanches 1994 and in private collection in Vienna

My model is completely scrachbuilt according to the drawing I draw myself, technical manual 9-811 and reference photos. The bigger parts of the model are cast from resin /see Diamond T 975 for details/.

The model construction begun from the frame including bumpers, springs, axles, driver shafts, wheels, gearbox, complete engine, mudguards with sills, engine walls to radiator and cowling. Then I built complete open cab with seats, wheel, pedals, levers and other interior details. The cab exterior was completed with windshield, tarp frame, mirrors, lights, guard grilles etc. Last step of construction was the bodywork with bed, frame and beams of wrecking device Holmes including gearbox, tooth wheels, winch drum with cable and telescopic bars with chains.  The bodywork is completed with some tool accessories /axe, spad, pick, chains, cables, trigs, welding device etc./ according to technical manual.

My model placed on small diobase represents part of U.S. Army maintenance camp with a little disorder around.

Camouflage and marking represents vehicle from Red Ball Express, Autumn 1944, enamel Humbrol  M 117,  decals were airbrushed through stencil on adhesive paper tape, patina was done by “drybrush” and dust is airbrushed with Humbrol M 29 enamel.

It took me about 300 hrs to complete this model.

The model won 3. place during Czech modeling championship as well as during  IMPS UK contest in 2002.