Willys Jeep
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

The Willys Jeep was the workhorse of the U.S. Army from WWII until the appearance of the Humvee during the Gulf War. Along with general transportation, it was an integral part of reconnaissance units and was also adapted by medical units for removing casualties to battalion aid stations.

There have been several models kits of the Jeep, and the best by far is the 1997 release from Tamiya. The second choice is from Italeri. Both have engines, but Tamiya's is better detailed. These photos should be helpful in painting and detailing the Jeep's internal parts. The Tamiya kit also has an option for a mounted .30 machine gun, though the cradle is different than those pictured here.

These are photos of two different jeeps (note the shades of paint) at a couple of military expositions at Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota.





Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2007 Timothy S. Streeter