WC 54 Dodge Ambulance
wanted to build this with the rear doors open, and it took some time to find photos
of the interior. The kit's interior is quite accurate. I thinned the litter braces
and repositioned them to accept the litters from Verlinden's M*A*S*H set conversion
set. Handle straps were fashioned for the ceiling. The entire interior was painted
and equipped before the rear compartment was glued together. Likewise, the front
cab was completed and the seated Yanks medic was installed. It was a real challenge
to get his hand properly placed on the steering wheel, and I ended up lengthening
the steering column slightly to accomplish this. The chained wheels are from The
Tank Workshop. More detailed information on the building of this kit can be found
in my article Building
Italeri's Dodge Ambulance.
most significant error of this kit is the lack of door handles - anywhere. I created
these from plastic. There is no Eduard set for this kit, so I used a combination
of pieces from other photo-etch sets and homemade doodads. The decals are from
the kit, Pre-Size, and Archer.
62 Dodge "Beep"
Beep was a standard part of a medical motor pool. Wounded either sat in the back,
or litters were laid across the compartment, resting on the wooden backrests.
There is an interesting photo of one near the Siegfried line in U.S. Army Photo
Album 1941-1945 by Jonathan Gawne.
was one of the first kits I built when I returned to modeling in 1990. I picked
up the Italeri kit (originally from Peerless Max and now seen under the Bilek
label) when it was reissued a few years ago, and completed it before Skybow's
version hit the shelves. It's a decent kit, though like all of the Italeri Dodge
vehicles, the chassis is fiddly. I used Eduard and Tank Workshop on this kit as
well. A new rolled-up tarp was made out of lead foil.
Life and Death..."
Battle of the Hürtgen Forest
of the Diorama
Ambulance and Beep
Jeep, 2.5 Ton Cargo Truck, Trailers