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GMC CCKW 21/2 Ton Truck - Armor Walk Around No. 18 Paperback – March, 2010
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David Doyle is well-suited to author this book. Having restored a number of vehicles himself in addition to having been an active modeler and even the editor of my "competing" magazine, Supply Line, he knows these trucks intimately. The detailed photographs show just the things a modeler or restorer want to see. He covers several variations including the Shortwheel Base (SBW CCKW-352), longwheel base (CCWK-353, longwheel base with Wrecker Set No. 7, the air-transportable version, cargo-dump version, airfield refueler, CCKW with a LeRoi compressor and even the Mobile Shop truck. All of the examples for these walk-around surveys belong to private collectors. Whereas the restoration on all would put them in the Number 3 or better category (in a 1-6 rating system), when anomalies were recognized, Doyle pointed them out in the captions.
Any modeler or restorer will appreciate the well-researched captions and photos. Coupled with the manuals (available as reprints from Portrayal Press), this book will provide a strong foundation for excellent kit building or restorations.
The “Jimmy” was the work horse of the Red Ball Express. Reliable, rugged and manufactured in staggering quantities (over 562,000) serve in every theater and used by just about everyone. Primarily designed for cargo & personnel, their use was limited only by the imagination of the GI who were very inventive. Cargo, long bed, short bed, fuelers, ambulances, dump trucks are just some of the examples which are shown here in excellent detail with superb color photos. The color photos are crisp, clear, excellent, supplemented by informative captions that help the reader understand what they're seeing.
A great photo essay to add to your collection, highly recommend for anyone building a model of this truck, historians and yes, tankers will enjoy as well.
This review is of Squadron/Signal Publications' book, "GMC CCKW 2 ½ Ton Truck- Walk Around". The book is authored by prolific and highly respected military vehicle historian David Doyle. If you're not familiar with the Walk Around Series of books, these books focus on providing photos of specific (preserved) vehicles and they are chock full of fine detail photographs that are useful for modelers and hard-core military vehicle enthusiasts.
The subject of this soft cover book is the US WWII era GMC CCKW 2 ½ ton ("Deuce and a Half") truck series. Although there are many different vehicles photographed, the following trucks are covered in detail:
CCKW-352 Short Wheelbase Truck (Closed Cab)
CCKW-352 Short Wheelbase Truck (Open Cab)
CCKW-353 Long Wheelbase Truck (Closed Cab)
CCKW-353 Long Wheelbase Truck (Open Cab) with No. 7 Wrecker (Hoist & Towing) Set
CCKW Long Wheelbase "Air-Transportable" Truck (Open Cab)
CCKW Long Wheelbase Cargo/Dump Truck (Open Cab)
CCKW Long Wheelbase L-2 Airfield Service Truck (Closed Cab)
CCKW Long Wheelbase Truck (Open Cab) with LeRoi 105 GA Compressor
CCKW Long Wheelbase Mobile Shop Truck (Open Cab) with ST-6 Collapsible Body
Photograph and/or Illustration Quality and Selection
Squadron/Signal is known in the modeling hobby for the quality and quantity of photographs they provide in their books. This latest selection is no exception. Squadron and Mr. Doyle provide approximately 223 photos and 2 illustrations on 80 pages; 217 of those images are in color. Although there are a few photos of "in action" vehicles, most of the photos provided are of preserved vehicles.Read more ›
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Mostly widely known material, it did add less than expected for me.Published 10 months ago by P. E. Van Beelen
If you're assembling some WW2 model scale truck, then this is a must-have: just tons of pictures and notes. Very handy and about the right size to have on your modelling desk.Published on June 5, 2014 by Mauricius A. Gibin