An enclosed bed was added sprouting antennas to make the truck a “Communications” truck with the idea of putting a target circuit in the truck to make it something for the tanks to shoot IR at.
A Heng Long “apple” is being modified to fit on the roof of the truck’s load out so it will take hits. For this road test in TANKLAND, the “apple” was not installed.
It looks good in TANKLAND, but we wish it was a 6X6. The Russian GAZ 66 will get a bed load something like this one has.
12-11-2017: The WSD now has two 1/16 scale army trucks. We bought the “Bobbed Duce” to test it out as a possible target for tanks, and as an anti-tank truck with a Tamiya IR battle system.
We got one green one, and one tan one, then tested them both in Tankland for off-road and on road performance. The tan one’s transmission failed before the first battery was depleted, but the green one ran just fine.
Both did well in the off and on road tests. They fit through narrow places that a tank cannot follow, and are quick over rough terrain, so they could be a good challenge for a tank to hit with it’s IR in a battle.
Both have now been painted, and will get limited detailing. Both trucks have drivers that are not period correct, but then, the trucks are not correct, so for now they will do.
The WSD plans to acquire a Russian GAZ 66 4X4, and detail it out more to use as the actual IR target / fighter. If and when the USA 6X6 comes out, WSD will get two or more of those to support the Abrams tanks.
All in all, a fun toy that can be fixed up and used as a base to kitbash lots of fun stuff. We are currently researching putting a mainstream rock crawler guts under the GAZ 66 cab, and running it with an IBU3 to hunt tanks…