Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS Humber 8cwt GS Truck (ref. 964)

About the manufacturer
MMS is the leading 1/76 white metal model brand. The quality of casting and level of detail are comparable to traditional plastic kits, albeit without etched metal detailing. Smaller details such as mirrors are often omitted , and the running gear of tracked vehicles is usually a simplified one piece casting where the guide teeth are backed by a solid metal strengthening strip.
Due to the tight packaging in unprotected plastic bags, parts often come bent or one might say, with pre-built battle damage. Care must be taken to straighten things out lest parts be broken.

About the vehicle

The Humber FWD (Four Wheel Drive) Heavy Utility was also derived into an 8cwt (about 400kg) light truck.
This page contains a couple photos of restored vehicles.

About the kit

Nice little kit. This preview has the hindsight of the kit being already assembled.
The rear axle attachment is a design flaw. The axle sits above the springs, which are attached to the chassis. Without reinforcement the weight of the model rests on the bond between the axle and the springs. I added two stubs of plastic rod to act as support.
The front axle was moved forward about one mm by enlarging the notch that takes the front axle.
The locker combination was modified. The top locker was cut down and the rear locker had athe bottom front filed at an angle. Plastic strip was used to simulate the cross shaped ribs and the latches.
The exhaust pipe is not provided. The silencer is under the left side of the chassis with the pipe protruding at a right angle just forward of the rear wheel. Click here for a picture illustrating the point.

Reviewed on March 22, 2014