Kit Preview : 1/76 Milicast Ford V3000S 3ton Truck
About the manufacturer
Milicast is the premier resin model manufacturer in 1/76. Their range is wide, the level of detail is showcase model-level as opposed to wargame model. Their kits are all resin and include a lot of small parts. The quality and level of detail have also vastly improved in the last few years with models having full interiors and sometimes detailed engines. Their latest guns, which I have only seen on the web site also seem to bring the hobby to a new level.
On the minus side, I do question the use of resin for everything as it is more difficult to straighten or unwarp than white metal. Resin parts can be corrected in a hot water bath, but not always perfectly, and the slightest bend in a gun is very conspicuous on a tank!
About the vehicle
The Ford V3000S Model G198T is a 1941 model 3ton 4x2 truck widely used by the Germans. The grille is similar to the US model (in 1941 Ford Cologne still had relations with Ford US) with the typical German one piece windshield. Early models had round civilian type fenders. These were placed by flat fenders. Late models had wooden einheits cabs.
About the kit
This is an early Milicast kit acquired on Ebay. It comes without intstructions and any interior components. I can't say if that that is my kit or the way it is supposed to be. The molding is pretty good for such an old kit. The cab is a bit coarse but the wheels are really beautiful. The flat fenders and small headlights point to a later model.