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The ‘Ben Hur’ 1-ton WWII U.S. Army trailer was produced by many manufacturers during the WWII. It was produced with a wood body from mid-1942 but later was changed back to steel construction. This trailer was towed by most trucks in the range of 1 1/2 ton or larger but often by armored personal carriers and halftracks as well. Its primary purpose was to transport general cargo, but the Signal Corps modified it to carry several different types of generators. There is a ‘Ben Hur’ resin trailer in 1/35 on the market but very poorly molded and i am not sure about the shapes and general accuracy, also, this type of things is not very hard to scratchbuild using styrene sheets. As wheels are a bit tricky to scratchbuild i’ve decided to order Trakz M2/M3 – Israeli version as they have the same rim as the trailer wheel does. As M2/M3 halftracks had 8.2-20 while ‘Ben Hur’ had 7.5-20 wheels, i’ll have a wheels that are 1mm too big but some wearing out will take care of it, the most important thing is that the rims are the same size and its just the size of the tire that is the problem here. Follow the build process

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M3 – Armoured Personnel Carrier – Build Log

Between the world wars, the US Army sought to improve the tactical mobility of its forces. With the goal of finding a high-mobility infantry vehicle, the Ordnance Department had evaluated the half-track design by testing French Citroën-Kégresse vehicles. The White Motor Company produced a prototype half track using their own chassis and the body of the M3 Scout Car. The M3 was the larger counterpart to the M2 Half Track Car and had a longer body than the M2 with a single access door in the rear and seating for a 13-man rifle squad… Follow the build process

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150mm s.FH 18 – 1:15 by Verlinden – Kit Review
The 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18 or sFH 18 (German: “heavy field howitzer, model 18″), nicknamed Immergrün (“Evergreen”), was the basic German division-level heavy howitzer during the Second World War, serving alongside the smaller but more numerous 10.5 cm leFH 18. Being long out of production and now hard to find this beauty is not just a big scale model but almost a collector’s piece and not a cheap one and, can be bought on ebay only, as far as i know, for a cca 240USD… it was on my watch list the minute i saw it and waiting for something to happen and for a price to drop, somehow. Just a few days later, a complete 1:15 series by Verlinden was auctioned at a starting price of just 0.99USD for each item, that was the sign i was waiting for… the bidding could start… At the end of auction i got it for 55USD, unbelievable! Got to love the Ebay! This really big gun comes in a white shoes like box with a sticky label on the top with the name and a picture, nothing fancy, but heavy. So whats inside the box… a few massive yellowish resin parts and a whole bunch of small pieces in resealable bags, a few plastic tubes, copper wire and instructions (133 resin parts, 2 plastic rods, 1 plastic tube and a piece of copper wire) a total of 137parts… Read the whole thing