ICM 1/35 G917T Truck Kit First Look
By Dave Manter
|Date of Review||April 2013||Manufacturer||ICM|
|Kit Number||35413||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Full engine, detailed chassis||Cons||None|
|Skill Level||Advanced||MSRP (USD)||$51.95|
The main vehicles of the German Wehrmacht during WW II were the various 3t cargo trucks. One of the most numerous of them was the Ford model G917T, which had been produced since 1939 in German Ford plants in Cologne. This truck was equipped with a V8 engine and had rear wheel drive only.
The G917T trucks were widely used in all German arms of service up to the end of the war everywhere – in Polish and French campaigns, in the Soviet – German front, in North Africa and Italy. The Germans produced about 25,000 G917T trucks all in all from 1939 until 1941.
The ICM kit of the German G917T Ford truck consists of 243 parts molded in tan styrene and 6 parts molded in clear styrene. All of the parts are very well molded and the seam lines and flash are very minimal. Cleanup should be quick and easy.
The instructions are very well done and easy to follow. Paint colors are called out during construction. The decals are very well printed and include the gauges for the instrument panel. They include markings for 4 vehicles. They are:
- 6th Panzer Division, Baltia, Summer 1941 Vehicle Schwarzgrau overall
- 3rd Panzer Group, Russia, Summer 1941 Vehicle Schwarzgrau overall
- Russia, Summer 1941 Vehicle Schwarzgrau overall
- Libya, Summer 1942 Vehicle Afrika Braun '42 overall
Some key features of the kit are:
- Full engine included
- Detailed chassis and drive train
- Tires molded from styrene
- Detailed interior
- Hood can be built open or closed
- Doors can be built open or closed
- Grill molded with open slats
- Cargo bed highly detailed (there are 2 complete cargo beds included in this kit, one is shorter than the other)
Another highly detailed soft skin vehicle in ICM's ever growing line! Highly recommended!
My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!