Building the M35A1 Quad GunTruck

AFV Club #35034 1/35 scale

by Eduardo Andreoli © Modeler Site

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The Vietnam war was a different experience to the kind of combat, US troops were accustomed to. The had never fought against the millions of guerrilla fighters in North Vietnam. After suffering repeated ambushes, they realized they needed a very fast vehicle with high firepower. It was then when the Guntrucks were born, different vehicles armed with different guns (even carrying anti aircraft guns) and armored cabin and cargo box. One of the most well known is the Nancy, a M35A1 armed with the devastating firepower of the M55 anti-aircraft weapon system, with quad 12.7mm machine guns mounted on the rear flat bed.


The kit

Unfortunately, there are not many kits available to build a Gun Truck. The M35A1 Nancy from AFV Club is the only injection molded kit, though there are other versions of resin Gun Trucks.

This kit is highly detailed and includes everything a Gun Truck needs, nevertheless, I found no picture of the Nancy as it comes to be built out of the box. All the reference pictures show the complete trailer-mounted quad .50 fitted into a steel box. Neither the trailer nor the steel box are given in this kit. eel box is easy to make from plastic card, a bit longer than the actual cargo.

To represent this, I copied some 0.30 and 0.50 ammo boxes and made the trailer from scratch.
To detail the model, I purchased the Eduard PE set (#35439), necessary for the version I want to represent which included a set of adhesive masks to make the painting job easier.


Below, I’ll list the steps that need more attention, the rest have to be assembled according to instructions. As for the etched parts, no difficulties were found; instructions are clear, precise and fit is excellent as well.

I started with step1 assembling the chassis and all its components. Part 31 was not placed since it would make it difficult to place the rear axles.


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