The Chevrolet truck and its Bachmann Brill chassis performed very well being both smooth and slow running. On my layout pulling power is not an issue but I do like decent slow running. I looked around for another truck that I could motorise using the same chassis. I had long fancied the American Army 6 x 6 GMC truck to convert to a rail truck. I ordered one and the Brill trolley I was going to power it with from my local model shop.
It has a slightly smaller can motor with a gearbox and is quite heavy. The chassis to give an idea of its size is 110mm long but has been modified to suit the model, in this case the GMC truck. Exactly the same chassis was used in the Chevrolet the wheel base of the two bogies is 65mm.
When the two eventually arrived the truck needed much more in the way of alterations to get it to fit the chassis. It was much too long for a start so a length had to be removed from the middle of the load carrying section. This left the bonnet and cab section to build more or less as the plan, apart from removing sections of the cab back, floor and engine bulkhead. The truck chassis itself had to be shortened and a sub chassis made to fit the truck body to the Brill chassis. All a bit fiddly with lots of trial and error fitting of parts. Eventually it all fitted together well and to hide the motor I did my usual trick and made a box to go over the hole in the floor where the motor intruded into the truck load compartment. The box is then covered over with a tarpaulin.
The truck in the kit should really have a large electric powered winch mounted on the front but I thought the front looked ok without it so I fitted the winch in the back instead. It has link and pin couplers at each end. The guard around the radiator I cut so it just fitted the profile of the bonnet.
I sprayed it a rather bright yellow which I toned down with several thin dark grey washes. The canvas hood over the cab I painted with a matt oil based paint in a fawn colour then gave it a wash of very dilute Indian ink. A spare gerry can of fuel is carried each side of the cab mounted on the running boards. I then added the usual tools, shovels ropes and chains draped over various parts of the vehicle. In the load carrying area is the large tarpaulin covered crate, a forty gallon oil drum, a selection of gerry cans, a spare implement wheel some folded tarpaulins and more rope. At the very back is the electric winch mechanism.The last photo with a view showing the electric winch fitted to the rear of the GMC rail truck on its way out to the fields. It also shows the link and pin coupling, the link being a piece of paper clip bent into a U shape. Crude I know but it works, either pushing or pulling stock fitted with KD’s
The man working on the Fordson Standard is an modified ex - German tank crew figure the hat he is wearing is made of a circle of ten thou plasticard glued to the top of his head.
Last edited on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 08:51 am by Broadoak