The ¼ ton 4X4 light truck, popularly known as the “jeep”, is one of the most familiar and iconic vehicles of WWII. The history of this vehicle begins officially in July of 1940, when the US Army issued a formal requirement for a general purpose ¼ ton, four wheel drive truck.
The “Jeep” has been presented in kit form in 1/35 scale by Italeri, Tamiya (two versions) and most recently Miniart (Bantam BRC) and Dragon. With the exception of the Miniart kits all have represented the Willys version. Now, Bronco has released a new version of the ¼ ton 4X4 truck as manufactured by Ford Motor Company, and as a bonus, it includes a trailer and crew.
First, the kit is labeled as the GPW ¼ ton 4X4 Utility Truck (model 1942) with 10-CWT trailer & Airborne crew. The box art shows the vehicle as used by the 82nd Airborne division in Normandy in June, 1944 with three soldiers (one strongly resembling John Wayne). The trailer depicted is actually a Willys MB-T or Bantam T3 ¼ ton trailer. These were used by Canadian forces who classified them as 10-CWT.
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