During World War 1, the United States Quartermaster Corp developed a requirement for a truck, and with the assistance of the Society of Automotive Engineers the Class-B Standardized Military Truck was developed. The truck was also known as the Liberty Truck and began production in January 1918, with the first trucks starting to arrive at French ports a month prior to the end of the war. Several trucks did serve with the US military into the late 1920’s.
A new kit from ICM
provides an example of this early truck in 1/35 scale.
4 Plastic Sprues
1 Clear Plastic Sprue
The kit of the Standard B Liberty truck from ICM
arrived in a nice sturdy box, and I was excited to get it open. I was pleasantly surprised when I did get it open, the kit is molded in light grey plastic, and an initial inspection showed some nice moldings and details for the kit. I found no flash or sink marks in my example but did notice there are some ejector marks and seams that will need a little filling.
The item that really caught my eyes first was the detail on the canvas cover, it is molded in 5 parts, top, sides, and ends. What I really liked was the realistic looking “rolls and creases”, probably one of the best plastic molded canvas covers I have seen. Parts are also included to leave the cover off for those who wish.
Back to the rest of the kit, there is nice details elsewhere too. The parts for the engine, frame and cab also look to be very well done. In most, the parts are very well molded, with nice surface details. I did notice that some seam lines are a little bigger then normal, but nothing a sanding stick or file won’t solve.
The kit from ICM
looks to have a decently detailed engine, frame, and running gear. The kit does not provide the option of leaving the bonnet open to show off the engine without some extra cutting. But with a little work, some “plumbing” in the engine compartment with some wire bits would provide a nice-looking display. As for the cab, it is sparsely populated, just like a vehicle from that time. The small instrument panel is well molded but does lack a decal in the kit for the single dial. The rest of the details looks to be well done, and with an open cab should show nice.
What I did find a little disappointing was the lack of molded wood grain on the truck bed. Also the tie downs are molded solid on the bed and there is no rope details for the canvas cover. There are also no ties down for the cab cover. The kit would have benefited from a little photo-etched parts in places. But I must say the front grill does look nice molded in plastic.
The instructions are well laid out and should lead to easy assembly of the kit from ICM
. The decals look to be well printed with markings included for two vehicles:
- US Army, 1919
- US Army, USQMC, France, 1918
A quick build on the kit, proved to be fun, with some great fit. As mentioned some of the seam lines needed some care, but easily resolved. The frame goes together very well, with an impressive engine, some details could have been added, but as I planned for a closed bonnet I build it as is.
I built the cab and cargo box separately for ease of painting, and again no fit issues as they went together very well. This includes the multiple parts for the canvas cover, which I did apply a little putty on the outside to cover the seam. Unfortunately, there is no internal bracing details on the inside of the cover. As part of the cover, I did drill some holes in the cover and remove the molded tie downs to add the rope tie down details. The ties downs were replaced with small bit of wire.
For the missing cab cover details, I shaved off the molded on tie downs and replaced them with photo-etched parts from my spares bin. The strap detail was added with thin tape. I also added a decal to the instrument panel from the spare bin.
The kit was painted with Ammo by Mig Olive Drab (not sure if that was the right color) and weathered with Vallejo and Ammo by Mig products.
With the Standard B Liberty truck, ICM
has delivered a nice kit. The moldings are crisp, with some nice looking details. While some of the details, like the canvas cover tie downs, they can be added easily. Overall I was impressed with the look of the canvas cover, one of the best molded covers I have seen, and with the build, I found no major issues and the fit was very good. I would definitely recommend this kit.