Any army needs dependable trucks to ferry men and supplies to the
front. During WWII, the CCKW series of 2 1/2 ton trucks, based on
familiar civilian vehicles, provided a reliable lifeline for the
U.S. Army. More often known as the "Deuce and a Half"
or "Jimmy," these cargo trucks came in several varieties.
Some had wooden sidewalls on the cargo bed, others had metal walls,
and still others had a combination. Some had open cabs with tarp
roofs, other had hardtop roofs. There was a 12' long wheelbase version,
a short 9' wheelbase, and a split chassis truck that could be broken
down into several parts for use on airborne actions. There were
also numerous specific duty vehicles such as dump trucks, vans,
mobile shops, fire trucks, gasoline and water tankers. Over 562,000
were built by the General Motors Corporation and another 250,000
came from other vehicle manufacturers.
convoy, one out of four vehicles was to be equipped with a .50 machine
gun mounted over the cab to be used for defensive purposes.
offers an excellent long wooden bed Jimmy that you can build in
several different ways using their accessory set. Italeri has some
decent older kits featuring metal beds and a water tank.
CMK offers a two-tank gasoline conversion set, and Resicast has
a loaded dump truck bed.
vehicle below (the rear end being supported by my amazingly strong
son!) has a short wheelbase, metal bed open cab. The short base
meant that the gas tank and spare tire were positioned directly
behind the cab, rather on the underside of the chassis frame. The
arm extending along the left side of the jerry can was used to hold
the spare tire in place. The filler cap for the gas tank can also
be seen in that photo.