Name national branch: IPMS Belgium, www.ipms.be
Date, name & location of contest: Oct 5 & 6, Plastic & Steel 2013, the IPMS Belgium National Convention, In Affligem (Bellekouter Hall, 6.000 m2 or @ 65,000 SqFt)
Name modeler: Vincent VANHUYSSE, 34 years old
Country & city of residence: Belgium, Ligny (near Charleroi, 34 Miles South of Brussels)
Chapter: Amicale Maquettistes
The model: Ford V8 Commercial truck 1940
Name or title: Ford V8 semi trailer U.S. Navy
Kit manufacturer: Conversion and scratch based on the ICM/REVELL Ford V3000s German army
Brief description of work done:
Well, the only few parts remaining of the original kit are the undercarriage and the bonnet section. A new chassis has been built and the cab is completely converted to obtain the U.S. Ford cab. The 5ton trailer is totally scratch-built. Last but not least, the F4U-1 central fuselage section is a part of the old Revell 1/32 Corsair downsized to 1/35. This section of the Corsair is cut in more than 18 parts to reduce it to the required scale. The cockpit and all exterior details are scratch-built.
The US Navy used several versions of the Ford V8 during WW2: cargo, dump 6x6, fire truck, semi-trailer...
The Ford V8 commercial truck has a strange history: during the 40's, it was built at the same time by the USA, UK, Australia for allied nations but also in Germany and France for the axis powers.