A little more work. The parking brake is in the “off” position in the kit. Presumably, with the truck’s crane in use it would be in the “on” position? So thats where it is now, (because the driver’s door will be open). Jerrycan’s mounted and a bit more detail to the dash (a center-dash decal would’ve been nice AFV Club).
My Iphone 12 doesn’t take good closeups. Be nice to get clearer focus on these pics.
Life is getting in the way of further progress today, but tomorrow should see me getting into the crane assembly.
A little progress today. I spent an hour on the HL crane and in that time built the basic crane assembly. Amazingly easy to work with, brilliant fit and a low parts count too. Twelve or so components make up the deck and crane so far.
Another step forward. Released the crane controls (tricky but there was a spare set). Painted the crane operator’s station and seat cushions. Need to find out if the controls were color-coded and any labelling etc.
More of my build. The operator’s station is furnished, couldn’t find anything on information signs and went with matt black for the lever handles, the 2nd on the left is pulled back for effect. The crane boom and sleeve took paint well, but they’re a tight fit, so I’ll leave the Tamiya acrylic a day to set up. I masked the deck treadplates before ‘brushing the deck as these need to be matt black.
Weathering the truck frame, winch and tires tomorrow.
Moving on, operator’s station and spare wheel into position. Deck mounted on the frame. Needed to drill the spare’s stud holes out to fit the crane. The hydraulic ram powering the crane neede slimming to fit the cylinder. Everything else fits beautifully.
Just a light dusting, nothing heavy; more like "sitting on a parking spot’ kind of dusting. Some fuel stains around the filler cap on the gas tank. Some minor chipping around the fenders, wheel rims, step boards and bumpers. The crane will have the most amount of wear, especially around all moving components, like the cable spool for the crane, the handles on the control box and bare metal on the crane arm.
Of note, neither of the above two trucks are M108s and at least the M816 5ton wrecker (top) is military surplus being used by a civilian company. Bottom one (M246 Medium Wrecker Tractor) was used in the '60-'70s and was not in NATO camo when in use.