M35 truck family trailer gladhands

YMMV. :slight_smile:


Not me! I’ve started to hate painting when I built my first plastic model, and I’m suffering from PTED (posttraumatic embitterment disorder) ever since that working trunk hinge of my Dodge WC 57 was frozen by paint:

Excessive super detailing anytime - painting hardly at gunpoint.


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Sorry. I couldn’t resist laughing,
that was just way too much tragic comedy in one go
When Ambition met Reality:
Ambition vs Reality

Frozen by paint.
The landlord for my then girfriends (now wife) apartment decided that the windows needed painting. He hired a painting contractor to do the job, the schmuck with the brush painted
the windows. A few days later my girlfriend wanted to clean the windows but couldn’t get
them open and called me to come help her. I had to use a knife to cut through the paint which
had glued the window sash to the frame …

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As to the M35 series trucks not having front mounted glad hands I offer this thought:

The glad hands quite possibly are mounted behind the front bumper to protect them as shown in the photos below. (Seen on lunch break at the local Wendy’s)

Until seeing this it just never occurred to me that military vehicles might have air brake fixtures mounted in the front. I ask myself why? For Recovery Towing that’s why! The tow truck supplies line air so the towed vehicle’s brakes still function durning the recovery haul back to the motor pool.

For what it is worth in my research for the build, even the WWII Mack NO had front mounted glad hands.

Gino you might like this little detail on the HEMTT Recovery:

A massive vice on a pull out shelf, tucked in around the standard vehicle winch. Not sure if this detail is included in the model.

The M35 only has rear gladhands. It is most likely due to the vehicle size/weight. The M35 is not really heavy enough to need to use its brakes when being recovered/towed. The above M900 series (5 ton) and the Mack NO (7 ton) are too heavy to tow w/out using their brakes.

As you can see from the M35 TM, only rear gladhands are noted, # 4 Trailer Brake Connectors.

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OK. Makes sense. I just thought I had something that might help with the question at “hand”. I guess I missed the mark.

Interesting feature on the M984 Wrecker. It looks like it is on the kit, at least in the CAD. I don’t know for sure as I don’t have it, nor plan to get it.

Hi Peter,
So you bought these from PSM?

They don’t look right to me. I CADded and 3D printed mine based on many reference photos and should be a lot more accurate.

Check out more photos: 1:35th Air Hose Connections - Glad Hands - #15 by James_Lee


Not sure what the PSM ones are supposed to be, but they don’t look right to me either. I can attest that James’ version is awesome. I bought a bunch of them to use on trucks that don’t have them.

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Yes, that’s what I bought,and I have the same doubts as everybody else. At present, I’ve cut apart one of those with the valve handle and re-cemented it to look like the ones on the M4 HST shown here:

I guess that’ll be good enough to show everybody that I’ve thought of adding the things. I already went the same route on my M4 model:



The m35 family dont have air {spring] brake that need constant air pressure to release brake while being towed

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No, they have air over hydraulic brakes, basically air-assisted hydraulic brakes. M54 trucks also had air over hydraulic brakes, but had front gladhands for towing as well.

I finally found a way to turn the PSM parts into credibly-looking gladhands: The ones with valve handle (see photo above) were drilled through lengthwise, then cut apart into handle and coupling, to be re-united again on a piece of wire after turning around the handle part and drilling a 2mm hole into the tail light bracket. The wire was then led into the frame rails.
The pictures show a dry fit, hence the limp look:

Still missing are the dust covers, and I don’t know if I’ll go to the trouble of whittling them, remembering the amount of work that demanded with my HST.
Anyway, what do the experts think - is it “close enough for government stuff”?

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They look pretty good. The issue I have with them is it looks like they are supposed to be two gladhands coupled together. The turned coupler part is what looks off to me.

James’ look correct with the straight coupler part.

Maybe cut the turned part off and glue it back in a straight line w/the pipe.

I see your point, Gino, but with this part of the gladhands being tucked away into the tight space between bumperette, load bed and tail light, I guess that not much of it can be seen anyway, as opposed to the shutoff handle. But then, nothing’s glued yet …

" For what it is worth in my research for the build, even the WWII Mack NO had front mounted glad hands."

My understanding is the Mack NO, as a Heavy Artillery Prime Mover, would have had front fittings to help emplace the air-assist brakes on the M1 155mm & 8" Howitzer respectively?

HeavyArty Gino Q, will likely shed more light on this.

They resemble those seen on German military trucks…(PSM is a German brand)


Well, here they are, with a little paint and the tail lights mounted provisionally (white glued). Unless somebody calls them impossible, I think I’ll leave them like this. Let me know what you think.

And please: do they have to be painted red and yellow, or is OD/Forest Green ok?

Looks pretty good. They are either red and blue, or red and yellow. The red is emergency line and yellow or blue is service line.

Thank you very much, Gino.