Question re M800 builds

Hi All. I think I may have made another goof. I bought AFV’s M54 kit planning to build the Real Model M800 tractor. Now Im getting the impression that these kits (and the M800 dump truck) are designed to be used with the Italeri or I Love M939 kits.

Can anyone straighten me out on this?

Also, a link to Frenchys M800 tractor build would be helpful!

TIA

Real Model’s M800 conversion kits (along w/their M52 and M54 backdate kits) were intended to be used on the Italeri M923/M925 5 ton kits. They should be close to the AFV Club M54 kit, but not sure how well they would fit since it has the correct dimensions.

There must be another “Frenchy” on the forums, as I’ve never built such a truck (M818) :roll_eyes:

H.P.

Thanks Gino. Im going to look at the dimensions but I suspect problems matching eg cab width to kit wheelbase.

It’s probably a non-starter. :frowning:

Apologies Frenchy. Someone posted drawings and other info re the tractor.

No problemo :wink:

H.P.

Here are some drawings with dimensions.

Military_m818_dimensions


Thanks Gino, always helpful.

Den

Being lazy here but was there much difference in the load bed design of the M800 and the M939?

In other words, an Italeri M925 kit (including shifter and clutch) with the RM M800 cab = an M800?

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Id like one of these but theyre OOP.

Thanks guys

It looks like M813s had early and late beds. The early bed has smooth sides like an M54. The later beds have the raised circles for the inner tie-downs like an M923. So you should be good building a late M813 using the M923 bed.

Thanks Gino.

I am now amending my earlier response. I actually don’t think any standard M813s had the raised circles on the bed sides. The bed sides are smooth on all the pics I look at, like below.

As I look closer, the only ones I can find that have M939 beds w/the raised circles look to be ones that are for sale from surplus outlets and have been rebuilt with the 6 Bigfoot wheels and other M939 features.

I would just sand the circles off the outsides of the beds and go with smooth sides.

Thanks again Gino, this makes good sense.