Monday, May 30

Updated preview: New CADS of the 16th scale 1/4 ton truck from Takom...

CAD drawings show us more about the contents and some workings of the new 16th scale 1/4 ton truck & driver from Takom. See what we can glean from the CADs in our updated preview...

Updated preview: New CADS of the 16th scale 1/4 ton truck from Takom...

US Army 1/4 Ton Utility Truck & Driver
From Takom
1/16th scale
Kit No #2156
Photo-etch included 
Kit designed by Jason Studios
The kit comes with one figure included
RRP $49.99 USD
The kit is due out in September (estimated)
The Subject: The original "1/4 ton utility truck"
With the United States' involvement in WWII on the horizon, the government recognised a desperate need to replace its ageing fleet of Model T's, calling for a small, lightweight, three-seat, four-wheel-drive vehicle. Karl Probst started work on his design for a barely-solvent truck company called Bantam on July 17, 1940, and finished two days later. By the 22nd, the entire proposal—including cost estimates—was handed in to Uncle Sam.
Bantam didn’t have the capabilities to produce the sheer quantity needed to fight the Nazis, so the Army brought Willys and Ford to the table and handed them the blueprints. Ford had a number of innovations on its "Pygmy" design, while the Willys Quad, shown, even featured four-wheel steering.
The front's legendary shape was actually Ford's contribution - With the war looming, emphasis on both quality and ease of production meant Willys had to adopt several components, not the least of which was the Pygmy’s flat front grill, shown here.
While it’s commonly thought that “jeep” is a truncation of a General Purpose vehicle, or GP, that’s likely wrong. Ford’s version was officially named GPW, where G means Government, P refers to the distance between the wheels (80 inches), and W stands for Willys, since the vehicles Ford produced were technically under license from Willys. 
Alternately, some say it was common lingo to refer to all military prototypes as “jeeps,” and that “peeps” even entered the lexicon briefly. All we know is...maybe?
The most interesting theory is that Jeep is named after a cartoon character. This little guy’s name is Eugene the Jeep. He’s a character in “Popeye” that was first drawn up a few years prior to the Bantam 4x4.
In the 4x4's first public outing, it was driven up the steps of the U.S. Capitol
When asked what it was, the driver replied simply, “It’s a jeep.” Two years later, Willys-Overland filed a trademark application.

A few other interesting subjects in the Willys family a modeller might take on...
New features revealed by the 16th scale 1/4 ton Truck & driver from Takom
OK, we do not know much as of yet about this kit apart from the box art, but now e have the CAD images there is more to glean about this kit - here are some bits we are sure of:
- 1/16th scale injection-plastic kit with photo-etch parts included, designed by Jason Studio from an original version of the Jeep. The driver is included in the kit as is the rear-mounted MG and a cable cutting device on the front of the vehicle. The Jeep's rugged chassis and running gear/suspension is faithfully represented.
- Full engine and chassis detail provided with opening bonnet (hood) that will show it off. The seats and driver's controls are all included of course. 
All four wheels of the completed kit move/roll (if that's your thing...)
The front wheels also pivot from side to side which is more helpful to modellers than turning wheels.
The kit should be available in September...

That is all we know about this release for now. You can see more about Takom's kits on their website or on their Facebook page