World War II Jeep 1:25 Scale MPC Model Kit #785L/12 Review

2013 September 23
by Doug

RoR Step-by-Step Review 20130923* 
World War II Jeep 1:25 Scale MPC Model Kit #785L/12 Review

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Prior to U.S. involvement in WWII, the military decided they needed a high mobility vehicle to get around the battle field. It needed a vehicle that was capable of both on and off-road driving.  After a competition between several companies, Willys-Overland won the competition and was awarded the contract to build what would be called “Truck, Utility, ¼ ton, 4×4. If you listen to one story, GP (for General Purpose) was added to the end of the nomenclature which is where it is said says the term “Jeep” came from. The other group say the name came from the little pet in the Popeye cartoons named Eugene the Jeep. Either way the name Jeep took and held on. The Jeep was seen on every battlefield during World War II, from Africa to Europe to the Philippines and back. It served as command vehicles, recon vehicles, weapons carriers and ambulances.  And after the war when the military was drawn down to pre-war numbers the Jeep was sold as surplus to anyone who wanted them. From 1941 thru 1945 approximately 640,000 jeeps were produced, of which 30% of these were sent to Russia and England under the Lend-Lease act enacted by President Roosevelt to help those countries fight the Germans.

For the Modeler: This is the World War II Jeep 1:25 Scale MPC Model Kit #785L/12. It is a skill level 2 kit molded in white and a clear plastic window piece. The kit includes instructions and a nice set of waterslide decals for the various versions. Detailed parts are included for: a straight four cylinder engine, heavy cleated vinyl tires, detailed chassis and undercarriage, 50 cal. machine gun, 105 recoilless rifle, radio, and a gas can. This kit can be built as either a civilian version complete with a surrey top or one of the four different military versions: a command vehicle, an ambulance with litter, a small arms carrier, or as a heavy weapons carrier. Parts from the basic kit have been previously released as Daisy’s Jeep and the Hogan’s Heroes Jeep.

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; version option considerations; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for finishing and ease of construction; paint and adhesive selections and application; the importance of test fitting; detailing the interior and chassis; making realistic exhaust with weathering techniques; suspension construction; wheel modifications for fit; and part orientation, are all fully examined in this pictorial 12 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.


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