Eager Beaver 2½ Ton Military Truck 1:35 Scale MGRM Model Kit #85-6457 Review

2013 November 7
by Doug

RoR Step-by-Step Review 20131107* 
Eager Beaver 2½ Ton Military Truck 1:35 Scale MGRM SSP Model Kit #85-6457 Review

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The M34 truck is a 2½ ton 6X6 truck known as the Eager Beaver and was very popular with the United States Army during World War II. Its popularity continued even after the war since all six wheels could have power sent to them. This truck was a work horse that could hold a maximum of 5000 pounds, could climb a grade of 64%, and ford a stream that was 72 inches deep.

For the Modeler: This is a Monogram Selected Subjects Program (SSP) Series U. S. Army Eager Beaver 2½ Ton Truck kit.  It is a 1:35 scale, Skill Level 2 kit with 73 pieces molded in; olive drab, clear, black vinyl tires, six figures and waterslide decals. The finished dimensions are; Length 7.5”, Width 2.75”,  Height 3.25” with the tarp and Length 7.5”, Width 2.75”,  Height 2.875” without.

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; engine detailing and orientation; test fitting; window installation;  interior detailing and color selection; assembly sequence suggestions; suspension construction; instruction errors; where not to use glue for functional parts; gap and seam callouts and repairs; decal application; figure and base finishing and paint selections, are all fully examined in this pictorial 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format. The instructions are also available with this review.


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