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US 600 Gallon Fuel Trailer
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Alongside their US WW2 Fuel Tanker conversion, CMK have released a stand-alone kit of a US 600 Gallon Fuel Trailer. Packed into a sturdy little corrugated cardboard box, the kit comprises:

37 x beige resin parts
45 x etched steel parts

The casting throughout is excellent and I was unable to find any bubbles or other flaws in my kit. There are some large casting blocks to remove, but the price is worth paying with crisp detail and distortion-free parts. The fuel tank is hollow, but thick-walled and the separate end caps fit very well and the tank slots neatly onto the one-piece chassis, providing a solid foundation for the build.

The paired wheels have excellent tread detail (they are un-weighted) and nice hubs on the outer wheels. Once the casting blocks are removed, you'll be left with blank faces between the inner and outer wheels, but this will be hidden once they're assembled - obviously, be careful not to sand off too much and ensure you make sure the wheel sit level and square against each other.

The etched fret supplies brackets and grab-handles which festoon the tank but, without doubt, the most complex assembly is the pumping gear which is built up from no less than 13 separate parts. There's a nicely detailed filler cap for the tank and a fire extinguisher, but strangely no hoses are included and no dimensions are provided to make your own. Still, lead wire draped around the brackets should work well.

The kit is accompanied by a clearly drawn set of instructions which break the assembly down into six stages. The painting instructions include matches for Humbrol and Gunze Sangyo paints. There are no decals included - I don't know if the original units carried any stencilled operating instructions.

Conclusion
This is a very well produced resin kit that has a wide range of uses for both army and aviation scenes.

CMK's US Fuel Trailer is available from Modelimex - specialists in Eastern European short run kits.

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Verdict: CMK's kit is perfectly cast and very well detailed - it will provide a useful accessory for quarterscale US WW2 scenes.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 8031
  Suggested Retail: 17.75
  PUBLISHED: Mar 15, 2008
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.13%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.89%

About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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Comments

I recenlty built this fuel trailer for a diorama and it is a jewel of a kit. The resin fuel manifold and some of the PE handles require a lot of concentration, but well worth the effort. Finally, a manufacturer has heard our wails for aircraft diorama accessories. Thank you CMK.
APR 07, 2008 - 12:06 PM
It looks beautiful and is a very relevant item. However, thats a little pricey for an accessory ($23 US). I understand that alot goes into producing resin kits (or any kit for that matter) but thats a little steep. The fuel trailer will cost more than the plane that I'd put it next to I think I'll wait to pick one up at a swap meet in a couple years as they work their way out of folks modelling dungeons.
NOV 26, 2008 - 03:35 AM
   

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