One of the reasons I like model making is that it involves - like it or not - a bit of research. I like research, maybe that means I am an inherently 'nosey' person, as I find nothing more relaxing than spending time trawling though books and websites for tidbits of useless information!
|This is where I was with my MT V3000. I had started to make a new shaped fender using|
Milliput putty to make the truck look more like the American version of the V3000.
Well...I was wrong. (Or at least right and wrong.)
While researching another Finnish army vehicle I accidentally came across a photo in the fantastic SA KUVA archive that completely disproved my contention that the Finns *only* used the American production model of the V3000 truck. While initially in the war the Finns did source their V3000s from America (before they 'changed sides' and joined the Axis in 1941) they later received German-made V3000s as part of a delivery of equipment from their new best buddies, the Nazis.*
* (It's a complicated story, which I am just reading about in Henrik Lunde's history 'Finland's War of Choice: The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in World War II'.)
|From the SA KUVA archive - this photo shows a long convoy of German-made|
Ford V3000s - part of a purchase - I believe - that included StuG III assault guns.
|This enlargement clearly shows the features which mark this out as a later model|
German Ford Werkes V3000 - note the single piece windscreen and 'flat' fenders.
So the Finn's did have German V3000s, which means I don't have to convert my HobbyTrans conversion into a shoddy take on the American production model truck...Bugger (or 'hooray')!
|Luckily the Milliput just peeled off, it doesn't melt and stick to surfaces like|
poly glue does. So it was a case of just chipping the hardened putty off.
|Phew! Back where I started, now I can get on with finishing this model.|