1942 GMC COE Three Ton Urban Fuel Oil Delivery Truck

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After at least two months of effort, my brother has just completed this 1/24 scale 1942 three ton GMC COE that uses about 70% scratch built components done in styrene and brass.... the complete tanker body, wider steering axle, bumpers, grille, 270 cu.in. 6 cylinder motor, pumps, hose reels, hydraulic lines, wiring harnesss details, marker lights, directional lights, etc. The basic cab utilized a Danbury 1938 GMC casting but modifications were required to bring the details up to the correct 1942 appearance. The truck represents an urban home heating fuel oil delivery truck and includes the typical right side and rear metered discharge assemblies.

Paint is custom mixed basecoat/clearcoat to approximate '42 GMC 'Omaha Orange' with the standard black fenders, and the lettering is model railroad 'letraset' style pressure sensitive lettering

These short wheelbase 'cab-over-engine' tankers were used in the prewar and early postwar period because of their maneuverability in the urban and suburban environment where they often had to negotiate laneways behind buildings and homes. Anyone growing up in the '40s or '50s will probably remember the small chain dangling from the rear of tanker trucks as a standard fitting on mid 20th century fuel trucks to eliminate static build-up.

My brother fusses with small details such as the scratch rear hubs, for example, made from 11 small pieces each.

He has only returned to model building with a passion in the last year or so but I've certainly enjoyed his choices of subject matter, the overall look of his models, and the fidelity of detail.

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'42 Grille handmade in Brass/ Silver solder

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Just a few of the handmade brass and miscellaneous parts

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Test assembly of raw parts. Note also open air vents and the 6-bolt wheel hubs to replace the DM lighter duty wheels/hubcaps

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Handmade '42 Style GMC 270 Cu In Overhead Valve motor replaces the '38 flathead Six

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Underside view with truck supported by it's brass rearview mirror...............try that with a plastic mirror !!!

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Just beautiful man! :wub: ...Love the subject matter!...which reminds me i need to get some paint to restore a amt 16th scale (i think) diecast tri five pickup! :lol:

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Stunningly fine work. Inspiring and beautiful.

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fantastic

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That's amazing. Great build.

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That is super nice !

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Great truck! The details really make it stand out. Nice work!

Sam

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EXCELLENT!!! :)

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Very cool build. A question about this style cab, what are the doors on each side of the front body above the headlights for?

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Very nice!

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Very cool build. A question about this style cab, what are the doors on each side of the front body above the headlights for?

Those are access doors for simple engine maintenance chores....checking oil level (long dipstick), adding water to rad etc.

The more serious engine maintenance required the removal of the interior floor panels, and sometimes the seats as well.

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Exquisite!

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Beautiful truck. :wub:

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This is a beautiful model - great modelling skills, I like this a lot - it looks so right.

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gorgeous,.

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Great build.

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'42 Grille handmade in Brass/ Silver solder

Wowsie doodle dandy! That is something else.

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Great work!

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everyting is already said

nomore words to find aaaa supergoodnice aaa

jacobus

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I am very, very passionnate for the COE trucks but your model is very , very nice !!!!!!

great job !!!!!!

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This is excellent build overall, as your builds always are. Great scratch-building too. I really like your paint job and overall finish-excellent Truck!

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Wow! only say wow - thats amazing!

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Wow Amazing, I remember these trucks, in the neighborhood I grew up in, except they were green. I am going to attempt this build in the future, as it brings back good memories.

-Steven

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