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Quad Gun Tractor
Tamiya's Quad Gun Tractor Item #35045, 1/35 scale.
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by: Brian Culbertson [ BIGFOOTV ]

introduction
The Quad Gun Tractor was used to tow the 25 pound field gun (Ordnance QF 25 pound) and other artillery pieces of the same size or smaller during WWII.
Like the 25 pound field gun, the Quad Gun Tractor was used in all theaters during the war. Different variants were produced by four manufacturers: Guy Motors, Morris Commercial, Karrier/India, and Canadian Military Pattern (CMP).
The power plant was either a Ford V8, 3,916cc, 95hp at 3,600 rpm or Chevrolet V6, 3,548cc, 85 hp at 3,600 rpm engines. The Ford providing 10 more hp. than the Chevrolet.
The weight of the Tractor stood at 3,996 kg, 4.4 tons, for those that are keeping score.
A total of 22,891 were built during WWII.
the kit
Upon opening the kit box from it's plastic prison, I noticed 3 sprues, tan in color, wrapped in clear plastic with the body/shell and undercarriage loose as separate items. The kit also contains two separate sets of instructions, one in Japanese and one in English. The instructions feature painting instructions for two different vehicles and decal placement directions for both options. There is a sprue of clear plastic parts for all the windows, which is wrapped individually to prevent scratches, which is a nice touch. The decals appear to be in register but it is hard to tell without sliding them off of the carrier film.
the sprues
Sprue "A" holds the driver figure, engine, side doors, canvas cover top, cross member for top, rear support piece, grille, hood, front fenders, and roof hatch. Sprue "B" contains the tires, seats, center console, head lamps, and various parts for the interior. Sprue "C" contains the frame, axles, leaf springs, and other under carriage parts. A clear sprue with windows and a decal sheet are also provided.
Quality
Reviewing the parts I noticed that there is a little flash and some mold pin marks which will need to be addressed during the build, making for time consuming clean up.
Filling and sanding will be needed on the cab shell and under carriage parts. The inside surfaces of the doors will need some attention if they are to be left open. Some clean up will also be needed on the driver figure and the wheels. The instructions are for the most part typical of an early Tamiya kit: concise and easy to follow. Some of the painting instructions may seem a bit vague by today's standard's but this is an old kit.
CONCluSION
Overall the kit will need some work. The addition of minor details like door hinges could make this a decent build. For an older kit this will build into a decent kit for beginning modelers. The packaging and concise instructions are a plus. However, advance modelers may want to add bells and whistles to super detail this older kit.

A Build Log has been started on the forums to evaluate the kit construction.


SUMMARY
Highs: Good point: Price. Modeling on a budget. Decent kit overall.
Lows: Some work involved for the perfectionist.
Verdict: As stated, with some photo etch and after market this can be an enjoyable kit. Easy to read instructions.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: #35045
  Suggested Retail: $18.00 USD
  PUBLISHED: Mar 27, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.13%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 83.21%

About Brian Culbertson (BigfootV)
FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES

Retried Long Haul Truck Driver, currently attending Culinary school in Denver. Construction for 15 yrs., Drummer for 10 yrs. away from work. Married, one child, 20 yr old with Autism. Model builder since 1977. Started with 1/48 aircraft, WW2, lost interest. Toyed around with other scales, then fou...

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Comments

Nice to see these older, but still available kits getting reviewed here.
MAR 27, 2009 - 11:55 PM
Great review Brian!
MAR 28, 2009 - 12:09 AM
This is one that might benefit from some PE. eduard do a set for the Quad Tractor: [url]http://www.eduard.cz/products/card.php?id_product=2150&name=&catalogue_nb=&type=1&pgroup=2&scale=&product_month=&product_year=&page_start=610url] Also if you're planning on building this one change the drivers head as he is shown with a tankers beret and the RA wore standard GS caps or Field Service Caps. It's a fun build and a good starter kit even without the bells and whistles. I read somewhere along the way that it's more 1/32 than 1/35 scale but I ahve no idea if this is so. This one has the run flat tires hence no spare. Good to see some British Trucks getting reviewed, even if the kit is 30 years old or so. We live in hope of new and upgraded vehicles like this - maybe one day! Al
MAR 28, 2009 - 12:36 AM
I also like seeing the older kits get reviewed, since often I'm forced to resort to them for hard-to-find subjects. Good job, Brian!
MAR 28, 2009 - 07:38 AM
Thx everyone. AlanL, Thx for the link and the "head's" up on the figure. Dave, Thx. I've been running into some of these older kits lately. Figured it was time for a flashback review. Bill, Thx.
MAR 31, 2009 - 11:20 AM
I have this kit from years ago and love it! I think That I bought it in 1979 or 1980. I used to get a magazine and I think it was called Military Modeler[ or modeling.] It was published by Carsten Publications and they also had Model Railroad magazines. I remember them having a column called "Kit Critique" and they reviewed the Quad and the old Peerless Max White scout car. I know it is an old kit but I love the undercarriage detail and for its age it is not bad in the detail compared to Tamiya offerings during that era. Seeing this inspires me to go back and "update" it a little with a little TLC.
MAR 31, 2009 - 03:47 PM
I had a heck of a time trying to find color info for mine and finally came up with this: http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=133238&page=1 A book about these was recently released. I saw it at Perth Military Modeling. Information on these seemed scarce with few interior pictures and fewer color ones that were anything except dark green and a few with Mickey Mouse camo. Some were still being used and had civillian paint jobs. http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/reviews/books/capricorn/aw03.html I also got the Eduard PE kit. It has a lot of goodies for the money, but beware because most are of the tiny variety that will disappear into carpeting and others, like the floor mounted rifle holders are insanely thin and delicate. Some of it my sausage fingers just could not deal with! I'll be following your build and maybe get worked up enough to wade back into mine! I got side tracked by a Panzer I and a few other tracks
APR 19, 2009 - 12:42 AM
You are confusing horsepower with energy generated by the motor. A given motor will produce different horsepower and torque numbers depending on the gearing. Your car will win a race with this truck but lose horribly in a tractor pull competition. -Doug
APR 24, 2009 - 03:21 PM
   

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