1⁄35DUKW Research Project
The following research on the DUKW kit by Italeri has
been compiled by me from various books and magazines see list at end of
article. Any omissions or faults in the interpretation are mine and mine
I will start with the basic items missing from the kit and then the second
part will deal with known faults few as they are, lastly the various
differences between the 3 models. The first 2006 and then the unknown number
of interim models before the final model as made by Italeri.
Items missing from the kit as presented by Italeri, a circular lifebelt 20mm
is found to be the right proportion. The front surf board for the
windscreen, and the rear cargo bay surf board and side extensions. The metal
map case and first aid tin on the dash board. Two fire extinguishers one
fitted on the bulkhead behind the driver’s seat and one behind the passenger
Two rifle clip holders again out board of the fire extinguishers in the very
A bulkhead behind the passenger seat and the height is up to the third of re
enforcing bar on the said seat and fitted to the outer inner edge of the
A movable flap each side on the engine intakes under the combing either side
of the vehicle to control the air intake to cool the engine.
The covers for the openings in the side bulkheads above the engine floor
The two machineguns supports stays and hoops fitted to the rear of the
driving area bulkhead and they are triangular in shape with two spacer bars
and two hoops fitted.
The various nationalities crew Lifebelts, the American Coast Guard type and
the two British styles, further research needed on these items.
The Machinegun hip ring and upper support stays and also the five Cargo bay
The wheel guards front and back and the auto tyre inflations rods.
The few faults that need to be corrected, There are two sink marks on each
side of the driver and passenger internal bulkheads, and one on the rear
The anchor is the wrong shape and needs to be scratch
built, the hook on the winch is far too small and needs scratch building.
The hand pump it is too thin, it needs to be replaced with a scratch built
Some photos Ian supplied of a DUKW in civilian
use. Click photo for larger view.
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