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1/72 DUKW

The Dukw was developed during WWII to provide logistics support for Allied troops during beach landings and after, straight from transport ships. It was supremely successful and continued to be used by many nations until the 1970’s, and many can be still be found today converted to Civil use as amphibious tour vehicles. A modern injected styrene model of the Dukw was on many people’s wish list for a long time, and Italeri answered the call. Not long afterwards they issued this, the 1/72 scale Dukw.
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I was fortunate to receive the Goffy resin cargo set from Pawel Krupowicz (Vodnik) and I also intended to use the Photo-etched set from ExtraTech, and a new set of resin wheels from Pavla Models. As shown in the photographs the Goffy set included a full tarp for the cargo area, and assorted cargo items immaculately moulded on several resin pour blocks. More on these later!
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About Vinnie Branigan (Teacher)


Thanks vinnie a great build and in 1/72 very very nice and love the added detail- shame that some of the beautiful etch pieces hardly show Ian
JUL 24, 2005 - 06:40 PM
Thanks Ian, I know what you mean, it's always a shame I feel, to paint models that have lots of brass on them, My girlfriend feels the same... "It looks kinda nice and shiny....!" Vinnie
JUL 24, 2005 - 08:08 PM
Great job Vinnie. I picked up the ExtraTech PE set, but no other aftermarket for the DUKW. I am planning on trying to repair the model kit tires by using the war gaming version wheels. Once I figure out how to do it, I can write up a "how to" fix the M8 and DUKW tires.
JUL 25, 2005 - 01:35 AM
Thanks Robin, and since I'm going to build another of these to use the tarp a run down of what's wrong with the wheels would certainly be useful! Vinnie
JUL 25, 2005 - 09:17 AM
Excellent article Vinnie. I am impressed by the PE set, it really gives a fantastic level of detail. I was most impressed by your finish job. Excellent weathering at that scale. Steve
JUL 26, 2005 - 07:19 AM
Teacher, that was a really great review! The pictures were excellent and showed off the detail so well I kept forgetting that the model is 1/72 instead of 1/35. I am just getting started in "braille scale" armor and look foreward to more great reviews. Jerry in New Jersey
JUL 28, 2005 - 12:02 PM
Hey Vinnie! One word: Amazing! What a detail for a braille scale model! Great review also and it's very inspiring. I really enjoyed reading and love the pictures! My only, only, only, nitpick.... with all that perfect scaled detail added, I found the steeringwheel rather 'big'. But that is the only thing. Paul
JUL 31, 2005 - 01:48 AM
Aw Paul! I had to find a bigger steering wheel, the little 1/72 guy I keep to advise me on these things said the kit one was too small! :-) Thanks for the comments! Vinnie
JUL 31, 2005 - 01:52 AM