GMC Airfield Fuel Tanker Type F3 Conversion
Gaso.Line, 1/48 scale
Reviewed by Brett Green
GMC's ubiquitous 2.5 ton truck was adapted for many specialised roles during the Second World War. One of these was airfield fuel tanker.
Gaso.Line has now produced a conversion to the GMC Type F3 Airfield Fuel Tanker designed for Tamiya's gorgeous 1/48 scale Deuce and a Half kit. This conversion will be welcomed by military and aircraft modellers alike, with many possibilities for posing the truck in airfield dioramas or as a stand alone display.
Gaso.Line's 1/48 scale Fuel Tanker conversion comprises 33 parts in cream coloured resin, a length of wire and decals for one vehicle.
The resin parts are very well cast.
The focus of the conversion is the large tanker body. Thi is an impressive large single casting with hatches and other surface features cast in place. The part required very little cleanup before it is ready to use - no heavy casting blocks here.
The underside of the tanker body is ready for installation on Tamiya's metal chassis, with two raised locating lugs corresponding to the positions of the screw holes in the chassis rail.
Additional resin parts include a spare wheel and mount, body fittings, rear steps and a multitude of delicate mounts for the handrails.
0.5mm brass wire is supplied for the rails.
Decals are included for an airfield tanker too. These will be used in combination with the kit decals for the serial number and other smaller markings.
Instructions comprise construction diagrams and reference photos over four pages.
I received this sample last week and decided to start straight away
The fit is generally very good, but careful preparation and regular test fitting are essential. I can offer the following observations about construction:
Gaso.Line's 1/48 scale GMC Fuel Tanker conversion is well detailed yet fast and simple to build.
From taking the parts from Gaso.Line's box to completing the resin body took just under an hour and a half (I can prove it too, as my photos are time stamped). Building the Tamiya running gear and cab, and adding the resin body, took an additional two and a half hours.
This is not a bad investment of time in a pretty serious transformation. Paining will take considerably longer!
This conversion will be warmly welcomed by military and aircraft modellers alike.
I look forward to seeing what Gaso.Line has planned next!
Thanks to Gaso.Line for the review sample
Text and Images by Brett Green