The Airport Fuel Truck
All the airports I worked at had the ubiquitous fuel truck roaming the ramp areas.
In fact I drove a fuel truck at the very beginning of my aviation career and at various later times in pursuit of airborne happiness.
This particular fuel truck represents a war surplus GMC “deuce and half” converted to civil use, something I have seen more than once in real life. Tamiya’s WWII rendition is of course the only animal of its kind in 1/48 scale and so it is a natural for the diorama. While I drove the stake-bed version in the Marines, I never drove the fueler version.
One thing that always impressed me about military equipment is the utilitarian nature of the equipment, No frills or add on packages, just what is required for the job. Better yet, one can specify any color they want – as long as its green.
This truck is painted and marked in the old “Flying A Service” style, again a natural for the diorama. Conveniently, someone was thoughtful enough to produce a set of 1/72 gas station decals that worked perfectly on the truck, proclaiming available flight servicing for passing aircraft, just what is needed at the airport diorama.
Note the fuel metering gages mounted in the hose storage area, the usual spot for these gages.
The grill was interesting as it was part of the “Hauler Models” PE upgrade set I purchased.
I gave up on it after making the outline in brass and went looking for an alternative to the plastic grill. I found a beautiful version of the asymmetrical grill for the Tamiya truck from a Polish concern specializing in paper models. The grill was about $7 American, but shipping was another seven, making this a fourteen dollar purchase for an item as big as one’s thumb made of paper!
I promptly returned to the already purchased brass version tossed in the model recycle bin and began work again. The most difficult part is the headlight grill work and those even had to be made in the paper version. Since I had cut the brass light guards incorrectly, I resorted to injection needles to make the light guards. It looks a bit beat, but then it’s war surplus.
There is a figure included that I made into a hose handler.
The guy on the wing filling the fuel tanks was modified from another set of figures.
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