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1944 Ford GPW Jeep

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1944 Ford GPW Jeep
Posted by Arthur Anderson on Monday, February 12, 2018 4:27 PM

Of the roughly 600,000 Jeeps built from 1941-45, slightly more than half were built, under license from Willys-Overland, by Ford Motor Company, who modified the chassis by creating a channel-section front crossmember in place of the Bantam-originated, continued by Willys Jeep throughout, indeed into the postwar era.  This one was built to represent a Jeep, built by Ford on or about July 12, 1944, the day I was born.  As such, I did it as close (by lots of reference research!) to as it would have come off the line at River Rouge--so no pioneer tools, no radio equipment, no armament, and NO stenciled markings whatsoever (those, along with the dashboard data plates, were applied by the either the US Army or US Navy, both services having used thousands of Jeeps.  It's fullly detailed inside, out, and underneath.  From the excellent Hasegawa 1/24 scale WW-II Jeep kit:

1944 Ford GPW Jeep

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Posted by Arthur Anderson on Monday, February 12, 2018 4:37 PM

1944 Ford GPW top view

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Posted by Arthur Anderson on Monday, February 12, 2018 4:39 PM

GPW Jeep bottom view

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Posted by Arthur Anderson on Monday, February 12, 2018 4:41 PM

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:46 AM

Very nice work on the early Jeep. It's good to see one built without all of the acoutriments. It's also good to see one of your builds on the forum again.

I have one of theearly Fire Fighter Jeeps in the stash that I'm looking forward to getting at soon.

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:49 AM

Neat little Jeep 

Nick.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:48 PM
Fantastic detailing Arthur , spot on .
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Posted by dimaxion on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 3:27 PM

Art , just right and drab . Olive drab that is . The already rusting exhaust is a nice touch for Cold Rolled Steel . Only one question : "where's the keys ?"  Thanx .. 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:36 PM

Beautiful Jeep Art.

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Posted by Arthur Anderson on Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:36 PM

Bainford

Very nice work on the early Jeep. It's good to see one built without all of the acoutriments. It's also good to see one of your builds on the forum again.

I have one of theearly Fire Fighter Jeeps in the stash that I'm looking forward to getting at soon.

 

What's funny is, after I did all the work to scratchbuild and install the Ford channel steel front crossmember, I happened to look at my Italeri "fire fighting" Jeep, and discovered that IT is a Ford GPW, even says so on the box art!

Oh well, huh?

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:57 AM

Ya Know ;

 I tink I lika da jeep . It kinda reminds me of the ones I  saw at Overseas Navy bases still in service in the 60s !

gjgeracci

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