The 2nd part of the Unsung Heroes series from Corgi featuring the M151 A1 “mutt” Utility Truck USMC.
From wikipedia, it states that in 1951 Ford Motor Company was awarded the contract to design a 1/4 ton 4×4 truck to replace the aging M38 and M38A1 model jeeps. The M151 was developed to specifications and guidance of the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Tank Automotive Command. Design started in 1951 and testing and prototyping lasted through most of the fifties. Although the M151 was developed and initially produced by Ford, production contracts for the M151A2 were later also awarded to Kaiser and AM General Corp, a subsidiary of AMC.
First put into service in Vietnam, the M151 played an active part in American military operations over there.
Unlike the previous Corgi model, this is a 1/43 scale vehicle and even though the headlights and turn signals are painted on, Corgi did a good job with the detail including underneath and adding some dirt, mud and wear on it to make it as relevant to where it was used. The mounted machine gun does rotate and swivel. The windshield assembly can also be folded down. The 2 antennas on the rear can be removed when storing. The hood does not open.
Also comes with a trailer. The canvas cover can be removed as well.
What I like about models made by Corgi is that they are easy to handle and hold as they do not come with a lot of delicate parts. My only wish is that Corgi could have included 1/43 soldiers.
Like the previous model, this also comes with a booklet about the vehicle, a numbered certificate and a miniature catalog.
Although this model is larger in scale compared to my previous post, both models are nice collectibles in their own way and can be displayed together or you can create individual dioramas for them.