Bolt Action! Need a Fast Transport?

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Without the Jimmy, the workhorse of World War 2, the Allied advance from Normandy all the way into Germany would have not happened.

This truck, used all over in Europe, was used as transport, cargo and tow vehicle and no less then 800.000 were built. In the game of Bolt Action, this truck counts as a transport and can run at double speed on roads with a squad inside. Very powerful tactically! Check out this build.

The official name is GMC CCKW, which soldiers promptly renamed as the Deuce and a half, a 6×6 truck, that was designed in 1941.

My model, a 1/48 scale version from Tamiya, features the open top version with canvas roof, that was designed late in the war. This is also the long wheel base version, which gave the cargo hold a lot more space.

I painted the model with the usual greens and browns and weathered it moderately. I changed the driver’s torso to a Bolt Action model, since the 1/48 scale would be too small and this worked out just fine. I did use the smaller leg part.

Early in the war, the cargo floor was made of steel, but in mid war it was changed to wood, due to shortages of steel. In the end of the war, the period that I am modeling, spring of 45, the cargo floor was made of steel composite. So when you model one of these, make sure to figure out what period and materials apply to your version.

You can see in the photo below that transport of troops in late war was key using these trucks. Unfortunately the Tamiya model doesn’t supply benches for the back, but I would be a cool project to create a group of soldiers for the back, that you could use during movement in Bolt Action but take out and swap with fighting models, once they have deployed


Here are the side views of my model. Despite the Testors matte finish, there is still some gloss, mostly on the tires.

Below you can see I tried to have the gas stains show a bit on the fuel tanks.

A scene in France in late war. It’s a great image and pretty much looks made for a Verlinden diorama. Of course I would st have to find a Willys jeep from Tamiya in 1/48 scale and they are hard to come by.

Painting the window frame took me ages, making sure to be super patient and not dropping paint on the glass part. In the end it worked out well.

SC Mike 

  • Pppppppp

    Very nice work!

  • markdawg

    Dude you paint like a champ. Soft skins in Bolt Action are Fragile so get in and get out quick or your ride will turn in to a ball of fire real quick!.

    I love the weathering buddy top notch!

  • Snord

    Lovely work on the weathering. Nice to see a WW2 model that’s not covered in pain chips as well. I’m hoping we see a 1/56 version of this vehicle in plastic before too long – either from Warlord/Italeri, or Rubicon.

    I think the main reason for introducing the soft top cab was that it made them easier to ship. The Studebaker version, which was supplied to the Soviets, was also given a soft top, but the Soviets asked for the enclosed cab because it was warmer. You have to pity the US soldiers driving the GMC version in winter.

  • faolan_conall

    My only issue is with something in the text – a 1/48 scale model is actually LARGER than the 1/56 of Bolt Action.

    • scwarhammer

      Actually that reference is correct – the 1/48 scale driver figure is smaller then the 28 mm Bolt Action soldier. The whole scale discussion in BA is worthy of another post…

      • faolan_conall

        Well, I was going off their whole 28mm=1/56.

        • scwarhammer

          i know, 28mm is slightly larger then 1/56, at least the way Warlord scupts their models. Perry Minis are true 1/56 and are a tad smaller, but even those models still look way too big next to a 1.56 tank or transport.

  • faolan_conall

    My only issue is with something in the text – a 1/48 scale model is actually LARGER than the 1/56 of Bolt Action.