Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
US M35 2.5 ton Cargo Truck US Army,
Baghdad, Iraq, 2003
Pre-Painted by professionals
Accurate paint colors
Markings Tampo (pad) applied
True to Scale (1:72)
Weathering and insignias
Production of the M35 2.5 Ton Truck "Deuce and a Half" began in 1949 and was first delivered to the U.S. Army in 1950. When production ended in 1988 there were 150,000 of these vehicles produced in several variants. There are cargo trucks, water or gasoline tank trucks, wreckers, dump trucks, ambulances, tractors, shop vans, gun trucks and many more. These trucks were so durable and so plentiful they became popular world wide with some vehicles still in operation today.
"Operation Iraqi Freedom" took place from March 20 - May 1 2003 involving approximately 390,000 troops from the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia, Poland and Peshmerga forces. This many troops meant a need for a continuous supply of fuel, munitions, food and other materiel. Reminiscent of the WWII Red Ball Express hundreds of trucks were used to keep the constant re-supply moving. Eventually the threat of attack by RPGs and IEDs became so prevalent that more and more C-130 aircraft were used instead to carry out these types of missions.