U.S. Diamond T 969 Wrecker CLOSED Cab Version





The Models and Materials needed
As I already talked about in my article on the Diamond T trucks, these vehicles are most appealing to the modeler. As these are iconic in World War 2 transport, recovery, and appearance. For this project, my subject is the Diamond T 969 Wrecker open cabbed version. During the past years, a handful of resin kits of this model were on the market. But fortunately, Mirror brought us the first plastic kit on a 1/35th scale. It's a very nice detailed kit. Very crisp parts. For the 1/72th scale fans there is a model produced by IBG Models and for 1/48th scale builders see the website of Wespe Models. I want to build a very simple vignette with this vehicle just to show the model itself. So nothing fancy. It's a beauty in itself.
Background
As a primary source, I used the TM 9-811 from 1944. It states: "Wrecker Truck (Model 969A). The wrecker truck is built on the standard 4-ton, 6x6 chassis. Special equipment consists of a steel wrecker body, twin-boom power-driven wrecker equipment, welding tanks and equipment, a gasoline-driven air compressor unit, a power-driven front-mounted winch, and two spare tires. The power take-off which drives the wrecker equipment is mounted on the transfer, and the power take-off which drives the winch is on the transmission." These vehicles were built on the standard 4-ton, 6x6 chassis. Special equipment consisted of a steel wrecker body, twin-boom power-driven wrecker equipment, welding tanks and equipment, a gasoline-driven air compressor unit, a power-driven front-mounted winch, and two spare tires. The wrecker body is of all-steel construction, with two large toolboxes and a conventional-type tailgate. The wrecker winch equipment was driven by the power take-off mounted on the transfer. And the power take-off for the front-mounted winch was mounted on the transmission.


 
 
 


Where to find information

Publications found
on the Diamond T 972 Wrecker Truck


Tankograd No 6011 - U.S. WW II Diamond T 4-Ton 6x6 - Michael Franz


Squadron Signal Publications No 27031 - Diamond T 4-Ton Truck Walk Around - David Doyle

 

Building The Model
While building the wrecker, some details, same as with the open cabbed version, should be considered. TM 9-811 states: "When the wrecker equipment is not in use, the ends of the cables should be hooked to the safety rings on the rear bolster of the body. These rings are designed so that if an excess tension is placed on the cables, the safety ring strap will open up and release the ring before damaging the body bolster."



Above a closed cab wrecker in need of help somewhere in the ETO. Pulled out of the mud and pulling what looks like a 155 mm howitzer. Note the cables at the back of the wrecker are fastened according to the instructions in the TM.

Another detail that would be visible on the completed model is the standard compressor unit that is present on the wrecker. Again TM 9-811 states: " An independent air compressor unit is mounted on the wrecker body for use in tire inflation. The unit consists of a belt-driven compressor, a gasoline engine, an air reservoir, an automatic cut-off switch, a check valve, a safety valve, and a pressure gauge. The cut-off switch automatically shuts off the engine when the reservoir pressure reaches 150 pounds per square inch. The check valve prevents air in the reservoir from flowing back when the compressor stops." In the manual two different compressors are shown, the Kellogg and the DeVilbiss.



 


Alternatively this model can be depicted as a Canadian version like the one below. A Diamond-T 969, 6x6 Wrecker from the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade workshop (4th Canadian Armoured Division) taken in Northern Germany in 1945. Note vehicle markings: the WD number on the door breaks down as follows: CH - tractor: 42 - vehicle year; 45659 - the vehicle number. The white star is the Allied Air recognition symbol, D6 is the tactical number and the formation sign is on the front left fender (4th Canadian Armoured Division - gold maple leaf on green background). The unit sign (not shown) would be on the front right fender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Final Result