U.S. Diamond T 969 Wrecker CLOSED Cab Version


 

The Models and Materials needed
As I allready talked about in my article on the Diamond T trucks, these vehicles are most appealing to the modeller. 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 handfull of resin kits of this model were on the market. But fortunately Mirror brought us the first plastic kit in 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 an all- steel construction, with two large tool boxes and a conventional-type tail gate. 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."
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 gage. The cut-off switch automatically shuts off the engine when the reservoir pressure reaches 150 pounds per square inch. The check valve pre vents air in the reservoir from flowing back when the compressor stops." In the manual two different compressors are shown, the Kellogg and the DeVilbiss.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Final Result