In 1912 the US military ordered a new truck. It needed a loading capacity of three tons and to be able to haul artillery guns. The Model B moved the engine and the driver's seat directly over the frame, a distinct difference from other models of truck which had the classic 'bonnet' design. Later such a configuration of truck would be classic in turn, however at the time of its creation the Model B was truly innovative. With an identical length of frame, the Model B had a larger body size than bonnet trucks and could also take more freight. The body had arches for raising a tarpaulin awning, wheels with spokes and rubber rims. From the beginning of World War I the demand for trucks was very considerable. In total 17,555 Model B's were built, of which 14,473 were delivered to the American army, 3,000 into the service of the British army, and 82 trucks to Imperial Russia. The use of the trucks wasn't limited to transportation of goods. In the British army the Model B was used primarily as a tractor of heavy guns. In Russia all 82 cars were taken on by the First Separate tractor heavy division 'M', transporting British Vickers guns.
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Skill Level: 3
- High quality plastic pieces
- Includes illustrated instructions
- Includes decals for two versions:
- FWD Model B 3-ton Lorry, (1917 type production), US Expeditionary Corps, Europe, mid-1918
- FWD Model B 3-ton Lorry, (1917 type production), British Army, Western Front, late 1917