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Now that I've heard of that, I'd prefer to build one of these rather than attempting to make a cargo tank-the trucks were far more common anyway.  I read that the British bought and used them even before the USA entered the war.  Where can I find pictures of British use trucks?  Photographs of course are often misidentified.



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Although not the licensed version built in the UK it is the version built in Canada.  These pictures are from the restoration project done at the Canadian War Museum.  There are also a few pics of the UK version from the IWM collection at the Land Hall.  Hope these help.  I must say the kit is excellent as an OOB build and I hope they offer (or an aftermarket company) the ammunition box version.  Good luck.

Don Allen

 

https://s661.photobucket.com/user/8Hussar/library/Great%20War%20B%20Vehicles/FWD%20Truck%20-%20CWM%20Restoration%20and%20Shilo?sort=3&page=1



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Thanks.  I assumed the British would have got plenty of material from Canada anyway, as it was still part of the British Empire if I recall correctly.



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We were indeed part of the British empire and now of course the British Commonwealth.  I assume there there were few if any differences between the US version and the ones built or assembled in Ontario, Canada.  I do not know which models were produced, unfortunately.  I believe we used them as artillery tractors and general transport - there is another FWD in the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum in Shilo, Manitoba which is identical to the War Museum creature.  The Canadian War Museum chose to restore our FWD to running condition and with a general cargo box rather than something more exotic like the ammunition box.  There are a few other pics from the UK version taken at Duxford and Tank Fest 2019 - there seemed to be few differences in the basic construction.  Cheers!

Don Allen 



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I've seen FWD brand trucks such as tractor-trailers when I was younger, and yes they still had actual four-wheel drive axles.  Surprised other manufacturers didn't copy the idea.



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Just to note that one of the vehicles in Don's link (not the Canadian War Museum one) has "The Four Wheel Drive Auto Co Ltd, Kitchener Canada" cast into the radiator head instead of "The Four Wheel Drive Auto Co, Clintonville Wis. USA", so a direct comparison between US and Canadian built models should be straightforward. I can't see any differences. BTW Wikipedia says almost 3000 FWDs were imported from the USA to the UK from 1915 onwards, 1600 of which went to the Western Front.

Peter, London



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