Surely the most impressive example of the military's predilection for TLAs (that's Three Letter Acronyms), the Canadian built CMP Heavy Utility truck.
I first became aware of the type through the late lamented editor of 'Wheels and Tracks' magazine, Bart Vanderveen. Though his interest and knowledge of military vehicles stretched broadly across most types, his favourite was always the CMP HU. And you can see why. This boxy purposeful 8-cwt vehicle really looks the part, like a 1940s Hummer. It was used for all manner of purposes from troop carrier to workshop. It became ubiquitous, serving wherever Commonwealth troops were and could be described as emblematic of the
Bart's enthusiasm for the beast was infectious. After his death in 2003 I began work on creating a model of the type with the intention of representing each of the major types. With the help of the folk at Milicast, we now have five versions:- HUP (Personnel) early; HUP late (with spare tyre in a recessed panel on the side); HUA (Ambulance); HUZL (Workshop); and HUW (Wireless).
It is the last of those listed which is my favourite, the HUW. Those of you who have read the article on the Bedford QLR may have noticed a common theme. Though I never had a connection with the Royal Signals, the business of their existence has always fascinated. In my frequent trawls through the British National Archive at Kew, one of the key points of reference is the signal traffic recorded, usually at Division or Corps level. Where unit War Diaries are often vague about timings, the wireless logs were kept immaculately, recording exactly when an order was given or when an objective was reported taken. So, in a continuing 'homage' to the work of the Signalmen, here is my rendition of the CMP HUW.
The wireless operator was adapted from the figure from my MT Drivers. It is a wonder I have any left to sell. I also added wires, a microphone, a mug of tea, a battledress blouse sculpted from epoxy putty hung up on the wall, and some oddments of paperwork.
Having put so much effort into the interior, it s proving impossible to put the roof on. One day...
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