1/35 scale Austin K5 Heavy, General Service Truck
The Austin K5 was a British heavy military truck built by Austin for use during the Second World War.
The K5 was used with open body and cab for carrying the Ordnance QF 6 pounder anti-tank gun portee in the North African Campaign or with an enclosed cab for General Service (GS). Enclosed body versions were used for salvage and rescue work in the UK.
It was nicknamed the "Screamer" because of a rather noisy transfer case.
Austin K5 general cargo lorry
Type. Military truck. Place of origin. United Kingdom
Manufacturer. Austin. Produced. 1941-1945 No. built. 12,280
Mass. 6.7 tonnes. Length. 19 ft 8 inches (5.99 m). Width. 7 ft 3 inch (2.21 m)
Height. 9 ft 11 in (3.02 m). Armour. None. Engine. Austin 6-cylinder, 3995 cc petrol 85 hp
Payload capacity 3 tons. Suspension. Wheel, 4 × 4
SOVEREIGN 2000, 1/35 scale Austin K5 (reviewed on ARRSE September 201
As it says above, this model was reviewed by yours truly in September 2018. Having started the model, I have to say there are one of two strange omissions. If you build the kit as per the instructions, you will come to a full stop when it comes to fitting the cab. What the instructions do not tell you is the front of the cab (part #3) needs a cut out in the lower middle section to allow the cab to fit over the engine. This is the same for part #2, the cab floor. A cut out needs to be made between the two cab seats. This will allow the engine tunnel cover (part #17) to fit over the engine correctly. The cylinder head on top of the engine (part #1 will also need to be removed before assembly otherwise part #17 will not fit!
The top of the gear box on part #18 needs to be cut flush with the chassis to allow the cab floor to fit correctly. Once the cab has been fitted, you will notice quite a gap between the cab rear (part #4) and the cab floor (part #2). This will need to be filled with your filler of choice. The fuel tanks were each fitted with a 3mm square tube at each of the tank mounting points. This is to ensure the tanks sit right and gives a better representation of the difficulties that existed when filling the tanks.
The brush-bar on the front of the truck is a late model version; made from plastic card and plastic rod. The earlier version was a one-piece abortion of stretched and bent steel tube.