Forces of Valor 1/72 Bussing Nag 4500

This is not a 'new' model as Forces of Valor released this one a little time ago but I have only recently had this passed on to me so thought we'd have a closer look.

Bussing was a German truck and bus manufacturer which was started in 1903.  It carried on and built both civilian and military vehicles, continuing with truck and bus production after WW2, until it was taken over by MAN in 1971.  The 4500A was a 4.5 ton truck built from 1942 in both 2- and 4-wheel drive versions.  Some were also done with a cheaper/simpler Einheits cab, as were many late war German trucks, as raw materials such as the steel for pressed metal cabs became scarcer.

This model by Far East based Forces of Valor is in 1:72 scale, as are a large number of military vehicle model kits in recent years, rather than 1:76.  It is really very nicely done, and captures the right look of this truck, which is of course that bit bigger than the more numerous, and generally slightly smaller, 3-ton trucks used throughout the German Army in WW2.  There is a driver figure inside the cab, and supplied in the box are the two seated German infantry figures to sit in the General Service truck bed itself.  The canvas cover for the load bed, or 'tilt', is removable and is modelled as if half folded back on itself, so there is still some shelter.  A disruptive camouflage over the whole truck which is nicely done, and the lower parts, including the wheels, have a dusty weathering effect that has been done rather nicely I think.  Removed from the box and popped onto a 'Hedgerow' diorama base I recently had done for me by Rob Spendelow of 'Hedgerow Scenics' it looks rather effective if you imagine it parked up in the summer of 1944 on the Normandy battlefield.

This is just one of their models and they are available from many model shops here in the UK and online

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Forces of Valor 1/72 Bussing Nag L4500 Forces of Valor 1/72 Bussing Nag L4500

See also the Forces of Valor website