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M916 6X6 Light Equipment Tractor

Stunning quality of parts that almost do not fit with each other

M916 6X6 Light Equipment Tractor

Pro-build scale model by Alexander Pedan

My first attempt at building a model from Minimanfactory. And frankly, I'm disappointed. The amazing quality of parts that almost do not fit with each other - the engine cannot be inserted, the cabin cannot be assembled, where to stick it - is also incomprehensible. You have to look very far ahead, so that later you do not have to disassemble the model.

Okay, built and painted - it's done. The prototype took a long time to find. There are a lot of photos of working machines, but I could not choose one that I would especially like. As a result, I found photographs of parking lots of decommissioned cars. A truck in camouflage caught my eye, shabby to the previous layer of sand paint. I ended up with this truck. Painting - everything as usual: Vallejo, Tamiya, oil, pigments. This time I used various liquids from Ammo to simulate smudges, dried puddles, of which there are many on equipment standing in the open air for a long time...

In short, the result is in front of you!

  • Model manufacturer: Minimanfactory
  • Model scale: 1:35
  • Model dimensions (lenght x height): 21.3 x 10.3 cm
  • Model author: Alexander Pedan
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M916 6X6 Light Equipment Tractor

The M916 tractor is part of the M915 series of logistics trucks. This series consists of M915, M916, M917, M918, M919 and M920. In the US Army, it is called Light Equipment Transport (LET). Replaced in service with the M123 truck tractor. These vehicles are found mainly in active and standby transport units. These units transport bulk cargo from ocean ports to divisional theater support areas.

M916 is similar to the M915 tractor, but has a 6x6 wheel arrangement instead of 6x4. It has better off-road capability than the M915.

This truck is used as a tractor for the M172A1 low bed trailer. This combination can carry loads with a maximum weight of 20t. Typically, this vehicle carries heavy construction equipment, containers and other military supplies.

The truck is equipped with a day cab. Accommodates a driver and two passengers. The cabin has an all-metal construction. Some additional armor kits have been developed for the M915 series trucks by several companies. They provide protection against small arms fire, artillery shell fragments, and some degree of protection against improvised explosive devices.

This line tractor is powered by a Cummins NTC 400 turbocharged diesel engine developing 400 hp. It is aggregated with a Caterpillar semi-automatic transmission with 16 gears forward and 2 reverse. The engine and transmission are the same as on the M915, but the M916 is fitted with an Oshkosh transfer case. The suspension is the same as on the M915. A winch with a lifting capacity of 20 tons is installed behind the cab. It is used for loading operations.

This truck is used as a tractor for the M172A1 low bed trailer. This combination can carry loads with a maximum weight of 20t.

  • Entered service:

    1978
  • Weight (empty):

    11.33 t
  • Payload capacity:

    20t

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