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M151A2 FORD MUTT - Tamiya 3623

jeep image 1M151A2 FORD MUTT :
The US Armored vehicle test course is located in Aberdeen, Maryland, and is one of the most rigorous and demanding courses in the world. Early in April 1957, a familiar looking small vehicle was seen to be running over the course with comparative ease, and upon closer inspection it turned out to be the replacement for the well known Willys "Jeep", the new FORD M151. Outwardly this new vehicle looks very much like its older brother. Both are small, compact, rugged, simple to operate and maintain; however, the 151 incorporates all of the latest advanced features learned during combat operations in conflicts since World War 2. Features such as the newly developed OHV engine, light semi monocoque and 4 wheel independent suspension systems allowed it to outpoint all other submitted replacement vehicles for the ageing WWII jeep. Development of this replacement vehicle was started by the Ford Motor Company and the U.S.Army jointly beginning in 1953. In July 1957 the M151 was officially adopted as the replacement vehicle for the M38A1 Jeep. Kaiser industries and the American Motor Company were licensed to produce the vehicle and they delivered approximately 10,000 units a year to the U.S.Army, Navy Air Force and Marines.
jeep image 2Shortly after its adoption it was selected by most of the nations of the free world as a replacement for their own light utility vehicles. Some of the advanced feature incorporated into the M151 caused problems and defects were detected in the initial shipments, among the most serious was the strength and stability of the rear suspension system which was corrected and improved in 1964 and 1970. The M515A2 now in service has added safety features like stiffer rear suspension, large blinker lamps and a two step windshield wiper, safety glass and an impact absorbing steering wheel. With its extreme versatility, the basic M151 can be altered to a combat ambulance; radio communications vehicle; 105mm recoilless rifle transport and a launcher for the new tow missile system adopted in the late 70's. Combat experience in Vietnam has shown that the Ford M151 Military Utility Tactical Truck (MUTT) is indeed a very versatile go anywhere combat weapon and is likely to remain in service for years to come with military forces worldwide.
(From Tamiya Manual)

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