Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 07:15 AM UTC
MENG released info on something very interesting the company is working on... check out the press release!
The Willys MB 1/4 ton 4x4 truck, commonly known as Jeep, is such a famous and important vehicle that you must have a large collection of it. But is your collection interesting enough? The British was especially good at special warfare during WWII. There was a British unit called Popski's Private Army. Their flexible and bold operations gained many victories. They modified their main vehicle Willys MB and carried out operations behind the German lines. Those modified Willy MBs were like weapon shops with various guns. The soldiers even tried to fit the Wasp flamethrower which was used in armored vehicle on the Willys MB to kill enemy with blazing flames.

This latest MENG VS-012 Wasp Flamethrower Jeep vehicle model kit is a replica of this fierce Willys MB. The finished model is 98.7mm long and 51.1mm wide. This kit includes engine interior, clear lights and windshield and soft vinyl pipe for the flamethrower fuel tank. This small but complete product will surely be an impressive one.
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And I thought the bonnet mounted 50 Cal's were extreme!
MAY 24, 2019 - 05:32 AM
Looks pretty dangerous to operate to me. I know the Wasp system was used in the Universal Carrier, but I've not heard of it being adopted to the 1/4 ton before. Couldn't have more than about 1-2 minutes of flame operation. I'd hate to have been a crewman on this thing. If you need to use a flame weapon, keep in mind the "bad guys" are going to target you specifically. This system seems particularly vulnerable. VR, Russ
MAY 24, 2019 - 06:51 AM
When Meng brings out these new Jeeps I just hope they make the front wheels able to turn, it makes a kit look more realistic
MAY 24, 2019 - 02:34 PM
This jeep was a one-off prototype only. It was not put into service since the heat was too much for the driver and crew. Popski's Private Army Flame Jeep
MAY 25, 2019 - 04:39 AM
Flame throwers dribble and the thought of flaming globs of napalm landing on those two fuel cans mounted on the front bumper raises some concern.
MAY 25, 2019 - 05:07 AM
Thanks Gino! I'm a smoke and flame guy, and was familiar with the Wasp system, but had never heard of this particular vehicle-- now I know it was a "one-off". It does remind me of a similar experiment that I did with my Smoke Generator Company back in 1982. I had 62 gun jeeps (M151s) in the Company. 52 of them were allocated for pulling a 1/4 ton trailer with an M3A4 Smoke Generator, along with a 55 gallon drum of fog oil. We could set up a Generator in about 2 minutes, but they were all stationary. So, we got the hair-brained idea to remove the M151s back seat and mount the Generator in a specially built frame over a deuce and a half fuel tank, that way we could make "smoke on the move". It worked in theory. The fact is, the M3A4 had a carburetor float that was designed to be stationary. It would work over level ground, once you started rocking over rough terrain, the carberator float tended to flood, which often caused a backfire or worse, a jet of flame. Not fun for the crew. They back end of the jeep also became an oily mess. We could only produce Smoke for about a half hour, whereas the stationary mounts were good for about 50 minutes. In those years, we were using a lot of old contaminated fog oil with water in it, so we had a lot of Generator explosions too-- also not fun for the crew. But, it was similar to this "Wasp" Jeep set up. VR, Russ
MAY 25, 2019 - 08:16 AM
Hello the model is not correct and need to be fixed
JAN 13, 2020 - 04:46 AM
OK. How about telling us what you think needs to be fixed and/or corrected? Just yelling that it is wrong doesn't help anyone.
JAN 13, 2020 - 05:07 AM
I agree. You canít simply make a statement like that without providing details as to what is incorrect and needs to be fixed.
JAN 13, 2020 - 02:37 PM

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