Monday, June 26, 2017

Alvis Hefty truck

While I was researching my Belgians, I came across a reference to the Alvis designed hefty artillery tow truck, finding info on this beast is quite difficult as it seems a number of models were produced and all called "hefty".

The most common image is the trial  version, but I believe the Chassuer Ardennes actually purchased the thirty vehicles of the C model. I could find little or no record of how many were built of each type, it seems several different were in production at the same time, all seemed to have the pivot in the chassis though. The Belgian vehicle document mentions 30 Alvis Hefty tractors purchased for Chassuer Ardennes for artillery tows unknown if they were delivered though, as no pictures of the vehicle in service are available.

A early model referred to as the mountain model, could not find much information about this model at all.




Not sure if this is the army model that was sold to the Belgians


Trialled model

Production model, this is the one I will scratch build I think



Hefty type C. Used by the RAF 54 in service (cannot find any more details or more pictures of it though) 

Someone scratch built one (airfix forum)


The type C ( I think) this is the one I think I will scratch build as the tow weight is correct



Although all of the Belgian pictures are of the trial vehicles





I am waiting of a Belgian produced artillery book to arrive to look at the images in it, before I dive into the scratch building of this beast.

Cheers
Matt

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