Diamond-T M980/981 6×4 Tractor (Rolls Royce)
1:35 Army vehicles -
2012 Jul 5
Diamond-T M980/981 6×4 Tractor (Rolls Royce) - Accurate Armour
A complete 1/35th scale resin and etched brass kit of the iconic Diamond-T M980/981/C6N Tractor with Rolls-Royce C6NFL-143 Diesel engine. An extensive set of decals are included with a good selection of markings for British Army service Post War, with a couple of Danish, French and Canadian options.
This model designed by David Jane and Rob Tearle features full engine, chassis and suspension detail, fully equipped ballast body with a complete set of ballast weights, stowage and tools. Optional details for M980/981 models, and transparent lights and indicators are also included. The bonnet sides (changed for the new engine) feature open vents, and a full winch with optional full or part empty drum and woven brass cable is also provided. The cab is of the modified design with rear windows, ‘pendlum tensioning device’ for the winch cable and rear cover over the ballast body are also provided.
When you place an order you may select the option of a fully enclosed “Hard Cab” (K182H) or open format “Soft Cab” (K182S). The model shown above is the K182H “Hard Cab”.
This Diamond-T Motor Car Company design from Chicago USA originally met a 1941 British Army requirement to haul and recover tanks in the 40 Ton class, and was used throughout WW-2 matched to a 40 Ton trailer designed in the UK by Cranes (Dereham) Ltd. The most well known trailer was produced by the Rogers Brothers Corporation, Albion, USA. For more details of the Rogers M9 trailer please see our kit K174.
In UK service this tractor continued in original form (Please refer to our Kit K181 for more details) until the Mid 1950′s where most (But not all) were re-engined with the Rolls Royce C6NFL-143 Diesel as depicted in this model. And the classic combination for the new Centurion Tank included the DYSON 50-Ton trailer (our kit K168) and this combination became standard until the introduction of the heavier Conqueror and Chieftain tanks and the Mighty Antar with the equally huge semi-trailers rated at up to 70 Tons.
This tractor continued in service until 1975. Thirty-three years of continious service! However even then many found a hard working home in the heavy haulage industry for a further decade or so.