During World War II, the Dodge Company produced tens of thousands of light weight, versatile trucks in the WC series. WC was a Dodge model code,
with W meaning 1941 and C for ½ ton rating. The C code was retained for the later ¾ ton and 1 ½ ton 6×6 models. Thousands of these trucks were
also exported to Allied nations including the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease. These Dodge trucks continued to serve after World War II in the US and
other nations and were used in the Korean War.

L’Arsenal has added four Dodge WC models to its growing line of 1/350 scale vehicles. Each bag includes 5 resin trucks and a small photo-etch fret
with radiator grids that is common for all vehicle types. They are well detailed and require a little bit of clean up after removing them from the resin
casting blocks. Such details as tire treads, wheel hubs, jerry cans and stowed equipment are represented. This is possible as the masters were produced
using detailed CAD drawings and rapid-prototyping technology.
WC51 (AC 350 124) - The WC51 was a 3/4 ton, 4x4 cargo truck and weapons carrier. The open cab pickups could be fitted with an optional M24A1
machine gun mount, which bolted across the front of the bed. The mount could carry the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle, the M1919 Browning
machine gun, or the M2 Browning machine gun. The
L’Arsenal versions come with the canvas cover in place.
WC54 (AC 350 124) - The WC54 was a 3/4 ton, 4×4 light truck which served as the main ambulance used by the US army from 1942 to 1945.
Several were also used by the US Signal Corps as radio vans.
WC56 (AC 350 133) - The WC56 was a 3/4 ton, 4×4 command and reconnaissance vehicle. It was larger than the Willys Jeep, but was not as popular
as it was heavier and not as maneuverable. Also its distinctive profile made it a target. The
L’Arsenal versions come with separate canvas covers to
give you the option of modeling with the cover up or down. Since the WC56 are cast with the option of having the cover down, it would have been nice
to have the windshield as a photo-etch open frame rather than solid. That way you could use Krystal Klear or a similar product to glaze the windshield.
WC63 (AC 350 126) - The WC63 was a 1 1/2 ton, 6x6 cargo truck and personnel carrier. It was based on a lengthened WC51 with an extra axle added.
There are numerous diorama possibilities with these trucks and it is up to the modelers’ imagination on how to use them.
Felix Bustelo
Duc de Dodge