The Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck was the name given to a broad category military vehicles, which was comprised of different models and configurations,
which were built in large numbers in Canada during World War II. These trucks were built to British Army specifications for use by the allies. The rise to power in
Germany of Hitler and the Nazi party in 1933 led to discussions in the mid-1930s between the British War Office and the Canadian Army concerning the possible
production of military vehicles in Canada, taking advantage of that country’s large and modern automobile industry. Early in 1937, representatives from the Ford
Motor Company of Canada and General Motors of Canada Ltd were each invited by the Canadian Department of National Defense to produce a Canadian prototype of
a light infantry truck that had then been recently adopted by the British War Office. The following year, Canadian military authorities had shifted their attention to the
design and production of heavier 4x4 and 6x4 vehicles. In addition, the British Expeditionary Force was forced to abandon most of its military vehicles in France
during the Dunkirk evacuation in the spring of 1940. As a result, an urgent need arose to replace those losses and to provide new vehicles. One of the CMP designs
was Chevrolet C8A 4x4 Heavy Utility Truck. The versatile C8A was made in several configurations:  Personnel (HUP), Wireless (HUW), Machinery ZL (mobile radio
repair shop), Computer (accounting, payroll) and Ambulance (HUA).

Niko Models have a fairly extensive line of accessories and their 1:350 scale Chevrolet C8A Ambulance is just one good example. The parts come packaged in a
plastic bag stapled to thin cardboard backing that also have the assembly instructions printed on it. This is not a complex build, so the assembly diagram is simple and
to the point. You get enough parts to build three trucks. Each truck is comprised of the main body and the tires, including a spare. The casting is generally good with a
fair amount of detail, but the parts require some clean-up to remove small casting plugs on the roof and some excess resin in spots. One thing I did notice looking at
photos of the HUA ambulance version of the C8A is that they did not have a spare tire fitted to the side of the body. The spare tire appears to be more common to at
least the HUP personnel carrier version if not the others. So to make a proper HUA you may need to fill in the depression for the spare and scribe the outline of a door.
Alternately you could assemble it as is to make a HUP vehicle.
These little Niko trucks are a quick and relatively inexpensive way to add a little life to scene and they are available at various retailers that are Steel Navy sponsors.
My thanks to Niko Models for the review sample.
Felix Bustelo
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