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Very, very nice model.

One point: the registration number is not correct for a 1/4 ton truck (jeep).

Aust Registration Number 14371 was a BSA motorcycle, while 14371 (0 to 9) were all 1/4 ton Bantam trailers (the same as shown in your images) so one of those would be correct for the rear panel of the model trailer.

If you wanted to make it more accurate, you could locate a suitable jeep ARN in AWM126, on the Australian War Memorial website, if you are unable to read the number in the original image.

Mike

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I mike

 

thank you very much Mike About the registration number I used the archive photos of this Jeep Here is another photo where the registration number is readable I may have misinterpreted the numbers in the photo

 

 

On this picture the first jeep  (you can see the  the tarpaulin of the trailer)

AM-JKLVtYkD-3NIA1B6OtQwnLNZqrmERUpa4FYbw

 

 

 

AM-JKLXdEQdCwLCClAQL9bxiMrTGCuTsn1vZQBmk

AM-JKLVGOpovUTqSofWcg5F1yI0onOI1xVCzryEX

 

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Hi Frederic,

Pretty difficult to read, but it has to be a six digit number starting with 14, so 14XXXX.  Note the GMC further along the line has what appears to be a 5 digit number, but the sixth number is just partly visible. The fourth digit on the jeep appears to be a ' 7', so 14X7XX.

If the third digit is a '2', the possibilities are:  142758 to 142799 inclusive.

The third digit cannot be a '3', as the only jeeps in that series are 143000 to 143085, ie none with a '7' fourth digit.

The third digit cannot be a '5' , as there are none with a '7' fourth digit.

The third digit cannot be a '6', as there are no possibles with a '7' as the fourth digit.

The third digit cannot be an '8' as all the 148xxx series are trailers.

The third digit could be a '9'. If so, the possibles are:

149701

149708

149709

149729

149730

149734

149762

149763

149793

149794

The above are the only possibilities for the registration number of the jeep in the image.

A little bit of detective work based on the images shows that 122 Mobile Cinema worked with 6th Infantry Division at Wewak, New Guinea in November 1945. 122 Aust Mob Cinema was one of a group of mobile cinemas formed at wars end to entertain the troops after hostilities ceased. We know that the images were taken while operating with 6th Infantry Division because the unit sign on the GMC CCKW353 is 2-4 over 91, which is the unit sign of 2/4th Aust General Transport Platoon, which was part of the 6th Division.

Hope that all helps to provide a better 'picture' of what your model represents.

Mike

 

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Thanks Mike

Your information is really useful to me!

 

I will try to correct the Number I think I used decals I will be able to remove them without too much problem

 

I will use your list to do it again and choose one of the numbers

 

Thank you again for all these historical presicions

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A few AWM pics of cinema jeeps. A search of the AWM collections will reveal  many pics of mobile cinema jeeps. The mobile cinema units were attached to the Aust. army amenities service. The cinema jeeps seem to have a few mods i.e. a gene set mounted behind the seats

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C67282

 

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C19523

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C281907

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C63312

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C67804

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C67280

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Thank you so much,

Indeed I spent a lot of time and testing before getting something correct:

first test (no correct)

AM-JKLUDqwCskArZuGslqAiO8MocbMgXNJsr2qOe

AM-JKLXoYBsHRLhToTeYxUN3CzT2BzPtvLL54KeO

 

Second test

AM-JKLU1000_Th-CMSyM9_raFdeMN_ED1ZSVvjxG

AM-JKLXlLkcJmIWEMDGbgu6Ol08AH6EejGWO_Y9O

 

third was correct

AM-JKLW18U7ylv-h1Y9Lwly-KvD4wHwFGJNezK7Q

AM-JKLUZJv17dFkO2OPPN-MWrU45bnwixt1Id4l0

AM-JKLUrML4h_UF3rkadvHox-DG7ZmMcuXqRHmoK

 

AM-JKLXfEfrpIp907rdSXyRURG7Zu5i4f1MYp2To

 

good idea for the pin up but I prefer the historical document😁

 

 

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"All you need now, is a female figure with an Ice cream tray hanging off Her neck! "  ...... I'm sure every Aussie soldier would agree with you, but, alas, that was the US Army, not the Australians. Just a friendly Salvo at the 'Hop In' centre with a cup of tea and a bikkie was as much as an Aussie could expect.

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