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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.


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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)








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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:











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.



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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








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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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At one time my kids and grandkids would get me a model jeep for my birthday but I always wanted one with a canvas top on.I eventually came across a French made jeep.

It was pleasantly surprised that it was an M201 version even with electric wipers ( I hard a real 201 at the time).

It was a plastic canvas top but it look real good and it fitted my Japanese model perfectly.

never found another and the shop closed down.

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