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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2018 12:30 p.m. PST

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Fred Cartwright24 Oct 2018 5:02 p.m. PST

Very nice. Always liked the Seep, sort of a baby DUKW!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2018 5:08 p.m. PST

I'm very happy they're doing this. I missed getting a Neucraft one, and Canadians can definitely use these in the Low Countries!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friends! (smile)


Legion 426 Oct 2018 7:38 a.m. PST

Most recently seen in the last Indiana Jones movie about the crystal skull. Used by the USSR. evil grin Which IIRC the US sent a large number of those to the Russians during WWII. They liked them I read. But for some reason the US troops were not that happy with them AFAIK. Basically like the DUKW based on the IIRC Deuce & 1/2 chassis, the Seep was based on the Jeep …

donlowry26 Oct 2018 9:15 a.m. PST

I had never heard of that one.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

I think the reason the G.I.s didn't like them was that they were quite heavier than a jeep and would bog down in shallow water and mud that a regular jeep could get through!

They were quite handy in deeper water, like all the canals and flooded polders in the Netherlands.

Legion 427 Oct 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

Yes, that what I had heard and would make sense. But yes in places like the Netherlands, where the ground is flooded, swampy, etc., DUKWs, Amtracks, etc. are really in their element.

The Ford GPA 'Seep' (Government 'P' Amphibious, where 'P' stood for its 80-inch wheelbase) was an amphibious version of the WWII Ford GPW Jeep. Unlike the jeep, the seep was not a successful design; it was considered too slow and heavy on land, and lacked sufficient seagoing abilities in open water.[1] The design features of the much larger and more successful DUKW amphibious truck were used on the GPA.

In spite of participating in the Sicily landings of September 1943, most GPAs were routed to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease programme. A small number of GPAs were used in action in North Africa and the Pacific.

Fred Cartwright27 Oct 2018 12:58 p.m. PST

I think the Weasel was more successful and liked, although also not very good in water with a very low freeboard, but it could cope with soft ground.

Legion 428 Oct 2018 10:01 a.m. PST

Yes, the French in Indochina even use the M29 Weasel and the one version of the US Amtrack …

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