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Oshkosh M-1070 Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)



Front view

Left side view

Front left view

Right rear view


Right rear side view

Right side view

Front right view with hood opened

Right side view with hood open


Left rear side view

Left front side view with hood open

Left side view, with hood open

Top of engine view


Top of engine view

Top of engine view

Left front frame: steering drag link

Rear suspension air bag


Right rear view of rear suspension

Rear suspension

Left rear view of rear suspension

Rear of tractor frame


Driver's side view

Trailer gooseneck

Trailer hooked up to tractor

Left side of tractor


Front of trailer

Front of trailer deck

Trailer hydraulic controls

Rear loading ramps


Rear view, showing loading ramps

Trailer gooseneck hooked up to tractor, underneath view looking up

Trailer gooseneck hooked up to tractor, underneath view looking up

Inside of rear of tractor's frame


Trailer deck

Data plate on front left of trailer gooseneck

Looking inside cab at driver's position

Gear shift


Gear shift & dashboard

Right front passenger seat

Looking inside, at NBC/CBR filers & breathing hoses stowed behind driver

Looking inside, at NBC/CBR filers & breathing hoses stowed behind driver


Looking inside, at NBC/CBR filers & breathing hoses stowed behind right front passenger

Looking inside, at NBC/CBR filers & breathing hoses stowed behind right front passenger

Dashboard & steering wheel

Dashboard & steering wheel

       
The M1070 tractor and M1000 Semi-Trailer make up the Heavy Equipment Transport (HET) system. The HET system is considered the US Army's fourth generation HET, starting with the M25/M26 "Dragon Wagon" of World War II fame, followed by the M123-series and the Oshkosh-built M911. Entering service too late to see action in Desert Storm, by the end of the 1990s it had fully replaced the less-capable M911 C-HET. The M1070 HET was designed to transport loads as heavy as 70 tons, primarily the M1-series Abrams main battle tanks, on highways worldwide; it is able to traverse secondary roads and cross-country while fully loaded. The M1070 tractor has all-wheel-drive across all four axles, the front & rear-most axles steer, all tires have central tire inflation (CTI) controlled by the driver, and the cab can accomodate a total of six persons: 2 HET crewmen and a tank crew of 4. The M1000 semi-trailer features a load-leveling hydraulic suspension and steerable axles (steering is controlled hydraulically via a piston & arms mounted at the front of the gooseneck, and via the design of the kingpin; see photos above for graphic examples).

The M1070 HET is fully air-transportable in both C-5 & C-17 aircraft. A modified right-hand-drive version of the M1070 tractor has been adopted as the British Army's primary HET system. Since Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, add-on armor kits have been developed and deployed for the M1070 tractor, but these were not available at the time I took these photos in the 1990s; all of these photos have been scanned from prints.

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Silver State Specialties was created in 1999 to offer quality resin accessories, replacement parts and conversion kits, suitable for many 1/25-scale plastic model kits.  SSS specializes in accessories and parts for plastic model pickup, SUV, 4x4, and heavy truck & trailer kits.  1/32-scale and 1/35-scale parts and accessories will be available in the future for model truck kits, such as the 1/32 Monogram Snap-Tite and ERTL snap-together kits, as well as 1/35-scale Revell, Italeri, AFV Club, Trumpeter, Airfix, Heller, Tamiya, and other military model truck kits.  Some of these smaller scale model kits are quite well detailed, and a wide variety of photo-etched, resin, and other accessories are widely available for most of these military truck model kits. What's even more exciting is the line of 1/24th & 1/25th-scale military model kits and conversions we are in the early stages of developing, to nicely compliment your ERTL, AMT, Italeri, Revell, and other brands of truck models.

Silver State Specialties is working on resin accessories and complete kits for G- gauge outdoor garden railway trains ("Large Scale") in 1/24th-scale. Some patterns have been completed, and many more are under construction. These kits and accessories will include complete Beyer-Garratt style of locomotives and Narrow Gauge ore hopper cars, as well as 24-inch & 30-inch gauge industrial equipment in this same scale.

SSS also has master patterns partially completed for many 1/16-scale model truck accessories and conversion kits, mainly for the Monogram-Revell 1/16-scale model truck kits.  Some projected accessories for these 1/16-scale kits are front drive axles, different wheels and tires, air cleaner accessories, pusher and tag axles, oil filters and engine accessories, and possibly different engines.  Cab & hood conversion kits remain a possibility for these monsters as well, but are still years away from being offered as there are more pressing projects to push forward with first.  But someday they should be available!

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