Designed during WWII for the purpose of moving supplies from cargo ships to the beach during amphibious operations, the DUKW 353 Amphibious Truck combined a high load capacity with good handling characteristics in the water, on roads, and on rough terrain. The design was so successful that it soldiered on with various militaries around the world until the '70s, and can still be found in various civil applications even today.
Italeri's DUKW 353 is another variation of its previous, and excellent, two DUKW kits (ITA6392 and ITA6429). This new kit includes the six-wheel tire inflation system, the five canvas cover support frames (no canvas cover, however), stowage, a .50 cal machine gun with new ring mount, jerry cans, 55-gallon drums, and other details. Markings for two vehicles. No figures are included.