Next up in our look at Marx military flatcar loads for their O-gauge trains is this DUKW (known by it's nickname 'Duck"). According to Wikipedia,
"The name DUKW comes from the model naming terminology used by GMC: "D" for designed in 1942, "U" for "utility", "K", all-wheel drive, and "W" for tandem rear axles."
Ducks were a fascinating vehicle and many WWII era DUKWs are still in use today by companies who give rides in them to tourists (as an aside, I rode in one of the famous Wisconsin Dells Ducks as a youngster - cool to be sure!). One of their unique features was the ability for the driver to adjust tire pressure from within the cab for either hard roads, or soft sand type terrain. The toy is a silver-gray hard plastic, a color common to Marx railroad accessories of the time (and this was definitely a railroad accessory) and measures 3 3/4" L x 1 1/2" W x 1 1/8" H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina