The Crossing of Antarctica, 1958
In 1958 Sir Vivian Fuchs (1908 – 1999) led the Commonwealth Trans Antarctic Expedition and made history when he successfully completed the first crossing of Antarctica via the South Pole. Using Tucker Sno-Cat tractors, the traverse took 59 days across difficult terrain replete with huge hidden crevasses.
“We’d scarcely set off before we ran into trouble. This was the first deep crevasse, just 25 miles from Shackleton. Leading from the front, Sno-Cat “Rock ‘n Roll“ became jammed nose first in the far wall. In such cases recovery was a long and skilled manoeuvre and often seemed impossible, but our engineers always figured out a way to haul our vehicles to safety.”
Excerpt from "The Crossing of Antarctica", Thames and Hudson, Sept. 16 2014, p. 140.
NeOmega 1/35 scale resin model.