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  1. Here's my next one. The Reds used these vehicles well in to the 1950s, so I am not calling a year. This will be a fun kit I hope. Certainly not your usual half-track... According to the plans, I will only be using about 2/3 of the sprue. Many crossover vehicle kits I think. --John
  2. Good day, colleagues. For a review, I offer you a fresh build. Somehow it took me to the 43rd scale. I've been wanting to make a fire truck for a long time. The cherished box from AVD was bought a long time ago, the hands reached recently. The beginning of the assembly was marked by the purchase of a set of photo etching and a set of fire equipment from Petrograd, because what AVD offers did not fit into any gates. Like all AVD models, the assembly involves a lot of sawing, a lot of skinning and a lot of grinding. From the self-made - I redid the fastening of the stairs. Slightly modified the handles on the body Remade the "matyugalnik"(Speaker) Modified the roof of the cabin I made a kind of walkie-talkie with a wire inside (something is even visible on a couple of photos) Well, the use of photo etching and fire equipment, which is written above) Coloring - Tamiya X-7, Tamiya LP-2, a little Akan The prototype was chosen by chance (I liked the photo =)) Enjoy your viewing. And some photos before painting) And prototype
  3. AC-40-137A Soviet Firetruck (35519) 1:35 ICM via Hannants The ZIL-131 is a general-purpose utility 6x6 truck, one of the mainstays of the many Eastern Block armies along with the Ural-375, with over a million made. The basic model is a general utility tuck powered by either petrol or diesel engines, depending on the type. Like most armies the chassis for a general truck has been used for a multitude of different versions from a fuel truck to the BM-21 rocket launcher, to a fire truck. The Kit This is a re-boxing with a few extras from ICM of their ZIL. The kit was previously issued in a Chernobyl boxing. Inside the large box are 7 sprues in grey styrene, one in clear, 8 knobbly flexible tyres, and a smallish decal sheet Detail is excellent throughout Construction begins with the chassis, which consists of two rails and multiple cross-braces to which tanks, transmission, transfer boxes and even the engine are attached, with lots of parts used in the process, including a pretty full rendition of the 8-cylinder power pack and the stamped, welded fuel tanks on outriggers to each side of the chassis. Leaf suspension, exhaust and drive-shafts are also fitted to the chassis along with a winch power take-off behind the large bumper irons and under the radiator. Then it’s a case of building up the axles, with two at the rear on their own leaf-springs, fitted with dampers and drive-shafts for better off-road performance. The front axle is a single one with drive-shaft again, which slots into the front suspension and benefits from another few extra dampers. The wheels are simple but well-detailed, consisting of a hub with separate centre that a big black tyre is pressed onto, handed into sets of three each side. The crew cab is next with its structure made up from individual panels fitted to the shaped floor, onto which the driver controls are added, including pedals, gear and ratio sticks, then with a dash slid inside the scuttle area after adding some dial decals following painting. The steering wheel and crew seats are then made up and put in place, having a separate seat for the driver and a wide two-man seat for the passengers, both with adjustment framework between it and the floor. The rear compartment for the rest of the firemen features one bench the full width. Windows are fitted to the sides and the cab can be boxed in. Sidesteps are attached and then the windscreen and dash can be fitted, following this the roof goes on. The crew cab can then be fitted to the chassis. The rear firefighting compartment and water tank is the next step for construction. At the rear the pump housing is built up and the tank then built around this. At this point without its top it is added to the chassis. The switching to the underside the exhaust is added along with the rear mount spare wheel and its carrier. We can then switch back to the rear section of the vehicle. The final sides are put onto the tank to be followed by its roof. The rear section with steps upto the roof is then put on. There is a hatch into the pump area which can be modelled open or closed, Hose stowage pipe for the roof are put on along with the ladders. Other ancillary parts are then also fixed to the roof. With the addition of the mirrors and light protectors the fire truck is then finished. Markings There are a few markings on the small sheet or the truck markings and number plates. There are 4 options for the Frie Departments of Sergiev Posad, Moscow, Kiev & Vinnytsia. Decals are well-printed with good register, sharpness and sharpness, and should leave you with plenty of spare Soviet Bloc number plates and emblems in your decal drawer. Conclusion It’s a shrewd decision by ICM to bring out this reboxing of the fire truck on its own. Very highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
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