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BZ-38 Refueller
Soviet GAZ AAA based Fuel Tanker


UM, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: UM 323 - BZ-38 Refueller.
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 107 cleanly moulded dark green plastic parts on five sprues, 12 soft vinyl tyres, 1 clear sheet marked with four windows, decals for 2 vehicles and 2 page double sided A4 fold-out instructions with history, parts plan, 8 build diagrams and colour/markings drawings.
Price: USD$5.92 online from Squadron
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Interesting subject with application for Russian aircraft diorama.
Disadvantages: Seams on vinyl tyres might be hard to eliminate.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Glenn Porter

UM's 1/72 scale BZ-38 Refueller  
is available online from Squadron.com for less than USD$6.00!




Again we have a model based on the UM GAZ-AAA lorry so I won't go into a review on that part if the kit except to say that it is highly detailed and cleanly moulded.

The extra sprue, Sprue E, is for the tank and pump and, as with the rest of the kit, has the same quality of detail and moulding. One thing I have noticed though, is the art-work on the box front shows a vehicle with two spare wheels on the front fenders and although the wheels and tyres are supplied there's no mention of them in the instructions.


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Decals are supplied for two refuellers, both in Russian Dark Green but no mention of when or where.

The clear sheet for the windows looks a little bit fiddly but I guess it's better than no windows at all and the two cab doors can be modelled open although then a bit more detail may be required inside.


This kit has the added advantage of being used in an airfield diorama and there-fore may be of interest to the aircraft modellers also.

As with all the other UM kits that I've reviewed, this one is highly recommended, especially to Russian Aircraft and Armour modellers.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 05 October, 2005
Last updated 05 October, 2005

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