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GAZ-AAA Truck
with 57 mm Anti Tank Gun ZIS-2

UM, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: UM 367 - GAZ-AAA Truck with 57 mm Anti Tank Gun ZIS-2
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 129 Dark Green injection moulded plastic parts on seven sprues, 14 soft rubbery plastic parts [tyres for truck and gun], 1 sheet of clear plastic with four windows marked on it for the lorry, 2 double sided A4 instruction sheets with history, parts plan, build diagrams and paint/decal drawings.
Price: USD$12.96 online from Squadron
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Interesting subject, highly detailed.
Disadvantages: Seams on rubber tyres may be hard to remove, no decals.
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Glenn Porter


UM's 1/72 scale Gaz-AAA Truck with 57 mm Anti Tank Gun Zis-2
 is available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

Although this lorry might look more at home in the 1920s, it was representative of those built in Russia up to and during WWII. They looked old fashioned but they were easy to build and reliable and they did the job. Similarly, the 57 mm anti tank gun was quite capable until the Germans introduced the Panthers and Tigers.

All the hard plastic sprues are moulded in a Dark Green plastic with lots of detail and some optional parts. For instance, a canvas canopy and other parts are supplied for the truck but are not mentioned in the instructions but thatís not to say they couldn't be used. Four of the sprues are for the lorry and the other three, in a separate bag, are for thr gun. Tyres for both the truck [12] and the gun [2] are in soft Black plastic with seams around their circumference which will cause a problem. The truck's cab has a reasonable amount of interior detail but there is only sump and transmission detail for the engine. The chassis however, has all the detail you would expect including drive shafts, axles, springs and exhaust. The Gun has the level of detail we have come to expect from UM including one ammunition case and some shells. Very nice.

 

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Although there are decals mentioned in the instructions, none came with the kit. I'm not sure if this is an error or not.

The artwork on the box front shows a lorry with spare wheels mounted on the front guards [fenders] and the artwork on the back shows them under the flat-bed tray. Extra tyres and wheels are supplied but are not mentioned in the instructions.

You can paint it any colour you want as long as it's Russian Army Green. Not as interesting as some of the German vehicles perhaps but it will add some variety to your collection.

This kit will be a very interesting build and with the exception of the tyre seams, shouldn't cause too much trouble for modellers with some build experience.

Recommended to everyone except novices.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 24 June, 2005
Last updated 23 June, 2005

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