heavy truck model kits, cars, and others.
how harsh Russian winters are, and a land with few roads to most
of the remote locations, it's no wonder the Soviets build such
massive heavy duty trucks.
WWII, with tooling purchased from Ford here in the states, they
srated making the GAZ trucks, such as the AAA-Models. That's why
they look a lot like early Ford trucks, because essentially, they're
made with similar manufacturing tooling.
the Soviets still make larger and more modern series GAZ trucks,
as well as their ZIL line of heavy duty vehicles.
make great models to build, and their available from your favorite
model companies, such as Italeri, Trumpeter, Miniart, Bronco models,
Zvezda, and many more.
you will see an older GAZ truck with only one headlight. It's
not a mistake. That's accurate. Materials were hard to come by,
and to save resources, only one headlight was used in many cases.
it's unlikely the light would be used at night unless it was an
Otherwise you might be be shot up by German forces
who could spot you from miles away.
parts of the trucks were also made from wood, due to the lack
are some model truck kits from all the big companies, like Trumpeter,
ICM, Revell, AFV Club, Italeri, Tamiya, and many more. Most in
1:35 scale to add to your growing military model collection.
Getting products from modern Soviet Russia is a problem , at least in the USA, because we have so many sanctions against them.
It's very easy to get products, especially model kits, from communist China - but Russia? Forget it. We do get some from Ukraine - a sort of work around. And there are many model producers - both plastic and resin - located there.
But in the end we're all missing out on some cool car models and probably even 1/24 heavy truck kits made by the Russian people.
Many of the kits available, subject wise, are military in nature, and around 1/35 scale. But that is better than nothing. Many of these can be painted and modified as civilian / commercial vehicles with a little imagination.
The early GAZ trucks are actually made from Ford tooling from the USA (given to the Russians by our US government during WWII) so in a sense they are a second cousin if you want to build early Ford trucks.
Soviet / Russian cars models can include: Lada, UAZ, Zis, Moskvich, Skoda, Volga, Tatra, Avtovaz, Kamaz, and many more.
These are Soviet and Russian model cars and truck kits.
Unfortunately, there are not many model subjects, even though the country makes some unusual vehicles and interesting styles.