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WWII Soviet 4 x 4 Staff Vehicle


This model added to on May 4, 2000

The GAZ-67 was the Soviet Unions' equivalent of the American GP "Jeep" from the latter half of WWII until the Korean war. Although it was harder to maintain and less reliable, the GAZ-67 was superior to the Jeep in off-road performance.
The GAZ-67 began production on September 23, 1943. A remarkable 92,843 were built before production ended in the Autumn of 1953.
A four cylinder 3.8 liter engine provided 54hp@2800rpm for a top speed of 90 km/h.
This kit was a fun, easy build with lots of nice details included.
The canvas top and tires were well molded and all bumper parts and hand holds were included in the kit.
This photo gives a better impression of just how small the kit is.

Fort GAZ-67 Soviet Jeep

Kit: Fort / Colibri # 72001

Scale: 1/72

Comments: This little kit from the Ukraine was a joy to build. The detailing is very impressive for such a small kit (less than 2" long). The canvas top's texture is very well done. Parts are provided to construct the top up or down. There was minor flash on most parts but nothing too difficult to remove. Parts fit together well overall. This is a very good kit straight out of the box!
Paint: I used a base coat of Testors Model Master Russian Armor Green #4808. I then applied a wash of black followed by a dry brushing of Russian Green, and a touch of tan pastel chalk. The canvas roof is a custom mixed khaki green color to simulate fading.
After Market Parts: None
Customizations: I cut a windshield from acetate and used scotch tape to simulate the dirty part of the glass. Everything else is box stock. The headlights were molded hollow so I painted the insides silver and filled them with clear Epoxy.
Cost: $10.00 (U.S.) at Bobby Hall's Hobby House Dallas, Texas. This is an excellent value for such a detailed little kit.
Research: Excellent kit review in February, 2000 issue of Internet Modeler by Matt Bittner.

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