Ace 1/72 GAZ-61-73 Soviet Staff Car
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|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Includes photo etch fret|
GAZ-61 was a four wheel drive car from USSR manufacturer GAZ first introduced in 1938 by designer V. A. Gratchev, to replace his too-complex model GAS-M21. Production did not start until 1940. It was made by putting the GAZ M2 body on a four-wheel-drive chassis. It could climb angles up to 38 degrees and cross water up to 72 cm (28 in) deep.
The first version, produced from 1940 to 1941, was a 5-seated 4-door phaeton. It was powered by a 3,485 cc (212.7 cu in) 6-cyl 4-stroke engine with 85 hp (63 kW) and a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). Many supreme commanders of the Red Army headquarters used this car in 1941.
In 1941, the updated GAZ-61-73 was introduced. It was now a 5-seat, 4-door 6-light saloon with the same engine, but now rated at a top speed of 107 km/h (66 mph).
The GAZ-61 was produced not only in civilian black but also in in blue and Russian 4BO green, together with the typical cross-country tread tires.
One has to say that this will make a most unusual car to add to your small scale military collection. Though it will require some patience and building skills to complete, it should make into a very nice model.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAZ-61 September 2010
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