Monday, July 10, 2017

1/144 ZIL-131 Modern Truck - Armory

1/144 ZIL-131 Modern Truck - Armory
Another Soviet Era vehicle from Armory, this promises to be an very detailed vehicle with clear and solid injected moulded parts, photo-etched parts and decals.

Interestingly the instructions show a number of sprue items not to be used in this build, so maybe we will see further variants? Due to the level of detail on this item, it lends itself to scratch conversions.

Multiple decal options are provided for Soviet, Ukrainian and Czech vehicles.

The ZiL-131 is a general purpose military truck. Its production commenced in 1966. It replaced the previous ZiL-157. Production ceased in 1994 with nearly 1 000 000 of these military trucks produced. Despite its age the ZiL-131 is widely used by Russian military, as well as a number of other countries.

Vehicle has a conventional layout. The baseline model of the ZiL-131 is a cargo truck. It has a payload capacity of 3 500 kg off-road and 5 000 kg on hard surface roads. It is used to carry troops, cargo and other military equipment. Cargo area is covered with bows and canvas cover. Vehicle can also tow trailers or artillery pieces with a maximum weight of 4 000 kg off-road and 6 500 kg on hard surface roads.

An all-metal cab of this truck provides seating for the driver and two passengers.

The ZiL-131 is powered by a V8 petrol engine, developing 150 hp. Engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive, however the front axle can be disconnected on hard surface roads. It is fitted with a central tyre inflation systems. A self-recovery winch was fitted on some models.

Availability : to be confirmed
Price : to be confirmed (700 rouble/£9/ $11USD)

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