Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ZIS-5 Soviet Truck

  Here's a little project to break the Opel addiction I've been in for WW2 trucks. Italeri's Zis-5. Not that an addiction to building Opel truck's is a bad thing. I really enjoy 'em. But I've been wanting to jump into this one for a while.

The kit is really quite good for detail. One thing I was really impressed with was the frame, an actual "c" channel frame instead of the solid "box" frame the Italeri Opel's offer. I've really been hoping for a new Italeri kit to come out with the right frame, but I'm going to try to scratch one together for the next build.
  There are a few injector marks and sink marks in the castings. Nothing to really get excited about, just a little filler to fix. Some scratch built detail is, of course, in the works.   Now to the pics..

The engine is the first to get some detail. Plug wires, distributor cap, plugs, fuel pump, new starter added. The oil filter housing received some additional mounting bolts.

The frame, ah, the frame.. Very nice part to the kit. Primed, painted black, then stippled with "rubber" brown and rubbed with rust pigments to give a little age. Same with the rear diff. and springs.

Other mods are being made. The cargo bed needs some work to give a worn appearance. Some other ideas are in mind, but I'm always open to suggestions if you feel like it.

As always, thank you for stopping in and looking around.


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