We’re unboxing a new plastic box set from PSC and building a couple of the six 1/72 scale WW2 trucks inside!
Quite a bargain from PSC here – a set of six Russian GAZ trucks that average out at just £5 ($7 US) each. Included in the box are six frames (actually three frames but split in half) that contain all of the parts you’ll need to construct three GAZ-AA trucks and three GAZ-AAA trucks.
Each half-frame contains all of the parts you need to make a truck and assuming you want each truck to have a canopy and spare wheel (these are optional) you’ll use every part. When constructed, the figures are fine-looking little vehicles and they’ll not only fit in well in any 1/72 army you have (Soviet primarily, of course) but can make fine scatter terrain for larger-scale gaming as well.
We built the GAZ-AAA first; despite the assembly instructions on the back of the box being so tiny that we required a magnifying glass to read the order in which parts should be fitted together, we managed to put it together quite quickly. The main area to watch out for initially is that the cab roof should be attached after all of the other cab parts have been put together.
Fixing the bumper, front axle, and wheels comes next; that’s not too complex either. If you decide to keep the wheels separate from the axels during the build (in order to speed up painting as sub-assemblies) then we suggest that you glue the double rear wheels together with several dots of glue then push them onto the axle to ensure they match up perfectly. Pull them off the axle immediately (by the back wheel) to ensure a rogue bit of glue doesn’t stick them to the vehicle.
The last stage of the build is making the rear truck bed. The long sides have a right and wrong way around so watch out for that or they won’t line up properly. Again, to make painting easier, we left this unglued. The canopy is optional and we’ll probably mix things up on our trucks as we’ll be using them as terrain.
The finished model looks mighty fine – it is a great recreation of these Ford Model AA knock-downs, built by the Soviet funded NAZ (eventually renamed GAZ) factories. The solid windows do make for less overall realism than some of the other ‘blank’ window kits that PSC have released and this might make them less appealing to scale model enthusiasts. For gamers, they remove the need to build an interior or driver which has undoubtedly kept the price down (fewer parts are needed) and will speed up the build and painting process no end.
With our AAA building experience we moved to the GAZ-AA; going from parts on the frame to fully built and ready for priming took just 10 minutes. Even less experienced kit builders should be capable of building the full set in just a couple of hours.
This is a great value kit that builds six varied vehicles with a good level of detail. Even if you don’t have a Soviet WW2 force in 1/72 scale you’ll be able to decorate a Bolt Action (or similar) tabletop with these vehicles (potentially in different states of destruction) to act as terrain and cover in many battles.