Soviet Tank Transporter Maz537
Unassembled plastic model kit with photo-etch parts.
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This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.
This enormous 10-ton 8x8 tractor with trailer is the first of it's kind in 1/35 scale, employed by the Soviets since the 1970's and now by the Russians, this tractor/trailer is used to transport tanks, military trucks and other military equipment over various terrains. Its payload is 50-tons. This gigantic kit consists of 492 plastic parts, including 25 clear, as well as 9 truck tires, 9 trailer tires, brass wires, 4 frets of photo-etched parts and a die cut mask for window framing. Total parts count is 537. Markings are for the Soviet Army in green camouflage. Completed model measures over 26" long!
The first prototypes of the MAZ-537 were built in 1958 and series production was launched in 1960. The new vehicle incorporated an engine developing 525hp at 2100rpm-a very high figure for that time, even armoured vehicle and tanks had ofer fewer hp-and many significant changes in the fuel supply,cooling system and lubrication which made a complete redesign of the engine compartment covers and louvers necessary.Nearly all components of the frame and chassis were reinforced as well increasing the total weight to 21.6tons (total gross weight 87tons) allowing a load of up to 50 tons to be towed. The first series of the MAZ-537 remained in production in Minsk until 1964 before it was shifted to Kurgan Factory as was done with the MAZ-535 before.