the frame and elevation post
be careful to push the frame tips all the way trough the launch-rails
the pins pop out the top and form the locators for the rockets
these snapped on fine, I glued them anyways
be careful cutting the front suspension from the sprue, it is tiny and fragile
Next I removed the rest of the truck parts from the sprues, I carefully bent the hood as shown in the instructions and cleaned off the few mold lines.
ready for assembly
The rear bed is molded in one piece with the fenders and is held in place by the pins extending downward from the fuel tank into the chassis. Be careful not to trim these off.
the fuel tank attached to the rear bed
the rear bed mounted to the chassis
The cab is made in two parts, a front bit that is the firewall, doors and windows; and a rear bit that consists of the back and top. These fit neatly together and then I attached the engine to the firewall. This then dropped onto the chassis.
the cab ready to be attached
and there it is
The radiator and engine hood were next. The radiator tucks down between the frame members and than onto the lug on the front of the engine. It is a tight fit and some trimming might be needed, The folded hood then clips over it between the radiator and the firewall. There are lugs on the lower edge of the hood sides that lock into slots in the chassis near the inside of the front fenders. These appeared adequate to keep the hood on but I glued it.
the radiator ready to go
there it is, locked in place
the hood worried me at first but it didn't break as I bent it
the fit is tight enough to hold on its own
It was a simple matter to push the suspension units into place. At this point you could stop and add a box-bed for a great model of the standard GAZ heavy truck. I finished the kit as a rocket launcher.
exercise some care when installing the front suspension unit
I added the rockets to the launch-rails before mounting the launch assembly to the truck bed as it seemed easier that way.
you may have to open the holes a little in the rocket array
they were very tight on my model
The completed kit gives a very satisfying model. This kit is decidedly pushing the limit for snap-tight models in this scale and I would suggest gluing the parts during assembly. Once finished I must say that I am very happy with the finished kit.
Very Highly Recommended. John