ARM: Review - Mirror Models 1/35 scale Russian Fuel Trailer 1 Axle

Kit Review: Mirror Models 1/35 scale Kit No. 35204: Russian Fuel Trailer 1
Axle; 40 parts (39 in grey styrene, 1 length of wire); retail price US$21.9
Advantages: simple kit to go with any of the new WWII Soviet truck kits (ZI
S-5, GAZ-AA, GAZ-AAA) or light tractors such as Komsomolets
Disadvantages: some simplification of parts
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for WWII Eastern Front modelers
The Soviets started to field fuel tankers (petrol bowsers to the Commonwea
lth) in the 1930s and had several designs of light and medium tankers. But
fuel was always a constraint and thus the more the better.
Mirror Models is a recent addition to the modeling world and the first one
to my mind from Ireland to make 1/35 scale kits. They have jumped into the
void left by a lack of US and Commonwealth vehicles as well some lighter S
oviet ones like the Komsomolets tractor.
This kit replicates a simple 300 liter trailer which can be used for eithe
r fuel or water, but the latter was usually not considered a problem to the
Soviets. It comes with a spigot at the rear of the tank but no hoses for u
se in fueling vehicles.
Construction is relatively straightforward and as it is a simple kit so ar
e the directions. The most complex part of the build is wrapping the spring
mounts over the axle and springs using the length of wire provided but mor
e experienced modelers may wish to replace it with fine styrene rod and spr
ue as well as add strip carrier plates and NBW castings. The kit does provi
de the carrier plates (Parts D18) for those who use the wire method.
The trailer does come with front and rear landing gear so it may be shown
on the front as sitting or on both when in use.
The trailer is proper for use with just about any Soviet truck such as the
light GAZ-AA and GAZ-AAA ones or the bigger ZIS-5/ZIS-6 or Studebaker US6
and also the Komsomolets.
No decals are included and the directions indicate it is painted overall d
ark green (e.g. 4BO) and the tires are black. I expect it would have some s
ort of registration number on it but have not seen a good photo of one to d
etermine what they would look like.
Overall this is a nice little kit and while seemingly expensive it is styr
ene and much easier to deal with and modify than a resin kit.
Cookie Sewell
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