Polishing up an old Gaz truck
This entry was posted on August 25, 2021.
Way back in 2015, I backed a Kickstarter for the Winter War. It was a very good Kickstarter (possibly too generous) and in due course, I received my models. The vehicles were particularly good, with a BA 10, T26, Aerosans and a Gaz truck.
Like with many things, I'd used some of the models from the Kickstarter but still have quite a few to paint and finish. I recently dug out the field kitchen (a goulash kanone!) to paint up as an objective. Alongside it was a Gaz truck I'd previously missed. I dusted them both off and prepared them for painting.
The original Gaz wheels were metal and looked satisfactory. I suddenly thought I could replace the metal wheels with high detail plastic ones, which would also reduce the weight of the model. The Rubicon kits have plenty of spare extra parts - their T26 tank kit uses the same turret components as their BA10. The sprue with the turret also has the roadwheels for the BA10, these are the same wheels as the Gaz.
The conversion (if I can really call it that) simply involved fitting the Rubicon rear wheels to the original metal chassis. For the front wheels, I added a small section of plastic rod so they'd fit into the grooves.
Kudos to Rubicon for their host of spare parts - I always find a good use for them. Many a time I've replaced a broken gun barrel or other parts from their spares.
Now all I have to paint the truck... what do you mean they don't do Vallejo Model Color Russian Green anymore?
- Editor note: I am now hearing that several people did not receive their Kickstarter. I guess I was one of the lucky ones. I am truly sorry to hear of peoples' experiences with this project.