Tuesday, January 8

A Big mover & trailer in small scale from Takom

Takom has released another new kit in their 72nd scale line of new models. This one is a continuation on the Soviet-built truck line - the Maz-537G Tractor w/ CHMZAP-5247G Semi-Trailer. This massive truck has quite a few features that will make it attractive to modellers, we see a little about the kit and the real beast in our preview...


A New Prime Mover & Trailer from Soviet- Era Russia & Takom

Russian Army Tank Transporter
Maz-537G Tractor w/ CHMZAP-5247G Semi-Trailer
From Takom
1/72nd scale
Kit No# 5004
Takom has released news on their fourth kit in 1/72nd scale, this one is a continuation of their Russian truck line - this time the large Russian Maz-537G Tractor with the addition of the CHMZAP-5247G Semi-Trailer.
We thought we would take you through the history of the vehicle a little before we looked at the little we know about this latest release so far...

Maz-537G Tractor w/ CHMZAP-5247G Semi-Trailer
The MAZ- 537 is a 12-cylinder diesel engine-powered military truck artillery tractor, originally designed for loads up to 50 tons (using semitrailers such as the ChMZAP-9990 or ChMZAP-5247G, for example) with later versions providing a maximum load of 65 tons. It has been manufactured by the Minsk Automobile Plant (from 1959 to 1965) and the Kurgan Wheel Tractor Plant from 1963 until the halt of production in 1990.
The metal cab of the MAZ-537 provides space for the driver and 3 passengers for a total of four occupants, has two access doors on the side and a roof hatch, and is equipped with additional engine-independent heating. 
The 537G modification version is characterized by the addition of a winch to facilitate loading and unloading, as well as enabling self-extraction when stalled in adverse terrain (like mud). The working cable length of the winch is 100 meters, and the winch is able to provide 15 tons of traction.
The vehicle is powered by a 12-cylinder D-12A-525A diesel engine located directly behind the cab. This engine provides preheating as well. 
The drivetrain of the MAZ-537 consists of a hydrodynamic transmission transferring power to the two front axles over a torque converter and a planetary three-stage gearbox with assisted steering (power steering) gear.
The MAZ-537 has been widely used in both military roles (as, for example, artillery tractor trailer (pulling rocket or (ballistic) missile launchers), tank transporter, and airfield tractor) and in the civilian sphere as heavy tractor trailers, tractor ballast (or secondary unit) for carrying extra heavy loads, and in oil and gas fields.

There are many different types of loads this truck can carry - and not much that it could not in our research!

This new kit from Takom:
Russian Army Tank Transporter
Maz-537G Tractor w/ CHMZAP-5247G Semi-Trailer
From Takom
1/72nd scale
Kit No# 5004
- This new kit is a continuation from the dual boxing of the No.5003
MAZ-537 & KTKT-537L (2 in 1 boxing with no trailers)
- The kit is designed by t-Rex Studio in China
- 4 different marking Schemes included in the box.
- Photo-Etch Parts Included
-High-quality vinyl tyres are included
- The kit should be ready for release by Februry 2019

For more on this kit and all of Takom's other models look at their Website