Thursday, 13 March 2014

ZIS 5 with AK 31 Crane


Very rare and unique model of Soviet ZIS 5 truck, equipped with equally rare AK31 crane.  
My most detailed and authentic build so far.



I am fascinated with Soviet/Russian trucks from 1940 onwards.
In the past, I built few ZIL/ZIS trucks but this had to be something special.

This is a project in three parts: First I built this model, which is manual, and I will build two more, which will be motorized, and will come with instructions.
I will took the base-chassis and cabin and make the rest different. In this case, it is the crane, In next two...cargo and halftrack!

ZIS 5 on Wikipedia


This is the real model:

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LEGO MODEL:

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This is 1:11 Scale model, made very accurately from official ZIS blueprints.
Scale was determined with the tires. I use big 24x43 tires, and scale down the rest of the model accordingly. I took me about two weeks just to make rough measurements and make the rough model in MLCAD.

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The real truck is a nightmare regarding angles...they are everywhere. The cabin has angles in three planes. Fenders are rounded, boom is sloped and angled, doors and angled...and at top of that, the whole cabin is built in uneven number of studs in width and has a good portion built in SNOT.

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The color has to be red, of course.
This version is manual. The other two will be motorized and sounded.

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Functions:

Ackerman steering geometry with working steering wheel in the cabin and HOG
Realistic working leaf spring suspension
Working ultra detailed and realistic engine-connects to the gearbox and drivetrain, and soft hose to the chromed exhaust!
Working 4 speed gearbox, with gearstick in the cabin
Working crane- lifting, luffing and slew
Working outriggers
Openable doors on truck and crane
Openable hood and side panels to reveal engine
Transparent clear pieces on all doors to simulate glass.

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This truck is my personal favorite so far. It is supreme to all my others trucks regarding look, sturdiness and functions.
I hope you like it, too.

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