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Roden 1/35 KrAZ-255B Truck Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review August 2013 Manufacturer Roden
Subject KrAZ-255B Truck Scale 1/35
Kit Number 0805 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Great subject, full engine Cons Some sink marks to deal with
Skill Level Advanced MSRP (USD) $64.99

First Look

KrAZ-255B Kit
KrAZ-255B Kit
KrAZ-255B Kit
KrAZ-255B Kit
KrAZ-255B Kit

The KrAZ-214 was a Soviet truck produced in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuck between 1959 and 1967. The KrAZ-214 had a 7 ton carrying capacity and could transport special loads on a trailer, up to 50 tons by gross weight. A series of special military trucks were produced on the basis of the KrAZ-214, along with power shovels, water tankers, pontoon and bridge carriers, and fuel servicing trucks for strategic rockets. Apart from the USSR, the KrAZ-214 was exported to several allies of the Soviet Union including East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Cuba, Egypt, Algeria and many others. More than 30 thousand of this type of truck was produced.

After a request for new wheels and tires for the Kraz-214 in 1966, the KrAZ-255B looked like a bear - the truck became visually more massive although externally, except for the wheels, tires and headlights it didn't differ much from the 214 model. The first trucks rolled off of the production line in 1967.

In 1993, 25 years after the beginning of construction, the last KrAZ-255B came off the production line. More than 195,000 of all variants had been built.

The Roden kit of the KrAZ-255B consists of 467styrene parts molded in green and black, 13 styrene parts molded in clear and 7 rubber tires. The parts are well molded and have plenty of detail, but there is some flash present and a few sink marks that will have to be dealt with. Unlike the 214 kit, this one does not provide the canvas top. The instructions are well written and should be easy to follow. Markings are provided for no fewer than 7 vehicles. They are:

  • Ukrainian Army, 2002
  • NVA, East Germany, late 1980's
  • Czechoslovakian Army, early 1980's
  • West Group of the Soviet Army, early 1980's
  • Russian Federation Army, late 1990's
  • Soviet Union Army, late 1980's
  • Hungarian Army, early 2000

Some key features of the kit:

  • Highly detailed drive train
  • Detailed suspension
  • Full engine
  • Detailed fuel tanks
  • Detailed interior
  • Doors can be built open or closed
  • Hood can be built open or closed

This truck will be MASSIVE once built!  If you are interested in modern military trucks, you will want to add this to your collection.

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!