Trumpeter 1/35 Russian Ural 4320 Truck Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||October 2013||Manufacturer||Trumpeter|
|Subject||Russian Ural 4320 Truck||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||1012||Primary Media||Styrene, Photo-Etch|
|Pros||First kit of this vehicle in this scale||Cons||Cargo bed cover depicted in box art not included|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$64.95|
The Ural-4320 is a general purpose 6x6 utility truck that entered service in the Soviet army in 1976 and is still in production for the Russian armed forces today. The truck can carry over 5 tons of cargo and the chassis has been used for a variety of special purpose vehicles including the BM-21 Grad rocket launcher.
There is a new subject in this scale produced by Trumpeter, the Ural-4320 truck. As usual, this is a nice looking project and has found its way onto my work bench. I am quite amazed at the details including the twin photo-etched fan belts on the detailed diesel engine, but we'll talk more about that in the build review.
This kit is molded in the usual light gray styrene and presented on seven parts trees plus one tree of clear parts and two frets of photo-etched details.
Among the features and options in this kit:
- Detailed chassis and drive train
- Detailed suspension system
- Detailed cab
- Positionable cab doors
- Removable hood
- Detailed cargo bed
Unfortunately, the kit does not provide the option of a covered cargo bed as depicted on the box art. With the help of a simple bending jig and brass wire, you can create the frame for the cargo cover and then cover it with your preferred medium. Truck kits like these can be built as-is or serve as the basis of a good vignette or diorama with the addition of a few figures and some cargo.
This is another really nice release from Trumpeter and you'll be seeing more of this in the near future.
My sincere thanks to Stevens International for this review sample!