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Trumpeter 1/35 Soviet NKL-16 Aerosan Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review April 2013 Manufacturer Trumpeter
Subject Soviet NKL-16 Aerosan Scale 1/35
Kit Number 2337 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Interesting subject, wonderful details, full interior Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Advanced MSRP (USD) $22.95

First Look


The NKL-16 Aerosan was introduced by the Soviet Union during World War II. It was based on the earlier NKL-6. It was made of plywood and powered by an M-11G aircraft engine. During WW II, improved NKL-16/41 and NKL-16/42 models were built and production started at the ZIS and GAZ car factories, and at smaller industries such as the Stalingrad Bekietovskiy Wood Works. The NKL-16s were organized into transport battalions with NKL-26s.

The Trumpeter kit of the Soviet NKL-16 Aerosan consists of 151 parts on 9 trees, 86 photo etch detail parts and a short piece of copper wire. All of the parts are well detailed and there is no flash present. Seam lines are very fine and cleanup will be fast and easy. The instructions are up to Trumpeters normal high standards and will be easy to follow.

Construction begins with the 4 skis and the detail is really nice here. Next is the interior and Trumpeter has provided the complete interior. The gauges for the instrument panel are provided as decals. Fit of the main body panels is great and little to no filler is needed. Next up is the external details and the door hinges are phenomenal! The engine is up next and Trumpeter has included all of the details. This will build up into an incredibly detailed model that could be displayed by itself. The last step has you adding the final details to the main body.

This is another winner from Trumpeter and anyone interested in Soviet vehicles should add one to their collection!

My sincere thanks to Squadron/MMD for this review sample!