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HobbyBoss 1:35 Soviet KrAZ-255B 7-ton truck model

By Aaron Skinner
Published: April 14, 2015

Stock No.: 85506

MSRP: $87.99

Availability: Squadron

Target consumer: Interme­diate to advanced military modelers

First impression: New this month is a Soviet military vehicle, a 1:35-scale KrAZ-255B 7-ton, 6 x 6 truck from HobbyBoss.

Built to replace the KrAZ-214, the 255B has been operated by military and civilian users since the late 1960s. It’s earned a reputation for ruggedness and the ability to navigate almost any terrain.

HobbyBoss’ new tooling has fantastic examples of modern molding. The one-piece cab and the fenders are highlights. But I was im-pressed by the scale-thin radiator grille, and especially the open cooling louvers on the engine side covers.

Behind the louvers lurks a detailed rendition of the KrAZ’s V-8, 15-liter powerplant with separate manifolds, plumbing and belts. It connects to a great-­looking drivetrain with multi-part axles, brake cylinders, propeller shafts, transfer case and leaf springs. 

The instructions don’t show the rear springs being attached, but it looks like it may be possible, with careful gluing, to articulate the rear wheels. Seven vinyl tires complete the running gear and the spare rack between the cab and bed.

The cargo bed includes wooden texture on some parts. Troop seats can be posed lowered or stowed.

Details abound in the cab: full controls (including pedals), an adjustable driver’s seat, decal instruments for the dash, and even a clear dome light. Optional parts allow the windshield panes to be posed open.

Photo-etched brass is used for mudflaps, bumpers, tie-downs, light brackets, steps and jerry-can racks.

Decals and painting diagrams provide markings for four KrAZ-255Bs: two Finnish trucks, and one each in East German and Soviet service.

Why you should stock it: Excellent tooling on the plastic parts and etched-metal details make this model a standout. The builder­ interested in this model will find authenticity important, so be sure to stock correct paints. Soviet 1:35 military figures, terrain materials, and other diorama elements are also natural add-ons. 

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