|Kit # 72007||Construction review by Rob Haelterman|
Henk of Holland sent me a preproduction sprue of S-Model's GAZ-67B, which I liked so much that I immediately bought a production kit as well. (The production kit contains two vehicles.)
As far as I can tell, the pre-production sprue is the same as in the production kit, but it came without decals, instructions or PE fret. The PE fret contains a shovel, a saw, tow hooks and footsteps that go on the hull.
Construction showed a very good fit, with a lot of parts not really needing glue to stay in place.
did not have sinkholes or flash or annoying ejector marks where they
could be seen. There were, however, "slits" on top of the
front mudguards, just outside of the headlights that do not correspond
to anything seen on the real vehicle in my opinion. Speaking of headlights,
while I wanted to build the kit out of the box (allowing for the fact
that the preproduction sprue actually doesn't have a box) I drilled
out the headlights to make lenses. Things went horribly wrong there
on my first attempt (I'll spare you the details), so I ended up scratchbuilding
a pair of headlights and doing plastic surgery on the recesses where
these headlights went. Normally assembling the kit would have taken
an hour, now it took days.
out of the box theme" was subjected to some artistic licence,
as I didn't install the PE footsteps on the rear of the hull in one
of the production kits, only the PE tow hooks. The reason is that
the attachment is a butt joint, where the "butt" is the
thin edge of the PE, which barely qualifies as a surface to hold superglue.
As an aside S-Model didn't pay attention to the fact that the PE parts
that go around the rear corners should have suitably slanted edges.
Note that these corner "steps" aren't seen on all vehicles
by the way.
Markings are provided for two rather generic vehicles. Decals number "2" are not mentioned but are individual numbers that can always be of good use. You will get two spare red stars, but unfortunately these aren't perfectly printed as they are printed red over white (for opacity) but the white doesn't cover the star completely and isn't centred. The end effect will be a red star with a somewhat different red offset border.
For one of the kits (the pre-production kit), decals from the spares box were used.
In general, this is a very nice kit. Being sold as "quick build" and thus giving the impression of a wargaming kit, it is better than a lot of kits that are sold as display models.
As my references are rather limited, I am not sure if I have been able to fairly judge the kit for accuracy. For instance, I do not have any measurements of the vehicle, but it looks right to the Mk.I eyeball compared to .
 Gaz 67 B, Kagero Topshots 11011, A Osinski, 2005
My thanks to S-Model and Henk of Holland for the pre-production sample of this kit. Other kits kindly bought by the author.