Armory 1/72 AKZ-75M-131-P Soviet Airfield Oxygen Refueller
By Matt Bittner
- AKZS-75M-131-P, undefined airfield, Russian Federation (this has a blue refueler, a light-green cab and the chassis and tires black)
- AKZS-75M-131-P, Ivano-Frankivs'k airfield, Ukrainian AF (blue-green refueler and cab with a black chassis and tires)
- AKZS-75M-131-P, Sknyliv airfield, Ukrainian AF (dark green refueler and cab, black chassis and tires)
- AKZS-75M-131-P, undefined airport, Russian Federation (yellowe refueler and cab, black chassis and tires)
- AKZS-75M-131-P, undefined airfield, AF of Poland (dark green refueler and cab, black chassis and tires)
Construction starts with the ICM kit. Armory "grays out" those parts of the instructions you're not supposed to worry about. In fact, the entire injected bed of the original ICM ZiL-131 isn't included so there will be less confusion.
Once the ICM kit is assembled, then you add the photoetch, resin and one ICM plastic tire spare-tire-and-battery-area to the model. After that whole area is on then you'll work on the one-piece refueler, adding the extra photoetch and other pieces. Once that is finished, then it is added to the chassis of the ICM truck. Unfortunately that step isn't illustrated and I'm hoping it will be an easy install.
All-in-all this isn't a difficult kit, there are just plenty of parts to it. Take your time cutting parts from the ICM sprue as some of them are delicate. Study the instructions plenty before committing any assembly and it should be a not-difficult build.
My thanks to Armory for supplying this kit to review.