|The ZIL E-167, an experimental six-wheeler that was almost unstoppable. And LARGE.|
|A Soyuz capsule, above a beautiful cloud layer, descending to the ground. Click for super large! (©NASA)|
Enter the ZIL 4906. A six-wheeler, all wheel drive, front and back steering. Amphibious. It has two boat screws beneath the watertight closed chassis to propel the truck through rivers, lakes and swamps.
In its capacity of personnel carrier, it is called the 4906-1 and it has a long, low cabin on the back, with a bed and a couch for checking up on the space travellers' health and overall well being. The other one, 4906, is for lifting the landed Soyuz from the ground with a small crane and place it on its back. It has a special shaped recess in its loading area where the capsule fits in to.
|ZIL 4906-1 afloat.(Photo: unknown origin, not mine, let me know if you are the maker)|
I am working on the cabin, and it's a joy to build. It is a bit of a puzzle, because although the accompanying drawings are quite meticulous and detailed, the order in which to build and some little sub-builds are not so well documented. Maxim is Russian and I guess it is not so easy to write up a full instruction of how to put what where.
So I am making one as I go with this model. Later this week, the first instalment of this build.
|ZIL 4906 lifting a burnt Soyuz on its back. (Photo: unknown origin, let me know if you are the maker)|
Now, I have hopefully teased you all enough to keep coming back for a next time.
This has to do for now.
See you next time!
PS. Most of Maxim's MaksArt models (with download links) can be found in this thread on the Papermodelers.com forum.