ACE-72203 1/72 GAZ-AAA Soviet WW2 Truck model kitDeveloped from the GAZ-AA, (a licensed built copy of the Ford model AA truck from the USA) muched loved for its simplicity and ruggedness. However due to the state of Russian roads NAM! (the Automotive Scientific Research Centre) felt that a 6x4 would be more useful, so work started on a twin rear axle vehicle, they found that by mating the GAZ-AA with the Timken twin rear axle also from the USA, they had made a 6x4 truck, first entering production as the Ford Timken, due to the use of the axle. The name was later changed to GAZ-AAA being a purely Soviet innovation.
GAZ-AAA was the first Soviet 6x4 truck with a capacity of 2 tonnes, with an 40 hp engine . The GAZ-AAA had the same dimensions, cab and body as the GAZ-AA, but was slightly heavier and able to carry 33% more cargo, it entered service with the RKKA (Workers and Peasants Red Army) in 1934 and by 1943 when the truck was phased out of production nearly 38,000 had been built. The GAZ-AAA chassis was used in a number of variants, the GAZ-05-193 bus, BZ-38 and BZ-38-U fuel trucks, AS-2 and AS-3 Ground starters, PM-3 field repair workshops, the GAZ-AAA also mounted the 76mm SU-12 field gun, the 37mm AA gun and a quadruple Maxim MG. A slightly modified GAZ-AAA chassis was also used as the basis for the gun equipped BA-3, BA-6, BA-10 and the MG armed BA-9and BA-30 Armoured cars.