EST-35153 1/35 ZiS-42 Soviet WW2 Army Half-Truck model kit
In November 1941 German Wehrmacht approached Moscow. Production of trucks ZiS-5 at ZiS-factory was stopped and equipment and details were evacuated to the Ural. But in January 1942, taking into account great losses or transport vehicles suffered at the front, the governmentdecide to restore production of trucks in Moscow. Due to shortage of specialists, equipment, quality raw materials, the construction of ZiS-5 truck was simplified and the design was substantially changed. The new version became 200 kg less metal consuming, driver's cab and cargo body were made of wood, front-wheel brakes were no longer used. In March 1942 in the town of Ulyanovsk the first batch of ZiS-5 trucks was produced of details that were evacuated and in June in Moscow the first ZiS-5V was assembled. Production of trucks on the Ural (the town of Miass) started only in 1944. ZiS-SV was used as the basis for a number of modifications. The following modifications were produced serially: half-track truck ZiS-42; ambulance truck ZiS-44; fuel truck BZ-ZiS-SV, aerodrome truck BZ-43 and VMZ; searchlight truck 3-5-12; repair truck PM5. Besides the truck was used in anti-aircraft defense. ZiS-5V and Ural-ZiS-5V were produced in numerous modifications (lorry-mounted cranes, special-purpose trucks etc.) even afteer the war.
Eastern Express 1/35 ZiS-42 Soviet WW2 Army Half-Truck model kit. Pic.1
Eastern Express 1/35 ZiS-42 Soviet WW2 Army Half-Truck model kit. Pic.2
ZiS-42 415 mm wide ruuber track was equipped with metal shoes. Brakes with a mechanical drive acted on the back driving axle from which the turning torque was conveyed to driving sprockets of the tracks by means of two chains. Due to the fact that ZiS-42 consumed 55-60 litres of fuel per 100 km travelled on a trunk highway the truck was equipped with 300 litre capacity fuel tanks.
ZJS-42M was the result of modernization of ZiS-42 produced in 1942-43 and had a more powerful engine ZiS-16 and a number of small improvements (forexemple, a protective grille in front of the radiator and headlights). In 1942-44 production of ZiS-42 and ZJS-42M trucks amounted to 5931 pcs.
Technical data of ZiS-42
Year of Production - 1942-1944
Lenght - 6095 mm
Width - 2360 mm
High - 2950 mm
Wheelbase - 3810 mm
Power - 85 HP
Total weight - 5250 kg
Max. speed - 45 km/h
Max. range - 500 km