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Pickup w/ ZU-23-2
Pickup w/ ZU-23-2
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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SUMMARY
Highs: Great details and production quality. Another niche kit that fills a great need for modern subjects.
Lows: Truck lacks any Toyota branding or decals for likely legal/licensing reasons.
Verdict: Another great addition for Meng and one that should make both Soviet-period builders happy (with the ZU-23-2) as well as modern Middle Eastern diorama creators.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: VS-004
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 29, 2013
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.90%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

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Comments

Nice video review.. and good clear pics. Thanks! Check here if you'd like to see one in action http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=880_1361449067 Hisham
APR 29, 2013 - 10:38 AM
Well I guess that answers that question then. Very stable firing from side.
APR 29, 2013 - 11:34 AM
The Pick Up great and nice, the ZU-23-2 could be better.
APR 29, 2013 - 11:55 AM
Good to see I'm not the only one, I find the gun a bit chunky, detailing lacks finesse. I'll buy the kit anyway, but mostly for the vehicle itself. Cheers, Christophe
APR 30, 2013 - 06:22 AM
Some LINK pages I thought I were neat- Technicals In The Mediterranean And ME LINK More typical truck size for ZU-23 Sergei mount LINK Libyan And Syrian _ZPU-2_ (twin 14.5mm HMG) in action LINK LINK LINK LINK Better Tires LINK Inexpensive PE LINK Squadron of course has these listed as new, at around 35 dollars, this month if you're in North America. Note that both irregulars are using the old Wehrmacht trick of applied mud to dull their reflectivity, including the windows- LINK Though the Libyan's 'forestry service' baseline camouflage probably provides added incentive here compared to the FIBUA nature of the Syria fighting! The Toyota HZJ75 (kit) and 79 (video) pickups are popular in the ME as guntrucks because they have a shallow, high-set bed which means a simple cutout notch in the sides lets the mount rest even with the wheel wells and allows them to traverse their gunmounts across a much wider coverage arc. They are still welded to angle iron cross struts resting in the bed but are much more shallowly set than would be on say the Hilux pickup, providing better depression when shooting at near field or sloped targets. Speaking of which, the only shot I have of a ZPU mount on a Hilux DOES NOT show it resting in the bed at all but rather with the trailer arms splayed to cover the two back corners and front (just behind the cab) of the sidewalls, bringing the gun almost 2.5ft higher than the bottom of the bed with certain CG issues (but much better barrel coverage) as a result. For diorama builders, also note how the guns are always brought up and across when not actually firing. Particularly in Syria, these units are often fighting in very narrow streets against hair trigger artillery and rooftop sniping/ATGW threats which means they have to get away fast from their back-and-squirt engagements. Having the barrels hang over the edge when you do your sprintaway is hard on the suspension as the truck takes the tight corners even beyond hitting pedestrians, bicyclers and the odd car. While the ZU-23 and ZPU-1 are present, the aftermarket is missing a great opportunity here to put together a ZPU-2 for both these pickups as the twin 14.5mm is far and away the most popular mount for reasons of both combined firepower, ammo cheapness and light ordnance weight. I would suggest that the Sheriff's Badge of the Libyan Mobile National Force and the Nike Swoosh emblem of the Syrian FSA might also be good AM Decal subjects as would some addition accessories (flags), better figures (both mounts are intended to be dual-serviced with a gunner's assistant) and perhaps some camo nets or tarps. LINK LINK This is likely going to be a really popular kit with crossover from both the auto and armor communities. I wish Meng all possible success in their production and hope they will to continue with a few more exotics.
SEP 11, 2013 - 07:55 AM
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