SOVIET AND RUSSIAN SCALE MODELS
I want to tell you about Russian scale models of the Soviet automobiles
produced since a 1912. First, serial models; in general they are issued
by the factory i.e. "Radon" in Marks and "Tantal" in Saratov. There are
many different models. For example, "Moscvich" has an operating bonnet
detailing only the engine and "Volga" details the engine, gimbals,
accumulator, windscreen wipers and lighting. Model cars of the high
government officials, ZIL 115 and ZIL 117, are very elegant. The "Kamaz" by
Kazan issues perfect models of great accuracy. For example, even the
wheel sprockets turn. The Leningrad firefighter model, based off 1937 ZIS
is als very detailed. I can say with confidence that soviet car models
are the best in the world. This is due to models being developed and
produced in military facories responsible for radio components. However,
now that public contracts on military production are gone, many of the
workers are building models to sell as income in Moscow.
As for hand made models, they are produced in Moscow, Herson,
Ekaterinburg and Kiev, but all eventually end up in Moscow. The quality of these
models can vary. Many collectors in Moscow prefer models without
opening doors or bonnets due to the risk of damaging paint. It is also
possible to order very complex models with as many as 300 details. It is
mainly the models of lorries. It is also possible to order both a set of
details or a complete model, some which you may see in a catalog..
I hope this information has been interesting and helps you to assemble
a beautiful collection. Good luck!