May 29, 2015

KrAZ 255B | timber truck

This time, we will talk about KrAZ-255B (Latin writing of KpA3 225b) - an off-road 6x6 heavy truck.
KpA3 (Кременчуцький Aвтомобільний 3авод) is a factory that produces trucks and other special-purpose vehicles in Kremenchug; Ukraine.
KrAZ factory starts its production in 1946. The production was mainly based on agricultural vehicles and machinery. In 1959, as a decision of the government, the production lines from YaAZ factory (Latin writing of ЯA3 - Ярославский Автомобильный 3авод) were transferred to KrAZ. The production of the entire truck line YaAZ 6x4 - 219, 221, 222 and YaAZ 6x6 – 214, starts in the KrAZ factory, the trucks being rebranded as KrAZ.
The new KrAZ 214, a copy / paste of the YaAZ 214 will become soon, the base truck of the Soviet Army.
In 1967, KrA3 214 was replaced by 255, a new 6x6 all - terrain heavy truck. Being able to transport 7.5 tones and having a top speed of 114 km/h, the new 255 replaced successfully the old 214 as military truck.
The power unit of the 255 is a V8 diesel engine 14 886 cmc / 240 hp / 883 Nm.
Dimensionally, the truck is huge:
Length: 8645 mm;
Wide: 2750 mm;
Wheel base: 4600 mm + 1400 mm;
Track width: 2160 mm.
The conversion I made has as base a 1/43rd scale model made by Nash Avtoprom (Нaш Автопром). The timber bed is 1oo% scratch as you can see in the photos. As general look I tried to give the impression of a heavy used truck, but not a rusted wreck! So the weathering I made is some apparent rust, dust or dirt. Mainly I reproduced this by using Tamiya product as well as some acrylic rust colour paints (some different shades of rust)
The wheels were weathered by using mud colour acrylics paint, and Tamiya dust shade.
Hoping you will like it, as least as I do, I let you enjoy the ride:

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