This was a gamble I decided to take today, at one of the local flea malls. I may have an expensive desk ornament, or I may have a good deal, I just don’t know. I do know that it wouldn’t have been there next week, or possibly even tomorrow, so I took the chance.

I started looking up some background, and wrote out a word document, yadda, yadda, yadda,...when it occured to me that there used to be Soviet Saturdays. I looked that up and found that they were posted by BigNsloW, and that he had already written about these trucks:

And, these’s no sense in describing what has already been described, as far as the history goes, so here’s a couple more photos:

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The rear hatch obviously opens, but it wouldn’t stay up on its own and I didn’t have a toothpick, so...

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BigNsloW mentions in his post that there are Chinese knock offs; this says Made in USSR, but I don’t know if the Chinese left that on the base or not.
So,
I may have an expensive desk ornament, or I may have a good deal, I just don’t know, yet.