Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Recently got a few different cars from a few different places!

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This very nice Lada 2110 I found at a garage sale. The hood and trunk both open, but both hinges broke at different times when opening and closing them, so no pictures of that, (I had to glue the hinges back together)

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The detail is actually pretty good for something like this.

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It’s a 1.5i! just what nobody wanted.

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Metal bottom, and actually made in Russia! given the logo on the bottom, it looks like this was a dealership promo piece. Pretty cool for what it is.

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Next car isn’t a car at all. Ordered from Taobao.com (Like aliexpress, but even more Chinese) it’s a Zil-130! Really nicely detailed. When it arrived the driver’s mirror was broken, though. So authentic Spintires tree damage!

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Even the wheels and the tire tread are nicely detailed. The gas tank isn’t straight, but given what the real ones I saw in Cuba were like, this isn’t too surprising (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me) (but not to me).

These things were truly the workhorse of Cuba, I saw quite a few.
These things were truly the workhorse of Cuba, I saw quite a few.
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Illustration for article titled Russian (Chinese?) Cars. 1/43 scale (Mostly!)

Other than the fact that it looks like it has HIDs, the detail on the front end is really nice, too. Check out the ZiL logo on the hood.

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Illustration for article titled Russian (Chinese?) Cars. 1/43 scale (Mostly!)

Bottom is super detailed as well, really nice. Apparently made by Markun Toys in China.

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Illustration for article titled Russian (Chinese?) Cars. 1/43 scale (Mostly!)

Another car ordered at the same time from Taobao.com, it’s a Wartburg 353.

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The detail isn’t *as* nice on this one, with the visible mounting for the headlights, but check out those foglights.

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They actually did put the Wartburg script on the back. it’s a lot clearer on camera than with the naked eye.

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This one doesn’t actually say who produced it, and has a fairly generic bottom, however, as an interesting easter egg, it says “Made in P.R.C.” I spoke with a Chinese friend, and he says this indicates it was made sometime in the 90s, probably, given that most things say Made in China, versus “Made in Peoples Republic of China”
EDIT: with the help of a friend, we determined that it’s a Deagostini model.

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And now, a beautiful Gaz-22 produced by Nash Avtoprom, ordered from eBay. I’ve been looking into purchasing my own Gaz-22 from Ukraine, but for now, this 1:43 scale will have to do.

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The front end of a Series 3 Gaz-21 or 22. Apparently some prototypes were made in Series 2, but this is more correct. A little disappointed that the bumper doesn’t have the dip for the hand crank.

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The black plates are an homage to classic USSR plates.

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This one doesn’t say where it was made. but it does have some decent detail and the NASH AVTOPROM logo, along with “Gaz-22 Volga”



All in all, a nice set of models. I’ve been trying to get some 1/43 scale Chinese cars, but they’re pretty expensive. China seems to like the 1:32 and 1:36 scales, which won’t look good next to these Russian beasts.

I attempted to order a 1:43 scale Gaz Chaika 13 wagon, but it never arrived. Chock it up to Taobao. oh well.

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Anyone else with cool Russian or other odd car models?

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