Welcome to Soviet Saturday, comrades. Here, I discuss the greatest automotive legends from the Soviet era and beyond.

In case you thought the series came to an end, you’ve been mistaken. I have plenty more material and many more diecasts to show you.

A while back I wrote about RAF vans. Well today you get to see what came about after the RAF era. That would be the GAZelle.

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In the early 90's GAZ was on the brink of bankruptcy. With the fall of the Union and saturation of the market with foreign cars, nobody in Russia was buying domestic. GAZ needed to come up with something desirable and they had to do it quickly.

In 1994 first generation of GAZelle light duty, commercial vans and trucks was released. GAZelle quickly proved itself to be a workhorse and became the vehicle of choice for ambulances and fixed run taxis as well as small businesses.

The body on frame construction and rear wheel drive provide for a nice chassis for all sorts of conversions.

I have 11 DeAgostini Gazelle models of 3 generations in several variants. There are also Russian made models available on the market but from my research the quality of the metal is very poor and just about all are prone to zinc pest. It’s a shame really because the first gen that Russians make actually has better dimensions than the Chinese model.

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Here is my collection. I have a couple of delivery trucks, a pair of ambulances, a news van, an armoured car, a flat bed and a couple of others.

As with other DeAgostini models they all have plain black interiors in need of some paint.

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