Hello Comrades,

Today we take a break from the usual small scale models and feature a 1/43 scale model for a change. This is a model of the ZIL 41047 - the car for the most equal of all people - the members of the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

This model was introduced in 1985. It has seven seats including the driver. When loaded it weighs 3,550 kg (7,826 lb). The top speed with two persons is listed as "not less than 190 km/h (118 mph)". It is powered by a 7.7 L (469 cubic inch) carbureted V8 claimed to be of ZIL's own indigenously developed design giving 232 kW (315 hp) at 4,600 revs per minute. This engine drives the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic.

This 1/43 scale model was actually made in the USSR - as such, there is no brand name attached to it and I have no idea where exactly it was produced - but it would have been made sometime in the late 80s. It isn't just a very large model - it is also extremely heavy - and for a model from the Eastern Bloc very well detailed and executed.

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I am guessing they were made mainly to be sold to tourists or for export - they were actually quite easy to find even around here up until the early 2000s. A bunch of different Mokvich and Lada models were also available - judging by the execution, most likely from the same factory and also in quite good quality.

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As a member of the Politburo, you could relax in the back seat of one of these chauffeur driven monsters, secure in the knowledge that you were riding in the most powerful, biggest and fastest machines east of Berlin. Nothing else came close.

Production ended in 2002 - but another batch was made in 2010 as Valdimir Putin insisted on riding in home made machinery instead of imported Limos. About 230 were made all in.