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Hobby Boss- GAZ-AAA + Quad Maxim AA Gun First Look

Catalog Number: 84571 Manufacturer: Hobby Boss
Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2024 Retail Price: $52.99
Scale: 1:35 Reviewed By: Matt Deck

Hobby Boss GAZ-AAA with Quad Maxim AA Gun First Look

 

 

MEET HOBBY BOSS

Hobby Boss kits have been around for awhile, so I won’t bore you with a detailed back story. They boast an impressive lineup of kits, mostly centered around military subjects. I will drop this tidbit so you can impress your friends at your next AMPS meeting: Hobby Boss is one of several brands owned by a Chinese firm, Yatai Electric Appliances Co. Limited, who says they are “a professional manufacturer of static model kits that has become a world famous modeling company.” Take that, Maytag.

 

MEET THE GAZ-AAA Truck

Our story actually starts in 1929 when the Supreme Soviet of the National Economy of the Soviet Union (whew) made an agreement with the Ford Motor Company to produce Ford Model A and Model AA trucks at an American-designed automotive factory in Nizhni Novograd. Initially, ten Model AA trucks were built at the plant before Russian engineers made their own blueprints for production, featuring thicker steel and a beefed up suspension. Production of the “Nizhni Novograd Avtomobilini Zavod,” or NAZ, began in earnest, cranking out 60 trucks each day. 

In 1932, the city of Nizhni Novograd changed its name to “Gorki,” to honor Maxim Gorki. A year later, the truck plant followed suite, becoming Gorki Automobilini Zavod, or GAZ. The GAZ-AA truck was born and quickly became the standard lightweight truck of the Red Army. 

Sparked by the success of their little 4x4, GAZ created the heavier GAZ-AA, a 6x4, 2t truck variant in 1934. Serial production of the GAZ-AAA began in 1936 and these trucks were churned out until August of 1943 when the GAZ factory was leveled by the Luftwaffe. Almost 37,373 GAZ-AAA trucks were produced, including 3,331 BA-6 and BA-10 armored cars. Outstanding off-road capability and rugged performance made the GAZ-AAA an outstanding platform for weaponry, including the intimidating quad Maxim. 

 

MEET THE QUAD MAXIM

The “Pulyemyot Maksima PM1910 served as the heavy machine gun for the Imperial Russian Army in WW1. In 1930 the gun was modernized and adapted by the Red Army. After an additional modernization in 1941, the Maxim served in WW2 until it was replaced by the SG-43 Goryunov in 1943. After WW2, the Maxim was phased out of service, but still saw action in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Most recently, the Ukrainian military pulled some Maxims out of storage during the 2022 Russian invasion due to their reputation for accuracy and reliability. The Maxim is capable of delivering 7.62mm rounds down field at a velocity of 740 meters per second at a rate of 600 rounds per minute. Fun fact, in WW2, some Soviet Maxim teams fitted their weapons with tractor radiator caps so they could pack the water jacket full of snow before firing. 

The first quad-Maxim was developed around 1929 by Fedor Tokarev and was put into service in 1931. This ungainly weapons system saw continuous action with the Red Army throughout WW2, appearing in fixed fortifications, naval vessels and the subject of our model here. 

 

MEET THE HOBBY BOSS GAZ-AAA + QUAD MAXIM AA GUN

Hobby Boss presents their GAZ-AA in a sturdy box with decent box art. Inside, you’ll find 15 tan plastic sprues, a small set of photo-etch details and a clear sprue with windows and headlight lenses. Sprues holding small or delicate parts are wrapped in thin foam – a very nice touch.

 

The vinyl tires feature fantastic tread and sidewall detail, but you know, they’re vinyl. The decal sheet has enough markings to support the two suggested color schemes provided in the kit, one straight 4BO green and one whitewashed vehicle. Hobby Boss needs to be praised for including a set of die-cut masks for both sides of the windows – a very nice touch. 

Inspection of the sprues revealed decent molding, with very fine detailing. There is flash to deal with here and there, but nothing significant. Like every Hobby Boss kit I have built, the attachment points for the pieces are VERY big– even on the smaller pieces. It is important to pay extra attention to where the actual piece ends, and where the attachment point begins. 

 

SPRUE SHOTS? YOU BET!

SPRUE A

 

SPRUE B (X2)

 

SPRUE C

 

SPRUE D (X2)

 

SPRUE E

 

SPRUE G

 

SPRUE M

 

THE OTHER SPRUE M – hmmmm

 

SPRUE W

 

SPRUE WH

 

SPRUE V

 

THOSE VINYL TIRES

 

PHOTOETCH

 

DECALS AND MASKS

 

Welp, I’m off to the bench. Let’s see what we get...

Recommendation? Check out the full build review!

Thanks goes out to Model Rectifier Corporation for this review kit.

Reviewed by Matt Deck

 

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