Russian Zil-131V Tractor Unit...
...another new kit from Bronco Models, set for July 2017
Due for July release from Bronco Models is for a Cold War era Russian tractor unit variant of the Zil-131V truck. Their information tells us -
Russian Zil-131V Tractor Truck
The Zil-131 is a Russian military 6x6 3.5 - 5 ton truck first introduced in 1967.The Zil-
131 replaced the Zil-157 series trucks which appeared in the late 1950's. It has been
built in several versions including cargo truck, tanker, dump-truck and tractor used with
several different trailers. The Zil-131v was the commonly used tractor unit for the SA-2
Guideline Surface To Air missile transporter trailer. It has since been used as a tractor
for other semi-trailers in Russia and by her allies. It is powered by a 150 bhp V-8 petrol
engine, giving a road speed of 80 km/h and a range of 650 kilometers. The all-metal cab
has seating for the driver and two passengers. Over 1 Million Zil-131 series trucks were
manufactured from 1967 to 1994. These simple robust trucks were designed for the
harshest weather conditions and roughest of roads. Despite its age it is still in service
with the Russian military. They have seen action in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Thanks to Bronco Models for the news.