In different circumstances and times when emissions and regulations were not the words anyone important would use together, traction and torque were the king, and red won over green by default, big vehicles roamed vast plains east of the Urals. V-12 growling beasts with 39 L displacement, generating 2000 Newtonmeters of torque and sucking 128 liter of diesel for each 100 kms of impossible terrain that happened to come under the 8 colossal driving wheels. And unlike the dinosaurs, they are still truckin’…
MAZ-573 was borne more than 50 years ago to pull anything from tanks, cranes, ballistic missiles, lumber and of course heavy aircraft. I remember watching these monsters passing by when I was a boy and feeling the engine frequency in my belly. I don’t use the word very often, but they were awesome.
Hungarian resin kit company, Armada Hobby, produced several version of MAZ-573 in 1:72 scale and one of them is this heavy aircraft tug, providing perfect companionship for some big Russian wings…
Anyhow, here it is, my homage to this brute and another piece in my diorama puzzle. You can see more of the build here: http://imodeler.com/groups/dioramas/forum/topic/in-search-of-a-better-tittle/