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28mm wargame vehicles for the Russian army of 1939-1945
28mm wargame vehicles for the Russian army of 1939-1945
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1/56 scale Russian World War Two Early War Trucks for 28mm miniature wargaming.

The GAZ (Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod (translated as Gorky Automobile Plant) AAA was a work horse of the Russian Army from 1932 until the end of the war. 

GAZ AAA 3D image
GAZ AAA 3D image

The GAZ AAA was used in many different ways and modified to add a mobile radio, Anti-aircraft gun and even to carry a short artillery gun.

Following from the successful Winter War campaign (for 28mm Finnish and Russian wargaming miniatures and vehicles) last October we decided to follow up with more options of the very popular GAZ AAA trucks. The designer of the truck, Andy Cummings, rendered a 3D sculpt of the refueling truck and I thought it would be a good idea to fund the production of the truck on Kickstarter. Backers of the Winter War campaign were asked what they thought and there was an immediate positive response.

Refueling Truck

The first truck variant and the initial funding for this Kickstarter is for the GAZZ AAA BZ38 Refueling Truck

GAZ AAA BZ38 Refueling Truck 3D render
GAZ AAA BZ38 Refueling Truck 3D render

A later version is also planned if the radio truck is funded (stretch goal of £7,500) we can use the same cab as below:

1940 varient of the GAZ AAA Refueling Truck 3D render
1940 varient of the GAZ AAA Refueling Truck 3D render

This Kickstarter is for additional vehicles to add to the Winter War Range at Baker Company. Items from the previous Kickstarter are now becoming available on our website bakercompany.co.uk where you can now pre-order most of the range.

The basic truck itself is currently being made into moulds to produce the resin and metal parts for the production models. I will post pictures of it as soon as its done. This Kickstarter is not for the basic truck just the variants mentioned above.

I have added the option to pledge for other vehicles based on the GAZ AAA truck and there are some stretch goals to unlock other variants.

The Pledges

£20 Pledge: If you pledge £20 on this Kickstarter you can choose to pledge for a single Refueling Truck. The model comes with 2 crewmen.

£40 Pledge: Choose any 2 of the vehicles available including any unlocked stretch goals. See below.

£60 Pledge: Choose any 3 of the vehicles available including any unlocked stretch goals. See below.

£80 Pledge:  Truck Platoon. Choose any 4 of the vehicles available including any unlocked stretch goals. See below.

£100 Pledge: Truck Platoon Plus Early bird. Enough trucks to transport an Infantry Platoon and additional support. Choose any 6 of the vehicles available including any unlocked stretch goals.

£120 Pledge: Truck Platoon Plus. Choose any 6 of the vehicles available including any unlocked stretch goals. See below.

Pledge Options

When you make a pledge for £40 or more, you can choose any of the trucks that are available: for example, if you choose to pledge for a platoon of 4 trucks, you can choose 2 troop transports, 1 refueling truck and 1 BA-10. Please see the list and diagram below to see what is currently available. More will be added if unlocked from the stretch goals (see below) or from other vehicles from the Russian motor pool from the Baker Company Winter War Range.

GAZ AAA BZ38 - Refueling Truck
Refueling truck with 2 crew

GAZ AAA - Troop Transport
Truck with passengers to sit in the open back of the truck. You can choose winter or summer uniformed Russian troops (early war).

GAZ AAA - Anti Aircraft
Open back Truck with quad Maxim anti-aircraft gun and 2 gun crew.

GAZ AAA - Troop Transport with canvas roof
This model will include the truck with a hollow canvas cover in resin and two passengers to sit in the opening at the back.

B-10 Armoured Car
This Armoured car was built on the same GAZ AAA chassis as the truck. The B-10 was used by the Russian Army in the Battle of Khalkin Gol against the Japanese, the Invasion of Poland, the Winter War, Operation Barbarossa and on the Eastern front until 1943. Many were also captured by Axis powers and used all across Europe.

B-20 Armoured Car
Although not based on the truck, this armoured car is based an another GAZ design. The B-20 was principally used as a scout vehicle and was used by the Spanish Republic in the Spanish civil war, and by the Russian Army in the Battle of Khalkin Gol against the Japanese,the Invasion of Poland, the Winter War and Operation Barbarossa.

Add-ons

Please find additional items you may add to your pledge level from our Russian motor pool. Add the amount to your pledge (without changing the pledge level) and when the survey is sent out after the campaign is over we will ask you to select your desired options. 

T-26 Russian Light Tank: Add £22

T-26 Twin Mounted Machine Gun Variant: Add £22

KhT-26 Flamethrower Tank: Add £22

Cargo for Truck: Add £5

Canvas cover: Add £5 Resin canvas top

Vickers 6-tonne with Bofors gun: Add £22

Komsomolet Armoured tractor: Add £16 (Vehicle with crew)

Tank Riders: Add £5

Extra Trucks: Add £20 for each Truck available

Russian Infantry platoon: Add £60 that's what the trucks are for :) Includes: HQ of Officer and NCO and 4 sections of 12 men with LMG and SMG. Can choose early war (1939-40) Winter uniform or summer uniform.

Finnish Infantry platoon: Add £45 Includes: HQ of Officer and NCO and 2 sections of 10 men with NCO and SMG and 2 x LMG section of 7 men with NCO and LMG. Also comes with a sniper team of 2 men. Can choose early war (1939-40) winter uniform or summer uniform

Stretch Goals

£2,500 : Cargo for Truck - UNLOCKED!

If we unlock this stretch goal then we will produce crates, oil drums etc which will fit in the back of the basic truck design. One cargo set will be added to your pledges free if you have pledged at the £40 level or higher and have selected at least one basic truck. They will also be available as add-ons above if funded at £5 each.

£4,500 : Transport with Canvas cover - UNLOCKED!

Unlock this goal and we will produce an optional soft top for the GAZ AAA. This model will include the truck with a hollow canvas cover in resin and two passengers to sit in the opening at the back.

You can use this truck as a vehicle option in your pledge.

GAZ AAA with canvas cover
GAZ AAA with canvas cover

NEW: £6,500 : Finnish crew

If we unlock this new stretch goal I will sculpt Finnish crew for the refueling truck and any other truck which may unlock.

£7,500 : Radio Truck - RSB-F

If this goal is unlocked we will produce the Mobile Radio Truck shown below. This model will include the truck as shown with two crew men. To unlock this model it will need a larger funding level as it will need it's own design of chassis with new 3D rendering, printing and moulds made.

The new cab on the radio truck can also be used as a variant of the other trucks as above and we will be able to add these as options if unlocked.

Once unlocked you can use this truck as a vehicle option in your pledge.

GAZ AAA RSB-F Radio truck 3D render
GAZ AAA RSB-F Radio truck 3D render

£11,000 : Mobile Gun - SU-12 (SU-1-12)

This stretch goal will unlock a GAZ AAA with 76.2 mm regimental gun M1927. These were used during the Winter War and then in smaller numbers until 1942. To unlock this model it will need a larger funding level as it will need it's own design of chassis with new 3D rendering, printing and moulds made. This model will include the crew manning the gun. We will work on the 3D render and crew sculpts as soon as the stretch goal is reached.

Once unlocked, you can use this truck as a vehicle option in your pledge.

GAZ AAA SU-1-12 Gun
GAZ AAA SU-1-12 Gun

£13,000 : Wrecked Truck

Unlucky for some - if we reach this stretch goal then we will produce a wrecked truck model. It will come on a base with debris and also a couple of casualty miniatures. We will work on the sculpts as soon as the stretch goal is reached. This will be available as an add-on which you can add to your pledge.

£18,000 : GAZ AA with BM-8-40 Katyusha (Little Katie)

This stretch goal will unlock a GAZ AA with towed Katyusha. To unlock this model it will need a larger funding level as it will need it's own design of chassis with new sculpting and moulds made. This model will include the crew manning the missile launcher. We will work on the sculpting and crew sculpts as soon as the stretch goal is reached.

Once unlocked, you can use this truck as a vehicle option in your pledge.

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Please let me know if you have any ideas of what else to add (if anything) that will be useful for WW2 wargaming.

Risks and challenges

With even a limited experience of running Kickstarter campaigns I know how easy a project can run into small problems which mean that schedules slip, whether this is due to technical issues or the shear demand. With the Winter War campaign we had both problems. However, with this new project we are already running before we start. The basic truck is designed and moulds made, masters for the refueling truck are complete and the stretch goal items are all planned and ready to go. A caster (Ainstey Casting) is already working on our Winter War project and will start on the trucks from this Kickstarter straight after that has completed. I will regularly update everyone on the progress throughout the funding process and until we complete in September 2014.

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