The KamAZ 4310 was introduced in the 1980s as the workhorse truck for the army of the Soviet Union. It was the military version of the same type of civilian truck produced at the Kam
avod factory in Naberezhnye Chelny in what is now Tatarstan in the Russian Federation, with some modifications for military use. It has been used in several versions as a cargo truck, artillery tractor, and staff command vehicle, and was used as an infantry support vehicle with mounted ZU-23-2 guns in the Chechnya and Syria conflicts.
ICM markets this simply as “Soviet 6-wheel Army Truck”.
[Darren Baker included a number of sprue shots in his news
article on this kit back in May.]
There are 6 gray sprues, 1 clear sprue, 1 decal sheet, 7 rubber tyres, and 1 instruction booklet in the box.
The kit has 302 plastic parts, all well and cleanly moulded without any injection faults. The detailed instruction booklet has no less than 136 steps! The first steps are for the chassis suspension and the engine, which comes with a lot of intricate detail that you have to complete over 74 finely detailed steps. The rubber wheels are well detailed without any injection marks. The interior of the cabin is very well done and comes with the dials of the instruments on the decal sheet - doors can be built in the open or closed positions to show it all off. The cargo bay is also well detailed, and from the way it is laid out it seems that ICM will do some other versions of this truck in the future. The cabin can also be built in raised “maintenance” position to show the complete engine.
The decals came with four versions:
1. Group of Soviet Forces in Germany
2. Unknown Guard unit
3. Unknown Russian unit
4. Unknown Ukrainian unit with badge on doors
There are full number plates, and the decals are high quality.
ICM has created another winner for Soviet/Russian truck collectors. The kit will need some patience for so many steps, but the instructions are clear enough to guide you to a happy ending.