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Posted: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 - 01:12 AM UTC
That is sweet looking.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 - 06:13 AM UTC
Michael,
Looks like it was scratch built.

http://fzmw-militaryminiature.blogspot.ca/2012_01_01_archive.html

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2015 - 08:28 PM UTC
Rob, you may be right. I thought the radiators looked like resin castings and the engine definately looks like resin but the engine may have come from another source just as mine did.

Mike
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Posted: Friday, January 09, 2015 - 06:44 AM UTC
Michael,
They are resin, just that he made them himself.

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 04:35 AM UTC

Photo autocentre.ua
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Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 12:36 AM UTC
How about a crane variant of the 537? I didn't know about that one!

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Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 08:50 PM UTC
As often happens, once you find one reference on a new topic you then immediately find others:

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Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 09:32 PM UTC
The second Disney "Cars" movie went on the International Auto Racing Circuit and involved international spies and foreign intrigue.

If only the movie had included a Russian component MAZZY here could have had a starring role!

(Illustration by S-a-p-p-e-r)
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Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 08:29 PM UTC
Here is a nice piece of MAZ inspiration for a partial scratch-built conversion: A bolster tractor/trailer combination. Notice the unpowered hubs on the two trailer axles. The trailer probably has a telescoping central pole that could extend to keep the trailer attached to the tractor's towing pintle regardless of the length of the load.

Used to haul long pipe sections, logs, large girders or pre-cast concrete beams. For extremely long loads the trailer section could be uncoupled and strapped directly to the load itself.

Also note the massive "headache rack" behind the cab to protect the tractor and driver from sliding loads.


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Similar US arrangement for backwoods logging:

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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 10:52 PM UTC
Want to test drive a 537 or 543 (at least on your computer?)

Check out a fairly recent new video game entitled "Spin Tires".




YouTube demo video at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv2-8IS-jfU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4gK9BCKGxw
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Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 02:11 AM UTC
I'm trying to finish mine now, just trying to find the right walkarounds an i think you got those awesome sites.
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Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:16 AM UTC
There are two walk-arounds on Prime Portal, William in case you haven't found them already:

http://www.primeportal.net/trucks/egor_kalmykov/maz-537/
http://www.primeportal.net/trucks/gabor_fodor/maz-537/

Hope this helps!
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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 03:01 AM UTC
Somehow I missed the announcement on this MiniArt kit!

If you want an excellent and inexpensive starting point for an engine to install in those older MAZ 537 and 543 kits then here is your chance:

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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 07:07 AM UTC
Something just found on eBay. These are looking real good!

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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:06 AM UTC
Would any of you knowledgeable masters venture into describing the changes required by the T-34 engine to make it a MAZ one?
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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 01:01 PM UTC
Hi
Have a look to www.modellismopiu.it and watch the papermodel Maz537G + ChMZAP scratchbuilded by Enrico63 (E63). The thread is the longest thread in the forum, easy to find out.

It's a truly masterpiece !

Cheers
Alberto
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 09:35 AM UTC
Alberto could you please give us the direct link to the post you are referring too. I cannot seem to find the topic you are calling our attention to amongst that large website.
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 10:21 AM UTC



From the MAZ manual:

If you compare the MiniArt engine to the dashed drawings below taken from the manual I think you will work out most of the main details for the MAZ tractor. One major change from the MiniArt kit is that the air intake manifolds need to be reversed, left to right, to make the intakes face the front of the vehicle.

The only details that you need to salvage from behind the firewall of the T-34 engine are the air cleaner canisters and the starter motor - which now mounts on the engine.





All the items shown in these drawings are provided by the MiniArt T-34 kit with the acception of the front engine mount.
(The four engine mounts cast into the engine block remain but ARE NOT used to mount the engine in the MAZ.)
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 10:52 AM UTC
Forward engine mount:

This yoke mount design allows the vehicle frame to flex without passing this stress onto the engine block.
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 03:53 PM UTC
Great stuff, Michael! Thanks for sharing!
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 08:55 PM UTC
You are welcome Cristian - glad to help.
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 09:00 PM UTC
The two challenges to converting this engine kit for use in the MAZ are:

#1 Construction of the large overdrive casing at the rear of the engine.

#2 Adding the somewhat complex mechanical drive for the four radiator fans (originally six) that comes off this casing.
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 09:24 PM UTC
Rear mounted overdrive unit and air compressor:


Front of engine:


Drawing credits go to -
http://www.bart300872.republika.pl
Used here for discussion purposes ONLY
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 09:25 PM UTC
Again rear engine mounted overdrive unit:
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Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017 - 04:36 AM UTC
Here Mike:

http://www.modellismopiu.it/modules/newbb_plus/viewtopic.php?topic_id=126834&forum=128

page 11

Cheers Rob.