KET - T Recovery Vehicle Build Blog

I just happen to have finished my IJA Type 89 today and the Postman delivered this this morning. I’ve been waiting for this kit. It’s just so cool. I believe it is the world’s biggest tow truck. Since this kit is fairly new and I haven’t done a blog in awhile, I thought I’d blog this one. This should take me a while!


The kit box lists 600+ parts, and this is a kit with no track links to inflate the part count. This is a huge kit! This is truly a stack of styrene!


The molding throughout is beautiful. As you can see, PE is provided generously. The only thing this kit needs is a set of resin Miniarm wheels, and those will be here in 4 days. I think this kit will keep me busy until then. So, I’m going to dive in now and updates soon!

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Will be following along. Are you planning to make any mods as necessary or OOB?

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As if my wallet isn’t suffering enough you’ve gotta go and wave this around…. I am excited to live vicariously through you!

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This kit has enough going on for me so it’s going to be OOB except for the AM wheels. If I see any kit details I can improve along the way, I’ll do it.

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Great to see this blog, the vehicle is amazing indeed. I will follow with interest!

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I have this kit on order too! I will be following your build!

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A big question that is looking , did they include the engine bay this time ?

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If the engine is not included there are a few things that can be done to conceal that .

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Ok Matt… I’m hooked… Your last HEMTT fire truck was great, so another wheeled beast will be well worth the ride … Looking forward to more :+1::+1:

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The frame and drivetrain components completed with a steel ruler to give you an idea of just how big this bad boy is. It should finish out at about 28cm!

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That’s going to be a big chunk of plastic and no mistake :+1:

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Work continues slowly on the suspension components of the huge truck. The MAZ-537 base parts of this kit show heavy mold use with very heavy mold lines on all parts and some flash, requiring complete all-round cleaning of each part. This gets pretty tedious when they are suspension parts and there are 8 or 16 of them. Parts fit is kind of loose and sloppy, too. The new KET-T parts look much better.



On a happy note, the truck’s wheels arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon. The mailman didn’t come until 4:30. I swear he goes home and takes a nap in the middle of his route.


The wheel set is perfect and fits up to the model with no modification required. This set came in a record 5 days from Australia via Australia Post, who tracked the package for me right to my door. Good on them!
Checked the instructions and the sprues - there is no engine - so I’ll just whip up a black box to go between the louvres of the engine compartment.

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Thats a lot of clean up Matt, I really dont envy you that. The resin wheels look very nice and will make a nice feature once they are on. :+1:

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You could add one using one of MiniArt’s T-34 engine sets like wojciech_koczorowski did.
MAZ engine

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Hey Gino, thanks that’s really cool. I might just do that.

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I can sense a “to do and buy” list coming along soon Matt… :grin:

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Ah yes John this could get extensive and expensive. :grin:

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Now that’s a tow truck!

That’s an impressive stack of styrene! The aftermarket wheels look fabulous.

Looking forward to seeing this go together!

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Wow that is super nice. I am popping more popcorn and watching this.
Trumpeter does a great job on their Maz chassis.
Now for a great big question , how much better are the resin wheels and how much?

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Nice project. I have been meaning to purchase this truck but keep getting side track with other kits/subjects. There are so many cool subject matter especially since trumpeter has been doing all those heavy Russian transporters. To many to keep up with.

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