||ZIL 4906 "Синими птицами" (Russian for Dark Blue Bird)|
When I will be a MULTY millionaire this is nr 2 for the collection,
right after a Stolly that is. :)
In the forward compartment are the radio, navigation equipment and 4 places for the crew.
An exploded view of the 4906
Picture © Roman Astakhoff
|The ZIL 4906(1) is based on the Zil 4972
See http://legion.wplus.net/guide/army/tr/zil.html on the site of Roman Astakhoff for more info on the 4972.
This Amphib is a 6WD with 4WS, the front and rear wheels steer.
The fiberglass body, is air conditioned.
The tire pressure control from the cab.
The uniform arrangement of the axles on the machine (2400+2400 mm) allows to overcome trenches more than 1.5 m width, and vertical earth and snow barriers up to 1 m.
Engine: V8 petrol engine ZIL-508.10 with 150 hp
Engine: diesel ZIL-0550.30.
Gearbox: 5 gear + reverse transferbox: 2 gear low and high.
Speed land 80 Offroad average with cargo 20 water: 13 km/h
Water propulsion: 2 propellers
Transmission is executed in a H-circuit (Just like the Alvis Stalwart).
But the ZIL has hydraulic couplings on the axles to prevent winding up of the transmission on asphalt roads.
The way it works is that a coupling lets a very small difference in the axle revs pass but that is only a fraction of the power needed to drive the vehicle forward.
This very special vehicle was involved with the searching and evacuation of the returned space ships and there crews.
The pictures on the left and above are used with permission from:
|I do not know where I got this picture.|
|The rest of the pictures come with permission of A.F. Ruban from the site:
Soviet & Russian Military Vehicles
Length: 8340 width; 2480 height: 2510 mm
It is a bit shorter and the fuel tank is smaller than the later models (after 1977)
The Blue Birds were build until 1979.
There was ones a time: ;-)
A used Blue Bird for sale the asking price was 300.000 Euro. ;-)
In 2010 you pay in advance 300.000 to a guy that wispers in your ear: "I know one for sale"
In 2008 a Bird in very good conditon was soled for unknown EURO.
The price was over 6 zero's. But how much over, 2 times or 5? That is no tale that is cash! :-)
The longer version had a range of 700 km that is 140 km more that the older (1972) model.
I have received much info from Kataev Sasha
But a lot of questions remain unanswered.
Kataev contribution to my pages was the mention and translation of Russian web pages http://leon-esman.chat.ru/