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For experienced modellers only. Experience is needed in working with delicate resin parts,
photo-etch and super glue to build the model. This is NOT an easy-to-assemble plastic construction kit.
Some warping may be evident, so use hot water to straighten parts as necessary.
Do not bend without heating.
Damage may occur on parts with thicker casting tabs.
When removing the casting tabs, cut them off instead of snapping them off.

In 1954, Lars Larsson, the chief design engineer for a Swedish farm equipment company, AB Westeråsmaskiner, decided to develop a tracked vehicle to take him and his brother on fishing trips in the winter. The company put his snow vehicle into production in 1957. The Aktiv Fischer Snow-Trac was a tracked vehicle was manufactured from 1957 to 1981 in Sweden. It ran on two rubber tracks which gave it a very low ground pressure. It was powered by an industrial Volkswagen flat four boxer engine through a 4-speed manual transmission. The ST4 was suitable for both deep snow and soft surface use. The engine developed about 40 horsepower, but this changed from year to year – earlier models developed 36 hp, with later models developing 54 hp. With a length of approximately 3.6 metres, the vehicle was the size of a small car. In the standard cabin configuration, side-facing bench seats could accommodate up to 7 passengers. The entrance was by a door at the rear. There were no other entrances, but many were equipped with a large sunroof which could double as an emergency exit, as could the opening side windows. The steering was a unique mechanism called a ‘variator’ that used a traditional automotive steering wheel instead of levers. Early brochures describe it as “As easy to drive as a car.” The Snow-Trac proved to be a successful export. Approximately 2,265 were manufactured in Sweden between 1957 and 1981. Numerous accounts from Antarctica related its successful use by research organisations. They were used at all major Antarctica research bases by numerous government research bodies. Several examples now reside in museums with Antarctic research exhibits. Production ceased when VW stopped European production of the engines. 550 were shipped to Alaska. At least 200 units were shipped to Canadian Northwest Telephone in the Yukon Territory and the same number of Snow-Tracs ended up at the Canadian National Railway. They were also located at sites along the length of the Alaska Canadian Highway. At least 400 more Snow-Tracs were shipped to the United States and 142 to Scotland. A wide track Snow Master version of the Snow-Trac was used for deep powder snow conditions. Icelandic Snow-Tracs are currently in use as remote region Search & Rescue vehicles, and many are in private use around the world. It was also used by the military, most notably by the British Royal Marines (SMM3542 and 3543).

SMM3544 Aktiv ST4 Snow-Trac Civilian Version

SKU: SMM3544
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