These large 1/8 Scale Pobedas were marketed by DeAgostini in Russia using 100 incremental parts packages that came with a magazine subscription over a few years. They've only recently completed the parts editions, so many Russian model car aficionados have finally been able to finish their models. My brother and I just went 'halvers' on this one on Ebay (they 'ain't' cheap) and even then it took a full day to fine-sand (2000 grit), polish and repair the sometimes sloppy workmanship....lots of glue smudges, a scratched windshield, and a couple of broken parts. The model as produced by DeAgostini is really quite impressive, and even includes switch operated running lights and brake operated tail-lights. The model is really (REALLY) heavy, but delightfully the front wheels stand vertically with no sloppiness in the steering, The windows crank up and down and the vent-windows all pivot open.
The design of these Pobedas began before the end of WWII around 1944 and production began slowly in 1946 ...so it wasn't a copy of an American Car as so many Soviet vehicles were. The production continued until 1958 by which time it looked quite dated by western standards. I personally think they were quite attractive and proportionate vehicles, and I'm really glad to have one of the 1/8 scale examples