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Paladin Stowage Set
Legend Productions M109A6 Paladin Howitzer Stowage Set
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by: Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]

Introduction

Not long after AFV Club introduced its excellent M109A6 Paladin Howitzer kit, Legend Productions provides a very complete stowage set to cover it with gear. This set is very complete and gives all you need, and then some, to make your Paladin look very lived-in by its crew.

Review

The first thing that caught my eye on this set is just how complete it is. There are a no less than 72 individual pieces in this set. They include the following:
  • 1 – Large bundle (tanker’s roll) wrapped in a tarp for on top of the rear of the turret with a piece of camouflage net, a Pelican case, and a duffle bag sticking out
  • 1 – smaller bundle w/ a tool box and soft stowage items for one of the side stowage baskets
  • 2 – rolled sleeping mats
  • 2 – folded cots
  • 4 – 40mm ammo cans, one w/a cloth cover
  • 3 – spare road wheels, 1 with a shirt hanging off of it
  • 1 – large storage box
  • 1 – 5 gallon Igloo-style water cooler
  • 3 – duffle bags of different levels of fullness
  • 2 – smaller gym-style bags
  • 2 – MOLLE assault packs
  • 2 – MOLLE rucksacks
  • 2 – MOLLE rucksacks with camouflage covers
  • 2 – MOLLE canteen covers, 1 w/a canteen in it
  • 2 – MICH helmets with inner pad and webbing details
  • 2 – assorted bedrolls w/spare track pads molded into them for the front glacis plate
  • 1 - bedroll
  • 1 - CIP
  • 1 - open MRE box w/MRE bags inside
  • 2 - loose MRE bags
  • 1 – Camel pack
  • 1 - toolbox
  • 1 - pair of binoculars
  • 1 - small storage box
  • 15 - clear resin water bottles
  • 10 – printed MRE boxes
  • 4 – printed Safa water boxes
  • 5 – printed Emirates water boxes
  • 4 – printed Nada water boxes

The myriad of gear is all crisply molded without any bubbles or air holes evident. The casting is top-notch, which is standard with Legend Productions sets. This set gives you all the typical gear that would be carried on a Paladin in Iraq or any other contemporary setting. The large “tankers roll” of gear for the top of the turret fits it perfectly and has all the bumps and fittings on the turret roof accounted for to allow it to sit correctly on top.

Likewise, the other soft items are all cast with them lying naturally on the portions of the vehicle they are designed to fit. The molded on track pads for the front glacis are very nice and allow the bags they are molded with to sit naturally. The variety of bags and extra accessories gives a well lived-in look by the crew.

The printed water and MRE boxes look very good and the addition of the loose MRE bags is very welcomed. They allow you to show the boxes opened, with the inner, individual meal boxes showing, likewise on the clear water bottles. They are great ideas. I only wish they had provided decals for the individual MRE bags and the water bottle labels.

The only other issue I have with the set is the lack of any instructions at all. The box top only has 1 picture showing the right front quarter of the howitzer with all the gear on it. Some of the various tarps and soft gear, such as the bedrolls, are form-molded to fit certain parts by conforming to bumps, lumps and other protrusions on the hull. The issue is that there are no instructions showing which pieces go where. You can see most of the pieces in the picture, but not all. You are left to figure it out yourself by test-fitting them all over the hull until they fall into place like a puzzle piece.

Conclusion

This is a great set that will fill your Paladin with gear and give it that lived-in look. It has everything you need to add to the vehicle. The large tanker’s roll for the turret rear is really nice. It is typical of stowage you would see on a Paladin. Legend Productions has another winner in this set. It is perfect for any Paladin that you want covered in gear.
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent casting and a large variety of gear to cover your Paladin in.
Lows: No instructions on where everything goes. This can be an issue with the soft items that are molded to fit the hull. Also, decals for the MRE bags and the water bottles would have been nice.
Verdict: A great set. I highly recommend it. Another winner for Legend Productions.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LF 1271
  Suggested Retail: $45.00
  PUBLISHED: Dec 17, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.82%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.88%

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About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty)
FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.

Copyright ©2018 text by Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Looks good, I've got one on its way to me
DEC 17, 2013 - 09:03 AM
Thanks for posting it up Darren. It looks to be a great set.
DEC 17, 2013 - 12:42 PM
Gino, I'm a bit confused. You say: "It looks to be a great set." Well, aren't you supposed to know sir? You did the review. So is it or isn't it? ps: received my model this morning.
DEC 17, 2013 - 02:27 PM
Yes, from my eyes, it looks to be (IS) a great set.
DEC 17, 2013 - 02:36 PM
It IS. I have two of them. One of my thoughts was the fit on the turret, and the parts do fit well. In fact, I did a little comparison to see if the stowage for the baskets would fit in the old Italeri kit's baskets, and it does not. However, a little sanding on a flat surface fixes that. The larger casting fits the rear turret of the Italeri kit as well, which would seem obvious, but you never know... I don't have an issue with part placement - after all, I don;t want mine looking like everyone else's. Some folks may be put off by the large pour plugs, but once again, they're a lot easier to remove than they look.
DEC 17, 2013 - 02:43 PM
You need to be careful now Mr Gino, working at the Pentagon and now officially Military adviser for Canada ;-) You could add that to your signature
DEC 18, 2013 - 06:36 AM
   

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