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German Truck Load #1
German Truck Load #1: Opel Blitz 57 x 95mm)
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]

introduction

At this point, you would have to have been living under a rock or out of the hobby not to know that Value Gear is THE source presently for outstanding stowage at a reasonable price. Value Gear's stuff ends up on or in just about every one of my builds these days, but one thing has held me back from using these nifty little boxes, tarps, barrels, knapsacks, etc.

They don't stack very well.

The crates stack fine, but the tarps usually are meant to be laid on flat surfaces. And if you have a load of stuff, you will have to scratch-build your own tarp if you want it covered over.

Soldiers have tons of stuff they need or want to carry around with them, and they usually pile that stuff pretty high, often overloading their vehicles. So I suggested to Value Gear's owner and resident genius, Steve Munsell, that he should look at having stacks of stowage that would fit in the truck beds of the many softskins currently making their way to market in styrene kit form.

The result is a new line of stowage measured to fit specific vehicles, especially the nearly ubiquitous Opel Blitz.

what you get

Inside the usual Value Gear ziploc baggie with paper label stapled atop are 13 pieces of dark-gray resin:

4 German 200l petrol barrels
2 misc. wooden rails
6 various stacks of wooden crates
1 duffel bag atop a wooden box

the review

The entire set of four stowage combos for German trucks looks amazingly realistic: various cargo combos, most of them draped over with tarps.

Value Gear's resin cleans up easily (the instructions recommend de-greasing, but I often paint these items straight from their baggie). There is a minimum of flash, and sink holes are usually non-existent. The thing that makes these sets so useful is they will work almost anywhere: while this set is designed for an Opel Blitz, you could adapt it to anything with a storage bed (Italeri's Mercedes-Benz L4000 for example).

As far as "reviewing" this set, the uses and advantages of it are pretty self-evident.

conclusion

If you haven't discovered Value Gear yet, then it's about time. And if you have, these dedicated sets are the next logical step.

Thanks to Value Gear for providing this review sample. Be sure to mention that you saw it reviewed on Armorama when ordering.

SUMMARY
Highs: Crisp details, measured to fit the load beds of Opel Blitz models, no real mold-release issues.
Lows: None.
Verdict: Highly-recommended. Perfect for a variety of vehicles besides the Opel Blitz.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: GTL #1
  Suggested Retail: $20/ 15
  PUBLISHED: Aug 22, 2014
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.52%

Our Thanks to Value Gear!
This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)
FROM: NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES

Self-proclaimed rivet counter who gleefully builds tanks, planes and has three subs in the stash.

Copyright 2019 text by Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]. All rights reserved.



   

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