by: P Rowe [ ]
Large Scale Armory (LSA) is headed up by Jim Banner, he started asking if there was any interest in 1/24 scale accessories. It has taken around five years to get from the concept stage to actual production. It should be remembered that this is Jimís business and he has funded the entire project on his own.
A few of our members have purchased weapon sets from Large Scale Armory but he has also released an upgrade for the 1/24 scale Jeep.
I ordered a set so I could build a jeep belonging to Popski's Private Army - specifically Popski's own jeep sporting twin .50 cal MGs. (All other Popski jeeps had a .50 and a .30 cal. Except the proof of concept vehicle that sported a Wasp flamethrower.) I also wanted Large Scale Armory 's adjustable steering, an extra .50 to add to the supplied Hasegawa .50cal along with a selection of British accessories to add some stowage.
As I don't buy much resin and I really wanted these items both to use and to see if the quality was worth the wait.
First impression was good as there was certainly a wide range of items in my package. Firstly I looked at the tyres they look good with a minor amount of flash to remove around the circumferences. Many of the small/fine parts have minor flash so will require careful clean-up. A number of the longer items were warped, a common issue with resin, but were easily straightened using hot water.
Two of the worst items seem to be a jug, where the two halves are out of register, and a wooden crate which has mould seem lines disrupting the woodgrain with the potential to be tricky when cleaning up. The majority of the pieces showed plenty of fine detail, although the British helmets were rather disappointing - they are solid underneath so they can only be displayed with the bottom hidden. This could be an easy area for improvement in future. Another improvement could be the addition of decals to be provided for the many ammunition boxes and containers. As this would involve a partnership with a decal producer I can understand why they aren't included, but this could be something that LSA could work on.
There are no instructions for the multi-part packages such as the steering components and the MGs so I hope they are straightforward. Maybe these could be provided online or for download should they be needed. Another useful download might be something identifying exactly what the purchaser is looking at as I am no expert and can't tell a food container from an oil flimsy.
The various sets are priced between $16.00 to $40.00 (around £11.00-£27.00) plus postage and packing. Please remember that postage from the United States tends to be expensive but this is true of many countries. At the moment Large Scale Armory does not have a website but can be contacted via email. In conclusion I was happy with my purchase and feel that any item is worth what you are willing to pay.
This is very much a first look, so I will update this when I finally get around to building the jeep.
Large Scale Armory can be contacted via email and Jim (Samkidd) does post on the site regularly: firstname.lastname@example.org