by: Shaun Keenan [ ]
introduction Just about everything that has been shipped anywhere in the last 60 years ended up on a loaded dock, whether or not it came by train, truck or ship. How things get moved around after that is with a pallet truck. While technology has certainly advanced we still have several pallet trucks like the one in this kit in the foundry where I work, because they do.
overview The kit comes packed in small full color cardboard box with a picture of the finished kit on the front. The light gray resin parts come wrapped in bubble pack. The kit includes eight parts to assembly two pallets, three parts to assemble one pallet truck, three resin crates and two drums. Also included is small black and white instruction sheet with rudimentary instructions on one side and good advise about eye protection and working with resin on the other. No painting instructions other than the box art are included. The kit contains no decals. The box states the kit includes 18 resin parts. My sample has 15 but I think I have everything pictured on the box.
the pallets The pallets are made up of four pieces each, the top and three stringers that go across the bottom. The molding is crisp with no warp or pinholes present. The wood grain is light but should be okay for the scale. Assembly and finishing of the pallets should be straight forward.
the pallet truck The truck itself consists of three parts, the truck, the wheels and the handle. There is a significant amount of flash truck that will require careful clean up. Cutting the wheel assembly and the handle off of their pouring stubs should not be a problem. The instructions are vague so I would recommend some dry fitting before putting the truck together.
drums and crates The drums have nice detail with ribs on the diameter. The crates have minimal wood grain or any other detail.
conclusion I like this kit. The pallet truck is one of those pieces that if you need one for a diorama you would have a hard time building yourself. The drums are okay but the ribs may be a problem depending on what time period you are depicting. The pallets should go together quickly and look good when finished. The crates are generic crates. The instructions are small and vague but there are only three parts for the truck so how hard can it be.