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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]

introduction

You'd have to be hiding under a rock here on Armorama not to know about Steve Munsell's great Value Gear line of resin stowage sets. Steve has been releasing sets of tents & tarps that are generic enough to work with just about any army on the move since Hannibal.

Recently he started releasing sets of crates, and this is his third so far.

what you get

In order to qualify as a value, Value Gear sets are no-nonsense and practical: inside a Ziploc baggie stapled to a header card are 18 resin items.

5 tiny boxes (9mm x 6mm x 5mm)
3 small boxes (15mm x 10mm x 7mm)
5 medium boxes (19mm x 10mm x 12mm)
3 "skinny" boxes (18mm x 7mm x 7mm)
2 "rifle" boxes (45mm x 12mm x 9mm)

the review

With the trend in kits towards more and more transport soft skins, or AFV builds with stowage, Value Gear has definitely found the Zeitgeist in the hobby. Nothing looks more ridiculous than a truck with nothing in it or a tank looking like it was out for a Sunday drive. Soldiers have used AFVs and trucks for storing their gear since, well, since they moved from horse-drawn to horsepower.

And until the advent of cheap, fabricated plastics, most military supplies were shipped in wooden boxes. So whether you're adding some munitions to your build or are kitting-out a medical van, these crates will work in almost any setting.

The execution is really superb: crisp casting, nice detail (maybe too much wood grain, but if you prefer, smooth out the grain). Steve doesn't use any mold release agent in his casting, so the pieces neither have that "greasy" feel most resin has, nor do his items need cleaning up in solvents or degreasers.

conclusion

As the name says, gear for great value. Coming in at half of what many resin suppliers charge, you can get enough items to fill up a small truck, or festoon a tank parked beside the road.

Thanks to Value Gear for providing this sample copy. Be sure to mention you saw it reviewed here on Armorama when ordering. And if you're in Dublin ever, bring Steve a bottle or two of Mountain Dew.
SUMMARY
Highs: Sharp casting, good details & price, applicable to almost any time period from the Romans onward. No mold release agent, so fast to painting.
Lows: None.
Verdict: The name says it all: gear at a great value.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: C3
  Suggested Retail: $11.50
  PUBLISHED: Nov 21, 2012
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.



Comments

Bill thanks for the review and... I forgot to send you a link to large picture... with a special sherman road wheel not included for size purposes... but if someone really need a sherman road wheel I got a couple sprues of them laying around, so just ask... Other new sets can on LINK
NOV 21, 2012 - 10:10 PM
   

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