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1/16 & 1/20 Stowage
1/16 and 1/20 Scale Universal Stowage
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by: Todd Michalak [ TRM5150 ]

Value Gear is one man’s dream to create a set of accessory universal stowage items for use in scale modelling. These somewhat generic items could be used on pretty much whatever the builders mind would let them use it on. For a while now, Value Gear has been producing some exceptional stowage items in 1/35. 1/48 and 1/72 scale. While these are perfect to mix and match, for the most part between these scales, when it comes to larger scales, the smaller stowage items end up dwarfed by the much larger 1/16 (120mm) and 1/20 scale items which there are a tremendous amount of builders working in these scales...

Until Now!

Value Gear recently released a number of new items to their growing line of stowage items. I have chosen three sets from the new line of items to review here; 1/20 - 1/16 Wooden Crates Set #1, 1/20 - 1/16 Wooden Crates Set #2 and 1/20 - 1/16 Tarp & Crate Set #2 sets. Each one of the sets of accessories are collections of items that can be used virtually in any diorama or vignette and to be honest, not limited to just the two scales they are listed for if you ask me…but I digress. Here is what you get in each set:

Contents and Overview


1/20 - 1/16 Wooden Crates Set #1
10 – Solid cast resin wooden style crates
Scale - 1/16 to 1/20
MSRP - $20.00 US



Each of these crates in the 1/20 - 1/16 Wooden Crates Set #1 were meticulously mastered and crated in solid, not hollow, resin castings. The inclusion of various sizes of crates in this package, give the builder the best selection when choosing a stowage item for their build. A finely detailed wood grain has been incorporated into these crates along with rope handles and even some simulated nail holes in the support planking. There are enough crates and use in several smaller vignettes over time.

1/20 - 1/16 Wooden Crates Set #2
10 – Solid cast resin wooden style crates
Scale - 1/16 to 1/20
MSRP - $20.00 US


The 1/20 – 1/16 Wooden Crates Set #2 is similar to Set #1 in that you get ten solid cast resin wooden style crates; however, these are completely different shapes and sizes from the previous set. The same quality put into creating the first set is rolled over into Set #2. The casting is basically flawless. There are no air bubbles or flash seen on these crates and in only a couple of the crates will there need to be minor cleanup to the bottom side and this would be a light sanding at best.

1/20 - 1/16 Tarp & Crate Set #2
14 – Solid cast resin wooden style crates and rolled tarps
Scale - 1/16 to 1/20
MSRP - $20.00 US

In the 1/20 - 1/16 Tarp & Crate Set #2 is an excellent addition to the offering from Value Gear. There are ten “rolls” which look like they could be tarps, bed rolls or even tents. These rolls have been rendered with a fine texture to the simulated cloth and all of these rolls have nicely sculpted straps and buckles. There are four crates included in this set to add a nice assortment of items to draw form when needed.

Conclusion


For a while now, I have always kept a healthy supply of the 1/35 scale offerings from Value Gear on hand for the use with various projects throughout the year. I have just found these small stowage items to be basically a necessity when it comes to adding that "little something extra" to a build. Sometimes the occasional 1/16 figure or Ma.K (Maschinen Krieger) build crops up though which would leave me usually scratch building something to help make the scene; but now, it’s fantastic to know there is a sourcing for universal stowage items available now. The best part aside from the quality of these sets is certainly the universal nature of the parts whereas they can be used for military builds both old and new along with fitting right into the Sci-Fi genre of construction.

The selection of items is perfect mix of items in each of these sets giving a decent amount of options to choose from. The quality of the designs as well as the casting are excellent. There is very little cleanup, if any, to be done prior to painting these pieces making for a pleasant experience by not having to cut off massive casting blocks and then sanding. The overall cost of these sets, $20.00 US, is more than a fair price for what you get in the bags. These are solid cast resin and being in the larger scales amounts to a lot of resin. Add the quality, value and Value Gear’s excellent service and I have to Highly Recommend any of these three sets to anyone looking to add some eye candy to their 1/16 and 1/20 dioramas and vignettes!

Highly Recommended!

These and more Universal sets of stowage gear can be found on the Value Gear Website

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SUMMARY
Highs: Outstanding casting, fair pricing and great details for the 1/16 and 1/20 scale genres of building.
Lows: None at this time...it's add-on stowage gear and it looks great!
Verdict: Hands down these are the fastest, best looking and value priced options to dressing out 1/16 and 1/20 scale dioramas/vignettes.
Percentage Rating
99%
  Scale: 1:16
  Mfg. ID: Wooden Crates - #1 & #2 / Tarp & Crates #2
  Suggested Retail: $20.00 US
  PUBLISHED: Jun 13, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 95.52%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.52%

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About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)
FROM: MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...

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Comments

Value Gear's 1/35 stowage rocks!! This stuff looks great as well, I'll need to get some! Thanks for the review!
JUN 17, 2015 - 04:37 AM
You're welcome Rod...thanks for taking he time to check out the review. The 1/35 scale stuff does rock! I nee to have a mixed bag of stowage items on the bench at all times...LOL! Just too many uses. It was great to see the larger scale items come about! Of course that means I need to spend more money on some new 'big' kits to go with this stuff!!
JUN 17, 2015 - 04:44 AM
   

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