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Stryker Stowage
M1126 Stryker Stowage Sets 1 and 2
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by: Rob Harvey [ AFV_ROB ]

introduction
Since the release of Trumpeter and AFV Clubís Strykerís, several aftermarket companies have released stowage sets for the kits. Many of these sets unfortunately are simply a re-hash of those companies previous releases under a new label, such as what Legends described as their Stryker stowage set was simply bags and packs they had already released but in a new box under the ĎStrykerí title.

This isnít such a problem as most AM companies do this, but I found many of those sets didnít really contain correct gear for the Stryker brigades and were also very basic and not very interesting. Thankfully Blast models came to the rescue with these 2 very nice and original sets designed specifically for the Stryker kits.
Review
Instead of reviewing both sets separately Iíve decided to review them both in one go, they come labeled as stowage set for Stryker No.1 and No. 2.

Both sets come in the typical small clear plastic box and are sealed in a small clear bag with a paper insert showing the finished painted product.

Set 1:
This set contains four resin pieces shown in the first 6 photos. The large piece is individual gear moulded as one to be placed on the rear roof of the Stryker-between the air guard hatches and the commanderís station. The crispness and quality of the casting is outstanding, with many tiny details moulded in, such as ammo cans, a cooler box, an open 40mm grenade ammo can with some small gear moulded inside, part of the tie down straps have also been moulded on top of some of the gear. The second piece is a stretcher to be placed behind the air guard hatches; again the level of finesse is simply staggering. Finally there are 2 small pieces, one a map board with binoís and a water bottle moulded to it and the other a piece of material with a CVC helmet moulded on it. I particularly like the CVC helmet, the detail has to be seen to be believed.

Perhaps my only gripe with this set is that there are a couple of water bottles moulded in which may prove difficult to paint as they are solid resin, but one could just assume they arenít clear bottles, or carefully cut them out and replace with Accurate Armours clear bottles. The large piece block of gear did have a few small air bubbles on the sides and some slight mould lines, but nothing that should prove to be difficult to fill and sand. Some fine blending with some filler may also be required to make the large load of gear sit naturally on the roof.

Set 2:
This set contains 3 resin parts consisting of 2 side racks and a spare wheel, shown in the last 4 photos. The 2 side racks totally replace the kit parts and come with gear moulded integrally. One rack contains a stretcher and some unidentifiable objects-I assume clothing or basic bedding kit. The second rack is filled with 2 plastic fuel cans, a bed roll, 40mm ammo can and some smaller pieces such as a camel back are visible. Both racks also have the retaining straps moulded onto them. Finally there is the spare wheel, to be placed atop the winch housing, again this has the retaining straps moulded on, and in the middle of the rim are moulded some small items of personal gear such as a couple of M4 clips. Once again the detail on these parts is truly sublime; the crispness of moulding is some of the finest Iíve seen. My only gripe with this set is that the spare wheel I assume was moulded off the Trumpeter wheels as it doesnít have the ribbed detail on the wheels, not a major issue but still noticeable.
Conclusion
Both these sets are a must have for any Stryker fan! In my opinion they are the best sets available on the market as a starting point for loading up your Stryker. The detail and crispness of the parts is truly outstanding and some of the finest Iíve seen. The fact all the parts are moulded as large blocks is, in my opinion, an added bonus. I always find it looks quite unrealistic to simply place individual stowage items on a vehicle because they look too stiff and unnatural and need to be blended to the vehicle.
The items of stowage molded in both these sets looks suitably natural and realistic and sit perfectly on the Stryker. These will require some rather careful painting, but nothing that would be above the ability of most modelers. I canít recommend these two sets enough!


SUMMARY
Highs: First rate molding and incredibly fine details.
Lows: None that I could think of.
Verdict: Two fantastic and original stowage sets that are a must have for any Stryker fans.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  PUBLISHED: Jan 22, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.33%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.80%

About Rob Harvey (afv_rob)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Copyright ©2017 text by Rob Harvey [ AFV_ROB ]. All rights reserved.


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Comments

Well these kits are great but with all items mold in one block your stryker can looks similar to one of your neighbor on the contest table. My two cents Cheers Sev
JAN 22, 2009 - 10:32 PM
Hello, it is not only that what Sebastian mentioned (I agree with) it is that the parts are difficult to paint. It would have been much better to cast the parts separately. IMO this kind of molding is not only state of the art I really hope that it does not become en vogue. Therefore the rating of 95% is a little bit to high, nonetheless I think it is a helpful review as Rob showcased the kit very clearly and extensively enough that I could form my own view on it. Thanks Rob.
JAN 22, 2009 - 11:39 PM
I have to agree. I don't like the molded in gear either.
JAN 22, 2009 - 11:45 PM
Exactly what a review should provide, thanks for the feedback Marco, and thanks for the review Rob.
JAN 23, 2009 - 12:53 AM
Given the slight scale differences between the Trumpeter & AFV kits I suspect these will not fit both. But they do look nice & crisp. Cheers, Sean
JAN 23, 2009 - 03:08 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys! And thanks for publishing my review James I rated the kit so highly because most other companies who have released Stryker stowage sets have simply rehashed old gear-Legends just boxed up a load of ALICE gear and generic packs from their previous modern stowage sets(granted they added some nice MRE's) and simply stuck a Stryker label on it. I thought Blast deserved to be commended for their originality and producing something new and different. I agree that molding it all together can be difficult to paint, however I feel that this way looks more natural, stiff resin packs never look quite right when they are just placed in piles as they don't get the natural look of loose fabric, I feel, particularly in the case of the stowage racks, all the gear molded in achieves greater realism than if you tried to fill the kit stowage racks with gear. Seb-I do kind of agree with you, although you can mix and match and add bits of stowage, and use different pieces on different builds...
JAN 23, 2009 - 07:27 AM
The only issue I have is the cargo net around the spare wheel. The net conforms around the wheel like saranwrap when in fact the straps should splay out to connect to grab handles/footman loops. There is nothing underneath the wheel on the winch cover for the straps to connect to. Also, it appears the cargo net is flat like the one provided in the Legend set. In reality, it has many clips and clasps to allow it to expand. One of the Eduard PE sets provides a very detailed cargo net - but some work to assemble. Bob
JAN 23, 2009 - 08:39 AM
Rob I am totally agree with you on the Legend sets, Stryker, Bradley and Abrams are exactly the same and even worst they come with Alice packs. I am honest with you I want to buy both kist from blast but I do not share your point of tosing separate resins parts that not look realistic. I want to have an unique Stryker so I want to design my own stowage (see for example my M1078 SF trucks stowage). BTW the side racks can be easily done with milliputty or other type epoxy sculting past so I do beleive that paying 15 euros for the side racks is too much. Kit for roof top display nice items but you can DIY. So the ranking is to high in respect of lack of freedom and originality. A good conclusion of the review should have been like that: 'I do beleive that the majority of the modeller can reproduce tarp and bags with milliputty and put on the roof top. The lazy ones will buy those kits." Thanks for you effort of writing this review Cheers Seb
JAN 23, 2009 - 11:57 AM
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