by: Kevin Brant [ ]
Veering away from more generic sets, Value Gear has introduced a series of more specific stowage sets with Sherman Engine Deck Sets. Here we are going to look at Sets #2 and #3.
The small bags comes attached to a card stock label. The sets contain the following:
Sherman Engine Deck Set 2 – 6 pieces
Sherman Engine Desk Set 3 – 5 pieces
Both sets come cast in the typical grey resin, with great looking casting and details. A look at the two sets from Value Gear showed no casting bubbles and minimal clean up on the bottom of the parts from the mold.
On both sets the detail is very well done, with great looking folds and creases on the canvas item and good looking wood grain on the wooden creates. Straps, buckles, and rope are very well done.
The parts represent piles stowage you might find stacked on the back of a M4 Sherman during World War 2. While the sets are meant to represent American units, some of them could pass for Commonwealth stowage as well.
Each set comes with a larger pile for the rear deck, some smaller parts for the sides, and a part that would be used to mount over the transmission cover on the front with a cast piece of wood that would be wedged in to hold up the stowage.
In Set #2 the larger rear stowage part has a cast in detail for placing a road wheel for added stowage, but does not contain the required wheel, thus you will need to pull one out of your spares.
A quick test fit of both sets onto the back of Dragon Sherman III, showed great looking fit and the draped effect of the stowage looking very good.
These two sets show the continuing quality coming from Value Gear and two great stowage sets that I would believe any builder would be proud so show off on the back of their Sherman build. The sets are well cast with great looking detail, and should stand out on any Sherman. Highly recommended.