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Tents and Tarps& Crates
Value Gear - Tents and Tarps #3 and Wooden Crates #1
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by: Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]


Value Gear keeps turning out more products, including their generic tents & tarp rolls, and have recently added wooden crates. The items are a grey-cast resin, will very little to no flash. Having reviewed a previous set from Value Gear, I was very impressed with the new sets. The moldings continue to be very sharp, but this time around, there was not an air bubble to be found. They seemed to have improved the molding process greatly.

what you get

The Tents and Tarps #3 comes with 16 assorted generic rolls ready for paint and add to your latest project.

Crates #1 has 22 generic wooden crates.

the review

Like previous sets, the size and shape of the rolls vary and are generic so they can be added to whatever country or era you model. The moldings are very sharp and straps are well pronounced. One small issue I found, in my opinion: the buckles are a little too pronounced, but a little sanding would remedy this easily.

The "Crates #1" set follows the same concept as the rolls: varied size generic wooden crates. Again the moldings are sharp, with a very nice wood grain. The package came with 5 longer larger crates, 2 larger more square crates, 3 medium size, 9 smaller varied-sized crates, for a total of 19 in the package. Again I was very impressed with the look, and the multiple generic uses of these crates.

Painting the items is just as easy as they look. I gave a few a whirl with paint using Vallejo colors and no primer. The paint goes on very well and the sharpness of the detail, including folds, looks great once painted and shadowed.


I highly recommend these items, they are invaluable to have in the "spares" box when needing to add a little life to your latest build or diorama.

Thanks to Value Gear for providing the review copy of these items. Be sure to mention you saw them reviewed here when ordering.
Highs: Sharp bubble-free mouldings, generic enough to use anywhere.
Lows: Little bit of flash on crates, and buckles a little too pronounced.
Verdict: A definite "must have" in the "spares" box.
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  Scale: 1:35
  PUBLISHED: Aug 17, 2012

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About Kevin Brant (SgtRam)

I am an IT Consultant and father, with a passion for plastic models. I mostly prefer 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Aircraft. My main interests are anything Canadian, as well as WW2 German and British Armor and Aircraft. I have been building models since I was a young kid, got away from it for awhile, but r...

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Good review, thanks Kevin! I'm really tempted to order from them in future. Will try to squeeze some items into my shopping list. Cheers, Christophe
AUG 17, 2012 - 05:22 PM
Squeeze squeeze squeeze... I work really hard till 3 in the morning on all these sets and am extremely proud of them... and have lots of new things in the works... I have recieved alot of future ideas and kind words from all the people who have ordered... I will be doing some little demos and selling stuff at Scale Model World in Telford UK in Nov. and Irish IPMS Nationals in Sept. Thanks Bill and Kevin and the rest of the armorama gang for all of the great support.
AUG 22, 2012 - 12:42 AM
Crate set #1 is 22 crates, I think kevin's cat might have grabbed a couple crates for playtime and he will find them on the floor one dark night stepping barefoot into the kitchen to a painful surprise...
AUG 22, 2012 - 12:48 AM
Steve, Thanks for the clarification, and I apologize for my math error, or counting error. Kevin
AUG 22, 2012 - 01:02 AM
Review emended, Steve, thanks for the clarification.
AUG 22, 2012 - 02:26 AM

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