Pro Art Models has been around since 2002. I first found out about them when I was looking for aftermarket items to hop-up the Italeri HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck). They were one of the only names in the game. They had details for the interior, exterior, the fuel pump system and tires. They now carry a highly detailed rear mounted crane. They also carry a few radio sets that are absolutely gorgeous. There are currently three US distributors of Pro Art Models: Master Modelers Marketplace in Beaverton, OR, R&J Enterprises in Quilcene, WA and Military Hobbies in Orange, CA. You can also order direct from their site. They take MasterCard, Visa and my favorite PAYPAL.
This is a simple and easy to use accessory. The set contains 18 cases. You get two of each style. These all have a striking resemblance to the Pelican case brand. The casting of the resin parts is superb and each has a small (relative to the size of the container) pour lug that can be sanded off or razor sawed off and finished with sanding. Remember that resin dust is hazardous so use wet sanding and sawing, use a mask and work in a ventilated area.
The first step was to wash all the parts in soapy water to remove any residue. Then me, the sandpaper and saw “went to town” on the few I was going to paint up for this review. The cleanup process was a breeze. The four I prepped were painted and gloss coated and set aside to dry. Then a wash was given to them all. I used a black wash on the Green, Tan and yellow cases and a Tan wash on the Black case. The wash was cleaned up and you have four beautiful heavy duty cases ready to be placed on your next modern vehicle or diorama. You could easily add decals or transfers to these cases to personalize and enhance the overall effect.
I would like to thank Dirk Vangeel of Pro Art Models for providing me with this excellent sample, Pro Art Models for making some really neat “non-standard” aftermarket products, and IPMS for posting this review for others to see and read. Have fun: Build a military model where you can add these cases for extra stowage!