StuG Stowage Set #11
Value Gear resin stowage products have long been among the best resin additions for modelers looking to detail their builds in nearly any scale. Spanning stowage from WWII through more modern and even sci-fi settings, these pieces really pop with detail and add immensely to the scenes they’re placed in. In this case, we are looking at set #11-- another stowage set for your StuG in 1/35 scale. While many of the sets are geared towards certain manufacturers’ kits, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t place them nearly anywhere, as you’ll see below.
The set comes with 24 different pieces, and looking at the listing on the website, these are a variety of the smaller bits from sets 1-9. While there isn’t a larger block here representing a pile of stowage for the engine deck, one could easily add these piecemeal to a kit or homemade rack and add one’s own tarp covering with no issues at all. Just as easily, they could be placed in a diorama scene- from really any era. The set includes four crates of varying sizes by themselves, three pieces that feature piles of gear alongside an empty crate that you could fill with whatever would fit from the spares box, three longer tarp bundles strapped to wood planks, a few individual tarp rolls, and an assortment of piled gear featuring pouches, helmets, guns like pistols and MP40s, and grenades. Details are crisp and should look amazing when painted and weathered.
Cleanup was minimal, and restricted mainly to just a bit of flash on the bottom side that was swiftly shaved off. I used some Krylon black primer to prepare some of the pieces for painting. Details really pop out when painted. I used these select pieces on the Copper State Models Lanchester car I am building and found them to be quite acceptable stowage pieces. I am in the midst of a Panzer I Breda that some of these pieces should fit quite nicely on.
Steve from Value Gear has put out another excellent set of German stowage pieces for the modeler here. The interchangeability of the pieces means that truly no two models are really alike...and they really add to the overall look of the kit. Steve’s booth is always a popular place to visit at the shows, and we can easily see why. My thanks to Steve from Value Gear and IPMS-USA for this review sample.