by: Jim Rae [ ]
IntroductionA few years ago it was almost inconceivable that we would have two, high-quality kits of the Staghound in 1/35th scale. Not only are the 'vanilla' versions' available, but we've been promised kits of all the major variants from both Bronco Model and Italeri along with a number of excellent conversion sets from companies such as Accurate Armour. The current kits, as they stand, although superb do need the addition of stowage. The vehicle in service did tend to become a touch 'cluttered' with both 'official' and 'acquired' stowage (see photos at the bottom of the page). This is the third of the After-Market Stowage sets for the Staghound to have become available and perhaps this is the one with a higher content.
Legend's New setLF1157 - Staghound Stowage Set comes packed in a sealed (and sturdy) cardboard box, the parts are inside a snap-top plastic bag. A first-look indicated that there were no defects or damage to the mouldings. What does strike you though, is just how much is in the set - there are no less than 71 parts in this set.
The set is designed, principally, to add stowage to the 'officially' (?) designated areas. These are:
Front and rear mudgards
above the central stowage boxes (both sides)
Rear engine deck
With the mudguards in mind, seven of the larger 'bundles' are designed with curves. These represent rolled tarpaulins, bedding bundles or could even be the canvas 'lean-tos' which can be seen in some contemporary photos. One of the curved pieces represents a rolled 'scrim' net - not a part which I find completely convincing, but it should paint up well enough. The design of the 'bundles' is very nice indeed with all of them tightly strapped and, where applicable, with buckles.
The next 'section' of the stowage covers all the other items any AFV crew would need - 4 jerrycans (British type with the WD clearly seen), the four-gallon 'flimsies' (used for lubricants) three of which are bundled together along with such items as .30 cal ammunition boxes. One nice touch was a toolbox
The final part, which is always desirable, are the mouldings for the personal gear. This includes six British haversacks 3 with slight differences, bedrolls and pouches. Also present are four Mark II helmets a hurricane lamp and some wine bottles. The final touch is provided with a bucket...
This is a BIG set. Conceivably, you could use the whole set on a single model however, it would, I feel, be overloading it unrealistically. Carefully used, you could give a couple of models adequate stowage with this set - YES, it's that generous...
As i've said before, when reviewing other sets from Legend, I DON'T like the excessive 'pour-stubs'. The resin they use is good quality and easy to cut but it is a delicate and time-consuming process. I DO like the way they've designed the set with the Bronco 'Stag in mind although it's equally 'usable' with the Italeri kit...
ConclusionsA highly useful and versatile set for a great modeling subject. Quality of moulding is absolutely first-class (even with those mould-plugs). It also represents excellent value for money (Lucky Model have it for $23.99, post-free). The set will also go a long way and a number of parts can be used on other vehicles without any problems.
The photosThe top three photos are from Legend's site showing a possible use of the set. The archive photos are from the I.W.M. collection giving an idea of the stowge that Staghounds carried and, as I always say on these occasions - For Discussion Purposes ONLY.