by: Russ Amott [ ]
Value Gear has become known in a short time for serving up exactly what their name offers-value priced stowage items for scale plastic modelers. This new set offers a variety of tents and tarps in different sizes.
Set 11, tents and tarps offers 12 resin pieces, all unique. Packaged in a simple plastic zip close pouch, there are two tents with poles, three pieces representing multiple tarps joined together, and 7 single tarps of varying sizes. Some are tied with belts or straps and some with rope.
The pieces are very well molded with a nice, weighted look to the fabric, although there are a few bubbles present in the molding, one in my sample being on the end of a set of tent poles. Each piece will require some minimal cleanup along the back edges from the pour plug.
I painted the tarps in a variety of colors primarily based on the WWII kits I have, although they look generic enough to suit any time period and even non military uses.
The set is vary basic and easy to use. Just decide how you want the pieces painted and you are pretty much set. They aren't flexible, so they will need a flat surface to rest on unless the modeler wants to do some carving on the back face to fit the chosen mounting surface. Aside from that, the set is very useful and at $11.50 US, fairly inexpensive. There are those who like to mold their own tarps, but for those who donít, these should fill in nicely. My thanks to Value Gear and Armorama for this sample.