Sherman Stowage Set
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

Legend Productions

Weighing in at 81 pieces, this set could easily festoon two or three tanks. There are only two pieces unique to Shermans: a rear luggage rack occupied by ammo boxes, a couple jerry cans, and other items; and a larger solid load for the engine deck.

Otherwise, the assorted contents, including a couple bundles of logs used to extricate vehicles from boggy soil, could be found on just about any type of tracked armor.

You get a variety of typical bags, packs, tarps, and ammo boxes (a number of the soft goods overlap with those found in Legend's U.S. Army Vehicle's Accessory Set (WWII)). But there's also a Thompson submachine gun, two tanker helmets (one with the side flaps uniquely splayed open) and several M1 steel pot helmets. Other unusual items include two unsheathed canteens, a lantern, jerry cans with straps molded onto them, and one simple plain flat folded tarp.

Sculptor Y.S. Park does a fine job with these items. Aside from a couple tarps that are abbreviated on the back side, the only real design error is the jerry can nestled in the spare track holder: the sculptor essentially put a backward "E" against the two sides of the can, but the two spaces between the "fingers" of the "E" are open, rather than blanked off as they should be (you see the rounded corner of the can), and the spare track link that supports the can is too thin and positioned too low in the holder. You might be able to build this better yourself.

There are some thick pour plugs on the back sides of the parts that can be nibbled at with sprue cutters or a hobby saw. Watch the nooks and crannies for clean up. In my set, some of the more delicate straps, ropes, and chains on the logs did not survive the demolding process and, and two of the separate jerry can handles were missing a couple prongs (fortunately found in the plastic bag). Part of the rim of one of the oil cans was also broken.

Once again, Legend provides a good set to dress up your kits with some new OD and khaki bling.



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2007 Timothy S. Streeter