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Bronco Suitcase with Umbrella set
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Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 09:01 AM UTC
Tom Cromwell packs his bags and opens his brollie in this Built-review of Bronco’s new WWII Civilian Suitcase with Umbrella set.

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Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 11:25 AM UTC
Thanks for the review Tom. I had a look at this set in my LHS and I think the only really useful piece in it is the open umbrella. As you point out the furled umbrella is too straight - to my mind it looks like an elongated ice lolly The cases are okay-ish but they would be simple enough to make from scratch. It was €8 I think in the LHS and he'd sold a few so I expect to see some in dios at local shows
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Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 02:09 PM UTC
I believe the luggage sprues are the same ones that are included in the German Saloon Coach kit. I will have to check to verify.

I really like the open umbrella as well, and it looks like it would be pretty easy to modify the closed umbrella to make it look a little less tidy.
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Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 05:23 PM UTC
Hi Tom,

Thanks for the review.

I tend to agree, a bit expensive and I think small leather strapped suitcases would have been better.

I'm not sure what the Bronco thinking on the price v content is? When i buy stowage/equipment I look for quality and quanity. Their British Equipment set is currently £5.62 for one spure of equipment. The old Tamiya set is £5.98 and you get 2 spures of pretty decent equipment plus all those bit of bodies to work with. Had the Bronco set contained 2 spuers of equipment I'd probably have bought about 3 or more by now. So far I haven't bough any but I will probably get a set at some point because of the Vickers K Guns and the Thompson.

This is one I'll wait for the price to fall on first. 8 euro for one umbrella is a bit much and I agree with Pat it's the most useable item.

Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 12:28 AM UTC
If you look at the price of this versus the contents and then look at one of resicasts stowage sets you see that in Bronco's case you're not really getting value for money. One good thing about this set - it's made me want to scratchbuild an Umbrella.
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 04:55 AM UTC
That comparison with resin sets was exactly what I was thinking when I reviewed it. Having a larger bunch of cases might make the price worthwhile, but then I'd probably want more variety too.

Oh, and the fashionable gent posing with the brollie may have started out in Tamiya's ammo-loading crew, but he's embarking on a career in the theatre as soon as I can bash enough other folk to represent his workmates rolling about in laughter! Should make a unique diorama...

Tom
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 05:12 AM UTC

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If you look at the price of this versus the contents and then look at one of resicasts stowage sets you see that in Bronco's case you're not really getting value for money. One good thing about this set - it's made me want to scratchbuild an Umbrella.



Hi Pat, agreed. I don't really like to knock a new prodouct but for what you get there's not much value there.

Al