Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bradley Stowage Kits for your Group Build Project


Once you get you Bradley built and painted, you might want to give it some stowage.  Pictures show various amounts of duffle bags, sleeping rolls, back packs, tarps, spare road wheels, ration boxes, etc.  Since the M2 Bradley was home to eight guys, they need a lot of stuff and not much room inside. The M3 has less crew, but even less space due to the extra anti-tank missiles it cares. 

One thing I have noticed in today's kits that differ from my early days of Monogram Tank kits in the 1970's is that most manufactures are loath to supply stowage outside of a few extra Jerry cans. If your kit is lacking in this area check out the following aftermarket items with my comments.

1/72 Scale

There are two good sets by Legend

The first set is for the Revell M2 (LF7203) but would be helpful with any Bradley in this scale. It is a little light on stowage items, but does come with a PE set. Unfortunately, the PE part for the bottom of the turret basket did not really fit my Revell kit. And as a replacement part, if you plan on putting anything in the turret basket why put this in when it won't be seen?  The side stowage cage may test your PE skills. So I give this set a B Grade due to having fewer resin parts.  This item is available from Spruebrothers or on eBay for about $8-$9.

The second set (LF7205) does not list a kit, but the Dragon kits are most likely the one it was meant for. Many of the parts would still be useful on any M2A2. There is no PE with this set, but lots and lots of stowage items. To offset no PE, this kit has a large part which represents the large side basket full of stowage. No need to assemble the frame as in LF7203.  I give this set an A Grade. You can find this on eBay or Spruebrothers and the cost is $12 or so.  

The Legend sets are well molded and have great detail. Not a single air bubble in my two sets. It will take some heavy sawing to remove the  the pour gates  as most are rather large compared to the actual part.


Verlinden set 1969

This set is out of production and Verlinden is out of business so  you'll have to search eBay.

It contains a very robust PE fret with  two side baskets and one large side stowage cage. These will take some work in bending/folding/soldering/gluing, but should be easier to work with since the PE is much thicker. The resin parts contain about anything you have see riding on the outside of a modern armor vehicle (except for an Igloo Ice Chest). It includes Infantry and Tanker helmets.  The Jerry cans are the water version. My set was purchased used from eBay and a few pieces had chips from rattling in the box. But there were NO air bubbles, the pour gates are small and all the parts look very nice.  I give this an A Grade. Expect to pay $24 or more.


Legend makes several  Bradley related items including road wheels, ERA blocks and stowage  in 1/35. While I have not seen these in person, I would say  they are  worth buying as all the other types of  Legend items I have bought have been very good. Be warned, the cost of some of these sets can be about what your kit cost.  It may be worth hunting eBay for the Verlinden set.

-Bob Walls

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