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Sandbags
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by: Rick Cooper [ CLOVIS899 ]


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Armorama

Introduction

Juweela is a manufacturer that is fairly new here to Armorama. They have quite an extensive line of diorama accessories that tend to run toward building supplies; bricks, pavers, corrugated sheet metal and such. They also make a set of flexible sandbags that are the subject of this review.

Review

The sandbags come packaged in an attractive plastic box and are well protected. Opening the box you find that the sandbags are in a ziplock bag that is set into a vacuform plastic sleeve that fits into the box, so three layers of protection should keep your sandbags in good working order.

You can get a set of 25, 50, or even 100 sandbags; for the review they sent us a box of 25 but actual count showed 27 sandbags in the box; thanks Juweela!

The back of the box shows how to form the bags using a glue and water solution. Pretty easy stuff so I thought I would give it a whirl with an old Sherman that hangs around for just this sort of thing. I mixed up a 75/25 solution of white glue and water and set to work. T dipped each bag into the solution allowing it to soak up what it wanted, gently pressed out the excess and placed it on the Sherman's glacis plate. I used a cocktail stick to push down and help shape the bags to give them a more natural sit and after 6 bags left it all to dry overnight.

The next day showed that the bags had dried to a nice rock hard finish. I tried Vallejo and Tamiya paints on the finished bags and both paints worked well and painted easily. A quick dust with pigments to give them that good dusty look and I was done.

Conclusion

I am impressed with how easy and quick these little bags were to use. The price is a bargain when you consider how many you get in a box, one set will give you enough to really add a convincing number of sandbags to any model.
SUMMARY
Highs: Very easy to use, nice price as well, and best of all very convincing.
Lows: None, these are inexpensive and easy to use.
Verdict: Recommended.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 20012
  Suggested Retail: $7.98
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 17, 2013
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.70%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.00%

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About Rick Cooper (clovis899)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I have been modeling for about 30 years now. Once upon a time in another century I owned my own hobby shop; way more work than it was worth. I tip my opti-visor to those who make a real living at it. Mainly build armor these days but I keep working at figures, planes and the occasional ship.

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They look like pillows from a queen size bed.
NOV 18, 2013 - 12:10 AM
Agree completely. They also look underfilled.
NOV 18, 2013 - 06:20 PM
I used then om the top row of this SAP. AL
NOV 19, 2013 - 11:40 AM
And, to tell you the truth, I don't think they look nearly as good as the ones across the trench mouth below. BTW, this isn't to crap on Juweela or anything, ya can't hit every product out of the park. Their bricks and the like are really good, I have several sets to review for AMPS and I'm impressed. The sandbags? Not so much. Full marks for innovation, but a little short on the implementation. For me. Others may like them a lot and more power to those that do. Paul
NOV 19, 2013 - 03:15 PM
Perhaps I am being over simplistic but how hard is it to tie one end off yourself before wetting and placing them.
NOV 19, 2013 - 03:28 PM
I agree on that. I like the idea, but the results don't look realistic enough for me. Mario
NOV 19, 2013 - 04:21 PM
No one ever fold the top underneath? Al
NOV 20, 2013 - 12:11 AM
We often had to in my mob. Whilst the sand bags would be tied for transporting (i.e. man-packed) into place they were often then untied and the open end folded over. I always thought it was just to get the (hated) bags to look "Regimentally" uniform and RSM acceptable. There was a more serious reason though, the tied end could leave a weak spot between the bags where a round could get through. Folded over they were much tighter and fitted together more like bricks. I wasn't around in WW1 but I did do this stuff a long time ago...
NOV 20, 2013 - 04:51 PM
Hi Murdo, Ditto, we always did that, I don't recall sting being part of the task. I thought it was just me and a fading memory lol. Al
NOV 20, 2013 - 05:30 PM
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