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I’d like to introduce an idea I’m calling Product Spotlight – a look at models, supplies and any other products that stand out, perhaps aren’t as well known, or that I think are particularly cool. These are essentially reviews, but I’m not really focusing on stuff that’s come out recently. Everything you’ll see in the Spotlight is something I’ve picked up because I wanted it for myself, and think that maybe you’ll like to know more about it. If you have any questions about something you see here or even another related product you’re curious about, I’d be happy to answer in the comments below or, of course, in person at the Sentry Box (it’s like it’s my job or something?)

Today I’m taking a look at the Quonset Huts Airfield Accessory Pack from Dust Tactics. As you can see from the box art, this set includes six huts, each designed to fit into the board squares used by Dust Tactics. The first thing you’ll notice is the price – here at Sentry Box the set currently sells for just $22.

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Image copyright Fantasy Flight Games. Used without permission.

While not particularly large, the huts are quite a reasonable size for any 28mm game. I’ve had this box kicking around since it was first released, and figured it was high time to do something with it. Let’s take a look…

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When I bought the pack I was a bit mystified how they actually managed to fix six huts into a box that small – the answer is fairly clever. There’s very little wasted space here. Each building is made up of a large curved roof piece, and a front and back wall. Even right out of the box the pieces fit together nicely. If you’re a Dust Tactics player and you want to keep things portable, they hold together OK without any gluing so you could disassemble them and store them back in their box. Since I’ll be painting them, I’m gluing them together permanently. A quick bead of superglue around the roof where the walls meet is all that’s required.

While there’s no sprue or flash to contend with, there are some mold marks and a seam along the edge of the roof pieces, which you can see in the assembled photo below. This is nothing serious, but I feel it’s worth the little bit of effort to clean those up before painting. They can easily be removed with a hobby knife or file.

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Another nice touch is the separate hinged door – although to me it seems a bit of an impractical detail without a lot of in-game use. I’ll probably end up gluing mine shut for simplicity’s sake, but I’m impressed that Dust Studio thought to include it.

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Despite the size of the box, the huts are usefully large. While they won’t do too much to block line of sight to larger models such as vehicles across the tabletop, each one should be quite capable of holding a small infantry squad, and for skirmish games where models tend to move in smaller groups or alone they should be just about perfect. Their size is quite plausible for a storage shed, communications building or small barracks – exactly what quonset huts are typically used for.

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As you can see, for larger buildings it should be easy to join multiple huts end-to-end. I plan on building mine individually, but the sets are so cheap that I might pick up another one just to experiment with.

Overall, the Quonset Hut accessory pack is quite impressive. They’re practical for gaming, very easy to assemble, and feature decent detail (for what little these types of structures have). For the price, they’re a fantastic value – six buildings for $22 is an excellent price no matter how you look at it. I think these are a great product and one that many miniatures gamers have missed.

Since dredging this set out from storage for this review, I’ve kept on going and started painting these up, too. I’ll have another post up soon with some finished pictures and a quick guide, so check back to see how the quonset huts look in their game-ready form.

Thanks for reading!

-Chris

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