Plus Model just keeps cranking out the diorama accessories at a frantic pace. The latest offering from our friends in the Czech Republic are a trifecta of laser cut wooden supply boxes.
I picked up a pair of these to check out and see just what was up with these little jewels. Plus Model has released three of these sets; two brands of cigarettes, Lucky Strike and Chesterfield, as well as a set of Carnation condensed milk crates. What I ended up with was the Lucky Strikes and the condensed milk. I am sure you can figure out that the Chesterfields would be much the same.
With each set you get enough material to build up twelve cases from thin laser cut wood material. I used a chisel point blade to easily separate the six pieces for each crate; bottom, top, two sides, and two side panels. They glued up easily with just a bit of white glue, I used a small square block to keep the sides square, added the top and set them aside to dry for five minutes or so. I added a bit of weathering with some old MIG wood ageing solution I have had around for years and called it done.
You can see in the photos how things ended up, the print on the boxes is a bit hard to read beyond the brand names but I don't think it detracts in any way. The wood grain (something I worry way to much about!) is not really 1/35th scale but it is certainly reasonable for this scale.
While I only built up one from each of the two sets that I had I would guess that a leisurely hour would set you up nicely with all twelve of the crates complete for whatever diorama or supply run load you have in mind. They would make a nice addition for any modelers bench that builds World War II subjects.
Highs: Easy construction, versatile product that could be used in many different WWII settings. Branding on the boxes adds an eye catching point of interest. Lows: At nearly $14 dollars may seem a bit pricey. Verdict: Recommended; I know a couple of projects that I can easily add these to.
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.