First developed by the Germans, today's modern armies can get along without fuel and water cans, usually in the 20 liter size. While the US military was slow to embrace the "jerry can," today it has two types:
USGI plastic military fuel can (MFC)
USGI plastic military water can (MWC)
The fuel variety has three parallel handles, while the water variety has a single one. The fuel can has both external and internal threads for pour spouts. The two cans have very different caps, with the water version sporting raised "nipples" on the cap, while the fuel version's spout is attached with a strap. The caps for the two varieties are no compatible, helping to prevent the accidental ingestion of gasoline.
One of the real challenges with modern US fuel or "jerry" cans is the "dimpled" base of many of them (the other variety have a tricky "notch" pattern). The last set of stowage I purchased from an Asian manufacturer who others has some of the better resin accessories out there had the cans attached to the "pour plug" at the base.
Sure enough, after removing the cans with a razor saw and sanding off the rough edges, some of the cans looked less than accurate. What's a mother to do?
Buy the new set of US fuel cans from Perfect Scale Modellbau, that's what.
The set is pretty straightforward: a zip-loc baggie with ten sprues of two jerry cans (for a total of 20), and ten smaller sprues with the gas caps (two each) in a light-gray resin.
It seems like it would be hard to say much about jerry cans other than they're either accurate or they're not (interesting, the package says "fuel cans," but if you search the word "fuel" on PSM's site, it won't come up because they're called "jerry cans" there). But actually there's quite a lot to say, since having the "right" fuel can will add a level of accuracy to your modern build. There's almost no vehicle in the Army's motor pool that isn't going to have at least 1-2 of these babies mounted somewhere on them.
The casting here is very crisp, with no flash or "fuzz." The words "US" and "Fuel 5 Gal" are also nicely-rendered. The set also adds another innovation I like: a separate gas filler cap. Usually resin jerry cans are all one-piece molds. That makes for a bit more work for the modeler, but also greater accuracy.
This is the best set of US modern jerry cans on the market. If your cans are going to be mounted with the bases hidden, it might not matter to you, but the separate caps make for a superior item.
Thanks to Perfect Scale Modellbau for providing this review sample. Be sure to mention you saw it reviewed on Armorama when ordering from their website.
Highs: Superb casting and what's more: the can bottoms are accurate and well-rendered.Lows: None I can detect.Verdict: The best modern US jerry cans on the market.
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