by: James Bella [ ]
PlusModel from the Czech Republic has a catalog filled with items to enhance both dioramas and vehicles. These garbage cans, or rather Dustbins (how uncouth of me) can be used in a wide variety of scenes: kitchens, workshops, barracks, outside of a residence and even the back of trucks.
Packed in a small, lightweight end-opening cardboard box, the 20 resin pieces are contained in a plastic bag further protected in bubble wrap. Even though they were well packed, two small pieces were broken from the trash can lids, so check the bag carefully before tossing it out. The instructions are an exploded view drawing on a small slip of paper, between this and the boxtop there should be no problem assembling this simple kit.
Four dustbins are included: two designed to have the lids closed, one that can have the lid opened showing what could be coal or embers inside (or add some bits and pieces to make it look like trash). The last is a flattened can, as if it was run over by a vehicle. Visions of a cook shaking his fist or an old lady with a rolling pin running after a truck come to mind.
Cast in a light grey resin, the parts appeared well cast with minimal flash. The cans are poured solid, so dents can be achieved fairly easy if desired. No marking points are provided for the side handles. Each upright can consists of 6 parts and the flattened one has just 2, the can and the lid.
Dimensions for the upright cans are 11.6mm diameter, 23.6 tall without the lid and 27.1mm top to bottom with the lid in place.
I assembled one of the upright cans that has the lid closed, starting with the removal of the pour stub which is on the top of the can with a razor saw. The lid is attached at both the handle and the rim, making clean-up a bit more difficult so as not to destroy any detail. This was still very easy and since none of the handles were broken off during shipping, well worth it. I cut the handle portion away from the pour block with the saw and snapped the remaining portion off. A #11 blade and some sandpaper finished off the lid.
The hinge mounts are cast very thin and were easily removed with the X-acto blade. These are mounted to a small square block on the back of the can and then the lid can be glued in place, or vice-versa.
The handles proved to be too difficult for me, as I cut the mounting part off of one and lost the other, so I fabricated these out of copper wire giving a slight outward bend and flattening the mounting sections using flat blade tweezers and Vise-grips. You can measure the location points for these, but I just eyeballed them. A quick painting and dirtying up finished the can off.
A neat set of three different trash cans that can be used in a variety of scenes. Painting them red they might even be used for flammable rag disposal.