by: Russ Amott [ ]
J's work is a Chinese manufacturer of useful diorama accessories. They offer a range of laser cut paper products that can be used to add some variety to model kits and dioramas. They have now increased their range of products with several German supply boxes. This review covers the set #3.
German Supply Boxes #3 features four boxes, all of the same size, with different color tint and printing on the boxes. There are four of each box for a total of 16 boxes. Two of the box types have a red label and two have a white label that is placed on one box top flap, with writing on the opposite flap. There is also a government or military stamp on the box ends. They appear to be scaled approximately 12" wide, 16" long and 6" high, or about the size of a larger model box. There is no description of what the contents would be and I could find no references while searching online so I can only guess that they may have carried rations.
The boxes are presented on a single sheet of heavy paper stock with one side being treated to appear as untreated cardboard and the other side featuring boxes with a buff tint, and three shades of what appears to me to be a pinkish tint in gradually darkening tones.
The sheet states that the boxes are pre-cut, with no need for tools. The boxes each have two attachment points of a tiny sliver of paper. I still chose to cut the little sliver with a razor knife, which was easy enough. There are lines showing where to bend, and the paper appears to have been pre-stressed at this point as the bends are made quite easily. Once bent you simply form the box. For assembly I chose to use white school glue. Once the boxes are formed and the glue is on, they just need to be held square. I found that they are sturdy enough for a set of simple plastic spring clamps to hold them in place without damaging the box. I also used a pair of small pliers as a weight, so I would not have to sit and hold them. Some boxes took more than one try at gluing simply because the inner box flaps bent in too far to contact the glue. Total assembly time for the 16 boxes was about 30 minutes. They can then be placed anywhere you might find a supply box or stowage. The set is about as simple an accessory as you can find.
This sample was provided by J's work through Armorama, but is available through Lucky Model for $2.99 US with free shipping.