Matho Models sent me a set of their modern drinks cartons, so I just had to put one together! These are aimed at the modern scene, with bottled water from Spa and Evian as well as Coke and Pepsi.
Printed on a folded sheet of glossy paper are 32 boxes. The Evian boxes come in two sizes - 12x1.5L bottles and 24x0.5L bottles - and represent two different product types based on the colours of the boxes. (We get four of each.) Spa Water comes in 12x1.5L bottles - four boxes total. The Coca-Cola cartons come in 24x12oz cans and 24x16oz bottles, with six of each. Finally, the four Pepsi boxes are 36x12oz cans. All in all, a whopping load for any scene!
I cut mine out with scissors I normally use for decals, but a sharp knife and metal ruler would be better. The fold lines are obvious enough - I bent the "long" sides first, applying pressure with my thumbnail to crease the paper. Then I cut all the flaps before gluing the end flap into the opposite edge with some "10 minute" white glue borrowed from the wife's dollhouse stuff. Next I folded in the bottom flaps and added glue before pressing them against the table with a handy stick. Note that you can't do this to the top afterwards, as the box will be closed! All in all it took me about 5 minutes to build a single box.
The insides of the boxes are printed with a reasonable "scale" card colour, so they are ideal for leaving open. They are a tad thin and flimsy (be VERY careful when handling them!), so can be realistically "crushed". If you want them to be full, closed boxes it may be worth building a plastic box to fit inside for some strength.
These are very useful little boxes for modern scenes! I'm not sure about the exact time periods or theatres of action, but I suspect pretty much anywhere the US Army's PX could reach in the 1990s/2000s is appropriate. Perfect to add a little colour to the turret basket of your favourite US vehicle in the States, the "Sand Box", or Europe...
Highs: Very sharp printing from real boxes, easy assembly, interior is "cardboard" instead of white! Plenty on the sheet.Lows: A bit fragile.Verdict: A fine set of modern drinks to add colour to any scene.
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