Griffon Model has released another universal product for modelers of armor. This time they have come out with a round-cornered 3.7cm ammo storage bin for German 3.7cm Flak. Two types of bins can be made. One has holes for the shell to fit thru on top and with half moon cutouts at the other end so that the bottom of the shell can rest on it and keep it from moving. The other type has bars which fit across to hold the shells in place.
Included in this “Universal” kit are one large photo etched fret, decals, and a small length of brass wire with four ABS rods. These cases can also be built with working hinges if you choose.
I found the instructions to be very confusing due to the fact that there are a few options to decide from and the parts for the bottom of the case are so similar. This makes it easy to use and bend the wrong part mistakenly. If this happens, it will be very hard to unbend the part without risking the integrity and the look of the part. I also found that the thickness of these parts can work against you, especially when trying to fold the very small outer lip. I have a Hold’n’Fold and still had problems. I am not a beginner when it comes to working with photo etch products, but unlike other photo etch companies who make their metal thinner and therefore easier to bend, Griffon’s metal is very thick, which makes it unforgiving if a mistake is made. In most cases, the thickness doesn’t present a problem, but for small detail bending, it is just a hassle. In all fairness to Griffon, the instructions do recommend annealing the metal to make it more pliable; I just don’t feel comfortable with that. I know there are probably many of you who do anneal and have no problems, but I can’t figure why the metal just isn’t thinner. It’s not that there is going to be any stress or wear and tear on the part. I have used their products for quite some time and do find excellence in their quality and detail.
However, that being said, if one does manage to get around that small obstacle, they do look beautiful and will certainly enhance the kit or diorama. With this being said, I do recommend this kit but only for the very experienced and patient modeler.
As always, my thanks go out to Griffon Model for submitting this product for review and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this product.