Box for U.S. Flamethrower
Plusmodel has been making resin aftermarket items for as long as I can remember. Many moons ago, I purchased their GI Rats, thinking it was meals and finding out they were actually 1/35 resin rats. The items I have purchased and received since then have been nothing short of excellent. Their line has continued to grow and expand and they offer a wide range of items for the aircraft, armor, and figure modeler in several of the popular scales.
Plusmodel offers item number 375, which is the U.S. Flamethrower M2-2, which contains a backpack, two 5-gallon fuel cans, the flamethrower box and the flamethrower itself. Their Easy Line is new to me and I must say it is impressive. This particular kit uses two boxes from kit number 375. Most of their Easy Line items require little to no preparation and are quickly finished. This, of course, is a bonus to any model builder. The U.S. Flamethrower box fits this bill. You get two boxes and decals to finish them. The boxes have fine wood engraving, but I think it will be lost in the painting process.
Like all resin, it is best to give the parts a good soap and brush cleansing to ensure all mold release agents are removed. Then, there is the required removal of the pour lug and sanding to finish. Remember that resin particles are hazardous and you should always complete these tasks using water to keep the dust down and wear a cheap doctor’s mask to keep the particulates out of your lungs.
The case was painted Model Master Olive Drab, gloss coated with Future, and then the decals were applied. A little dark wash was added, and then it was given its flat coat. A light dry brushing of Olive Drab and Radome tan and it was done. As feared, there is no wood grain visible after the paint and clear coats. While the decals adhered well, the carrier film is still noticeable on the finished product. This could easily be operator error as opposed to any issues with the decals themselves.
Measuring in at 28/32 x 19/32 x 16/32, these two boxes are a great addition to a vehicle load or resupply diorama. You can even chose not to add the markings and paint it any color you want and add your choice of markings. This is definitely a neat piece with lots of possibilities to assist your finished modeling projects.
I would like to thank Plusmodel for making and offering it up for a review item for other model builders to see, and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.