"What's for dinner?" Never fear, Legend Productions provides the answer for all your 1/35th scale US WWII figures with the release of two sets of standalone ration boxes; C rations and K rations.
Much like the ammo crates they have released these have been spotted in various WWII US armor upgrades and stowage sets previously. What you get in these new boxes are 8 crates with all appropriate decals. The crates are all excellent castings with no bubbles or flash anywhere but they do have the large pour plug. Beware of the strong chemical odour when cutting away the pour plug and have whatever mask is most appropriate for you.
Just like the ammo crates I finished one box of each to give you an idea of what they look like when finished. They paint up very nicely and the decals snuggle down very easily, I didn't use any setting solution at all, just a gloss coat to eliminate silvering.
While they look nice when done I am not yet convinced that they are 100% accurate. What information I have on WWII rations is that both the K and C ration where packed in a wooden shipping box with an inner box of fiberboard (a heavy cardboard as far as I know). The castings don't quite look like a wooden crate, but neither do they look like the fiberboard crate. The wood crate should be obvious with wood grain details, wood panel pieces, etc. while the fiberboard should have a prominent seam where the top opening flaps would be. Neither of the sets have either of these features so I am left with a question of what are they? They look an awful lot like a fiberboard product with an outer slip cover where the actual box of rations slides out from the side. That may well be what they are, but if so I have never seen WWII rations of that style. I am more than willing to be corrected which would certainly change the rating of my review. Without that I can only give a lukewarm endorsement; buried under other stowage they would be great, the decals are top notch so if you want to add the top opening flaps by engraving a shallow line they would be perfect. Otherwise be aware that they may not be quite accurate.
Highs: They look very nice when painted and decals have been applied. Lows: May not be accurate for US WWII rations, not of a style that I am aware of. Verdict: If you want something that looks good or are willing to add some extra detail; go for it. If you are looking for something out of the box that is accurate I would avoid them.
About Rick Cooper (clovis899) FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
I have been modeling for about 30 years now. Once upon a time in another century I owned my own hobby shop; way more work than it was worth. I tip my opti-visor to those who make a real living at it. Mainly build armor these days but I keep working at figures, planes and the occasional ship.