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Milk Bottles and Wooden Crates
Milk Bottles and Wooden Crates
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by: Ian Barraclough [ BARRA733 ]


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Introduction

Another set from Miniart aimed at the diorama market, this time around it is milk that is on the menu. Presented in the usual end opening small box with box art that looks good. I did find myself thinking that uses for this set may be slightly limited.

Contents

In a similar fashion to some of their recent releases, on opening the box you’ll find that the parts contained within seem somewhat insignificant and… small. I had to shake the box to make sure there was nothing left inside it! All the parts are contained on 24 sprue trees; 12 ochre (?) coloured sprues containing the wooden crate parts; and 12 clear sprues containing the bottles. There’s also a decal sheet containing the bottle labels and crate logos.

Review

Each of the ochre sprues has 5 parts for one crate: 2 x end pieces; 2 x side pieces, a bottom piece with segregating ribs to hold the 10 bottles in. Detail on the crates is good, with some subtle wood grain effects and nail holes in the relevant areas.

Each of the clear sprues contains parts for 10 ‘glass’ milk bottles. There are some very fine mould lines on the bottles themselves, although these should easily clean up with a fine polishing stick. There’s no diversity of shapes in the bottles which I would like to have seen – I’m sure not all milk bottles are the same shape.

The decal sheet contains square black labels with white lettering for the bottles – again, I’d have liked to have seen more variation’ especially as there’s logos for the crates with what I assume to be British/US, French and German logos (the German ones include some for ‘Dr Lahmann’s Planzen Milch – plant milk nonetheless… a nice touch for a late war diorama...?).

The entire set will allow you to make up 12 wooden milk crates and 120 milk bottles.

Construction

Making up a crate contains no surprises: glue the 2 ends to the 2 sides and fit to the bottom piece – voila! Carefully cut the milk bottoms from the clear sprues – they’re connected at the bottom so no need to clean up if you’re going to put them inside the crate.

I painted up one set each of the British/US, French and German sets; using wood colours, blue and green respectively before applying the relevant decals over a coat of Klear. After the initial Tamiya acrylic colours, I added some light and dark chips with a sponge; then I washed with a dark sepia oil wash before wiping with a soft cloth.

For the milk bottles I simply painted the bottles with gloss Tamiya acrylic white and various colours for the bottle tops. Yes, it’s that simple… For the spilt milk I cut out the shape from white plastic card and painted with a thick coat of gloss white acrylic.

Conclusion

A simple set that will add background detail to any farm yard or village diorama; but I’m a bit unsure as to where else you’d use it.

SUMMARY
Highs: The only set or milk bottles that I’m aware of.
Lows: Limited use and Some mould lines on clear parts.
Verdict: Recommended.
Percentage Rating
75%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35573
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 21, 2017
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.29%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.89%

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About Ian Barraclough (barra733)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I am an Electrical Engineer who has been modelling for 25+ years. I enjoy building obscure, but interesting pieces from the modern era, but will build anything if it grabs my interest.

Copyright ©2017 text by Ian Barraclough [ BARRA733 ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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Comments

These seem nice, can personally picture an application but a crate of empties in a dirty back alley comes to mind. Hmmm....
FEB 21, 2017 - 11:05 AM
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