Welcome to today’s review in which we are looking at the Shipping Container kit available from Laser Cut Card, a company who produce a range of great value wargaming accessories. Their kits are laser cut and predominantly consist of a thick and durable card, but may also include components made of other materials. After we recently reviewed their excellent Hull Point and Wound Markers, Neal at Laser Cut Card and kindly sent over a sample Shipping Container kit for review.
Here you can see how our sample Shipping Container kit arrived, this pack contains a single Shipping Container, although they are normally sold in packs of 3 or 6 containers. A pack of 3 Shipping Containers is priced at £11.32 ($18.26), or you can save 15% by purchasing a pack of 6 for £17.97 ($28.98). Each assembled shipping container is 44x99x44mm which makes them perfect for 28mm & 30mm wargames like Warhammer 40k and Infinity.
Inside our pack we found the 2 sprues cut from durable 1mm construction card which make up 1 Shipping Container. The smaller parts can simply be pressed out of the sprue while the larger shapes are easily released with a hobby knife.
Once we had released all the shapes from the sprue, we found we had lots of extra bits left over which are not needed in constructing the Shipping Container. What these bits are perfect for though, is being used as disposable glue spreaders for evenly adding glue to this and other kits – very handy!
Here are the shapes needed to construct 1 Shipping Container. When building this we followed the excellent online instructions available on the Laser Cut Card site. You can find the assembly instructions for all their kits here.
When assembling our own Shipping Container, we collected the pieces shown below, a large piece which makes up the inside of the container, along with 4 rectangles which we will use on the ends.
The first thing we needed to do was carefully score the lines marked on the largest piece and then fold it around and glue the little tab on the inside. Laser Cut Card recommend using super glue when constructing their kits.
Next, we simply needed to glue 2 of the rectangles on each end. if you are planning on building a shipping container with the doors modelled open, then you can leave these rectangles off the side that will be open.
The next shapes we need are these corrugated panels which will suddenly turn the box we have into something that looks a lot more like a shipping container.
Here you can see we have attached the panels to the top and sides of our Shipping Container.
These parts will become the doors on either end of our container.
We chose to glue them on in the closed position, but if you check out the instructions on the Laser Cut Card site, they explain how you can also model these in an open position.
Lastly, we are going to need these pieces which will give another layer of detail to our container.
Here you can see we have glued the final details in place, leaving us with a very solid looking Shipping Container, which was simple and quick to assemble.
These Shipping Containers work well in 28mm & 30mm scaled wargames, providing some scenery that can be reused many times in different layouts. Here you can see the Shipping Container with a 28mm Imperial Guardsman from Warhammer 40k by Games Workshop, for scale.
We were really surprised to find out just how tough these kits constructed from 1mm construction card are. Any concerns we had about the durability of kits constructed from this thick card were soon put to rest when we found our Shipping Container would easily cope with having 5kg (around 11lbs) weights placed on top, in fact it looked like it could have easily coped with more, we just didn’t have any larger weights around!
Finally, we’ve borrowed this photo from the Laser Cut Card site which shows how good these containers can look with a simple paint job. Laser Cut Card even supply instructions for painting their kits, which you can find here.
We feel these Shipping Container kits are priced very reasonably, and are an excellent way to add some flexible terrain options to our games. The kits were simple and quick to assemble and the completed Shipping Containers are durable enough that we would expect them to last a very long time. We’re becoming big fans of the creations coming out of Laser Cut Card, let us know what you think in the comments below. If you’d like to see what else is available from Laser Cut Card, head over to http://www.lasercutcard.co.za/