Welcome to the beginning of a multiple part review of the laser cut terrain available from Terrakami, a company specialising in laser-cut MDF and acrylic accessories for tabletop wargames. In this review we’re going to be building a selection of Terakami’s Sci-Fi 28mm Containers, and then moving onto to some of their larger kits including their Container Crane in the near future. We picked these up with the plan of using them in our games of Warhammer 40k and Infinity, but they’ll work equally well in any game using a sci-fi setting.
We’ll start with the Sci-fi Container Low Cost size M kit, which contains enough parts to build 2 medium containers. This kit is priced at €5.80 (around $6.30) but is also available in both small and large sized versions of the containers too. As with the other kits we’ve received from Terrakami, these arrived as sheets of MDF containing laser-cut parts ready to be removed and assembled with PVA or similar glue.
This kit comes with a set of very straight-forward instructions, showing that these containers can be assembled from just 8 parts per model.
Here are the parts after we removed them from the MDF sprue. Each part is very cleanly cut as you would expect from laser-cut parts, and external faces of the container have been engraved with extra details and panel lines.
Here’s the finished product! These were extremely easy to assemble as the parts have been designed to lock together, this also ensures they are highly durable.
For scale here you can see our 2 Low Cost Containers along with a 28mm Warhammer 40k Imperial Guardsman. There’s some nice touches on these kits including the pegs and slots on the top and bottom that allow them to securely stack together and the ladders built into the sides. Just €5.80 (around $6.30) for 2 of these containers feels like a pretty good deal, and they’ll be handy for a wide range of games.
Moving on from the basic containers, here we have the Sci-fi Container 01 CubEST size M, a single model kit available for €5.50 (around $6). There’s a bit of a story behind this design:
“Terrakami Industries presents its new container series CubEST (Cubic e-Structures) featuring a double shielded frame and re-entry temperature resistance. This new series fits the most demanding military requirements and allows safe orbital and ground transportation. Besides, all the elements of the series CubEST display self assembly connectors that allow you to put all its resilience to your service building heavy duty prefabricated structures in minutes.”
Again we get some nice, clear instructions on how this kit goes together.
In quite a step up from the low cost kit, this container will be assembled from the 15 parts you can see here.
Here’s the assembled Sci-fi Container 01 CubEST size M, a great looking sci-fi container with some extra layers of detail over the low cost versions.
There’s some nice details here like the key panel on the doors, and its good to see that these crates also lock together with the low cost versions, making very sturdy structures.
Our last container is the 02 Hyperion series size M kit. This one is priced at €5.50 (around $6.05) and has a very different style to the other containers we’ve seen so far.
As normal there is a clear diagram showing how to assemble this kit.
Here you can see the 15 laser-cut MDF parts which will make up our Hyperion series sci-fi container.
Here’s the completed Hyperion size M container!
The Hyperion kit brings a different style to the selection of sci-fi containers, and feels like the kind of storage that an expensive and/or dangerous sci-fi material or chemical would be transported in. Its great to see that even though this is quite a different style of container that it still locks into place when stacked with other container designs from Terrakami – a nice touch!
The 3 different container designs side by side.
These are our first kits from Terrkami, and we were impressed with how well designed they are. Its clear that a lot of thought went into these, ensuring that they are simple to assemble, durable, and all lock together when stacked. These containers are also compatible with Terrakami’s MagLev train kits which is something we’ll be reviewing in the near future. For the price, these seem very reasonable, especially the Low Cost Container kit as that one comes with enough parts to build 2 containers. If you’d like to see the other sizes and styles available, head over to http://www.terrakami.com/