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Modern Oil Drums 200L (49009)

1:48 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd




We’ve been addicted to fossil fuels since coal was first burned, sparking (Sorry for the pun) the industrial revolution, and now oil and fuel in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Drums are an easy way to store and transport relatively small quantities without spilling them, and they certainly beat a wicker basket or colander any day of the week! 




Arriving in a figure-sized box, the set includes five sprues in grey styrene, plus a small decal sheet, and instructions with colour painting guide on the back of the box.  This allows you to build up 20 barrels of two styles and 5 manual hand-pumps if you feel the urge to use them.  There are two types of barrels with different style of ribbing, all having two ribs either side of the centre, while one type has numerous smaller ribs in the top and bottom portions.  The ends of the barrels are mostly flat with filler cap and vent, while a few have a ring near the centre.  The hand pumps have a long dipping stick, a handle to crank, and an applicator that will need you to supply some hose or wire to complete.  If you plan on inserting one into a barrel, you will need to drill out the cap in order to get it in there.




The back of the box gives you brief instructions for construction, suggested paint schemes and decal locations for your guidance. 






Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin satin carrier film cut close to the printed areas.




A whole barrel of fun for your vehicle or diorama base!  I’m sorry to reuse that yet again.  They’re detailed, with decals to pretty them up, and a decent quantity that could last you a few models.


Highly recommended




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