Dio Art German Ammunition Cartons
by Tor Riley
This accessory set for dioramas or AFVs features two printed
sheets that can be cut and folded to form German ammunition cartons. Presumably
these were used to supply ammunition in bulk, which was then placed in
magazines, MG belt feeds, etc. by the troops. Two sheets of twelve identical
boxes are provided. The boxes are marked 'Luftdichter Patronenkasten'
('sealed ammunition box') on the top, have a German Army eagle and a reference
number along the sides, and a broad red stripe across each end. It is
a simple matter to cut along the lines, score the reverse face along the
folding lines with the back of a modeling knife, and glue the box together.
The register and printing of these sheets is perfect, and the boxes
would look great on supply vehicles or dioramas. My only criticism is
that no information sheet describing the use of these boxes, the period
they were used in, the method of packing the ammunition inside them, or
the type of ammunition they held, was included. I suspect they were introduced
late war, perhaps after viewing similar captured US ammunition boxes,
but this is only a guess. Dio-Art could take a tip from the excellent
standard of information included on similar Hudson and Allen products.
I purchased this set from Accurate Armour (http://www.accurate-armour.com)
Dio-Art product item # DI021
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