by: James Bella [ ]
The blood bank at the 152nd Station Hospital at Salisbury collected approximately 400-500 bottles of blood on a daily basis which were then transported in these M-1941 round, insulated marmite containers. Packed with ice, the blood maintained an adequate temperature for at least 24 hours.
Plusmodel is well known for releasing nifty accessories to add to our dioramas or filling those empty spaces in vehicles. These 7 gallon marmite containers can also be used for insulated food cans by omitting the decals, so a couple of choices with this set.
Well packed in a small card box are eight resin cans, a small photo etch sheet, decals and simple instructions. The cans themselves are well cast with just a slight seam line along one side and the pour plug to be removed. The carry handles are molded to the sides and in the Ďat restí position.
The latch mechanism is provided for in PE, which is very fine and delicate. A few sight bends need to be performed which should cause no issues. Enough of the top bars are included, unfortunately only enough latches/releases for four cans are provided for. Somebody at Plusmodel didnít count correctly! Itís possible that Iím missing a PE fret, although Iím sure that all the parts would be included on one sheet.
The decals are well printed and include enough for ten containers. The text appears to be in the correct font and the wording is also correct:
TO BE USED ONLY
FOR WHOLE BLOOD
RETURN TO DESIGNATED
AIRFIELDS WITH RECIPIENT
SETS IMMEDIATELY WHEN EMPTY
The caduceus also looks very good. The decals are very thin, and I would recommend cutting the long side decal into two pieces as it was difficult to place correctly (mine is too low and at a slight angle). They also only need a quick swim to loosen from the backing.
The instructions are the typical Plusmodel simplified line drawing, what is not shown are the slight bends needed on each end of the top bar.
Another interesting set from the company that brings us all kinds of cool stuff. The resin pieces are crisp and clean, decals are well printed. The photo etch pieces are nicely done but suffer from not having the correct amount. Hopefully this mistake is already noticed and being corrected.