Built Review
Plastic milk crate 1/35
Plastic milk crate from Scale 4WD Designs by cbp27
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by: Stuart Gillespie [ AMOZ02T ]

This 1/35 scale box is available at Shapeways’ website Scale 4WD designs by cbp27. Clayton at Scale 4WD redesigned the wall thicknesses of this 3D print from his original 1/10 R/C scale crate upon request. He responded with this offering only a couple of weeks after my comment.

I ordered the Frosted Extreme Detail Matte translucent plastic option that showcases the incredibly fine and intricate details. This was described as model version 2 that was updated on July 9, 2015. The price matches similar quality 3D items of this size. I did take advantage of a limited free shipping deal from Shapeways.

The item came in the mail delivered from Shapeways in their standard zip lock bag in a cardboard box cushioned with air packing bags. The milk crate comes from the bag without any sprue or extra flash ready for washing and painting. No trimming or sanding was required with the small 3D print steps from Shapeways. This 3D print material is more brittle than styrene, but from other examples I have worked with, this clear print could be carved and sanded as desired if necessary. The only little surprise was in the crate’s solid bottom, but otherwise the molded mesh pattern matches what I had in my dorm room and what you see in the shop.

I used only an alcohol rinse and dry before priming. The photos show it after a coat of Tamiya Fine Primer from the can. After finding a range of brightly colored full size examples on the web, I chose an airbrushed coat of Tamiya acrylic X-6 orange. Perhaps a clear coat or pin washing could be added later.

That’s it, ready for the truck bed, bustle rack, or campsite. Clayton seems very responsive to customer ideas and requests. This one was much appreciated. Please visit his store and FB page:

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Highs: Nicely detailed modern plastic milk crate to add color to otherwise drab military scenes. Comes ready to paint without a lot of preparation. Clayton is very responsive to requests and suggestions.
Lows: Price. Hope that could be offset if offered in a 3D printed matrix of multiple crates. Also I feel the solid bottom on the crate could limit displayed orientations. Perhaps this 3D model could be updated in the future?
Verdict: Highly recommended for modern vehicles, dioramas, and displays. This is a nicely detail example of a common milk crate that will add color to any scene. Wish it came as a multiple crate 3D print set to potentially lower the unit cost.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Suggested Retail: 7.99 Ultra/9.99 Extreme
  Related Link: Scale 4WD Designs by cbp27
  PUBLISHED: Aug 16, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United States

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while it is obvious that technically 3D printing is a real option for modelling, it still has a long way ahead in terms of price...
AUG 16, 2015 - 12:19 PM
So that's the price for ONE? I purchased a 1/32 Bongo truck for little more than that and it came with several. Anyone wanting milk crates may want to look into that.
AUG 16, 2015 - 01:10 PM
You can also get milkcrates in resin from Mouse House/Arms coprs models. Can you provide a little bit more information re the "Bongo"? Al
AUG 16, 2015 - 03:55 PM
Appreciate the comments. Many thanks to Clayton, Mario, and Colin for your efforts on this! Looking forward to more 3D one off items in the future. As noted, we can only hope that volume will help drive the prices down soon.
AUG 16, 2015 - 04:34 PM
Here are some examples released by Fujimi. Aoshima makes some as well : Here's a related review : and a related build log : H.P.
AUG 16, 2015 - 06:06 PM
Heads up as Clayton has already kindly responded to comments in one day ...Hey Stuart, Thanks for the review! I'm so glad you're pleased with my product. I have noted the fact that my crate has a solid bottom and I'm looking into changing that soon. In the meantime, I was able to drop my prices to make them more affordable. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions.
AUG 17, 2015 - 08:37 AM

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