In-Box Review
Allied 40mm Ammo Boxes
Bofors 40mm Ammo Boxes
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


With the issue of the Italeri and Bronco 40mm Bofors Guns, if you need some extra ammunition boxes you might consider these. A small additional set of 40mm ammo boxes from SB Models.

The Set

This comes contained in a double zip plastic bag arrangement with the brand name on the front of a backing card and the manufactures details on the reverse. The set consists of 10 ammunition boxes of 2 different styles, 5 of each.

The larger of the boxes looks very accurate when compared to the reference pictures I have. These boxes held 24 rds, (6 clips x 4) of 40mm ammunition. The marking and layout of the box look correct and the handles are present on opposite ends of the box. These are the type of boxes used by the Army, both US and British I assume?

Thanks to Tracy White over on Model Shipwrights I was able to get a view of a suitable picture on the second style of boxes. These I believe are the Navy style of containers, again from the reference picture they look to be very accurate, with the correct layout and configuration. I could find no other data on them and cannot say if they were also issued to the Army.

The casting on both types of boxes is excellent, the detail is sharp and they arrived without damage or air bubbles, so only the pour stubs need to be removed. A sharp razor saw will be needed.

Normal precautions apply when working with resin.


Another really useful and reasonably priced item from SB Models. I apologise I couldn’t find more data on the smaller style of boxes but sometimes that’s how it is.

On vehicles with the 40mm, these will give you a few more ammo boxes to add to the scene. The Navy style of boxes should be handy for anyone working on the Italeri ELCO Boat.

No decals come with the boxes, which is a pity.
Highs: Excellent detail, at an affordable price.
Lows: Decals would have been a neat addition.
Verdict: Recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: SBS 35129
  Suggested Retail: £4.99
  PUBLISHED: May 24, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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Hey Al, Another nice review of a handy set !! All the bits and pieces look crisp and clean. Cheers jjumbo
MAY 23, 2010 - 06:27 PM
Hi John, Thanks, always like this pic: Al
MAY 25, 2010 - 12:45 AM
Hi Alan. Thanks for the review. Im no expert on ammo or ammo boxes but this is the type of box I was looking for my M42 duster as used in Vietnam. I bought 2 sets from Azimut that are similar to this that you bought, plus they have a few clips as well. Check for item AZI35376 on their homepage HERE If you´d like to swap your 5 US style for 5 of my UK style, let me know
MAY 25, 2010 - 12:56 AM
Hi Al, Great pic !! We have the gun and the ammo boxes, when's the crew showing up ?? Cheers jjumbo
MAY 25, 2010 - 12:58 AM
Hi Frank, Can do, PM sent. AL Hi John, Some of the MiniArt A/c Crew might come in useful as well as the Vulcan 2pdr gunners!! Al
MAY 25, 2010 - 03:00 AM
Hi Alan Some reference images for the "US" style boxes as used in Vietnam. The first image below is what got me started on my quest for these boxes. Thanks to some very helpful members here and on Missing Links who identified them, and also tipped me about the Azimut set (which was the only one available at the time I bought them). Lion Roar have also a nice set of turned brass if you want to display some loose rounds. This set includes a few etch pieces to show clips. I managed to get a set through Ebay, but they were hard to track down.
MAY 25, 2010 - 11:35 AM
Alan .... PM sent. Cheers. Where did you buy the SB Scotia set from? And finally an image of the Azimut set. Costs €9.90 from their shop, but they have a high post charge as well.
MAY 25, 2010 - 11:42 AM
Hi Frank, Thanks for the additional info on the boxes. Thats the ones. SB Scotia are available from SB Models (Stewart of SB Models makes the SB Scotia range) and Netmerchants have recently started stocking their kits too. https://sbmodels.uk.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1 http://www.netmerchants.co.uk/index.php Yes,postage from Azimut can be high I got the Citeron conversion set from them, postage bumped the cost up a lot. Cheers Al
MAY 25, 2010 - 05:51 PM

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