In-Box Review
British 4 gal Flimsy Cans
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Accurate Armour have a good range of additional model accessories and produce some unique items not covered by other manufacturers. This is a look at a handy set of British 4 Gal Flimsy Cans, Kit No 007.

Called Flimsy’s given their tendency to burst, these types of POW cans were very evident in the early war years.

The Set

The set contains 6 trees with 4 cans on each, a total of 24 cans. They come packed in a standard thick plastic bag with a cardboard cover depicting the contents and manufacturers details.

Cast in a dark grey resin, the cans are nicely detailed and expertly cast with no flaws or cause for concern. The handles come as part of the mould and you’ll need to cut out the film from these with an X-Acto knife, just take care not to cut the handles off and be careful not to damage the rims of the cans as these are very delicate!

Removal will be a simple process with a sharp razor saw and painting could take place before or after that event.


A very handy set of POW cans to add to your vehicles, use as replacements or add to a diorama scene. For modellers, the devil is in the detail, and this little set may provide that something extra that you are looking for.

With 24 cans you should have a lot to play with. I have included a shot of the oversized cans provided in the old Tamiya LRDG truck for comparison.

If there is a down side to the cans it is in having to clean out the film from the handles. This is not difficult but it is very easy to damage the rim of the can in the process.

Not a must have item but a very useable one. Normal precautions apply when working with resin.

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Highs: A very handy accessory.
Lows: None.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: A007
  Suggested Retail: £.7.99
  PUBLISHED: Dec 25, 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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Good review. Thanks. It may be possible to reverse the cans and just add a cap and handle rather than try to remove molded handles. Best wishes, Grant
DEC 25, 2010 - 03:27 PM
Hi Grant, Not really as the base has to be cut off. The handles just need the film cleaned out, you just need to be careful as the top rim is quite delicate. Al
DEC 25, 2010 - 09:14 PM
Alan, Nice review! I know these were phased out when jerrycans became available, but is there a firm date beyond which they shouldn't be used? (And did they have a "second life" afterwards holding other liquids? Just fishing to see if they could have any uses say in a NWE setting...) Tom
DEC 26, 2010 - 01:38 AM
Hi Tom, With so many being manufactured they were still around when I was a kid in the late 50s early 60s. I remember my Dad had a couple to keep the fuel for the lawnmower in. I would guess you'd still find them around here and there in the later war, but I don't have any pics I can recall that show this. A half or quarter can would make a good Cooker I would think. So yes, I would think the odd one or two would pop up even after the Jerry Cans came into being but I can't say for sure. 43 seems to be the change over period, but I'm not positive if there was a specific date or they were just phased out. Al
DEC 26, 2010 - 04:28 AM
Thanks! Tom
DEC 27, 2010 - 01:28 AM

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