In-Box Review
Plastic water bottles
Plastic water bottles
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]


Plastic bottles were first used commercially in 1947, but remained relatively expensive until the early 1960s when high-density polyethylene was introduced. They quickly became popular with both manufacturers and customers due to their lightweight nature and relatively low production costs compared with glass bottles. Except for wine and beer, the food industry has almost completely replaced glass with plastic bottles.

Why would anyone want plastic water bottles in 1/35 scale anyway? Depending on the heat and activity level, a typical soldier may need to drink from 1/2 liter to 3 liters of water per hour. In hot, dry climates this can total as much as 12 liters per day. Drinking water is a must to prevent heat injury. US military insists upon adequate hydration to maintain combat effectiveness and recognized water as a crucial item of supply in the Middle Eastern theaters of conflict. This is why plastic water bottles are among the most sought for accessory when building modern military dioramas.


The Plastic water bottles set (LRE-35126) is packed in a typical Live Resin way; a zip-lock bag safely secured between a firm cardboard backing. The CAD box art on the front shows all the kit parts, while the one on the back displays an additional view of contents of the set.

The kit consists of 10 parts organized on a single carrier block. The parts are cast in transparent resin, and the molding is absolutely perfect with no seam lines or air bubbles present.

The bottles in this set can represent any generic plastic water bottle. The details on these bottles look really good and I find them superior to any other plastic bottle set in 1/35 scale I have seen so far. However, some manufacturers add decal labels with their plastic bottles, and this is something that is missing in Live Resin offering. A shame really, as the decals would really make these bottles stand out.


This set consists of 10 generic plastic water bottles cast in transparent resin. The cast is perfect and the bottles look really good, but I wish Live Resin decided to add a small decal sheet with water labels into the set.
Highs: Perfectly cast in transparent resin. A great accessory for modern military dioramas.
Lows: No decal labels.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LRE-35126
  Related Link: Live Resin website
  PUBLISHED: Aug 28, 2013

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About Mario Matijasic (Maki)

You wonder how did this addiction start? I was a kid when my dad broght home a 1/72 Concord airplane; we built it together as well as couple of other airplanes after that. This phase was just pure fun: glue, paint, decals in no particular order... everything was finished in a day or two. Then I disc...

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Canadians tankers and AFV tape those empty bottles upside down on their antennas and at night, they insert a glow stick in the bottle so that those behind can see them. Uploaded with Uploaded with
AUG 28, 2013 - 09:07 AM
Meng supplies their Toyota Pick up with some water bottles too. Four different shapes are at the sprue and decals are included as well. In the mean time they realised that providing those bottles seperately might be a good idea and did just that (MENG SPS-002). Cheers Michael PS: here you might have a glimpse how it looks in real live.
AUG 29, 2013 - 12:27 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of labels, I can't count the number of times you pulled a bottle from a case and the label was hanging off because the glue had dried out. Definitely not a downer for me.
AUG 29, 2013 - 01:26 AM

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