This slick kit
replicates the container that held the battle-worldly possessions
for most G.I.s during the war. It is the crate style, one of several
versions of the Army foot locker (visit G.I.
Intelligence Dept. for some examples).
is straightforward and the instructions, printed on the backside
of the display card, are small but laid out logically. Once you've
built one box, the next come easier. Be sure to use a new hobby
blade with a nice sharp tip (I often employ the tip to pick up the
small pieces and set them in place).
Only area to
watch for on this set is the rounded corners on pieces 4a, 4b, 5,
and 6. As seen in the photo above, the bottom corners are rounded
off. The rounded ends of the H-shaped 4a and 4b should be positioned
downward; likewise with the rounded corners of 5 and 6. It's a bit
hard to tell this for sure from the instruction card.
This is an item
that would have been painted olive drab, inside and out (officer's
foot lockers had a lining). The
tray is a snug fit. If you are going to have the locker opened with
the tray in place, you'd probably be better off painting it while
it's inserted, rather than separately. The thickness of the paint
might hamper the fit.
There is a "US"
burned into the center of the lid, but you're left to find your
own markings for the locker, generally the last name anf first initial
of the owner and his serial number. A fun challenge would be to
leave it open and fill it with some of this
How often a
foot locker would end up on the front lines is up for question;
certainly it would be exceedingly rare for soldiers on the move,
such as infantry and armored troops; foot lockers were more probable
for soldiers and airmen housed on a base. Nonetheless, this is a
unique offering that suggests GCLaser is going to come up with some
interesting surprises from time to time.