by: Seb Viale [ ]
ISO container is a standardized reusable steel box used for the safe, efficient and secure storage and movement of materials and products within a global containerized intermodal freight transport system. "Intermodal" indicates that the container can be moved from one mode of transport to another (from ship, to rail, to truck) without unloading and reloading the contents of the container.
Length of containers, (each with a unique ISO 6346 reporting mark), vary from 8 to 56 feet (2.438 to 17.069 m) and height from 8 feet (2.438 m) to 9 feet 6 inches (2.896 m). There are approximately seventeen million intermodal containers in the world of varying types to suit different cargoes. Aggregate container capacity is often expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) which is a unit of capacity equal to one standard 20 ft × 8 ft (6.10 m × 2.44 m) (length × width) container. Italeri released a kit of a 20’ ISO container which is widely used nowadays.
Review of the Kit
The kit is comprised of 2 plastic sprues containing 11 parts and a single decal sheet. The details are great while the ejection marks are located inside the container, special care is required to putty them if you want to leave the doors open. The twist locks are really nicely molded; they have to be firmly glued on to their supports.
The assembly is rapid – it takes less than 15 minutes. You need to take attention on the fact that the two #11 parts are for the rear of the container. This is unclear on the instruction set.
The rear wall, floor and roof need to be glued together to obtain the full length. Please ensure the angularity of these items before gluing them together to the walls.
The floor detail can be improved since it is generally wooden beams. It is also missing the loops in the bottom parts of each wall. The locking system is nicely done but Italeri messed up the handles direction since they should be symmetrical.
This iconic piece of modern warfare is a must have.
The details and the build is so easy. It will be a great item to experiment all kind of painting techniques.
I hope to see a lot of AM manufacturers releasing decals. This kit is highly recommended.