Just before the holidays, Matho Models released some new sets of boxes in 1:35 scale. I received a care-package through the post (see last pic for full selection), including this set of pizza boxes to review. They represent the familiar Pizza Hut brand, as well as more generic pizza boxes that my local take-away would use.
The boxes come printed on glossy paper, representing six different box-art styles with 6 boxes each, except one that has 8, for a total of 38 boxes - enough for even the hungriest party. The back of the paper is plain brown.
Assembly starts by carefully cutting them out with a sharp knife - it's well worth chucking a new blade in the old #11 for this! There are thick black lines between flaps where you are meant to cut on both sides so the black sliver falls out - this gives enough clearance between flaps to ease the bending and assembly process, but is fiddly so take your time. Folding is easy enough if you pin the box down with a metal straight-edge and lift the free part of the box by wedging a wide chisel-bladed knife under it, rotating the knife up to create the bend. Then it's a mater of gluing flaps - I used Gator's Grip glue. Locking tweezers come in handy too. The boxes are sturdy enough to pose either open or closed, but unfortunately the open boxes have no pizza in them - a gap in the market just waiting for a resin-caster to fill.
These boxes may seem fiddly to assemble, but they are surprisingly robust once assembled, and certainly look the part. They can decorate any modern AFV, "technical" truck, or pretty much any slack-time diorama within reach of a phone and a delivery-driver's scooter. And the more clever modellers out there will no doubt find they can be "crushed" or flattened just like real empty boxes...
Highs: The right size, shape, and look of the real thing!Lows: A bit fiddly to build, and no slices to eat...Verdict: A nifty accessory!