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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2006 8:16 p.m. PST

Looking for containers like the "Sea Land" containers (often attached to 18-wheelers and loaded to cargo vessels).

I am planning on using them as improvised defenses for post-apocalyptic scavengers.

Any links? Thanks.


Grumpy Monkey27 Jan 2006 8:31 p.m. PST

I know Aintsy makes some, as I have a few. then look under Cargo Hold.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2006 8:39 p.m. PST

Inglewood Jack,

Thanks. Though I was hoping for containers big enough to serve as shelters or as a base of operations, with plenty of standing room, like the big "Sea Land" (for lack of a better term) transport containers.


Tom Bryant27 Jan 2006 9:12 p.m. PST

Ground Zero also does some IIRC in their terrain section as well. Now, I know this is going to sound silly CC but why don't you make some of your own?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2006 9:15 p.m. PST

Not silly at all. However, time is the biggest luxury at the moment.



astronomican Inactive Member27 Jan 2006 9:51 p.m. PST

The cheap option is to go card :- – fill in the survey and get a model of a 20ft container (you dont need to be truthful :-P) – DAF have a website offering several trucks with containers – click on 'DAF Fun' and then 'paper models' – Rob Schatborn has dozens of templates for containers, both 20ft and 40ft ones

link – Steve Ulstad has a variety of trucks with bodies. I quite like the "truck from 2048" model, very sci-fi.

Card models may not be your thing, but you could always scale up/down the templates and mount them on plastic card.

astronomican Inactive Member27 Jan 2006 9:52 p.m. PST

Also, try kiddie toys – I often see large scale toys that have a main motor unit pulling containers, flatbeds, fuel tanks, etc.

artslave Inactive Member27 Jan 2006 10:50 p.m. PST

A well-stocked train shop will have containers in all the train scales. HO will be the least expensive, but maybe not big enough. "O" scale would be better, but maybe too pricy. Try a search on, as they are a huge train supplier. I was in Toys R Us today, looking for a birthday gift for my goddaughter, and walked by the diecast isle for me. There were a number of truck/construction sets in usefull near-28 mm sizes. I don't recall containers or trailers, but it would be worth a look.

bsrlee28 Jan 2006 2:10 a.m. PST

Most of the wargame oriented suppliers will have SOLID resin containers.

The Toy & Model Railroad suppliers will have styrene hollow containers that you can readily cut open.

Or you could go to the MRR section of a large hobby shop and get a pack or two of ribbed styrene sheet, some angle & make your own – I did.

Randall28 Jan 2006 4:46 a.m. PST

In railroad speak, they're called "intermodals" so if you seach under that term you'll find a bunch.

The one's I like best so far are made by K-Line. They're O gauge. The rear doors open and they're stackable.

Matakishi Inactive Member28 Jan 2006 7:38 a.m. PST

I have collected several nets for card containers for my waterfont project. If you send me your email via I'll send you the file.

Lion in the Stars30 Jan 2006 4:50 p.m. PST

What scale? O scale is 1/48, about right for 28/30mm. You're pretty much out of luck for good 15mm scale (that's roughly 1/100, right?), although HO (1/87) might fit. N scale is 1/160, close to 10mm, and I assume that you're not interested in 6mm (Z scale, if there's any intermodal stuff there).

Walthers makes a _lot_ of railroad accessories, at fairly reasonable prices (considering that the typical RR modeler has 250+ containers, they'd better be!).

Area23 Inactive Member10 Feb 2007 11:33 a.m. PST

I saw a pic from that pre-painted Rackham sci-fi range with a sea container. Maybe they have scenery packs?

Ground Zero have several sizes iirc.

I've got a Revel(?) container kit. Too big for 28mm, imho, but maybe suits your needs

AndrewGPaul Inactive Member10 Feb 2007 12:05 p.m. PST

Rackham do indeed to a scenery pack with cargo containers. They do them in two colour schemes:


If you want a a size indication, those 'alien searchlight' thingies are on 25mm diameter bases.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2007 12:11 p.m. PST

Andrew Paul,

At 15 Euros, that is not a bad deal at all, considering it includes other goodies as well.



Namuraz Inactive Member10 Feb 2007 11:49 p.m. PST

I have the ground zero ones, and they are great for what I need, but they are on the small side and are also pretty solid resin..

If you want to be able to move people into them I'd think about building your own.. You can get the corrugated plastic sheet that looks right, and it wouldn't take too much work..

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2007 12:11 a.m. PST

Other options for above ground dwellings:

TMP link


SeattleGamer Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2007 5:06 p.m. PST

For those who are interested, the Rackham AT-43 containers are 128mm long, 72mm wide and 54mm tall, and the double doors on one end are hinged and actually open and close.

For $15 USD USD (discounted to $12) they are a steal! Two shipping containers, 6 wall sections, two Nanogenerators, and even a fold-up battle mat. Now, 15 Euros becomes about $30 USD because of exchange rates, and that's not such a bargain.

Resinman Inactive Member12 Feb 2007 12:08 p.m. PST

I like to use styrene sheets. many patterns are available.
"improvised defenses for post-apocalyptic scavengers."
I am making terrain. Tata-Studio Models. I was with Armorcast. I have new models made but no photos. Send your mailing address to and I will send you some stuff. I would appreciate photos after painted.

Cyclops Inactive Member16 Feb 2007 10:37 a.m. PST

I've just picked up the Rackham ones and they're great. Need a bit of weathering but as quick, easy and relatively cheap terrain they're hard to beat. The walls ar good too. Not sure about the generator thingies yet, but I'm sure I'll find a use for them.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2007 6:43 p.m. PST

I'm definitely getting those Rackham ones:


Do they have a distributor in the US?



Jim McDaniel Inactive Member29 Apr 2007 6:51 p.m. PST

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Smokey Roan Inactive Member29 Apr 2007 7:16 p.m. PST

" fill in the survey and get a model of a 20ft container (you dont need to be truthful :-P) DAF have a website "

I want a free container, but the link didn't work :( :(

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2007 8:11 a.m. PST

I know that intermodal containers are not going to be as nice as these beauties . . .

TMP link

. . . but, I think/hope, they will suit my purposes for now.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2007 10:41 a.m. PST

To complete the fortification of the post-apocalyptic survivors' encampment, I'm about to finally place an order for these MBA Jersey barriers (hopefully this week):

TMP link

Much appreciated.


SeattleGamer Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2007 4:43 p.m. PST

I just noticed that Worldworks cargo containers are not listed here. If paper is acceptable, you could amass a stockyard full of these things quite cheaply. Two different types:

First, individual containers ($2):
Three different colors, plus some interior panels if you want to make any open-topped like large dumpsters.

Stack of containers ($3):
This builds into a large stack.

So you can make several of the large "bricks" of containers (18 per brick) easily, without having to make all those individual panels, and then make a half dozen or so of the individual containers to scatter around and break up the uniformity.

They are very nice looking, and easy to build as well.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2007 11:12 a.m. PST


Received the Rackham ones today (from DUNGEON TRADER) and they look beautiful and PERFECT for my plans:

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2007 8:27 p.m. PST

Nor could I resist also getting this longer one by K-Line:



Col Stone Inactive Member09 May 2007 12:21 a.m. PST

That was a nice one:)

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2007 8:34 a.m. PST

Like the smaller ones done by Rackham (which I already ordered and received beautiful by the way), the longer K-Line O scale intermodal containers also have doors that open.

So, I think I will have the large K-line one on one side of the encampment, with the shorter Rackham ones on each of the adjacent sides, leaving one side "open".

I still plan to put sandbags along the top of each container.

And I will definitely try to copy what SciFi Gamer showed on this other thread:

TMP link


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2007 9:20 a.m. PST

Check ebay every once in a while. The K-line intermodal containers with the opening doors can show up at very reasonable prices:



Col Stone Inactive Member21 May 2007 4:11 p.m. PST


keep an eye out for these,, scle 1/55

Detailed Casting Products Inactive Member21 May 2007 4:42 p.m. PST

I deleted my post because I thought Col Stone had a wrong link. When I found that my "correction" sent to the same page as his post I realised it wasn't his fault. wink What I did to get where he intended was to click on the "accessories" link to get to the containers.

Col Stone Inactive Member21 May 2007 4:53 p.m. PST

hehe thanks for fixing that :)
i think they retail for abt 15

Col Stone Inactive Member22 May 2007 11:39 a.m. PST

siku sells them for 4 each on the website

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2009 9:30 a.m. PST

And if you are going with 15mm figures . . .

TMP link

PS. By the way, the K-Line one looked tiny next to the Rackham ones.

chironex09 Jun 2009 7:36 p.m. PST


Otherwise go O.
They are vastly too big but if you are putting figures inside stuff you need them vastly too big.

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