Review: JustLasered Foam Tray for Really Useful Boxes
This entry was posted on February 19, 2021.
Way back before Christmas, whilst looking for some new storage solutions for my 28mm WW2 Germans (after the dreaded damp got them), I chanced upon the service offered by UK-based JustLasered, so I decided last month to commission some custom trays from them.
After an exchange of emails with the very helpful Melvin, the postie delived them this week, and I have to say I am impressed.
Designed to fit into the popular 4L Really Useful Box, and each packaged with a themed foam topper, these trays are based on a layer of MDF, giving them a welcome rigidity, but Melvin very kindly tweaked the design for my custom build by adding a layer of strong magnetic sheet. This means my Germans, based on 25mm ferrous washers, have the additional security of sticking to the bottom of their holes. I always prefer my models standing in transit when possible.
The trays are well made and cleanly cut, and though it's always reassuring to have the cut-out foam bits included, I must say that it's particularly fun when they're round in cross-section, and my cat agreed!
Depth-wise, the trays are good, although personally I find I prefer them fitting that bit more snugly with an additional topper inserted, so that there's less vertical wiggle-room:
The 4L trays are designed so that three of them can stack into a 9L box too, but in stacking them I did run into a bit of a snag - when filled with models, the glue wasn't quite strong enough to hold the foam cells to the magnetic sheet for lifting out: understandable with the custom build, and easily solved by running two broad ribbons beneath each tray, but still a little frustrating.
There's a fair range of trays on offer from JustLasered, as we might expect: not only those with generic cells but also a number made for boxed sets from different games, from X-Wing and Victory at Sea to Blood Bowl and The Walking Dead, with appropriate toppers, and with reasonable prices, I must say some of them are rather tempting, as is the pluck-foam...
Well played, JustLasered - a super product.