Japanese Steel Pillbox

Published: December 31st, 2015     
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Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler
Price: $26.80
Product / Stock #: HLP72017
Product provided by: Hauler

Hauler has produced a nice World War Two Japanese Pre-fabricated Steel Pillbox. These were mainly used on Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll. They had two internal levels, the upper was an observation area where the top opened to give a higher view. The lower area had to machine gun ports, a small arms port and a door. This is a very nice resin set.

In the box is:

  • 1 x Resin Pillbox
  • 1 x Photo Etch sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

The Pillbox is very crisp and well molded with great detail.


The build starts by removing the excess resin form the lower part of the pillbox using a razor saw. The next stage is the Photo Etch gun port shutters. The one thing missing from the kit was the door which these Pillboxes did have; I will make one myself to add later.

Next is the most frustrating part of the build which was the photo Etch brackets which you add to the side attachment brackets. These were very small and a lot flew off into oblivion, luckily Hauler provided a few extras!


This is an excellent little addition to any diorama which is also a satisfying build and looks great when finished. As I said the only thing I missed was a door and also painting instructions

Thanks go to Hauler for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

  • Instructions
  • Plastic Parts
    Plastic Parts
  • Photoetch
  • Assembled
  • Assembled
  • Finished
  • Finished

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