REPRODUCTION

meopeningkrations

Here's me opening a case of K Ration during some winter re-enactment.


As it just so happens, I'm a printer by profession. Seeing all the fantasy crap that is being offered on the internet as "museum quality reproduction" ration, I decided to produce my own reproduction K Rations. Printed on a real press and die-cut ready to fold and paste. An affordable too.
No more home printed nonsense with dotted lines where to fold, wrong colors, flimsy paperboard, or absurd dimensions. (Oh, the horror!)
My reproductions are based on original K Rations from my own collection or   collections from friends. Obviously I've done my research. (The whole reason I started this website.) My goal is to produce sets that include not only the inner and outer boxes, but also the correct wrappings for the contents.


Sneek preview

Still working on some components, the sets aren't ready for sale yet. For now I just wanna show you what I have so far.

Below are the four types I'm working on as the initial types that will be offered for sale, say, end 2017. Hopefully "morale" version will follow.


Hills Bros

"The Hills Bros. Company" Type II, with tuck-in flaps.


Patten Food

"Patten Food Products" Type IIIa, with tuck-in flaps.


Cracker Jack

"The Cracker Jack Company" Type IIIa, with seal-end flaps.


General Foods

"General Food Corporation" Type IIIb, with tuck-in flaps.


All these types are good for your "Normandy" impression and later operations as these older types were still in stock and issued along with the later introduced colored "morale" K Rations.


Components

These sets will only contain the boxes and various packagings and wrappings for the contents. No food stuff or matches and cigarettes will be included!
Each set will have the packagings and wrappings for its appropriate contents, so all sets will slightly differ from each other, just like the originals. Not claiming that it will be 100% correct, but it will sure beat the fantasy items offered on the internet elsewhere.

Lets have a look at some packagings and wrappings I have finished so far:


Repro Confections

Here's a collection of the confections that I have made so far: (clockwise) Assorted Charms hard candy; Fruit Bar; 2-ounce D-bar; Sweet Chocolate bar; Caramels; Choclettos; Malted Milk Dextose Candy.


Repro Fruit Bar kit

The Fruit Bar is quite easy to make actually.

You take some dried fruit (1) and chop that up.
Press the minced fruit into a block (2) of a size that will fit the dimensions of the folded greaseproof paper inlay (3).
Place the inlay with the fruit block in the tray (4) and over wrap twice with cellophane (5).


Repro Dextrose tablets

I know, these are not 100% correct.
I used the same die-cut as for the Caramels and based the label on photos of the AAF bail-out rations that also contained the Milk & Dextrose tablets.
Used with the Type II K Ration these are easy to fill and use.


Repro Choclettos

One of the often included confection of the mid war K Ration is the Choclettos. It is quite hard to find the right sized candy to fill these trays! The kraftboard "Caramels" packaging will be included extra in the set for use as an alternative to the choclettos.


Repro Chocolate Bars

Here's that 2-ounce chocolate bar that goes with the Supper unit. These are of grease proof paper printed with black ink. They are the correct size and will fit the shorter D-bar or Sweet Chocolate Bar.

Shown is a mold I made from blue (food safe) two-component clay that I molded around a model I made from plaster. from that mold I cast the chocolate bar.

Although you probably can find a chocolate bar that will fit, it will be worth it to make a mold yourself if you are planning on making more K Ration sets. The model is made from a block of plaster sized 3 1/8" long, 1 9/32" wide and 13/16" high, shaped with sand paper. This block has slightly sloping sides with rounded ends and two serrations on the top.


Repro Sugar

Breakfast comes with four sugar tablets, so either Jack Frost or Dominos will be included. For dinner the 23 grams carton is used. Four blank sugar tablets wrappings will be included extra as an alternative for variety.


Repro Chewing Gum

Well, what can I say. The Chewing Gum wrappers are straight forward.
Three identical wrappers will be included with each set. The Type III K Rations will have one "cinnamon" wrapper included extra as an alternative.


Repro matches

These are the correct matchbook covers for the K Ration. All those fancy "V.D. Warning" or "Buy War Bonds" matches were not included in the K Rations.

My matchbook covers come with a genuine striker strip, not a glued on piece of sanding paper. So you can really light that match. The matches, however, are not included.

The covers are shipped flat: Fold over the bottom on the crease. Fit in one row of ten matches (taken from a commercial matchbook) into the fold and staple through completely. Fold over the flap and you're done!


Repro Old Gold

Smoke em if you've got em. Being a non-smoker I personally would rather fill these with a piece of wood, but they do fit the filterless cigarette. So far I only have the Old Gold packaging, but I'm working on other brands as well.


Not shown are the sleeves for the cans and the band for the toilet paper.

The items I'm working on now are the sachets for the beverage powders.
These will be adhesive (glossy) paper printed with the appropriate color and design that you will have to stick onto small mylar bags (also included).
Three large cellophane bags will be included to seal the components in before placing them in the inner carton.

Now here comes the good news: One complete set will going to cost $10! The bad news is that shipping worldwide will be $7 for one set. (Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that I'm from the Netherlands.)

When I have complete sets up for sale I will post them on this page. So keep an eye out and hopefully by the end of this year I will have some sets done. I'm also working on Partial Dinner Units since they use the same components.

Enjoy,
Harry.

P.S. I have no idea where to find cans that will fit the K Rations. So, please check your local supermarket.

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