The ExactRail Box - N Scale, Wheels & Trucks
In part one of the The ExactRail Box I went over the various boxes we have used in HO scale, now we will look at N scale as well as wheels and trucks.
N Scale Box
The original box that was used for N scale was essentially a scaled down version of the HO scale Evolution series box. The only changes being the listed scales and swapping out the series names. For the 2nd generation box, the artwork was refined for all scales and product series. The different product series each had unique colors assigned to help differentiate them. N scale was given orange. Along with the new box art and color changes, N scale was given a new logo.
After a few years we decided to switch over to a jewel case to now display and protect the product. By switching to a jewel case we needed to generate new artwork for the paper insert. We decided to go with a much more simple design than what we had been using previously. This new design used ExactRail blue on all sides of the insert with a simple yellow line running around the sides. Two flaps were added to the front that displayed the ExactRail logo and the N scale series logo. This design is what eventually became our current charcoal box.
The standard box size that was used in N scale measures 6.5x2.25x1.25". You could squeeze in a car the was about 60-65 scale feet long but was better suited for a 50 scale foot long car. For the Vert-a-Pac, we needed something longer, so a 9" version of the standard box was designed. We also had a 6.5x7x1.25" box that was used for a three pack.
For the jewel cases we use two different sizes. The more common size is the 6x1.75x1" case. This holds about the same size car as the standard box did. For longer cars we use a 7.5x1.875x.875" case.
Wheels & Trucks
Our standard 12 pack of wheels & trucks use a very similar package. The artwork is printed onto a cardboard backer which is then slid into a plastic carrier. The trucks use a slightly different carrier that cradles the pair of trucks so they are not causing damage to each other during transit. For our bulk 100 pack of wheels, we use a bag that has a bi-folded cardboard label stapled to it. It's simple but it gets the job done.
For the Worlds Finest Wheel Sets we developed a custom clamshell that better displayed the fine quality wheels. A paper label was inserted into the clamshell to designate the different wheel diameters and materials.
I hope this project brought some insight for you into the ExactRail box and packaging.
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