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Topic: Wartime Evacuation of children.
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Making a gas mask case:



Materials required:

  • Template
  • Two pieces of card, one measuring at least 520 mm x 395 mm and the other at least 235 mm x 195 mm.
  • Piece of ordinary sisal string approximately 1 metre long.
  • Pencil.
  • Ruler.
  • Scissors suitable for cutting card.
  • Card glue and paper paste.
  • "Packing of Respirator" (i.e.: the gas mask) instructions sheet.


But first, a simpler method to make a smaller box:

  • Use a photocopier to expand the template to a larger size.
  • Draw round the enlarged template on to the card.
  • Score the folds with a sharp pencil and ruler.
  • Fold the scored lines to form the box and the internal lid, then glue.
  • Bore small holes into the top edge of each side of the box 20 mm from the top edge. Thread the string through the hole from the outside inwards and tie a knot on each end.


Alternatively, a "measuring" method:

Following the measurements shown on the template, draw out the shape either straight on to the card or on to graph paper.
Then follow as shown above.


The "Packing of Respirator" instruction sheet is shown below - you may print this out as a .rtf (rich text format) document should you wish.



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