This article is from the WSSF 2010 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
By Karen Robbins
With the death of my dad in 2004, it has left a big hole in the job of making show boxes and repairing them. It will be up to the exhibitors to build and provide their own show boxes based on the plans provided below. AFRMA show boxes must be made to these specifications and colors.
If anyone has show boxes they bought from AFRMA in the past and are no longer using them and they are in good condition, recycle them back to the club as we have new exhibitors that are in need of some.
From the AFRMA Show Regulations 2012:
Cut Plywood Sizes Needed (if making several boxes, cut strips out of your sheet of plywood, then cut the pieces for each part from each strip, i.e one strip for tops, one for fronts, etc.):
1¾ inch finishing nail bent to make latch.
Wire door. Bottom protruding wires are “hinge” into box, top wires are stops.
AFRMA Mouse Show Box dimensions
Diagram showing how to replace the wire door of the show box.
Put your name and address on the bottom of each show box you own so if they are left at a show, they can be returned to you.
For those that have asked, “What is a ‘Maxey’ cage?” it is the National Mouse Club’s show box for mice designed by N.M.C. founder Walter Maxey. I’ve included a diagram from the book Exhibition and Pet Mice by Tony Cooke, L.R.I.C. They use 2 versions: one is lidless, and one is lidded. Some exhibitors will transport their ‘Maxeys’ in a ventilated traveling box which holds several show cages. They are painted Middle Brunswick Green on the outside and Signal Red on the inside. Walter Maxey was a postman and had access to free red and green paint because the mailboxes were painted those colors. These colors were adopted in 1904 and remain in use since.
Update: In going through my old NMC books, I found the 1979 Rules and Standards book had
plans for the Maxey show cage which are the same as the ones in Tony Cooke’s book.
In the NMC 1987–1988 Year Book are plans for the Maxey show cage which are slightly different in size.