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Eddie Meister
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Do the GMT trays fit into Avalon Hill boxes? A lot of my counters are in bags and I'd like to switch to trays to speed up setup. The GMT trays seem pretty narrow, which is great. Could I fit two into a standard AH box?
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No, the old AH boxes are only 8" wide, so don't fit the GMT trays. I think the Chessex trays are more like the old AH ones.
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I don't know the dimensions of the AH boxes, but I just measured a stack of two full GMT trays: 283mm x 220 x 30mm
 
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My copy of Raid on St. Nazaire has a Chessex tray in it, and I just tried a GMT tray and the answer is no, they don't fit inside a standard AH box. They're a bit too wide.
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GMT trays can be easilly trimmed slightly to reduce their width. I'm not at home now to double check but I think they can be reduced by about 4mm per side i.e 8mm total.
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Both sides of a GMT tray can be trimmed without losing any of there "gripability" but when cutting out use a craft knife rather than scissors because the wells of the tray tend to push the scissors towards the edge creating an uneven cut.
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I've trimmed several GMT trays to fit them in AH boxes, though the result is no way perfect. Maybe because I did use scissors.
 
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For Avalon Hill Bookcase Games, I pursue the old counter trays that were published by West End Games. They fit in the box without any work, have a removable, overlapping lid which is superior to the hinged designs of the AH and Chessex trays, and have 20 wells instead of 16.

I'd guess that I have 30-40 of them throughout my collection. I would buy them every time I saw them in the FLGS I used to visit in the 90's. Amazes me that the owner didn't catch on enough to get more in stock.
 
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The Chessex trays fit nicely. However, I do like to seperate the lid from the counter tray, as there is a tendency to "catapult" counters when you are holding the lid open.
 
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