Building a replica airbox seems like overkill for a little motocross bike that's going to be worth a few hundred quid when done, doesn't it. The original plan was to use a cheapo Chinese pod filter on the carburetter intake, £6 max and you are done, and maybe put a toolbox in the airbox space. However, as usual my OCD took over and fuelled by the fact that the carburetter moves relative to the frame and a pod filter wouldn't fit in the space available without an elbow, and then it would need support... you see how the job grows. I elected to fabricate the airbox along the lines of the original - then I'd have support, the space filled, an air filter, no cash outlay and something that could accommodate the carburetter moving up and down. Plus, I'd have more experience to help when I came to manufacture the toolboxes for the 1930 Ariel Model A.
So, out with the cardboard to make a model, the beginning of a lot of my fabrication jobs. Cardboard is great - you can make an airbox, cut it where it doesn't fit, take it apart, make a better one and eventually you end up with one that fits, like this one: