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Fallujah, The Good, The Bad and The Rest
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 12:45 AM UTC
Yeah Jerry, I made an assumption. Custom Dioramics has/had some really nice pieces, I'm glad to see that they're in good hands and making a come back. I really liked their Stalingrad and Monte Cassino ruins, and I remember doing a couple of their checkpoint bunkers which were also pretty nice. Hopefully we'll see all those again soon, too. I'll get one of the bunkers just for nostalgia sake (thankfully SWMBO doesn't read these boards or I'd have been long dead).
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 06:38 AM UTC

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Interested to see the progress on your building because I just ordered a kit of a building for the very first time! I usually build my own but it is taking too long. A new experience awaits me.



Which one did you order, Jerry? I just did a bulk order of parts, I need to get some of the stuff off the paper and into an actual 3D structure and like I said I need materials for that (and my stockpile is getting a little lean). The commercial building, which was the first one I posted is completely constructed, it just needs interior details and painting before I close it up.



Sorry,I was a bit vague there. I ordered from another company,Custom Dioramics I think ?
I always remember it by J Rodriguez owning it.
J
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 03:58 AM UTC

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Interested to see the progress on your building because I just ordered a kit of a building for the very first time! I usually build my own but it is taking too long. A new experience awaits me.



Which one did you order, Jerry? I just did a bulk order of parts, I need to get some of the stuff off the paper and into an actual 3D structure and like I said I need materials for that (and my stockpile is getting a little lean). The commercial building, which was the first one I posted is completely constructed, it just needs interior details and painting before I close it up.
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 02:28 AM UTC

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...The only issue I see here is the time to build could be rather grueling...



The kits actually build fast, there's no flash, mold seams, sink holes or knock out pins to clean up; 99% of the time no sprue either. The two story commercial building took me a couple days to put together. If you build your own creation, just lay out the design on graph paper first at full size. It looks harder than it is. I just put in an order this morning, I checked with Peter first to make sure he was still up and running - Fallujah has multiple buildings that need building and Ta Bib needs materials!



Interested to see the progress on your building because I just ordered a kit of a building for the very first time! I usually build my own but it is taking too long.
A new experience awaits me.
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 01:38 AM UTC

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...The only issue I see here is the time to build could be rather grueling...



The kits actually build fast, there's no flash, mold seams, sink holes or knock out pins to clean up; 99% of the time no sprue either. The two story commercial building took me a couple days to put together. If you build your own creation, just lay out the design on graph paper first at full size. It looks harder than it is. I just put in an order this morning, I checked with Peter first to make sure he was still up and running - Fallujah has multiple buildings that need building and Ta Bib needs materials!
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Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020 - 08:29 AM UTC
Interesting indeed. Go figure, in over 40 years of modeling I've never heard of this product. I could see the benefit of acquiring me some of these blocks for future projects. The only issue I see here is the time to build could be rather grueling I would image... brick by brick, just like Rome was built!

Thanks for the scoop! Appreciate ya brother!
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Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020 - 12:22 AM UTC
Brother, glad to have you stop by. Motivation is important, but you already knew that. The blocks are part of a whole system along the lines of Lego, they have windows, doors, roofing material, fascias, sidewalks; you can either design your own or they have kits as well. Here's the link to the company: https://www.hansasystemsusa.com/ I've gotten great service from them, never had a problem and I've placed multiple orders with them. The beauty of them is that your buildings won't look cookie cutter, and you don't have to beat a vacuform into submission (although the Miniart buildings do look really nice when they're finally subduded); I just like the fact that they're polystyrene, you don't have to glue them until you're ready and you can experiment with layout until you're happy with it.
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Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 11:41 AM UTC
Hi there John, good to see you back on DIO duty too brother! I like the progress and those blocks used to make your buildings. What’s that product name / model info so I can get me some??? Thanks for sharing, we can now motivate each other to stay the course! Lol
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Posted: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 - 11:21 AM UTC
Hey John,
Please since I suck at uploading photos please contact me so I can send you photos of my Hansa project. Stay strong brother.
Eric

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Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2020 - 01:50 AM UTC

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Like they used to say about TV news stories, we'll have film and further developments as they become available!



In other news, the population has begun to surge. We have members of all three communities - The Good, The Bad, and The Rest with more to follow as I get them built. Painting is a whole different ball o'wax. There are figures from the usual suspects - MasterBox, Verlinden, Royal Models, Warriors, Paracel Takom, etc. all hoping to make the final cut.

Pics of the 1/35 2020 census progress to follow shortly. SWMBO has decreed I must complete area beautification tasks (aka yard work) or face dire consequences .
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Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 12:55 AM UTC
Rob,

Thanks for that refresher, you're right it's been a few days since I dug through my old pics. Of course, one of the gates caught my eye since I'm essentially working on a pair of blank canvases. Hello inspiration! That saves me a bit of construction since it's one less building I have to make!!

Ski,

Thanks, Brother for joining me on this re-started journey. I'm pretty sure that the missing pictures are of stuff that didn't survive that hiatus anyway. Structure wise we're starting from nothing, the only thing that survived was the Verlinden Mosque and I'm leaning strongly toward not using that.

Since we now have another building to add to the collection, there's work to be done on it. Like they used to say about TV news stories, we'll have film and further developments as they become available!
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Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020 - 03:22 PM UTC
Yo Ski, some of your pics are Photobucket, so they no longer exist, but from what I'm seeing now, Ruck On, this is an impressive set up.

I'm liking what I can see so far, I'm in!


Cheers, Ski.
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Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:42 PM UTC

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Any thoughts on whether this should be added to a city dio or not?



Sure, why not? My first thought was I'd seen something very similar to that.

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Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020 - 11:07 AM UTC
This is the compound I was talking about, still undecided on whether or not to add it. I'm leaning toward the not since it's less urban and more suited to the 'burbs (if there was such a thing in Iraq). Stock didn't look right to me, so I added an additional course to the parapet on the roof; that extra 1/4 inch looks so much better. The compound wall was a bit short for my liking, added two more courses so it scales out to just over 7 feet, but I decided not to run it across the end of the patio might go with either a rail or open blocks. I'm scratching the gate from .060 sheet with Miniart hinges.


Any thoughts on whether this should be added to a city dio or not?
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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 03:19 AM UTC

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Interesting ! I only have seen their roof tiles so this is illuminating,
J



Like I said, think Legos for modelers. I never outgrew playing with them from when I was a kid apparently - I also very rarely built the stuff the way Lego intended after the first time. I just finished modifying one of their other kits yesterday afternoon to look more like I want (taller wall, higher parapet on the roof, an opening under the skylight, etc.) still have to cobble together a gate for the wall but structurally it's built.
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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 03:02 AM UTC
Interesting ! I only have seen their roof tiles so this is illuminating,
J
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00 PM UTC
Good to see you back my Polish brother !!
Looks like you're in the architectural business now !!
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 06:40 AM UTC
Talk, as they say is cheap. So, not being a cheapskate and to show those of you who haven't seen a completed Hansa kit before I give you one that of will occupy a space on the mean streets of Fallujah (okay, my take on them ) Middle Eastern Building 4 #35020. As you can see it's a two story intact building with a commercial space below and two tiny apartments on the second floor, which was a fairly common layout; the stores had metal shutters that pulled down for security after closing to discourage the rif-raf from stealing (or to defeat prying eyes from seeing what was going on inside after hours; Fallujah had always had a thriving black market Saddam's regime turned a blind eye to it for a cut of the action). The floors are Evergreen sheet sourced from the LHS.

The complete kit, needing only interior detailing, texturing, and paint.

Ground floor, not completely certain what kind of store this will be at the present but it's gonna be a store!

Upper living space, this is supposed to be divided into two studio apartments, because that's really all the space that there is. If that, I'm figuring it's good enough for little plastic people - they don't complain much (and if they do, well I can always use new subjects to experiment on). I'll throw in a wall between the two units before I close it up permanently.

And that's all for now folks.
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Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 12:13 PM UTC
Hey John,

I'll echo what Jerry said, good to know you're doing ok, and considering getting back into the hobby. Sounds like you've found a way to get back into it that you feel good about, and a new way to build things. I'm interested in the kit/parts idea - maybe better, or at least less of a tedious mess than working with foam sheets.

The good news about model building is it isn't a job, and you can start and work at your own pace, and stop whenever you want. I recently had to clear out my model building area, so I tossed three or four projects - they were done, collecting dust, and in the way - I did this of course, so that I could build more stuff!

I recently left a job I had for 23 years - not all good times here; model building is positive distraction that I like doing, so I'm building stuff. Been away from dios for a while, but who knows? maybe watching you in action will get me back into it.

Take care, and stay well

Best regards,
Nick
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Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 11:16 AM UTC
Jerry my Brother,

It's good to be back in the saddle again. Hansa is going to be loving me, I think. Big order time, lots of buildings to build but I can blow through one of their kits in a couple of sessions. Miniart has been a Godsend with their detail sets, so in a way I guess that whole break worked in my favor.
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 02:40 AM UTC
Hey Ski!!
Nice to read something from you even though it wasn't from a good place for you. I pray you work this out. I used to enjoy the big dio stuff you worked on.
I have ordered stuff from Hansa and am impressed. It is a bit pricey though and the wait time for me was kinda long. Good stuff though.
J
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 02:32 AM UTC
Mucho apologies for the prolonged absence of anything happening in this blog in nearly four freaking years I found that I was still not in a good enough place to handle what this dredged up so I stepped away. This is apparently for me like Moby Dick was for Captain Ahab, but I'm going to win . Models reside on the shelf of doom, this monster has been consigned to its' very own corner of shame in the workshop gathering dust and mocking me every time I change the furnace filter and I've reached the conclusion that the time has come to put it out of my misery - so I can change the furnace filters in peace if nothing else . When it moved to the shame corner, the components got stored here and there in a variety of boxes, totes, shelves, etc. The buildings didn't survive well; unfortunately, the only real survivor is the mosque so we're essentially almost at square 1 AGAIN... Figure, accessory, and vehicle wise it's in good shape; for the buildings I think Hansa might be the way to go.

If you're unfamiliar with the Hansa System, think Lego for the modeler. They have full blown kits, and individual blocks and building components in polystyrene so you can let your mind run wild and build. Lay out your design on graph paper (the system is geared to 1/4 inch graph paper) and design what you want. For more information and ordering: https://www.hansasystemsusa.com/
I have zero connection with them, just a very satisfied customer.
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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 10:27 PM UTC
Hi John - I like your new building! It really looks the part - you'll be able to have all sorts of fun with the combo of shops and apartments - nice work! - oh, and all of that it will eventually be the backdrop to!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 04:13 AM UTC
@ Joaquin, spot on about the street vendors, those guys were definitely a fixture over there. Learned a loooooong time ago not to ask what something was if it tasted good. Still working on the apartment building, got to get around to shooting a few pics. The J's Work living room set won't work in this project, but it will in a European.

@ Tracy I'd go back without a second thought, best job I ever had (yeah, they got that sentiment right in Fury).

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Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 - 10:01 PM UTC
I am sure you could give the overall "feeling" of flies pretty easily... put small piles of them near a puddle or sitting on the food and have at least one figure angrily doing the "fly swatting dance" somewhere. Fine ground pepper specks perhaps? Did any of the locals have fly swatting tools you could hang in their shack? A hanging filthy fly tape roll perhaps? (I have no idea if those are as ubiquitous outside of North America).

Finally, an of utmost importance - THANK YOU for your service and I keep your mates in mind daily for all the vital work y'all do for my freedom. I was unable to serve in the military, and it remains my only major regret in life. At my prime recruitment age it was considered a NEVER for women serving in combat roles in the US military. I wanted to pilot or gunner the Cobras or if I failed out, work on them as a mechanic. I suppose I should praise the recruiters of those days for not giving into the temptation to lie to me and say they personally thought the ban would end in my career-lifespan. At now 48 and fighting a nasty autoimmune disease I have accepted I am no longer considered a potential recruit. Bollucks. I was absolutely SET about only joining up if I faced the same risks AND same cool jobs as those with XY chromosomes. And I really REALLY wanted to work with Cobras! I sorta' won the war but lost my personal stake in it. Instead I salute the hell out of those who did serve, especially those who signed up knowing they would likely get intimate with sand and IED threats. Every service member is my personal hero. Yourself most certainly included.


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How are you going to replicate the flies though?
J



Oh, yeah, can't forget the "other national bird of Iraq" LOL - haven't figured that one out yet...


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