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  1. Hence the respirator, but we all die sometime, you might as well go doing something you enjoy. "Bob died today making a scale model" Heard on the evening news... never.
  2. I would say that I've never made dioramas before, but "how hard can it be". That site is much cheaper than the Coastalkits boards you can buy, the only thing I would say is that it's a little limited on types of surface and for me, since accuracy is important for me, I couldn't use the generic stuff they have on there. I will have a look around for some of those other sites you mention to see if they have the surface type that I need.
  3. I was just thinking about getting one, but when I saw they were £80.00 and over, I thought, A cardboard box is pretty cheap. Buy a respirator for £15.00 and Bob's your uncle and Fanny's your Aunt!
  4. It may have to be those CoastalKits, though at £25.00 each for a flat dispersal pan, plus whatever extra, this could turn out to be quite expensive. I really like how you've used fine grit sand paper for concrete! The dioramas I need will not be so overwhelming with so many intricacies, but I wonder if there's a diy way to produce many from bulk material.
  5. Hi, I assume you’re talking about snap VCPs, so everything for them, you would have to take with you. In NI you would have a sign in either direction ‘Checkpoint Ahead’ or words to that effect. But you would literally have just your two or three vehicles and a section or multiple of eight or twelve men respectively dismounted. You might also consider a stinger hidden behind the controlling vehicle for fast movers running the CP and a cone or two. For the Middle East, let’s say Iraq, HESCO arrived much later on during the conflict, by which point, WMIKs were not used for VCPs. WMIKs generally were only used up until mid to late 2004 when the threat changed from man on man to IED’s and the unarmoured WMIK was restricted to the like of internal wire QRF. (Someone breaches a fence at the airport). WMIKs were more used in Afghan as fire support vehicles for companies clearing compounds. I would say, the use of WMIKs, RAF Police and RAF Regt doing snap VCPs is highly unlikely. They would have more established checkpoints at say Basrah APOD with Jersey barriers then T walls (the big ones) with sangers. If you switched from the RAF angle and went for the Royal Marines or Para Regt in early 2003, then WMIKs were everywhere doing snap VCPs, but you wouldn’t have much checkpoint apparatus. Perhaps just a battered up Toyota or Mercedes from the 80s in the old white and orange taxi colours.
  6. So much detail in such a small space, and to occupy five and a half years, that's dedication to the cause.
  7. Dioramas! Never made one but I've seen a couple of short videos on YouTube about them, and the seem quite involved to say the least. I'm going to be looking for a few, and specifically a circular RAF dispersal pan from WW2 for a Heavy Bomber in 1/72 and 1/48 scales. I was wondering, what is available out there, made and ready to go? I have seen the sort of flat rectangular cardboard types (not really a fan of these), but what do people know about others with texture, foliage and a little bit of undulation etc? I was also wondering if there are companies, or people on here that will commission and create dioramas to a clients request? What experience do people here have with either of these avenues and the cost implications? Would be great to see some images from anyone that has made or bought some of these dioramas!
  8. Thank you very much. I have a few outbuildings, one of which I can renovate in to a display building. We have a selection of military history throughout the generations so it would be a fine idea for the family to have our own museum as such.
  9. Thank you for the heads up. If that's the route to go, I'll need to find an artist to do the pre leg work as that's beyond my skills.
  10. Thank you very much. I only started on this forum yesterday and already people have stepped forward and offering to lend a hand and doing some research for me to get things moving. Humbling Sir, humbling.
  11. Oh I've collected old and new, Airfix and Revell. I have considered doing what i've been doing, picking them up for £10 a piece on eBay, or just placing an order somewhere for the remaining 30 of a new kit that may be better made. Do you have any thoughts on that? I didn't originally start out with this as the plan in mind. I have a terrible eBay addiction and so from buying one, it turned into many, and with so many, I thought I would put them to use rather than sell or leave in the vault of stuff. I actually have a tonne of other models too that I have no idea when I'll get round to.
  12. Thank you, and that's a great momento to remember their time there.
  13. Thank you very much. They certainly will take up a wee bit of space, but now i have an excuse to renovate one of the outbuildings. I will give that place a buzz and see what they say.
  14. Thanks very much! I tend to get over ambitious but I'm determined on this front.
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