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  1. Noticed quite a few references to the late Iain M Banks' novels in various IDs, Titles and Signatures.....Wondered if anyone might fancy having a crack at realising a few of his splendid imaginings in plastic/resin/whatever? There are no kits whatsoever out there as far as I'm aware, so it would be scratchbuilds all the way, straight from his pages, via your imagination, into the physical in miniature, or possibly massively magnified.....This is The Culture we are talking about after all (or maybe you might prefer The Affront). By the way.....I'm fairly convinced that all of his Sci-Fi novels are Culture directly or indirectly, even the ones that aren't. Personally I'm sore tempted by the mad machines of his delightfully daft, yet extremely edgy 'Against A Dark Background' (which I suspect might represent the very last remnants of The Culture after it, in its turn. encounters an 'Outside Context Problem'). I was thinking about maybe starting off with a 1/72 Be-6 hacked into a 1/100 (15mm) representation of the flyingboat, or if I'm feeling plush, hacking Trumpeter's big hovercraft around for a bit of Solipsist fun. I've already chatted with some of the more obvious candidates by PM and was pleased to receive a generally favourable response, but if there are any other Culture fans lurking out there, please make yourself known.....Alternatively if you've not read the novels yet, but are at all interested in some doing sci-fi scratchbuilding, maybe pick one his superb books up and join in? The storylines are not in any particular order really, although there are some chronological links between them and 'Consider Phlebas' is definitely the first.
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