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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 04:43 PM UTC
Mike Roof shares with us his diorama which was built in honour of his late father law who served with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders Infantry during World War Two. The diorama depicts the North Nova Scotia Highlanders Infantry advancing alongside a Sherman Firefly.

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Texas, United States
Joined: June 29, 2010
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Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 05:17 PM UTC
Wow great job Mike, this project came out superbly! The documentation of your project is very impressive as well, and I'll have to make sure to take some time and thoroughly read through it so that I can better appreciate everything you did here and learn as much as I can from it. I particularly like the commander figures pose. Thanks for sharing
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 10:02 PM UTC
Superb job on both the model and the article! Very educating!

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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 10:29 PM UTC
Excellent model! Really appreciate the long, detailed article packed with tips, techniques, and great photos. This is the sort of feature that helps me up my own game (slowly).
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 08:05 AM UTC
Hi Mike,

Congratulations on and excellent build, and a very detailed and useful article to go with it.

Enjoyed the project a lot in the blog, Terrific stuff, the kit, fiiguers and dio all look 1st class and the supporting aricle is well though out and presented.


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South Carolina, United States
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Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 08:37 AM UTC
Congratulations! An excellent piece if history.

You should submit your article to one of the model magazines, especially Scale Military Modeler International or Military Modelcraft International.
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Dublin, Ireland
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Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 11:10 AM UTC
Wow, that feature is a major piece of work. Well done
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South Carolina, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 01:22 AM UTC
Thanks for the kind words everybody! I really do appreciate your thoughts and opinions. I'm sorry that there were not any more in-progress photos, but a full-up how-to article wasn't my original intention when I started to record things.

However, I'm glad that the article, such as it is, is at least marginally helpful. I consider it a small payback on my "Karmic modeling debt." What ever little model building talent that I have is the result of the many other generous model builders, past and present, who have taken the time and effort to share their knowledge and techniques, so this article is a contribution to the community in that same spirit.

Happy modeling,
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Georgia, United States
Joined: August 08, 2010
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Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 10:36 AM UTC

This is a great piece! Seeing it in person at this past weekend's AMPS Atlanta show was spectacular. A first rate tribute.
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South Carolina, United States
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Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 10:49 AM UTC
Thanks, Gregg.

You Atlanta AMPS guys put on a first class event! Anyone in the region who couldn't make the show certainly missed out and needs to start planning now to attend next year's.

A very nice venue with an excellent selection of vendors, smooth, trouble-free registration and a great showing of world-class models made the whole show a pleasure. My hat's off to you and all the other club members who worked so hard to make the contest a success!

I know I'm already looking forward to your next year's show.

Thanks again for all your hard work!

Hope to see you and the other guys again in a few weeks up in Fred'burg at the AMPS International Show!
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Arkansas, United States
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Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 11:05 AM UTC
The level of craftsmanship in the figures is amazing, let alone the tank and base. This actually makes me, a "I'll never build a Sherman" guy, want to tear into one.
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South Carolina, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 06:10 PM UTC
To all of my Armorama friends, both real-world and virtual:

It with a heavy heart and much sadness that I must say to you all that as of today I can no longer, in good conscious, remain a member and active participant here on Armorama or any other KitMaker Net site.

For many years, I have enjoyed my time here on Armorama. I have spent countless hours sharing my own builds and works with you, my friends. Over many hundreds of hours, I have tried to repay the debt I owe to modeling by sharing my techniques and methods while also answering questions. My intent has always been to try to help others to achieve their own modeling goals and to realize their own modeling potential. Through it all, I have tried to remain civil and respectful To disagree without being disagreeable and to always be tactful. I think that in the main, I was able to do these things.

I have especially enjoyed viewing and commenting on the works that you, my friends, have taken the time to share. It is this interaction and social contact with you that I will miss the most.

Unfortunately, two recent incidents here by one of the official staff members have made Armorama a place where I cannot remain. Many of you may be aware of these two threads started by staff member Kevin Brandt, aka: SgtRam:

Armorama::Armor/AFV::Ode to Rivet Counters

Track_Link::General and Site News::Just Curious

Although I was willing to overlook the first of these threads as a momentary lapse of judgement and civility, when Brandt pursued the targets of his vicious personal attack to another forum, I could no longer rationalize nor passively accept and condone his behaviors and actions.

As an official member of the staff here on Armorama, Brandt holds a position of responsibility and represents both the site and its publisher. His behaviors are no longer the acts of a lone, anonymous internet voice; they become an extension of Armorama and its publisher. It does not matter that he (or anyone else) performs his functions here as a volunteer. As a staff member, he, his actions and his behaviors are inseparable from Armorama.

I sent PMs and emails to some of the staff and the publisher to protest Brandts behaviors and to ask that the publisher, Jim Starkweather, aka: staff_jim, take responsibility for Brandts actions. Unfortunately, my protests fell on deaf ears.

You may read Starkweathers open reply here:

Armorama::Site Talk::staff_jim post

We are all judged, to some extent, by the company we keep, and at the time of my protest, it was my intention to simply cease any participation on any threads or topics that Brandt started or posted to. That intention, however, has shown itself to be impractical. I cannot separate the staff member from the site.

The real issue here is one of personal and corporate responsibility and civility. As long as the publisher refuses to take responsibility for his staff members, or as long as Brandt refuses to accept and show remorse for his own actions, Armorama is a site that condones and supports such behaviors.

To remain here, to continue to participate and contribute to this sites content, is to effectively lend my own support and endorsement to what Brandt did and said. My personal ethic will not allow me to do so.

I suppose the possibility remains that the publisher, Jim Starkweather, and or staff member, Kevin Brandt, will do the right thing. It is possible that one day they might take responsibility for Brandts behavior and demonstrate some remorse by publically apologizing to Kurt Laughlin and Christophe Jacquemont for Brandts aggressive and viscous personal attacks on them. Accepting responsibility and apologizing would do much to restore this sites reputation and establish some reasonable boundaries for civil behavior by all.

However, unless and until that day happens, I am afraid that I must bid you, my friends, farewell and

Happy modeling!

Mike Roof, aka: SdAufKla