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OIF USF-I QRF Mosul, Iraq 2007
WilliamDeCicco
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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 01:13 PM GMT+7
Wanting to do something like this for awhile, you are giving me inspiration. Can't wait to see more.
JGphins
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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 01:56 PM GMT+7
Thanks everyone for the compliments, they are appreciated.

I know what it feels like in regards to waiting to start a project... I started out modeling HO scale train kits over ten years ago. I purchased thousands of dollars worth of HO scale train kits and MISC items within that 10YR time period in hopes of building a huge 12' x 12' size layout in my two car garage. After several years of it not happening but yet wanting to enjoy the hobby I learned about the wonderful opportunities in making dioramas. Much more manageable as far as time, space, and funding...

I have learned a lot just by looking at all the awesome work done by so many modelers on this site. Even though my work doesn't even come close to a lot of what I've seen on this site it's a great time building these kits and I'll continue to get better in time. I'm glad you like what you see here and hopefully you will start your build soon.

Best regards,

JGphins
JGphins
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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 04:56 PM GMT+7
Next up, Verlinden Productions kit 2289 Minaret Iraq.

I'm really looking forward to this kit and the accompanying Battle Damaged Shrine (Kit 2288). These will keep me busy for a while that's for sure. Here's the staged up kit right out of the box ready for a little sanding, priming, painting, and details.

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Great looking kit with lots of nice details.

Thanks for looking.

JGphins
jrutman
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 - 01:24 AM GMT+7
That is a very nice looking offering for sure.
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Stickframe
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 - 06:49 AM GMT+7
Hi Joaquin,

Glad to see you posting again. I started as an HO guy too, but figured out I liked building things more than running a railroad!

You're build is coming right along too, looking good! Keep building!

Cheers
Nick
JGphins
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Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 08:29 PM GMT+7
Need some feedback on this...

I'm considering adding an IED explosion (early, unpainted version below) at the end of the road where I will place the BUFFALO vehicle. I think it will look good BUT it's going to take up a lot space. What do you guys think?

Thanks for looking and all the inputs.

terminators
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 12:17 AM GMT+7
Great idea.

I think that the fallout of smoke which exceeds of the base would be better near the building even if it means not seeing anymore a part of the building.

Perhaps you could make also projections towards the humvee.

And you should change side mirrors of your humvee, it is not the good type for this operation theater.

This is this type:
JGphins
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 04:07 AM GMT+7
Thanks Alex, I agree with everything you mentioned.

I will not be using this out dated vehicle on my completed diorama. It is simply a staging vehicle which I acquired for $3 total from eBay. I built and painted it as a practice run since this is my first attempt at modeling scale 1/35 and military theme....

The vehicles for this 80" long x 14" deep diorama will consist of (x2) M1151 & (X1) M1114 up armored vehicles, (x2) MRAPs, and (X1) Buffalo.

The IED is a WIP and the placement location has not yet been determined. I Like the idea of creating this into my diorama but I am concerned about all the space that it takes plus how much building details it covers...

Nonetheless, I think it compliments the theme well since IEDs were a huge part of this conflict. It completes the story...

I plan on adding guitar wire painted black and orange to simulate projectials with attached bricks...
jrutman
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 04:12 AM GMT+7
Really nice ideas!
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JGphins
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 04:31 AM GMT+7
Thanks! I've learned a lot from just visiting this site. Lots of skilled people here with awesome projects.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, opinions, and for looking.
parrot
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 08:23 AM GMT+7
Looking really good.
I have to agree that the blast shouldn't go over the base.
I always believe in a dio your taking a chunk of land and it ends were the border of it ends.
I'll look forward to how you paint it.
Did you use cotton to do it?

Tom
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 09:38 AM GMT+7
Hey Tom,

I used "Buffalo Snow" instead of cotton for this IED project. Its a test run. Got to see how it will react once painted.

The light source consist of one battery operated flickering candle.

The support system which holds the Buffalo Snow is made from chicken wire. I drilled small holes in the plastic candle container to better support the weight.

Shape the wire to simulate desired explosion formation then stuff with either cotton or similar material.

Painting colors will be: Black, Grey, Red, Yellow, Orange. The paint will be water based acrylic.

JGphins
andromeda673
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 12:49 PM GMT+7
this is awesome, nice job so far, and really great work! I think everything so far is really well done, I know you were asking about how to lighten up the market walls, what about just airbrushing model master FS/sand mixed with some white. Just maybe lightly go over it?

Your a braver man then me for taking this build on, truly awesome work mate!
WilliamDeCicco
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 02:54 PM GMT+7
Everytime I check your progress it keeps drawing me back, to make a nice size dio myself. Can't wait to see more.

Happy modeling
JGphins
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 06:27 PM GMT+7
Hey there gents, thanks for all of your inputs, views, and positive feedback. They are all truly appreciated.

This is a huge project, my progress is slow but I'm having a great time creating this thing piece by piece. The rewarding part as you all know is seeing it come to life, piece by piece and completing it 110% is the challenge.

For me, the planning phase takes a huge amount of time. I research the heck out of many options prior to taking action for each particular item that I build. I take a ton of options into consideration; my past and other fellow soldier's experiences, completed amazing projects found here of course, and the internet.

Those are the steps that take the longest in my opinion. The fun starts once you start the actual hands on building process. Nonetheless, it's an awesome relaxing hobby and I enjoy every aspect of it.

Thanks again for looking and more updates will be posted soon.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 04:07 PM GMT+7
Impressive work! Very nice.
JGphins
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Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2015 - 06:08 AM GMT+7
Thanks Marcos, appreciate your feedback!

I will post a few updated pictures soon of a few areas that I'm currently working on...

Completed one Verlinden Productions Street Transformer Station, and adding various exterior wall details such as water, gas, and electrical conduit/pipe lines. Many modifications and changes have delayed and slowed my progress recently but it's all good.

Happy modeling & hope everyone has a safe an awesome 4th of July holiday!!

JGphins
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Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 04:58 PM GMT+7
Update pics of current WIP; added water conduit pipes (exterior) to main BLDG, 2 Satellite Dishes, 2 Wall mounted A/C units, and added various internal details to the damaged 2 story BLDG. All pics are WIP and plenty additional details are pending.

Sorry for the long wait but it's been a bit of a challenge completing the above mentioned updates...

As always, your feedback and opinions are welcomed.

Enjoy!


jrutman
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:34 AM GMT+7
Nice work! That last pic could be the real thing.
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zorrolobo
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 04:53 AM GMT+7
Very nice! Only one observation though, sattelite dishes are usually made of fiberglass or some plastic composition. They don't rust. Unless rust drips on them, from another source, they should be rust free. My 2 cents.
JGphins
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 08:15 AM GMT+7
Thanks Jerry & Marcos for looking and compliments, appreciate it.

As for the rust on dish, in USA and most other places they are some sort of plastic but these dishes are trucked in via black market from Iran and consist of plastics with cheap metal parts; border ring, screws... Overtime, they rust and spread over on to the dish.

Here's one of many reference pics from the net.



Nontheless, the rust adds details to the dio & in this part of the world - everything is dirty, rusty, and broken down.

JGphins
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 09:14 AM GMT+7
Had to delete several pics to make room for recent updates but will need to delete more pics for upcoming updates...

Any ideas or suggestions on avoiding deleting pics? Can I upload pics to forum from another source other then the gallery?

Thanks for inputs and I apologize in advance for being lazy to research for the answer myself but been short on time lately, thanks again.
zorrolobo
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 04:35 PM GMT+7
I upload all my pics from flickr. Simple and free.
JGphins
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 04:47 PM GMT+7
Thanks Marcos for the tip. I'll check it out.
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 09:00 PM GMT+7
for year I been trying to figure out how to construct blast or smoke.I use cotton,result was not very satisfied, just how do you do it.could you give use step by step how you construct the IEd explosion.