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Sorry about the lack of updates but I have been revising for a couple of crucial exams but all will be back to normal in a couple of weeks

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Goodl luck with the exams - you're not alone, several other forum members working hard as well.


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thanks realthing I just hope that I get my C in science but anyway got the road repainted and did a couple of soldiers still saving up for the NATO ground crew

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All sounding good Riley

I sympathise with you on the exams - I'm preparing for a couple of final year Uni exams at the mo.

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Just spare a thought for those of us who have to set and mark them :D


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Regarding the checkpoint.

If you look on Youtube for a BBC series from the early 80's called 'The Paras'.  Apart from being a very good documentry, some of the last episodes have quite long lengths of footage of NI checkpoints, including the interior.  Not sure if they were temporary or fixed ones, but still, it may help.


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Any checkpoints with an interior are fixed permanent checkpoints. Usually placed in maximum bandit areas such as the recognised border crossings or near fixed army barracks, such as in Cookstown, Dungannon, Crossmaglen.

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Interesting idea for a diorama, I was considering a similar one but with a couple of wessex helos, problem I'm having is finding figures! Been hunting for a set of Matchbox Paras (the ones with the L1A1's) for years but no joy, what figures are you using?


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rafman:332530 wrote:
Interesting idea for a diorama, I was considering a similar one but with a couple of wessex helos, problem I'm having is finding figures! Been hunting for a set of Matchbox Paras (the ones with the L1A1's) for years but no joy, what figures are you using?


There's some which may be suitable from one of the traders on the ATF website

http://www.thehobbyden.com/index.php?cPath=2_18_37_41 or these

http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/ ... -183-c.asp


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Thanks for the link Thomasweir, not bad but the detail looks a little too heavy for my taste. I wish Revell would reproduce the old matchbox set! By the way I've found out BW Models does L1A1s in their accessory section, also OKB do photo etch sets of SLR's and AK47/M16/G3.


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rafman Im using modern british infantry for one dio and a set of airfix nato ground crew for the other also thanks for all the positive comments

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thanks thomas just seen those scottish infantry and i may have to buy a set

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well I seem to be repeating myself im sorry for the lack of up dates as i have well been doing exams been ill and going on expedition with cadets but i can rightly say im back. But i must add i have been doing the odd bit of modelling
I have started a painting line for the troops and today i plan to make the verges on the sides of the road

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Welcome back - sounds like a busy time; hope the exams went well


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I do too
thanks thomas i have bought some figres from east riding minitures:
armed male civilians=IRA
scottish infantry with rather splendid hats
para soldiers firing with tin caps (helmets)on

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umm, sounds a bit like one or two ambushes I nearly got caught up in!  :shock:

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Good news everyone i have the figures from east riding minitures god bless them there my saviors pretty happy quick delivery nearly non existant flash well done lads i would definatly recomend well i have painted a couple and after this update im going back to paint the rest of them i have now lost the rear wheels from the landrover so if anybody can spare some i would be grateful

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. . . i have now lost the rear wheels from the landrover. . . .


Maybe one of the squaddies sold them for beer money,  :joker:

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Now that wouldnt surprise me+sorry for the lack of pictures the camera is rubbish but itll be my birthday sonn so ill buy a much better camera then

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well here it is the first of a line of dioramas this one is set in 1985
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really sorry for the quality but hope you can see a bit

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An effective-looking scene - look forward to seeing some sharper photos when you have your new camera.


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That looks really great - also looking forward to some more pictures. Alex


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A good composition there  8-)

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Thanks guys  i have already stasrted on the next dio=a guardroom of a barracks

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If its NI again, don't forget to include a loading bay. This was a feature of every base and was usually close to the guardroom. It was where troops loaded and unloaded weapons under supervision when leaving/entering the base. They were usually either brick or breeze block and filled with sand to catch any accidental discharges.

This link should take you to a bunch of photos from 3RHA. They're very atmospheric of NI in the early 80s and you will see photos (in the section 3 day patrols) of a loading bay. It's pretty typical (they were usually large enough for a 4-man team to be unloaded at one time).
http://anonymous-schooldays.blogspot.com/2008/03/c-bty-3rd-royal-horse-artillery.html

And the best picture is here. Note that the guys are wearing the plain green trousers, lightweight (aka 'denims'). These were popular but banned as patrol wear later on as they were not flame resistant. Similarly, they wear berets; these were rarely worn on patrol once the new helmet came into service (early 80s). A pair of black gloves appear to be in view on the bay. Black gloves (with padding) were standard issue and widely used.
Hope this is of use - look forward to seeing your dio.


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