That's all for this time, until next time, have a good one!
VIETNAM STORY, the display...
Good Morning Campers, Point Man here. I was able to get quite a lot of photos at the Ft. Thomas show and I thought that I would start sharing some of them in the UPDATE. You can get a pretty good overview of the show by clicking on the link on the home page, but there are enough photos that I can fill in a little more detail on a good number of the displays that were there. We're going to start with my own display since I know it best.
My display was about Vietnam as told through my online series; VIETNAM STORY. The display was composed of a 1:6th diorama and 1:1 scale elements. My display included an information board that tried to explain just that.
Knowing that kids and adults would be viewing the display. I tried to give them a little bit of information about the real world history which provides the basis for my story. Since they would be looking at a diorama depicting a Vietnam firebase, part of what I wanted to do was explain what a firebase was. A portion of the board was also dedicated to talking about my 1:6th version of Vietnam.
In the series, Firebase Cooper is a base that supports brown water navy operation in one sector of the Mekong Delta. The base provides artillery support as well as logistical support for the Navy river boats. My particular unit of the 9th Infantry is there to protect the base.
The model of the base was built from insulation foam, which was mounted onto two frames made of a cheap pine. The resulting two-piece diorama is very light and easy to move. Once I had the general shape carved out. I covered the foam with a light layer of joint compound and then the entire thing was painted.
After a coat of latex paint was brushed on, I used various colors of spray paint to create the look of clay. Some texturing was then added with a white glue/water mixture to seal it.
Then details such as the boards on the ground, the oil drums, crates, etc. were added to the scene. The 155 mm howitzer is the Hasbro Korean gun. 155's were used in Vietnam as well. The observation tower is from World Peace Keepers. Both pieces were supplied to me by Dr. Zorkon. Thanks Doc!
The hardest, most time consuming part of the project was the 155 sandbags that grace the diorama. These were all sewn, filled and tied by Mrs. Point Man, who deserves the credit for making the diorama work.
As I said earlier though, the diorama was only part of the display. The other part consisted of the information board and the 1:1 display. The largest part of this section was the torso mannequin with the Vietnam Jungle Jacket (3rd pattern) and gear. I thought having a uniform as part of the display would be a neat way for the kids to see the connection between real world and the 1:6th models.
There were a lot of parts to the display, weapons, personal items, gear (such as the butt pack and flak jacket in this photo. A lot of personal gear as well - sunblock, a radio and a copy of Life Magazine from 1968, a packet of letters and a pack of Kools.
The centerpiece of the display was three glass cases. What most people viewing the items didn't realize was that all the items in the cases except the medals and patches were reproduction items made by myself. There were ration pack items and Vietnam personal documents. The center case contained "Doc's Diary" from VIETNAM STORY. It is an exact 1:1 reproduction of the diary in the story. I had to explain to several people that it was not a real diary, which gave me a chance to tell them about the website and the story.
Overall, I found building the display to be a very satisfying project. First of all, I needed the diorama for my story anyway, so it was just a matter of adding a 1:1 component to it for a more "educational" display. And the great thing is, I already have my display for next year done. I might change out some of the actors so that the scene is a little different, but it will be a whole lot easier to get ready for next year than it was this year.
That's all for this time, until next time, have a good one!
Ft. Thomas in Review, 2010
Well, if you have seen the Home page, you know that I have already posted some pictures from the show on the website. I've got a few shots here though that I wanted to share along with some thoughts...
Oh course, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were about smiles, big round eyes and pointing fingers. I was only there on Thursday and Friday, but I saw hundreds of them. The kids really liked the displays and they asked some great questions. Of all the things I brought for my display, the M-79 Thumper was the biggest hit.
It wouldn't have even been a show without Hammer Six (on right, seen here with Sniper Joe and his RC Sherman). Hammer Six did so much to make this show happen and then during the show, he was everywhere, making sure it all went right. Somehow, he even managed to have some fun like the rest of us. Thanks Hammer Six, we of the SSCC Salute and appreciate your service.
Chick Magnet, the truth behind CK2's Flatboat...it draws gals. The little women just love this thing. What's not to love...it is the perfect Barbie house boat. That's Flat Boat Barbie standing in front of the cabin by the way. Truthfully, kids of all ages love this thing.
I was so glad that my good buddy, Okimbored was able to come down from the upper edge of Michigan and spend a couple of days with us. He brought a major portion of his western town, it's citizens and the local garrison of Cavalry. It was a fantastic display that really added tremendously to the overall display. I tried to sneak off with those building fronts, but didn't get very far.
Shooting the breeze- from left to right, Point Man, Gray Ghost and Panzercommander swapping stories during a slow moment. The best part of the weekend was being able to spent a lot of time together. It was like a super club meeting with vendors thrown in. Doesn't get much better than that.
Surprise visitor - We were shocked when this Dodge weapons carrier showed up at our reenactor's camp. We didn't know we would have any other WWII vehicles besides the Sherman. It was a nice surprise. I think I heard that CK2 was scoping out additional details that he could add to his 1:6th version.
THE FORGOTTEN MAN - Caught this old soldier sitting on this bench staring at the WWII encampment. I can only imagine what his thoughts were. Was he transported back in time, seeing a similar scene in WWII or Korea? We met a number of Vets during the week and it was really great to hear their stories.
Yes, Ft. Thomas was a great time, for those that missed it, you really did miss out. And here's to an even bigger and better 2011 show. Until next time, have a good one!
I talked with HAMMER SIX today after his meeting with Ft. Thomas folks and we thought you all would like to have an UPDATE on everything. Let's get to the big news first. The SHERMAN IS COMING TO FT. THOMAS!!!! The Army is going to be going up and getting it on the Sunday before and it will be there through Sunday afternoon, the 14th. Ft. Thomas will be selling $5 raffle tickets for 3 lucky winners to ride the tank.
I don't know about you guys, but I am pretty jazzed about this news and the Ft. Thomas people are just as excited about it as we are.
Next there are going to be Civil War reenactors there and probably an encampment. The Civil War doctor will be there with his instrument display as well. I have seen this guy before. This is a cool setup.
The Reserve unit will have additional vehicles there. I'm hoping for an
It's official, there will only be 1,000 kids coming through the exhibit Wednesday through Friday, rather than the 2,000 we feared. And... the
Ft. Thomas folks are going to print our activity sheet that we made for the kids. There also be a guest speaker each day while the kids are there; the granddaughter of one of the Fort Commanders, who fought in the Civil War and was killed in the Spanish American War. That could be pretty interesting.
Ft. Thomas will have Dog Tags for Sale.
We will have Uniform Displays and Display of WW2 Christmas items
And of course we are expecting Toychest Hobbies and War and Pieces to be there. Toychest has already paid for their tables.
Hammer Six has even more details which he will share with everyone, but these are the highlights and I thought you all would want to hear that both the tank and Toychest are confirmed. It is going to be a great show.
Until next time, have a good one!
ALL IN A WEEKEND...
I really like long weekends, but the best ones are the kind where you don't have to do anything (like this weekend). It gave me a chance to work on some stuff and I thought I would show you what I got done. I didn't actually work on anything 1:6th, but most of what I did work on was for my display at Ft. Thomas.
The first thing I worked on was my Ration Pack accessory set. I wanted to be able to show a "sealed" packet as well as the contents of that pack. Listed below are the items in the picture.
1. Accessory Pack
2. P-38 can opener and packaged opener
3. Creamer packet
4. Coffee packet
5. Moisture resistant matches
6. Ration 4 pack cigarette package
7. Salt packet
8. Sugar packet
9. Toilet paper
10. Chiclets Gum box
11. Plastic spoon
The original accessory pack looks to have been a plastic bag with printing on it. I could do that, so I printed it on paper and then covered it with Cellophane before gluing, the bag together. It actually looks really pretty good. Other changes to the content items including resizing a couple of items, adding the Chiclet box and the toilet paper. Eventually, I will probably make art for all these items available in 1:6th. The Marlboro ration pack was available on a reenacting site, but I have now created art of a box of Salems, Pall Mall, Chesterfields and Winstons (all of which were available in ration packs). I also have art for the ration box, but have not figured out how to print it because of the size stock needed.
Next, I worked some more on my 1:1 Vietnam paper items, adding letters, an ID Card and a personal pocket journal. The various items in the picture are listed below.1. Nine Rules Card (double sided), Code of Conduct, Vietnam
2. Enemy In Your Hands Card (double sided, folding)
3. Booby Trap Card (double sided, folding)
4. South Vietnam Ready Reference Facts Card (double sided, folding)
5. Packet of Airmail Letters
6. MACV Ration Card (for PX items)
7. Liberty Pass
8. Meal Card (double sided)
9. Geneva Convention Card
10. Military ID Card
11. Personal Pocket Sized Journal, weathered
12. Dog Tags with silencers ( silencers first appeared around 1969)
The journal is really pretty cool. The entries actually tie into my Vietnam story and will compliment DOC's Diary. It is for my reenacting impression however and the photos contained in it, are of real people.
The next item of business this weekend was my Vietnam rifles (airsoft). For the display I wanted to get rid of the typical red-tip barrel that is standard to all airsoft weapons and was present on my M-16 and M-14. I started by taking some fine sand paper to the red paint to rough it up, or remove it, whichever came first. That done; I masked off the inside of the barrels and taped off and covered the rest of the guns. Then I sprayed with some flat black. When that was dry, I went back and hit it lightly with some metallic black. Once it was dry, I was able to remove the paper out of the barrels and un-tape everything. The result is some pretty realistic looking weapons. In the photo above, you are looking at my M-14, M-16 and M-79. I will be bringing the M-79 to the meeting on Wednesday at Hammer Six's request.
Next, is a picture of the display case that will be part of my Ft. Thomas display. This is a display of some items from the Vietnam Story saga, including Doc's Diary, some medals and patches and a 40 some year old package of Camel cigarettes (unopened). I am really pleased with the way this came out. It will be interesting to see over the course of four days how many people thing this stuff is real. I plan to have some fun with it.
The last thing I worked on this weekend is a sample of a Ft. Thomas ID that will be available to club members that want them. I will tell everyone a little bit more about this on Wednesday. It is styled after a current Military ID on the front, though it is very much themed for the SSCC. The back has an EVENT STAFF message. The ID is done on heavy card-stock and is laminated and comes with a lanyard. It looks a little washed out in the picture, I think that was because of my flash. It's actually fairly bright. I can do the laminating myself. If you do want one, I will be appreciative of anyone who would like to give a dollar donation to help pay for the materials, but regardless, If you are going to be working Ft. Thomas and want one, I will make one for you.
Well, that is what I did this weekend. It was fairly productive. Hope everyone else had a great time. Until next time, have a good one.