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    the models diorama thread...



    a lot o hard work to make it scale...
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    Man I hope this thread takes off! I love me some model-making! Don't do it anymore, but would love to see what you guys are doing. I used to be obsessed with "weathering" techniques to make stuff look rusty/dirty/oily. Flo-Quill Model RR paint for the win.

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    the models diorama thread...

    I did a ton of model making as a teenager. Mostly Vietnam era military aircraft. At one point I had a full aircraft carrier diorama set up.

    I haven't done anything in twenty years though.
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    here's a few

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    I "made" a few models in my younger, single years but I'm not gonna share any of those pics.

    Cool thread Sprocket!!!

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    I've got a 40" RC Sailboat in the works right now.






    I built models as a kid also. Got into RC boats and planes in my late teens. then fell out of it. Haven't done anything like this for 25 yrs.... might take 25 years to finish this boat
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    I used to build models as a kid but nothing even closely resembling the art of what's been posted.

    Last night on NOVA there was a show called 3D Spies of WWII. UK photo interpreters used aerial stereoscopic photography of German river dams, manufacturing sites and V-1 and V-2 launch sites to plan bombing raids. Part of this process was to use the photos to build accurate scale models of the sites. Pretty fascinating stuff given the technology of the day.

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    very very nice work Chris, lovely stuff, and sweet hull there fishbucket, great thread.
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    Models for me, but not dioramas per se. Although, when I get done building one, I always like to take some good pictures that give it a scale feel. Here are some of my "toys" or models:











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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    I've got a 40" RC Sailboat in the works right now.


    I built models as a kid also. Got into RC boats and planes in my late teens. then fell out of it. Haven't done anything like this for 25 yrs.... might take 25 years to finish this boat
    awesome stuff, model boats is quite fascinating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    very very nice work Chris, lovely stuff, and sweet hull there fishbucket, great thread.
    thanks tones, the model is a working copy of a tucker sno cat.

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    Hey singlesprocket, what chassis is that? I am really liking what you have done so far, and would love to see it running when completed.
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    I'll play




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    Quote Originally Posted by friz View Post
    I'll play



    piper cub? that copter looks pretty hardcore
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    Don't be so sure you can no longer afford the hobby. Quality stuff is now available straight from China. Check out Hobbyking .com. Yes that is a Cub. Looks a little strange because the picture was taken with an ultra wide lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Chachi View Post
    Hey singlesprocket, what chassis is that? I am really liking what you have done so far, and would love to see it running when completed.
    custom steel tube frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by manbat View Post
    A very very long time ago i had a rc piper cub that i built up from a kit and finished it in olive green solarfilm with d day invasion stripes. Wingspan was about six feet...cant afford it now that im a mountain biker
    nice, interesting plane...

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    got new tires for the mini z buggy. i built a race track in the basement...

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    i built a race track in the basement...
    Pics ..or it didn't happen..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    Pics ..or it didn't happen..
    there yah go...

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    Was out in one of my building today and happened to spot the Luna Rossa team heading to the course.



    Here's a crappy Iphone zoom..



    Here's what it really looks like



    A few minutes later, Oricle passed by.. sorry, no pic.



    Got the hull roughed and close to fair now. a few filler touch-ups, cut in the transom and glue on the bow bumper... then it's ready to epoxy glass.





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    nice caterman sailboat


    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    Was out in one of my building today and happened to spot the Luna Rossa team heading to the course.



    Here's a crappy Iphone zoom..



    Here's what it really looks like



    A few minutes later, Oricle passed by.. sorry, no pic.



    Got the hull roughed and close to fair now. a few filler touch-ups, cut in the transom and glue on the bow bumper... then it's ready to epoxy glass.





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    got the sponge tires mounted with alloy wheel nuts



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    Got a coat of glass and resin on it.

    And popped off the molds.






    Why Yes ! .. that is a Mahogany reverse transom she'll be having.




    Still lots of work to do on it. The Keel and ballast bulb will be next, then the rudder and radio/servos.

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    Any updates? I wanna see that boat finished Fishbucket!!
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    ^ What about you Singlesprocket? Anything new? In the works?
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    Looks like I need to scan in some of my photos of dioramic splendor from my youth in the early 1980s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    Got a coat of glass and resin on it.

    And popped off the molds.






    Why Yes ! .. that is a Mahogany reverse transom she'll be having.




    Still lots of work to do on it. The Keel and ballast bulb will be next, then the rudder and radio/servos.
    The beauty of scale boats is that they are a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Pure awesomeness and your wife won’t leave you when you become an RC scale sailing bum– my uncle had two different wives leave him due to his sailboat bum habit. He’s a rather salty fellow with no future other than riding the seas at the lowest cost possible not in RC scale (managed to buy a salvaged—previously sunken—sailboat for for about $1,000.00 and put every dollar he had in savings into it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by sodak View Post
    Any updates? I wanna see that boat finished Fishbucket!!
    Ha ! actually, I've working on it pretty good the last 2 evenings.

    Got the fin in shape and glassed. Got the rudder shaped and installed. And have the decking bulkheads/ king plank installed. ( i was about half way in that one pic shown)
    And I just got done shaping the bulb that goes on the bottom of the fin. I'll be making molds of it and then casting it in # 6 lead shot and resin. It will need to be about 4 1/2 lbs.
    Should get that done tomorrow. ( have to remember to take pics.






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    ^ Awesome!!! The detail is amazing!
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    Weird that this thread started, I just bought a Hawkspy LT711 rc helicopter
    today with a built in video camera. Taking it out tomorrow and see how it does.
    Not real expensive but gotta start somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    with a built in video camera.
    Very cool !
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    let us know how it works


    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    Weird that this thread started, I just bought a Hawkspy LT711 rc helicopter
    today with a built in video camera. Taking it out tomorrow and see how it does.
    Not real expensive but gotta start somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    Weird that this thread started, I just bought a Hawkspy LT711 rc helicopter
    today with a built in video camera. Taking it out tomorrow and see how it does.
    Not real expensive but gotta start somewhere.

    Wow! If you could post some shots and video, that'd be beyond awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodak View Post
    ^ What about you Singlesprocket? Anything new? In the works?
    been very busy building a rock crawler course in the garden.
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    Well, got a little to cocky with the toy today, couldn't wait
    to fly it at the park downtown, just walked out the front door and in my lawn.
    Didn't install SD card as I wanted to learn to fly the damn thing first before worrying
    about video. Went up fantastic, at least 60 feet, then dumbass hit the off button on the
    remote. I don't know how I did it, but she lost all directional control from me.
    Nothing like watching something you just bought come plummeting down from 60
    feet up. Just so you know,they don't land gracefully without power.....
    Ssoooooo, I ordered 4 replacement blades, a linkage knuckle and a tail rotor
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    got some more work done..
    Here's some crappy cell phone pics.

    the king plank and bulkheads in place.



    Mold box and plaster mold of Ballast.





    Mold poured with lead # 6 birdshot and epoxy.



    Working on mast , it's 52 inches long. ( the boat is 40 inches.)



    My work space, when the car is out.



    funky fab up with some mylar to show sail size. The sails will actually be some material like Tyvek.






    I poured the balast lead last light. I hope it worked. didnt have time to see it this morning.
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    Does this count for a diorama?

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    A (paranoid) coworker was out of town and hid the rake to his mini zen garden so no one would F with it... so I F'd with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Does this count for a diorama?
    Nice !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    Nice !

    someone throw down some rep... I can't at the moment.
    Done. Some serious skills there for sure. The detail, the effort, the imagination. Hard to beat this one.
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    Nice Fishbucket!! It's coming along nicely!!

    OCTrailmonkey - that is most excellent!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Does this count for a diorama?

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    A (paranoid) coworker was out of town and hid the rake to his mini zen garden so no one would F with it... so I F'd with it.
    Effin hilarious! I would love to see your coworker's face when he comes back.

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    He already came back and boy was it awkward (as intended). Some people are just too uptight so I had to unravel the guy a bit. He came around and laughed some, until he destroyed my diorama! I came into work the next day with the unicorn on my keyboard, all other works or art were destroyed. The unicorn now sits on top of my monitor facing him... no joke, will send a pic tomorrow. F'ing with uptight people is fun.

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    yup lol very creative...
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    I pulled the lead/epoxy out of the molds... It wasn't THAT easy either. Needed to use more wax, the plaster was not letting go. So I took out a hammer and started chipping away.
    It was going swimmingly ...until...



    I think I got it all together and lined up nicely though.





    Then I heard a SSSccreeeeecHHH...Boom.. HHOOoOOoooooooooooK.




    Both are CRV's and both were gold color... think one of them ran the light. put in perspective, my injury is nothing.... in comparison.
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    Dang, that looks painful! Sailboat looks nice, those cars on the other hand.. Yikes

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    What's left of my zen diorama (top of the monitor).

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    ouch on all accounts. build looking awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    What's left of my zen diorama (top of the monitor).

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    you should have put some fake poo in it.
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    ^funny you say that.. Didn't have a pic but I did add a rolled up a tiny piece of cardboard as a turd next to the cat..

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    ^funny you say that.. Didn't have a pic but I did add a rolled up a tiny piece of cardboard as a turd next to the cat..
    I didn't realize creating dioramas could be so much fun. More dioramas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
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    Ha, ha the diorama lives! And its right were your coworker can get a little reminder whenever he passes by. Uptight people definitely need to be messed with on occasion, you did him a favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    ^funny you say that.. Didn't have a pic but I did add a rolled up a tiny piece of cardboard as a turd next to the cat..
    I say... Re-create the scene across the top of the monitor. Then find out something he likes and add that in some fun way.

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    I've got the Fin and Bulb ballast glassed and epoxy'ed on permanently tonight. it's one piece now.
    I've got some filling and sanding. then another full coat of epoxy and the outside of hull will be mostly done, Ready for paint. It's going to be Dark Blue topsides ( the part above the water) then a red boot stripe ( at the waterline ) and a white bottom, with that mahogany transom.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    I say... Re-create the scene across the top of the monitor. Then find out something he likes and add that in some fun way.
    Challenge accepted...

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    Fish - That looks amazing! What is that radio your Stella is on top of?

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    got the wheels on the crawler, took it for a spin on the rock course I built...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Fish - That looks amazing! What is that radio your Stella is on top of?
    That's a Scanner, There's always something going on.




    Looks Good singlesprocket !
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    She Floats !


    They had a function going on today at the pond,





    We got there and made introductions, Half the group had to come take a look at her, Most have never "built' a boat from scratch, Buying a ket or a used boat is how most have done it. Asking around on what a used boat costs... $ 1,500 !.. I sould be able to get $100 for mine

    After that it was TIME !

    Go ahead son, set her in nice and gentle.





    Looks good. Water line is a little high, but it's not all done either, should settle right on it.










    Then we stuck around and got to sail some more. Bunch of nice guys these sailors are.

    This is the Micro Magic boat, huge in Europe... they are trying to get the class going here.






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    Nice work Fishbucket!
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    Diorama?

    Here's the best I've seen in a long while.
    1/72 scale What-If, or Luft '46 scene:



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    crazy detail on that 1-72 scale
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    Here's one I've been working on in the winters. I'm shaping masts now. it essentially came as a box of planks and dowels with 1:1 prints to build. pretty fun. even though it's progressing at a snails pace.


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    here's another of the deck detail.


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    ^ that is incredible!! I do not have the patience for this type of hobby.
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    arrrrrr matey, all these awesome seafarer models being built...

    my working gondola model is about 60% done now. figured out the drive system, pulley system, bearings, tensioning, motor controls, fabricated everything from scrap steel and a discarded electric motor. now have to work on the actual gondola and get the posts mounted.
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    here's the mount and drive unit...

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    This is wild!

    Monkey bar Diorama

    This diorama, measuring only 16 inches by 20 inches, was hand-constructed by Massachusetts prisoner Patrick Culhane and sent to industrialist Henry Ford in 1915. Ellice Engdahl of the Henry Ford Museum writes in a recent blog post about the object that the diorama is made of scraps of many materials, including peach pits, cellulose, fabric, and metal.


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    Story here:
    Diorama full of drunken monkeys, carved by a prisoner and sent to Henry Ford (PHOTO).
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    You can say that again.

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    Nice pics FB!
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    well i had an offer for some of the mini z's i built, so it's time to move on to a new project.

    been checking out rally cars, like the tamiya

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    Good job!

    crawler is working well...

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    interesting diorama shadow box

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    cosmodrome sculpture test draft...

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    worked on the grimper...

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    Railroad and bike parts ... sweet !

    is that a Jet or Delta Drill press?

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    extra points for fishbucket for calling the rail road spikes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    extra points for fishbucket for calling the rail road spikes...
    Whoo!.. Winner Winner... Ramen noodle Dinner !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    Whoo!.. Winner Winner... Ramen noodle Dinner !
    if you are ever in toronto i'll take you out to a good eating place...

    though we will do a ride....



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    I've done just a little bit more on the boat.

    sanded hull, putty hull, sanded hull, painted, putty hull, , Epoxy coat bilge, epoxied deck, trimmed deck, drilled mast step, faked a main sail,








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    Was able to do some more.









    I'm sure there is another way to make up the boom swivel... i just didnt think of it.
    I even thought about buying one, But then, i would have made it from scratch.
    Sooo. Full steam ahead.
    Working out the boom vang ( goes from the mast below the swivel to middle/bottom of the boom. ) soon. I've got a piece of brass tube and some 4-40 couplers ...



    I'm going with a Walnut toerail and gunwale to get some color there and offset the birch deck..... Ended up one piece short !! :rolleyes , going to have to buy some more tomorrow to finish.



    I was hoping to get a coat of clear on the deck and transom, but being short on the walnut, i couldn't..

    So I painted the topsides instead.






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    Got some more done tonight..

    Full paint and a coat of clear on the Brightwork.
    I'll be putting a yellow accent stripe just under the Gunwale later with trim tape and a red boot stripe at the waterline. Brightwork needs another scuff and coat of clear yet.












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    fishbucket that is looking beautiful. Really nice work, thanks for sharing it.

    As for an "easier" way, a simple ring around the mast fixed to the end of the boom would do the trick. The sail keeps the boom up, the sheets keep it pulled down and stop it riding up with gusts of wind. But I like your method way more, craftsmanship at its best.

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    nice fishbucket, looking almost to nice to put in the water.
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    Thanks guys...

    Got the boot stripe on tonight and another coat of Varnish on the brightwork..
    Think I'm going to leave it for a few days now... I get to amp'd up and start rushing.








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    Wow fishbucket that is incredible workmanship!! Looks amazing!
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    Very nice Fishbucket, I don't know how you have the patients to build that. I sure wouldn't.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    tools and mench...

    benz gott...




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    ^Is that a Bob's Big Boy figurine standing next to a cow up on that foam looking castle that your crawler is attempting to scale?

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    Nice Singlesproket!!! That thing looks fun. Do you take it in snow or mud?
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    What's the " Castle" for... fun ?

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    will take it out in the snow. got a set of tracks for it for added floatation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    What's the " Castle" for... fun ?
    yup, i had those foam shapes. figured out something to do with it. might give to friends kids to play with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    ^Is that a Bob's Big Boy figurine standing next to a cow up on that foam looking castle that your crawler is attempting to scale?
    yes, you are correct!
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    Tiny worlds on food

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    check out the link... so imaginative and fun

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    Unreal Realism.....

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    check out the link... so imaginative and fun

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    That is awesome Cycleicious.
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