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Modelling => Group and Themed Builds => Topic started by: GTX_Admin on December 13, 2011, 02:32:14 AM

Title: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 13, 2011, 02:32:14 AM
Folks,

Please post your ideas/suggestions for new GBs/Themed Builds here.  I want to kick these off in the New Year...which is disturbingly close!

I already have a idea for the inaugural one, but many more ideas are welcomed.

Regards,

Greg

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on December 13, 2011, 02:40:27 AM
A Profile build - Either a physical model based on an existing profile, or a new profile based on an existing profile
A Scaleorama build.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Empty Handed on December 13, 2011, 03:27:48 AM
Balkanised Group Build? A country that splits up or is never unified in the first place. A non-united China is a shoe-in for this. Or maybe a secessionist state of Texas? Transvaal etc. instead of South Africa?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 13, 2011, 04:21:05 AM
Great ideas so far. Scale-o-rama is always fun and so are "new" nations.

The profiles idea has me thinking...maybe one for plastic where the model is inspired by a profile and maybe one for the profiles where their work is inspired by a 3D model? The "One Hand Feeds the Other" GB?

Now if we could get Greg to share his idea...

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeremak on December 13, 2011, 06:10:55 AM
Maybe "Swap the role": big bomber scale-o-ramed into fighter, fighter into strategic bomber, civilian into military, military into civilian etc.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 13, 2011, 06:21:30 AM

Now if we could get Greg to share his idea...


Soon my pretties, soon...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 13, 2011, 05:52:51 PM
Folks,

My idea (and feel free to disagree...don't mind that I will be recording names ::)) is for the first GB to be themed "Vive la résistance!".  As to what this will include is quite open.  For instance, it could include French Revolution (and all derivatives/extrapolations of...either way), Soviet/communist revolution, maybe even go anarchist like jcf and do "occupy what-if" :leaking: or just about anything...one might eene think of it as a revolution against certain elements... :ninja:

As I said though, I am open to other suggestions.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 13, 2011, 05:53:35 PM
A Profile build - Either a physical model based on an existing profile, or a new profile based on an existing profile


I really like this idea! :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 14, 2011, 02:46:23 AM
Another I would like to do later in the year is a Pirate Build!(http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0157.gif)

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Geoff on December 14, 2011, 03:51:32 AM
A Profile build - Either a physical model based on an existing profile, or a new profile based on an existing profile


I really like this idea! :)

Me too.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 14, 2011, 04:47:42 AM
Yes, a "Vive la résistance!" GB is an excellent idea!

I've got some very old Free French markings around here somewhere...

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: BadersBusCompany on December 14, 2011, 07:57:42 AM
A Profile build - Either a physical model based on an existing profile, or a new profile based on an existing profile


I really like this idea! :)

Me too.

Me three! :D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on December 14, 2011, 04:26:28 PM
A notion for a profile GB, for the digital side perhaps use the growing blanks repository as a source?
To whit, profilers would use someone else's blank to create their new works. It would possibly give folks
a baseline for "judging" digital works if we make it a beauty contest with valuable prizes. 
:)

Thoughts?

Regards, Jon

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: BadersBusCompany on December 16, 2011, 03:04:24 AM
As a suggestion, how about if all the profilers who want to take part in the GB, duly notify the Mods, who in turn pick one persons blank and present it to another to 'colour in'. Then, with the finished profile do the same again with the kit bashers, providing they agree and have the kit/kits?
Prizes for best profile and best build. :slow:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 16, 2011, 02:36:57 PM
It is doable.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 16, 2011, 02:38:43 PM
Regardless of what GB theme is chosen, I will be putting up prizes for both the modelling and profiling/story categories.

 :serious-business:

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 17, 2011, 11:00:54 AM
I would like to propose a T2K (Twilight 2000) group build based on the old board game of the same name. 

Another group build that could be combined with the T2K GB due to very similar theme would be The Morrow Project. 

While I have never played either game, the T2K equipment lists and artwork in the game reference books were an excellent reference resource as well as an inspiration for many of my non-standard ideas over the years. 

The Morrow Project was a bit more tame on the equipment but still contained some interesting equipment based on the Cadillac-Gage V-150 Commando series armor vehicle among other things.  Now that HobbyBoss has produced this vehicle subject in several variants it is ideal for modeling a number of The Morrow Project vehicles. 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Litvyak on December 17, 2011, 02:12:36 PM
I would like to propose a T2K (Twilight 2000) group build based on the old board game of the same name. 

*shudder*

I played that game - the paper RPG "big" version, not the board game version (never knew there was one!) - a LOT during my late teens/early 20s. We even adapted it to play in a LARP style. (LARP for you non-gamers - Live-Action Role Play.

What I never understood is why each game we played was run by someone different acting as gamesmaster... until I did. After running one game, I swore never again. I haven't even /played/ since, and looking back, I wonder what possessed us to spend over an hour just on chargen alone...

That said, the books did have some interesting illustrations for sure. The only one I really remember though is a T-80 of a Soviet unit that had deserted and moved itself to the Queen Charlotte Islands from the BC mainland and dug itself in there, fighting /everyone/ off.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 18, 2011, 02:29:14 AM
I would like to propose a T2K (Twilight 2000) group build based on the old board game of the same name. 

*shudder*

I played that game - the paper RPG "big" version, not the board game version (never knew there was one!) - a LOT during my late teens/early 20s. We even adapted it to play in a LARP style. (LARP for you non-gamers - Live-Action Role Play.

What I never understood is why each game we played was run by someone different acting as gamesmaster... until I did. After running one game, I swore never again. I haven't even /played/ since, and looking back, I wonder what possessed us to spend over an hour just on chargen alone...

That said, the books did have some interesting illustrations for sure. The only one I really remember though is a T-80 of a Soviet unit that had deserted and moved itself to the Queen Charlotte Islands from the BC mainland and dug itself in there, fighting /everyone/ off.

T2K may have been only a paper game as you describe.  I tend to lump most of the RPG stuff together and call it a board game so that may have been misleading on my part.  I think the other game called The Morrow Project was the same thing, based on paper and not a board game as such.  Never played either, was never into that kind of thing and the only board game I played was in the Army on a very large map board that took up an entire indoor gymnasium in Frankfurt, Germany one year.  I was one of the chosen few that had to command and maneuver paper placard units of the opposing forces attacking a NATO unit (9th Infantry Division) during a MAPEX.  Needless to say it was BORING and not so much fun since it was a military training exercise. 

The assumption that T2K was a role playing game based on a board was apparently wrong in this case.  I now know more about it all thanks to your input.  The illustrations in the books were probably the only thing about it that I found interesting since most of the subjects could be built as models. 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 18, 2011, 03:35:12 AM
We could merge all these ideas such as T2K etc along with Red Dawn scenarios etc into one all-encompassing Cold War goes hot/WWIII/Post apocalyptic theme.  Thoughts?

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Geoff on December 18, 2011, 04:06:08 AM
We could merge all these ideas such as T2K etc along with Red Dawn scenarios etc into one all-encompassing Cold War goes hot/WWIII/Post apocalyptic theme.  Thoughts?

Regards,

Greg

Works for me.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 18, 2011, 04:33:09 AM
Maybe even title it as the "End of the World as we know it" GB? :kaboom:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Feldmarschall Zod on December 18, 2011, 05:36:34 AM
We could merge all these ideas such as T2K etc along with Red Dawn scenarios etc into one all-encompassing Cold War goes hot/WWIII/Post apocalyptic theme.  Thoughts?

Regards,

Greg
I can dig it man.(we need a hippy smiley) Would there be only one timeline for this kind of build? For example,1990? or could their be different timelines for a WW III build? Say one person builds something from the early 1950's,as the Korean War spilled into a global conflict?

Then one other builder decides he wants their WW III build to take place in the mid 1980s.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 18, 2011, 05:42:45 AM
I would be happy with multiple timelines being allowed - what do others think?

Re the "hippy smiley", I figured this covered that one :leaking:...I am sure he is smoking something...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Feldmarschall Zod on December 18, 2011, 06:12:46 AM
I would be happy with multiple timelines being allowed - what do others think?

Re the "hippy smiley", I figured this covered that one :leaking:...I am sure he is smoking something...
Sounds good to me. I do have a few things in the stash for a WW.III/post apocalyptic build. I am building an M41 tank,rearming it with a 90mm,and adding the ladies from resident evil starting in Jan.2012. But it is for another group build at Armorama what if build.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 18, 2011, 06:52:58 AM
I would be happy with multiple timelines being allowed - what do others think?

I see no practical reason for a single time line for a group build such as this.  Especially when you consider all of the varied interests that come into play for any group build that is not based on a specific event or historical record.  Might be practical if there had been a real global conflict that left us all picking up the pieces for years to come. 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Geoff on December 19, 2011, 02:51:42 AM
I would be happy with multiple timelines being allowed - what do others think?

Multiple - I did an alt history with a post apocalyptic "Silk Road" with very similar equipment to T2K, but a little more air power. OK L-39s and such like.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 20, 2011, 02:07:38 AM
I always wanted to do a "type GB" where everyone builds a Phantom, or Mustang or TOMCAT HeHe.

the plus is it forces creativity, and its neat to see where we all finish if given the same start point

the downside is not everyone has a kit of the model mentioned which adds cost, or they just cannot stand what gets picked and have no idea or interest in adding their own twist to it.

Maybe you could expand it with "Teen fighters" ?? or "Pursuit planes"? "bent wing Birds"?

A piston perfection or "super prop" GB could be fun




Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 20, 2011, 07:47:18 AM
Well here's a suggestion along those line:  2012 represents the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Lockheed A-12 ( precursor to the SR-71).  Maybe a GB based on the A-12/SR-71 and variations thereof?  This also has the advantages of being a relatively accessible kit + one thT offers room for whiffing. I am thinking of it being timed to conclude around late April since that is the actual date.   Thoughts?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 20, 2011, 08:16:23 AM
In addition to being a relatively accessible kit there is the additional benefit of a multitude of scales from 1/144 to 1/48. 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 20, 2011, 09:04:41 AM
First off, I really appreciate the discussion on this which is a breath of fresh air. I hope I don't derail things too much by adding my thoughts.

I think we should aim for the first Beyond The Sprues GB to be as inclusive as possible. Unfortunately, narrowing the subject down to one specific type might discourage participation from those who have no interest in that specific aircraft.

While the SR-71 kit is a great starting point from a different markings/color scheme perspective, it's quite challenging for kitbashing.

Instead of an SR-71 GB, how about a Recon Platforms GB in honor of the SR-71 instead? This way, as many interests as possible would be covered and one could use a kit they already have instead of needing to go out and get a kit to participate.

Thanks again for keeping the discussion going and I look forward to seeing our first GB take flight!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 20, 2011, 10:40:44 AM
Man, good points all.

If we do a type GB the SR-71 is an excellent idea! I do see the point in wanting to keep it very open though... hmmmm back to the drawing board  ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 20, 2011, 11:41:06 AM
I am happy either way.  I was actually thinking the A-12 one being later in the year.

Another idea for this first GB might be simply that:    A first themed GB!  Now as to what that entails though....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeremak on December 21, 2011, 01:18:59 AM
My vote for Recon theme: it's broad, and can be made in some different ways, both plastic, and pixel. From longer wings, through PRU colours, experimental supersonic, hypersonic, or even space platforms, all that "ELINT warts" on airlines, or even land recon platforms with elevable booms and cameras.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Geoff on December 22, 2011, 06:43:20 AM
My vote for Recon theme: it's broad, and can be made in some different ways, both plastic, and pixel. From longer wings, through PRU colours, experimental supersonic, hypersonic, or even space platforms, all that "ELINT warts" on airlines, or even land recon platforms with elevable booms and cameras.

Could also include submarines, UFOs, softskins and AFVs as well as figures.  :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 22, 2011, 07:22:00 AM
My vote for Recon theme: it's broad, and can be made in some different ways, both plastic, and pixel. From longer wings, through PRU colours, experimental supersonic, hypersonic, or even space platforms, all that "ELINT warts" on airlines, or even land recon platforms with elevable booms and cameras.

Could also include submarines, UFOs, softskins and AFVs as well as figures.  :)

And lighter-than-air too.

Well, some of us like airships...  ;)

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 22, 2011, 07:53:50 AM
My vote for Recon theme: it's broad, and can be made in some different ways, both plastic, and pixel. From longer wings, through PRU colours, experimental supersonic, hypersonic, or even space platforms, all that "ELINT warts" on airlines, or even land recon platforms with elevable booms and cameras.

I suggest that the name of the group build be "The ISR GB" (ISR = Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) which should cover all aspects of sneaking, peeking, and tactical voyeurism. 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Feldmarschall Zod on December 22, 2011, 08:09:36 AM
A recon build eh?
I could build something like this
http://www.squadron.com/ItemDetails.asp?item=HY82460
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 22, 2011, 09:42:02 AM
tactical voyeurism.

Sounds like a guy in camo gear hiding in bushes looking through people's windows....

Also a cool name for a GB!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 22, 2011, 12:10:55 PM
I like the Recon Idea more and more As I think about it, cool idea of bringing other vehicles and figures into it also
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 23, 2011, 10:02:13 AM
I like the Recon Idea more and more As I think about it, cool idea of bringing other vehicles and figures into it also

Since all have been used for scouting, reconnaissance, surveillance, and intelligence gathering at some point in history (or alternate history) and it nicely covers all aspects of the modeling hobby with ships, aircraft, vehicles, spacecraft, and figures all having a chance to be represented so it is a win-win for all instead of win-lose and leaving someone out of the event. 

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 25, 2011, 03:25:10 AM
Three more ideas for GBs, not necessarily first up but later on:


Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Feldmarschall Zod on December 25, 2011, 08:36:45 AM
Three more ideas for GBs, not necessarily first up but later on:

  • Racing Theme - e.g. Reno racers, F1 cars etc etc
  • Drop Tank GB - need I say more?
  • Space & Scifi

Regards,

Greg
Greg.
Love the sci-fi idea. I got a couple Gundam kits in da stash.
Another idea.......... Sherman tanks. Like 90mm armed Sherman tanks,not TD's. Firefly Shermans in American service. HVSS suspenions on tank destroyers,or the M7 etc.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 25, 2011, 12:57:09 PM
Maybe expand it to a full armored/land vehicle GB?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 26, 2011, 12:57:37 AM
Recon sounds great!

Would love to sci-fi (Of course!) and I like a Tank/armor/land lubbers :yarr: GB as well
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 26, 2011, 07:34:46 AM
Another candidate GB for 2012 is a 30yr tribute to the Falklands War.  This one already has GB dates too:   2 April 1982 – 14 June.

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 26, 2011, 09:21:30 PM
Another candidate GB for 2012 is a 30yr tribute to the Falklands War.  This one already has GB dates too:   2 April 1982 – 14 June.

Nice! were we thinking of one or a pair at a time?

 A ten day GB would be fun. I know its not an even week and it may just kill me(!) but a ten day build could be a wonderful challenge.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Feldmarschall Zod on December 26, 2011, 11:15:09 PM
How many themed builds would be going on during the same time frame? This is a thought that's been going around my head the past few days. A non themed build for the first group build here. That way,anyone,know matter what kind of WHIF they build can join in. :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 27, 2011, 03:35:11 AM
How many themed builds would be going on during the same time frame? This is a thought that's been going around my head the past few days.

What is people's preference?

A non themed build for the first group build here. That way,anyone,know matter what kind of WHIF they build can join in. :)

That is a definite possibility.  Kind of an "Anything Goes" theme.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 27, 2011, 04:47:47 AM
How many themed builds would be going on during the same time frame? This is a thought that's been going around my head the past few days.

What is people's preference?

A non themed build for the first group build here. That way,anyone,know matter what kind of WHIF they build can join in. :)

That is a definite possibility.  Kind of an "Anything Goes" theme.

Regards,

Greg

Yeah just make the Time limit like 1 or two months and call it a "there in 60 days or less GB" or something like that. just make the time limit the uniting theme. just keep it up wide open "Glasnost GB" LOL
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 27, 2011, 04:01:22 PM
Another candidate for a anniversary GB:  a 50yr Cuban Missile Crisis GB

This could be a relatively quick one:  October 14–28

Could also be expanded to include WWWIII and '60s themes.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 27, 2011, 04:04:55 PM

My idea (and feel free to disagree...don't mind that I will be recording names ::)) is for the first GB to be themed "Vive la résistance!".  As to what this will include is quite open.  For instance, it could include French Revolution (and all derivatives/extrapolations of...either way), Soviet/communist revolution, maybe even go anarchist like jcf and do "occupy what-if" :leaking: or just about anything...one might eene think of it as a revolution against certain elements... :ninja:

I am still keen on this one...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 27, 2011, 11:33:42 PM
Quote
I am still keen on this one...

Same
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 02, 2012, 05:04:03 PM
We could merge all these ideas such as T2K etc along with Red Dawn scenarios etc into one all-encompassing Cold War goes hot/WWIII/Post apocalyptic theme.  Thoughts?


Speaking of this, maybe it could be timed for later in the year to coincide with the release of the Red Dawn remake...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ChernayaAkula on January 03, 2012, 02:22:06 AM
Another candidate for a anniversary GB:  a 50yr Cuban Missile Crisis GB


Neat idea! How about this?
(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/WhIf/x-men_first_class_soviet-cruiser.png)
The Soviet flagship from "X-Men: First Class"
But in two weeks? No way!

Diggin' the idea of a WWIII and '60s theme, though.

Both the Cuban Missile Crisis and Falklands Anniversary GBs sound great, but only as full-length GBs.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 04, 2012, 03:50:31 AM
Well we could combine the Cuban Missile Crisis idea and the WWIII/Post-apocalyptic/Red Dawn (and similar ideas - Mad Max???) into the one GB and then start it on the anniversary of the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis (14 Oct) and have it run for a couple of months which also covers the planned release date of the Red Dawn Remake (currently November 2, 2012).

In fact, let's possibly call it an "End of the World as we know it" GB?

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 04, 2012, 05:17:38 AM
Folks,

I am going to be putting together a poll for the first GB theme shortly.  Please get in any ideas you might like added now!

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 04, 2012, 06:31:03 AM
Another random idea, perhaps for a simple 1 - 2 week GB themed along the lines of "April Fools" and timed to end on 1st April.  Not sur exactly what this would involve - maybe something focused on subtle whiffs which could be very easily used to fool people into thinking they were real...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Cliffy B on January 04, 2012, 10:46:16 AM
Don't know if this has been brought up before but you gave me an idea there Greg with the April's Fools idea; Stump the JMNs GB.  Make your whiff so subtle that you'll have JMNs engaging in heated arguments over its authenticity  :D

Recon and Profiles GBs sound great as well!  I'd say hold two profile builds (to encourage participation in both); one where you make profiles and one where you build a kit using someone's profile as the inspriation.  Cold War/WWIII sounds really cool too.  I'd be game for any and all, providing ships will be allowed  :D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 05, 2012, 12:28:02 AM
Don't know if this has been brought up before but you gave me an idea there Greg with the April's Fools idea; Stump the JMNs GB.  Make your whiff so subtle that you'll have JMNs engaging in heated arguments over its authenticity  :D


The whiffers amongst us who can pull that off always impress me. I may not be as clever, I would maybe change the mark or variant of a type, but thats not the "real stumper" I would like to get someday... I will get my thinking cap on...

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 05, 2012, 08:40:54 AM
Another random idea, perhaps for a simple 1 - 2 week GB themed along the lines of "April Fools" and timed to end on 1st April.  Not sur exactly what this would involve - maybe something focused on subtle whiffs which could be very easily used to fool people into thinking they were real...

This is a crackerjack idea. Thank you!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 06, 2012, 06:28:17 PM

A non themed build for the first group build here. That way,anyone,know matter what kind of WHIF they build can join in. :)

That is a definite possibility.  Kind of an "Anything Goes" theme.


Playing with this idea a bit further, how about for an "Anything Goes" Themed GB, people simple do their favourite thing (e.g. Brian has Spats, I have UCAVs etc)  I know this might be difficult for some of us - the settling on one idea bit that is.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 07, 2012, 09:05:40 AM
Another idea...A whiffer's Tiger Meet

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0e/Fiat_G91_%22Gina%22_Tiger_Meet.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 07, 2012, 12:57:09 PM
Had a few more:

No Guts, No Glory-  Basically building something that has caused apprehension... Like the Fear and trepidation GB 

Bench Clearing Brawl- Finish an already started kit. We all have a few (or 15) kits that need to be finished

Beyond '46-  Kind of having a hard time finding a way to articulate this... Basically a WWII post war thing, but stuff beyond just 1946 and 1947. Japanese ICBMs, German UCAVs, American Mobile SAM on a sherman Chassis. Cruise missiles, fire finder radars, High speed interceptors, Anti Ballistic missile rockets,  Basically taking modern weapons and "going retro"  WWII never ends:

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kup8m6S3Iu1qzsgg9o1_500.jpg)

B-25 osprey.  And I know some of this was "on the drawing board" by wars end, and of course that many nations did indeed take this tech and apply to develop the systems that are in use today.  I guess I just want an excuse to make a Radar system on a Panzer chassis...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Doom! on January 07, 2012, 11:44:02 PM
Another idea...A whiffer's Tiger Meet
I like this idea :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 08, 2012, 03:54:09 AM
Of course the opposite to the April Fool's GB idea posted above is the "Totally Ridiculous" GB.  This would be one where you throw all the rules totally out the window and just be silly.  For an example, a Wright Flyer armed to the teeth with a huge amount of ordanance and attacking aliens...

...for some of you, this will be modelling as normal...

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 08, 2012, 04:07:26 AM
A Profile build - Either a physical model based on an existing profile, or a new profile based on an existing profile

A question about this one (and anyone is free to answer):  Does it provide enough for the profilers out there to do something? 

I can see how it is easy for a Physical model to be created using a profile as inspiration or even for a story to be written to support a profile, but is it acceptable (inspiring enough) for a profile to be created based on another profile or even on a existing physical model?

I ask this since I want to ensure our GBs (and especially the first one) are all inclusive.  That's not to say this one wouldn't - I just want to know how. 

Please offer your suggestions.

Regards,

Greg

P.S. I plan on putting up the Poll for the first GB theme later today, so get your ideas in now.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Daryl J. on January 08, 2012, 10:39:13 AM
I'd really like to press for an open ended time frame for the Theme Builds.   To me a theme build with a 3-4 month deadline and a group build, with a 3-4 month deadline are nothing more than the same thing.      However a build on, say D.H. Mosquitoes for example, is exactly that, whiffery builds of Mosquitoes.  A clear beginning but a continuing end so-to-speak.  Mosquitoes, done creatively by a creative bunch over the past few years....sheesh...even decade(s??), added to by modelers when and as they can.     It would be a gallery such as those on ARC Air, but inclusive of the builds.     

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 10, 2012, 12:15:17 AM
I'd like to toss out the suggestion for a Commercial/Civilian GB. Since many build mostly military subjects, this might be a nice change of pace.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 10, 2012, 02:29:00 AM
I'd like to toss out the suggestion for a Commercial/Civilian GB. Since many build mostly military subjects, this might be a nice change of pace.

Brian da Basher

Sounds good - maybe expand into "swords into plowshares..."

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 10, 2012, 02:36:13 AM
BTW folks, I decided to extend the timeframe for my putting up the GB Poll since we had such an influx of new members over the recent days.  I want to give everyone a chance to post ideas.  I will however put up a Poll by the end of this week with the aim of kicking of the first GB on 1st Feb.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: deathjester on January 10, 2012, 06:36:16 AM
How about a 'How the Other Half Live' GB, where we swap specialities:
The Profilers have to down Mouses (Mice?) and glue something together, and the Plastic Bashers have to put together some convincing profiles?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 10, 2012, 03:20:48 PM
That could be dangerous...and fun...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 11, 2012, 05:17:37 AM
Here's my profile entry. What do I win?

 ;D

Brian da Basher

P.S. Oh wait, someone said it has to be "convincing"...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 11, 2012, 03:57:23 PM
Well it's convincing...we're just not sure of what exactly...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 13, 2012, 03:21:28 PM
Folks,

Don't forget to get your ideas in.  I will be using this thread as the generator of the list of options for the first GB Poll.  The poll will be put up this weekend.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Daryl J. on January 15, 2012, 01:18:45 AM
In line with the anything goes idea, just call it ''Strut Your Stuff, the introductory Group Build".   

That way, participation can be maximized and we can sample the momentum of the group.


Daryl J., the glacial.   
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Dr. YoKai on January 16, 2012, 11:39:55 PM
  Too late for the current poll, but I'll  throw this out there anyway- "Cranky" The Gull wing planform was popular once upon a time,
 but what if suppose it had become ubiquitous? Gull winged Ford Tri-motors to Gull winged 747s...or conversely, suppose it
 had  been completely ignored? Straight winged Stukas and Corsairs...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 17, 2012, 02:17:44 AM
Cool.  It will be included next time around.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on January 18, 2012, 01:34:37 AM
  Too late for the current poll, but I'll  throw this out there anyway- "Cranky" The Gull wing planform was popular once upon a time,
 but what if suppose it had become ubiquitous? Gull winged Ford Tri-motors to Gull winged 747s...or conversely, suppose it
 had  been completely ignored? Straight winged Stukas and Corsairs...

Cool idea - "Crank (or uncrank) My Ride...."

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 18, 2012, 02:15:58 AM
You're just a bunch of cranks... ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on January 19, 2012, 05:47:41 PM
Like post war air races (to today) feature piston engine fighters.
A group build could be planes for the four piston engined class consisting of former airliners and bombers.

Bill
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on January 20, 2012, 01:18:47 AM
Like post war air races (to today) feature piston engine fighters.
A group build could be planes for the four piston engined class consisting of former airliners and bombers.

Bill

Yep - if truck racing is MONSTER TRUCKS then this could be MONSTER PLANES... ;) :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Daryl J. on January 20, 2012, 03:40:16 AM
Quote
Yep - if truck racing is MONSTER TRUCKS then this could be MONSTER PLANES... 

So what is being said is something along the line of hanging a pair of 1/48 Griffon engines on the front of the booms of a 1/72 C-119, put some kind of streamlined pod in the center for a prone-type pilot and chop-n-channel & scale-o-rama the Boxcar into the Beast of Barstow?   Heh!    :icon_swat: :icon_swat: :icon_swat:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 21, 2012, 12:32:38 PM
How about a "Show us your uglies" GB where you either post models (of all forms) that you either consider ugly by design or execution.  Perfection certainly not required here.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 28, 2012, 02:39:49 AM
Another idea: Punked! GB  A GB for Steam & Diesel punk.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Dr. YoKai on January 28, 2012, 05:33:37 AM
Another idea: Punked! GB  A GB for Steam & Diesel punk.


 mmmm....Mwa....MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!.....er...that is...yes, yes, quite.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on February 17, 2012, 04:31:37 AM
Reposting this to where I should have posted in first place.

Suggestion for empty slot.
Builders pick of airplane, ship, tank/vehicle that looks to be functional (airworthy, seaworthy, mobile on land, etc) but is of definitely less than a desirable configuration to spend defense dollars on and go to war with.  Is armed, can fight, but we really should have got something more desirable for our defense dollars.
Wild ass ideas:  Forrestal carrier w/o catapults (cheaper) so operates mix of prop fighters (Tigercat, Bearcat, Corsair), Appache/Cobra/other helicopters, Harriers, V-22, O-2, OV-10, A-1.....    might have a few 40mm quad guns removed from scrapped WW2 cruiser; were already paid for and they can shoot.
SAC B-25 carries one half recessed ALCM and equipped for IFR.  Plus under wing jet pods???
F-15 with OV-10 engine added to each wing for shorter takeoff.
M-48/60/M1 tank hull with turret mounting two 75/76mm type Sherman tank guns and 37mm turret on top from Grant or Stuart tank.
Things that can go to war but are likely to result congressional hearings before they have to.
There would be a media feeding frenzy and Pentagon personnel changes.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ChernayaAkula on February 17, 2012, 04:28:11 PM
US Navy Aviation celebrated its Centenary last year. This year (22 May, to be exact) it's the USMC Aviation's turn. How about a GB included any and all Marine Crops flying whiffs? Maybe even include USN aviation as well.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: dy031101 on February 18, 2012, 09:08:36 AM
One day as I was going about organizing the what-if related stuff I did, I began reminiscing the good old times of "military simulation" videogaming.

You know, Falcon 3.0 and 4.0 and the likes.  Back then people didn't have all those companies licensing their products for games because those airplanes, tanks, even ships simulated either were still top-secret or did not exist in the first place.  So people took whatever info and/or even rumours available and then, within those info and/or rumours, let their imaginations fly.

After reminiscing what I did have, I propose...... "Alter-Ego" GB.

"Alter-Ego"...... as in taking your favourite aircraft/tank/ship from your favourite videogame (I talked about simulation, but hey, nothing against the likes of Ace Combat, Airforce Delta, HAWX, or Lethal Skies), taking your favourite ordnance configuration- F-117 with AIM-9Ms and employed as a night fighter of sort, navalized F-22 with laser-guided AGM-65s, Su-27 with a full-wing load of R-33s, F-15C armed with AIM-54s, militarized X-32...... ideally one that you use/see in the games but never saw in real life, but ultimately anything goes.

Like your avatar or even how you would have liked your avatar to look like (if not really the same as those allowed by the games, for example, in terms of camo schemes and/or nose and tail arts) in your favourite game.

Like colouring coops213's navalized F-16 in Ace Combat 2 Scarface Squadron camo scheme in the first attachment.  Or this pre-MLU F-16A in the second attachment armed with AMRAAMs (reminds me of Falcon 3.0).
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on February 21, 2012, 10:59:52 PM
US Navy Aviation celebrated its Centenary last year. This year (22 May, to be exact) it's the USMC Aviation's turn. How about a GB included any and all Marine Crops flying whiffs? Maybe even include USN aviation as well.

I love that! but then again im biased...  ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Modelling_Mushi on February 28, 2012, 08:57:35 PM
Two ideas for a GB

1. Pist'n Broke GB. Designs created in a drunken fit by chief designers down on their cash and luck. These would be builds that no-one in their right mind would actually make unless they were tanked and skint; i.e. Handley Page in 1939 mating the wings of an 0/400, the fuselage of a Hampden, 4 pusher RR Merlins and underwing stowage for 6 torpedoes in desperate attempt to fill an Air Ministry request for a martime patrol aircraft. Or Ferrari fitting a Fiat 500 body on a chopped P40 chassis and drive train with '50s style chrome wings and trim to capture the US market.

2. Dyslexic GB or Its all Base over Apex GB. Builds that are made where "someone" stuffs up a dimension, 3 view drawing or layout. Like putting the wings on a 747 on upside down, so you get 4 upper surface blowing engines. Or Kamov sticking the rotors on the bottom of the chopper.

Cheers

Andrew
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on February 29, 2012, 01:11:06 PM
That is similar to what is suggested in reply #87.
Having an airworthy/functional bash but obviously of less than an optimum design.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 10, 2012, 06:17:35 AM
Suggested by The Big Gimper: How about a GB of Navy A/C in Air Force markings and Air Force A/C in Navy markings?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 13, 2012, 02:30:16 AM
I've sometimes wondered about a GB or Theme Build where the idea is to send an old build to another member, who then restores/rebuilds/mods it into something new.

Kind of a "Retasking GB"?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeremak on March 13, 2012, 03:29:54 AM
That may have interesting effect with profilers: if we send each other a unfinished profile file, we may have learn much about other technics, and other "little secrets". For mutual improvment, of course!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: aeroplaneDriver on March 13, 2012, 05:37:30 AM
I've sometimes wondered about a GB or Theme Build where the idea is to send an old build to another member, who then restores/rebuilds/mods it into something new.

Kind of a "Retasking GB"?

I think you've got the general idea I was getting at. 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on March 20, 2012, 01:38:28 PM
Ya know - with Slowy jet we have an example of my GB suggestion #87 and #92.  Congressional hearings and personnel changes in Air Force Procurement Office.  Sure it flies and can hit targets with missiles, bombs, guns......   but, but, but what were they thinking.
Bill
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 25, 2012, 05:14:01 AM

           ..... there's plenty of room in this world for more ugly aircraft ! :icon_fsm:
                           ((( we need an "Ugliest Plane" / "most perverted design" group build contest ))) :-\
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Feldmarschall Zod on April 25, 2012, 05:52:19 AM
Here is a couple ideas.

Desert warfare. All ages,and all categories.

For us land based builders. Change the main gun. The only major mod to the vehicle would be the main gun,and the gun mantlet.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Daryl J. on May 20, 2012, 10:18:08 AM
Here's a new idea:

1/35 scale Sci-Fi human transport vehicles.

All original in creation, no Star Wars/Trek/Aliens/etc.
Any era, any mode of transport, alternative life forms allowed but only in a secondary role, any universe.   Support structures allowed too.   (I have this odd shaped shampoo bottle that may become the foundation for a MagicSculpt house in which to park my rig in front of)

Why 1/35 scale?   There is a ready supply of rather inexpensive parts and it is a well understood scale.   As most people in the modeling world tend towards some sort of conflict-involved vehicle, 1/35 makes sense.     Air, land, sea, space, intraterrainian, intradimensional, whatever.    It just has to be human transport.    And for the love of mud, throw Charles Darwin completely out the door like Lucas did with Star Wars and build from there.
   
Can it be a modified form of a pre-existing kit?  Sure!  Can it be *entirely* original and completely scratchbuilt?  Sure! 

Since it would involve a fair bit of scratch building, the GB would be of extended length and have no prize other than the satisfaction of creating something uniquely your own and sharing it with the world.      I'm just sorry Knob Creek Bourbon don't do 1/35 scale replicas of their bottles or I'd suggest that be a constant in each entrant just for kicks.   ;D  Starbucks is too blasë.



For instance, here is this powered hang ''glider'' that I just drew up a minute ago.  It was inspired by late 1800's era hang gliders, the Fokker Eindekker, the Chimney Swifts living in our own chimney, the American drone supposedly shot down by the Iranians, and Hayao Miyazaki's vehicles. 




 
(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w293/DentistDaryl/IMG_0001-2.jpg)

Side view, along with a high speed all terrain communications truck with both suspension and communications disk retracted, driver's position not shown.  And yes, that says tanned buffalo hide over tubing for the shell.
(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w293/DentistDaryl/IMG_0004.jpg)

Note:  These have not been thought through and are simply very preliminary rough drafts of thoughts just popping into my head.    :-\

(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w293/DentistDaryl/IMG_0005.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Dr. YoKai on June 09, 2012, 05:36:23 AM
 I really wish I hadn't seen that last sketch...I do hate stealing from a colleague, but I am a
 science pirate, after all...

 ( Seriously, Daryl-thats a piece of inspiration I can't pass up. )
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on June 10, 2012, 10:03:36 AM
Okay, here's an idea: take an iconic and influential plane/tank/ship/car/whatever, remove it from history, then make a model that's based on the consequences.

By way of example, my favorite version is "No Spooks", i.e. What If the F-4 Phantom never existed? F-8U Crusader III and/or Douglas Missileer for the US Navy? F-105 production extended with advanced versions to compensate for Vietnam losses? "Six-Shooter" F-106s deployed to Vietnam? What would the UK have done in the 1960s without the ever-present threat/promise (depending on your POV) of a Phantom buy?

You could either choose the "victim" in the GB rules, i.e. the No Phantoms or No Shermans GB, or you could leave it open for each participant to choose their own.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: beowulf on June 10, 2012, 07:42:18 PM
No Shermans GB,

interesting.....what if as some kind of lend-lease payback the Soviets gave the Americans the plans/rights to T34?...maybe improved the design for western use?

im thinking of what would have happened in north africa or in europe in '44

T34 with hedgerow cutters for use in the bocage.....or duplex drive ones with the floatation screen

but its post ww2 that would be interesting if there wasnt the huge numbers of shermans......isreal would have got T34, same as the Sov supplied arabs.......................Korea would have seen T34 vs T34

actually this has got me thinking.................off to fleabay again  ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: dy031101 on June 11, 2012, 10:46:16 AM
No Shermans GB,

interesting.....what if as some kind of lend-lease payback the Soviets gave the Americans the plans/rights to T34?...maybe improved the design for western use?

Or maybe the Americans would entertain the idea of either building British designs in their factory or produce tanks with British influence?

Hum...... widened and/or lengthened Cavalier/Cromwell hull with T23 turret......?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on June 11, 2012, 07:30:43 PM
Or maybe they go down the British/Soviet route with a Christie-inspired Cruiser tank.....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on June 11, 2012, 10:53:55 PM
US Navy Aviation celebrated its Centenary last year. This year (22 May, to be exact) it's the USMC Aviation's turn. How about a GB included any and all Marine Crops flying whiffs? Maybe even include USN aviation as well.
I love that! but then again im biased...  ;)
I second :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: arkon on June 12, 2012, 01:08:27 PM
drop tanks...land air or sea use.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on June 26, 2012, 02:26:01 AM
May I suggest an old idea for a new Themed Build Group?  Anachronisms: generalized Old Battles with New Weapons.

This Themed GB is intended to cover all the ideas put forward in several threads: Modern Crusades, Roman Empire does not fall, Old Battles with New Weapons and the like.

In fact any whiff (any subject, any epoch, any something Grin ) could be accepted as long as the back history is well concocted, but IMHO special care should be taken in markings and decoration.

I could be moderator.

By the time being I ask for your help to find an adequate name.

Thanks
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 26, 2012, 02:38:01 AM
May I suggest an old idea for a new Themed Build Group?  Anachronisms: generalized Old Battles with New Weapons.


You may.  I will include in the list for the next vote.  Alternatively, if you drum up enough support, we can run earlier.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: dy031101 on August 12, 2012, 12:06:28 PM
           ..... there's plenty of room in this world for more ugly aircraft ! :icon_fsm:
                           ((( we need an "Ugliest Plane" / "most perverted design" group build contest ))) :-\

I'd like to expand, for a lack of better words on my part, it into a "bada*s machines you love to hate" idea.

A machine (airplane, warship, tank, or whatever) so hideous-looking yet so functional; you'd be so tempted to see it blowing up except that it's perfectly capable of giving your proud what-if creations a run of their money.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on August 12, 2012, 05:09:16 PM
           ..... there's plenty of room in this world for more ugly aircraft ! :icon_fsm:
                           ((( we need an "Ugliest Plane" / "most perverted design" group build contest ))) :-\

I'd like to expand, for a lack of better words on my part, it into a "bada*s machines you love to hate" idea.

A machine (airplane, warship, tank, or whatever) so hideous-looking yet so functional; you'd be so tempted to see it blowing up except that it's perfectly capable of giving your proud what-if creations a run of their money.

Ah...so a TSR.2... ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on August 17, 2012, 02:45:54 PM
May I suggest an old idea for a new Themed Build Group?  Anachronisms: generalized Old Battles with New Weapons.

This Themed GB is intended to cover all the ideas put forward in several threads: Modern Crusades, Roman Empire does not fall, Old Battles with New Weapons and the like.

In fact any whiff (any subject, any epoch, any something Grin ) could be accepted as long as the back history is well concocted, but IMHO special care should be taken in markings and decoration.

I could be moderator.

By the time being I ask for your help to find an adequate name.

Thanks

After seeing your stunning entry in the Black Projects GB, I can see how this idea would have a lot of appeal, Carlos. The more I think about it, the more I like it.

I think you have a pretty good name in your post - Modern Crusades: Old Battles with New Weapons.

I'm hoping we can give this idea a slot on the GB calendar soon.

Brian da Basher

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on August 18, 2012, 12:48:38 AM
... - Modern Crusades: Old Battles with New Weapons. ...


Not only Crusades 8)

BTW: I hope to finish this project in a few days or weeks http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26425.0/highlight,falcata.html (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26425.0/highlight,falcata.html)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: gofy on August 26, 2012, 10:43:06 AM
Okay, here's an idea: take an iconic and influential plane/tank/ship/car/whatever, remove it from history, then make a model that's based on the consequences.

By way of example, my favorite version is "No Spooks", i.e. What If the F-4 Phantom never existed? F-8U Crusader III and/or Douglas Missileer for the US Navy? F-105 production extended with advanced versions to compensate for Vietnam losses? "Six-Shooter" F-106s deployed to Vietnam? What would the UK have done in the 1960s without the ever-present threat/promise (depending on your POV) of a Phantom buy?

You could either choose the "victim" in the GB rules, i.e. the No Phantoms or No Shermans GB, or you could leave it open for each participant to choose their own.


No Super Hornet...


MORE TOMCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on August 27, 2012, 04:56:26 PM
Borrowing from what ended up being the Slowy Jet.
GB concept is:  Aircraft that have good features like the Pave Penny and Maverick missiles, bomb bay and modern F-15 cockpit.  But have other features that don't play too well with the good features like fabric covered biplane wings with fixed gear contrasted with all metal fuselage and jet engines.  Could have so-so features like the twin 50 cal chin guns.  Then there is the mostly useless single 7.62mm machine gun dorsal turret.
Planes which fly well, have a certain combat punch, but don't come together as being particularly useful.
Some one on BTS did a profile of a A-10 with a F-14 like forward fuselage to be a fighter-interceptor.  Modern yes, but minimally useful.
Aircraft where the design concept integration went amuck......
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: apophenia on October 13, 2012, 04:55:07 AM
A bit of concept recycling ...

taiidantomcat suggested a "Bent wing Birds" group build way back when.

Dr. YoKai put a spin of this with "Cranky" (gull-wings go straight or vice versa) ... but that may have been the hemp talking. Weaver re-dubbed this "Crank (or uncrank) My Ride ..."

We gotta do this folks!!! Elsewise, I can't be held responsible for any childish outbursts   :icon_sueno:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 13, 2012, 05:04:08 AM
That's the spirit!

Folks,

We're running towards the end of the GBs for this year.  Sometime in the coming months I will be calling for nominations for some GBs for next year...providing people want them.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 13, 2012, 02:05:43 PM
A proposal for a GB for next year:

The Fear and Trepidation GB:  in other words, a GB for those aspects of the hobby you are scared of (for whatever reason).  It could be doing a Vacuform kit or perhaps a resin one.  Maybe it is doing a figurine?  Or doing a profile?  Or writing a backstory?  Maybe it is doing a diorama or trying to model water?  Whatever the fear, why not use this GB as an excuse to move out of your comfort zone and finally conquer that fear.  You know it deserves it!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 13, 2012, 06:16:53 PM
How about an All Things Floaty GB?

It would be open to anything that floats! Seaplanes, Flying Boats, Ships, Boats, Subs, Sea-Doos, dead bodies Space Vehicles, Lighter-Than-Air...lots of possibilities!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Litvyak on October 13, 2012, 06:47:59 PM
Well, I'd be up for the Fear & Trepidation idea... if it'd welcome RW subjects. I've got a Czechmaster Seafire XV with sting hook with RW RCN decals that I've had on the shelf for a long time, but have been a bit too intimidated to get started on... it's all resin.

The Floaty idea is pretty cool too, could use that as an excuse to get those County-class parts I need to build HMBCS New Westminster!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 13, 2012, 11:27:40 PM
Not to worry, Ms. Litvyak, Real World subjects are always welcome here. Besides, I can't be the only one who'd really like to see what you can do with some plastic in 3D!

For many of us, building a Real World subject would indeed be courting "Fear & Trepidation"!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Litvyak on October 14, 2012, 01:28:38 AM
Ah, good to know! If that gets going, then I'll definitely be on board with that Czechmaster Seafire!

In the meantime, I'm sitting here staring at my stash for a few days now, trying to decide what to do as an OOB (RW scheme or paint-scheme whiff) build to do as a motivational thing. Been eyeing the 1/48 South Front Yak-1 (to do, of course, as my (user)namesake's ride, or a 1/72 Hasegawa Tracker (RW RCN), or 1/72 Fujimi F7U-3 Cutlass (whiff RCN)...

...There's another GB idea, maybe: "Board's Choice". Wherein one lists several build proposals, and the rest of the board decides what you do... ?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 14, 2012, 03:01:46 AM
Not to worry, Ms. Litvyak, Real World subjects are always welcome here....For many of us, building a Real World subject would indeed be courting "Fear & Trepidation"!


Couldn't have put it any better myself Brian. :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 14, 2012, 05:18:29 AM
Another random idea:  World War in the '20s/'30s.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 14, 2012, 07:36:51 AM
Another random idea:  World War in the '20s/'30s.

I'd be so there!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 14, 2012, 09:11:14 AM
Thought you might...Also plenty of room for a Airship equipped bomber command there  ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 14, 2012, 09:56:17 AM
How about an All Things Floaty GB?

It would be open to anything that floats! Seaplanes, Flying Boats, Ships, Boats, Subs, Sea-Doos, dead bodies Space Vehicles, Lighter-Than-Air...lots of possibilities!

Brian da Basher

So many ideas....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on October 14, 2012, 10:19:14 AM
How about these themes for group builds?:

SJGR = Shit Just Got Real GB

WTSHTF = When The Shit Hits The Fan GB

WTBGU = When The Balloon Goes Up GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 14, 2012, 10:22:38 AM
How about these themes for group builds?:

SJGR = Shit Just Got Real GB

WTSHTF = When The Shit Hits The Fan GB

WTBGU = When The Balloon Goes Up GB

More info?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on October 14, 2012, 11:07:27 AM
More info?


Now you are taking the fun out of this :(

I suppose in all three cases it would be a situation where conflict is about to happen and this would be the moment before the balloon goes up as the shit just got  real and the shit is now hitting the fan as all hell breaks loose and hostilities have ensued. 

It could be a conventional conflict, a nuclear conflict, alien invasion, or a natural disaster.  Pick your venue and work towards achieving that as a physical model, digital model/profile, or a story. 

I thought I could make it easy by finding an on-line definition for each of these proposals but the search results were not fit to share in mixed company :)  What ever you do, do not use the Urban Dictionary to find a definition.   :-X
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 14, 2012, 04:49:37 PM
Another random GB idea:  the racing GB.  It could be Reno style racers: race cars; racing tanks; racing submarines; racing B-36s or even racing airships...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 14, 2012, 07:05:19 PM
How about drag-racing tanks?

I'd pay to see that!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Litvyak on October 14, 2012, 07:53:26 PM
Heh, funny tanks...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 15, 2012, 02:43:24 AM
First contender is ready...just don't release the rockets:

(http://www.the-blueprints.com/blueprints-depot/tanks/tanks-r/rbt-5-3.png)
(http://media.desura.com/images/groups/1/3/2074/RBT5.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 15, 2012, 04:53:06 AM
Dragsters typically do a "burn in" to soften up the tires before they speed down the track.

I'm imagining that "burn in" being done with metal tracks and the picture isn't pretty.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Queeg on October 15, 2012, 11:53:43 AM
I knew I had some racing tanks somewhere in my pic stash ...........


(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii548/Queeg2/tnkhst8t_zpsfaaa57e5.jpg)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii548/Queeg2/tnkhist72_zps8b10144c.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 15, 2012, 04:18:35 PM
Outstanding!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 15, 2012, 04:19:19 PM

I'm imagining that "burn in" being done with metal tracks and the picture isn't pretty.

The sparks would be impressive...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on October 15, 2012, 07:35:47 PM
Idea:

The STRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEETCH GB.

We've all seen stretch limos and stretch Humvees, and there is, of course, the notorious  Tank Limo (http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.limohire123.com/tank-limo.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.limohire123.com/novelty-limo-hire/tank-limo-hire.html&usg=__SuiYG2APo8v9DIvlora7pWFFFQs=&h=193&w=366&sz=68&hl=en&start=9&zoom=1&tbnid=j9rmo4SEbHiAhM:&tbnh=64&tbnw=122&ei=xfF7UKPAEZSQ8wSy1YHYCA&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dtank%2Blimo%26hl%3Den%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1), but come on, we can whiff up something madder than that, right?  ;)

So the idea is this: take any vehicle (floating, flying or rolling) and turn it into a means of luxury transport for people who's taste is inversely proportional to their bank balance, the only stipulation being that this modification MUST include a significant increase in the vehicle's length.

Personally, my first thought is that these (http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2007/03/russian-ballistic-missile-carriers.html) arn't nearly long enough  >:D,  but I suspect I can't afford the models......

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on October 15, 2012, 11:27:25 PM
I think the Fear and trepidation GB is one that needs to be done.  We are scared of our kits!! and of all the modelers out there What Ifers should not be afraid to embrace some risk and go out on a limb. It may not work the way you hoped ... So what? No one will be able to "make it work somehow" better than whiffers!!

I didn't bring any of my WWII or prop kits after I moved to TX, so I can't do the bent wings GB I suggested!! LOL  However I was thinking we could add to it, Make it a "weird wings" GB. Biplanes (They go under weird because they generally peaked a long time ago, and Biplanes are still around in limited numbers, but they are rare-Thats why I say Weird- I love biplanes and they are weird in a good way) also triplanes or quadplanes. Plus it would give us a chance to do "slowy jets" as was previous suggested. Also include swing wings, Forward swept wings, and switchblade wings, and you have yourself some awesome whiff fodder.

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 16, 2012, 02:30:46 AM
F-4 Phantom IIs had bent wings... ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on October 16, 2012, 04:08:01 AM
F-4 Phantom IIs had bent wings... ;)

Good point! TSR as well
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on October 16, 2012, 04:14:18 AM
The B-25 Mitchell also had a slight bent to the wings between the engines and the fuselage on certain versions. 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on October 16, 2012, 07:11:36 PM
Fairey Gannet had bent wings: anhedral on the inboard panels.

taiidantomcat: as I understand it, the idea is to straighten a cranked wing or crank a straight one, so you could always flatten a Phantom's wings, or put a crank into some other jet's. How about a Skyhawk with upturned outer wings, or an A-7 with downturned ones?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on October 17, 2012, 12:37:50 AM
The B-25 Mitchell also had a slight bent to the wings between the engines and the fuselage on certain versions.
Technically all Mitchell's except for the prototype have wings that are 'bent' outboard of the engine nacelles.
The design originally had a wing with a constant dihedral from the fuselage, flight testing revealed stability
problems that were addressed by flattening the outer wing panels.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Logan Hartke on October 17, 2012, 02:44:39 AM
By the way, there was no real B-25 prototype (XB-25/YB-25, etc).  They just started at B-25.  That's a bit of trivia most people don't know about the way US designations used to work.  They didn't start at -A; they started at sans suffix.  The B-25A was actually the 2nd model built or, if you'd rather, the first variant (which is really what the letters noted).  For all practical purposes, the first production models are generally -A models, since they're a variant of the XB-## prototype or YP-## pre-production aircraft.  This was eventually changed for a number of reasons, not least of which being that 'B-25' in this instance can refer to the specific model that were those initial 24 aircraft were constructed as or it can refer to the whole family.  It's ambiguous, but it's used correctly in either case.

Also, there wasn't anything inherently wrong with the first B-25s as aircraft.  As bombers, however, they did suffer from a lack of stability.  Since they also lacked armor and self-sealing fuel tanks, they were unsuitable as combat aircraft.  Instead, they were used as training aircraft.  I've read that the first Soviet pilots trained on the B-25 in the US were trained on the initial production models with full-span dihedral, no armor, etc.  They had been initially trained as fighter pilots in the VVS and--to their immense delight--those initial B-25s handled quite like large fighters.  There were a lot of issues with Soviet pilots tossing the planes around the sky in ways no one ever intended.  They'd land with rivets in the tail missing and tail gunners with cracked ribs.  In one case, US fighter pilots were teaching them evasion techniques as they flew P-43s against them in mock combat.  The Soviet fighter pilots in B-25s were nonplussed and quickly got on the tails of their would-be pursuers, even forcing a P-43 into the ground in low level air-to-air combat!

That should give you some idea of just how "hot" of an airplane those initial B-25s were!

(http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/060605-F-1234S-001.jpg)

I should probably repost this in the B-25 thread since that's mostly what it's about.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 17, 2012, 03:45:02 PM
Probably one of the most obvious (and dare I say easiest) whiff GB ideas:  The Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda GB.  In other words, this would be a GB where you take a standard selection decision and instead look at what the alternatives were.  For instance, instead of RAAF F/A-18s you have RAAF F-16s or F-15s or Mirage 2000s or...

This could be done for aircraft, land platforms, ships or even civilian systems (e.g. Police cars).
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Litvyak on October 17, 2012, 08:18:32 PM
Probably one of the most obvious (and dare I say easiest) whiff GB ideas:  The Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda GB.  In other words, this would be a GB where you take a standard selection decision and instead look at what the alternatives were.  For instance, instead of RAAF F/A-18s you have RAAF F-16s or F-15s or Mirage 2000s or...

This could be done for aircraft, land platforms, ships or even civilian systems (e.g. Police cars).

...or Canadian (ex-Iranian) F-14s!

I like this idea.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 18, 2012, 01:52:54 AM
Exactly!

If this one does go ahead, there would obviously be a need to do some research into what the alternatives were, though I am sure I and others here could help out there.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on October 21, 2012, 03:16:19 PM
Reposting this from WWI Era thread.

Apply Luft 46 to WW1 ending up with a Luft 20-25 scenerio.
Has kit-bashing and group build possibilities.....

Works for all combatants
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: nils on October 21, 2012, 03:58:37 PM
i was thinking of proposing a "The Great War GB" for 2014, as it marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 21, 2012, 04:24:06 PM
i was thinking of proposing a "The Great War GB" for 2014, as it marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1

That was my thinking too.  I think a big WW1 themed anniversary GB for 2014 is a must.  Keep up the suggestions though.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on October 22, 2012, 01:29:29 AM
WWI is a must, In my book.  :)... Just hate having to wait a year!!  :P 2014 seems forever away.

I think A Sci Fi or it came from the scrap pile build would be good too.

This guy has built ships in the hundreds from various kits:

http://www.artships.com/ (http://www.artships.com/)

Something like that could be fun, and encourages creativity.

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 22, 2012, 02:04:51 AM
I really like an "It Came from the Scrap Pile" GB. It's always fun to sort through my parts bin and create something new.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on October 22, 2012, 08:45:12 AM
i was thinking of proposing a "The Great War GB" for 2014, as it marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1

That was my thinking too.  I think a big WW1 themed anniversary GB for 2014 is a must.  Keep up the suggestions though.

Think flexible --- don't have to tye ourselves to 2014.
Can do WW1 or Luft 20-25 or combine as one.
Many other fine suggestions out there too.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Diamondback on October 22, 2012, 02:10:03 PM
Dunno if anybody's suggested this, but as I'm too lazy to wade through 14-ish pages... maybe a Pop Culture Group Build? (Things from movies, TV--even cartoons and Japanese anime and Macross--and books.) I'd say this needs two divisions: one for builds starting from official "media merch" kits and one for more serious conversions--for example, if we're comparing builds of KITT from Knight Rider, the original accurate 1982 T/A "Official KR Merch" release should be in one division, a total conversion from a plain-vanilla '82-89 Firebird in another, and I'm not sure where the "Official Merch" rerelease using a screen-inaccurate '89 Turbo Trans Am body should fall.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 10, 2012, 01:41:29 PM
How about a "Make it Bright" GB with lots of bright schemes or similar?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: nils on November 10, 2012, 04:43:51 PM
or an "aerobatic teams group build", lot of possibilities there (red arrows Hawk T2, Bleu Angels Super hornet, Thunderbirds F-35, Russian Knights PAK-FA...).

or the "look at the Future GB", with the purpose to create next generation aircraft, tanks, ships,... for the armed forces (arround the 2020/25 timeframe)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on November 11, 2012, 02:24:24 AM
or an "aerobatic teams group build", lot of possibilities there (red arrows Hawk T2, Bleu Angels Super hornet, Thunderbirds F-35, Russian Knights PAK-FA...).

or the "look at the Future GB", with the purpose to create next generation aircraft, tanks, ships,... for the armed forces (arround the 2020/25 timeframe)


F-35 in the Coors light livery as a future "silver bullet" replacing the little BD-5J :)

(http://www.chinalakealumni.org/1986/N21AP%20BD-5J%2027APR86%20NAWS%20B-Vincent.jpg)
(Image source: Bryan Vincent via Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake, CA (http://www.chinalakealumni.org/))
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 11, 2012, 03:49:22 AM
or the "look at the Future GB", with the purpose to create next generation aircraft, tanks, ships,... for the armed forces (arround the 2020/25 timeframe)

Given the development timeframe major projects such as those, try closer to 2055  ;)

Mind you, taking your concept a little further, what about a Next 100 yrs GB?  In other words develop models/profiles/stories set around 100yrs in the future.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on November 11, 2012, 10:06:11 PM
or the "look at the Future GB", with the purpose to create next generation aircraft, tanks, ships,... for the armed forces (arround the 2020/25 timeframe)

Given the development timeframe major projects such as those, try closer to 2055  ;)

Mind you, taking your concept a little further, what about a Next 100 yrs GB?  In other words develop models/profiles/stories set around 100yrs in the future.

I volunteer to be the one to judge who had the most accurate prediction in 100 years! ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 12, 2012, 02:02:53 AM
Already planning for that...I will take on the role.  Just got to cut off a few heads...

(http://www.writeups.org/img/inset/Highlander_h1.jpg)

Now about those people who annoy me...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on November 29, 2012, 12:11:01 AM
or an "aerobatic teams group build", lot of possibilities there (red arrows Hawk T2, Bleu Angels Super hornet, Thunderbirds F-35, Russian Knights PAK-FA...).

or the "look at the Future GB", with the purpose to create next generation aircraft, tanks, ships,... for the armed forces (arround the 2020/25 timeframe)


F-35 in the Coors light livery as a future "silver bullet" replacing the little BD-5J :)

([url]http://www.chinalakealumni.org/1986/N21AP%20BD-5J%2027APR86%20NAWS%20B-Vincent.jpg[/url])
(Image source: Bryan Vincent via Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake, CA ([url]http://www.chinalakealumni.org/[/url]))


MGD "Jet" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5s6yyohI5I#)

Loving everyone's ideas!

Futuristic and bright colors?! sign me up!!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on November 30, 2012, 06:19:30 PM
or an "aerobatic teams group build", lot of possibilities there (red arrows Hawk T2, Bleu Angels Super hornet, Thunderbirds F-35, Russian Knights PAK-FA...).

Gives me flashes of USAF Thunderbirds B-36 team.....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on November 30, 2012, 09:13:43 PM
Given that the aircraft is quite sprightly when unloaded, how about a display team of Antonov An-72s using the Eastern Express 1/288th or A-model 1/144th kits?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: raafif on December 01, 2012, 04:05:35 AM
from a Hyperscale post ......

outrageous build contests?
blind build ... one guy is blind-folded (no knifes) and another tells him what to do.
One guy's wife was his "guide", and he got his model built, but there were some contestants that dropped out mid-build, very frustrated. Usually you have a "6-Hour build", where the model has to be built in 6 hours (obviously), but with a twist like selecting a model to build, and then being told to pass your chosen kit 2 people to the left, and you get whatever the person 2 seats to your right chose. Lots of colourful language, but really fun too.

One club used to do "Parts Box Wars". A bunch would bring in their spare parts and dump them out on a table. The participants would divide up into teams and a subject would be given such as "beach defense breaching" or "the ultimate pizza delivery machine" and everyone had two hours to build it from whatever they could find. At the end each team had to present their creation and explain how it worked.
I'm sure we can have fun with ideas such as these too :)

My ideas ....
Panic !! -- any training, 2nd/3rd-line or civil aircraft pressed into combat in emergency.

Multi-seaters -- any single-seater converted into a 2- or 3- (or more) seater -- scale-o-ramas or stretches.  And not just aircraft either -- it can include F1 racecars -- yes, I have seen a real 2-seat F1 car.

VTOL -- anything vertical-take-off -- "Stock" class (modified helicopters, Harriers etc) & "Whif" (total whif or so heavily modified as to be a UFO).

Rocket power -- anything powered by rocket or pulse jet (excludes missiles & real space-rockets).
(http://www.wargamer.com/Hosted/Panzer/smc2012/images/IMG_6881.jpg)


---- discuss, argue, berate, exhort, cuss, curse, condemn ...... encourage ....

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 01, 2012, 06:09:30 AM
Panic !! -- any training, 2nd/3rd-line or civil aircraft, land vehicle or boat pressed into combat in emergency.

I think this one is definitely worth consideration. It crosses many areas of interest as well as eras. Should encourage participation.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 01, 2012, 06:11:33 AM
I am going to put up a poll for GBs for the first half of next year this week end, so if you have any new ideas or want to push for some existing deas, please do so now.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 02, 2012, 10:55:51 AM
Folks, in preparation of a new GB Poll going up, here is a summary of the ideas I am looking at including in the poll.  This will save you scrolling back through this thread trying to find the various ideas.  If anyone wants to elaborate on any idea, please do so.  All I have done is cut and paste ideas.

Ideas so far:

A Profile build - Either a physical model based on an existing profile, or a new profile based on an existing profile or a story based upon either.

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Balkanised Group Build? A country that splits up or is never unified in the first place. A non-united China is a shoe-in for this. Or maybe a secessionist state of Texas? Transvaal etc. instead of South Africa?

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Maybe "Swap the role": big bomber scale-o-ramed into fighter, fighter into strategic bomber, civilian into military, military into civilian etc.

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"Vive la résistance!".  As to what this will include is quite open.  For instance, it could include French Revolution (and all derivatives/extrapolations of...either way), Soviet/communist revolution, maybe even go anarchist like jcf and do "occupy what-if"  or just about anything...one might eene think of it as a revolution against certain elements...

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"The ISR GB" (ISR = Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) which should cover all aspects of sneaking, peeking, and tactical voyeurism.

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Racing Theme - e.g. Reno racers, F1 cars etc  It could be Reno style racers: race cars; racing tanks; racing submarines; racing B-36s or even racing airships...

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Drop Tank GB - need I say more?

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Space & Scifi

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Extended April Fools GB - the one this year was a great success despite being rushed.

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A whiffer's Tiger Meet

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Beyond '46 GB

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Commercial/Civilian GB

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How about a 'How the Other Half Live' GB, where we swap specialities:
The Profilers have to down Mouses (Mice?) and glue something together, and the Plastic Bashers have to put together some convincing profiles?

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Bent/unbent or extended wing GB

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How about a "Show us your uglies" GB where you either post models (of all forms) that you either consider ugly by design or execution.  Perfection certainly not required here.

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Punked! GB  A GB for Steam & Diesel punk.

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"Alter-Ego"...... as in taking your favourite aircraft/tank/ship from your favourite videogame (I talked about simulation, but hey, nothing against the likes of Ace Combat, Airforce Delta, HAWX, or Lethal Skies), taking your favourite ordnance configuration- F-117 with AIM-9Ms and employed as a night fighter of sort, navalized F-22 with laser-guided AGM-65s, Su-27 with a full-wing load of R-33s, F-15C armed with AIM-54s, militarized X-32...... ideally one that you use/see in the games but never saw in real life, but ultimately anything goes.

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 Pist'n Broke GB. Designs created in a drunken fit by chief designers down on their cash and luck. These would be builds that no-one in their right mind would actually make unless they were tanked and skint; i.e. Handley Page in 1939 mating the wings of an 0/400, the fuselage of a Hampden, 4 pusher RR Merlins and underwing stowage for 6 torpedoes in desperate attempt to fill an Air Ministry request for a martime patrol aircraft. Or Ferrari fitting a Fiat 500 body on a chopped P40 chassis and drive train with '50s style chrome wings and trim to capture the US market.

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Dyslexic GB or Its all Base over Apex GB. Builds that are made where "someone" stuffs up a dimension, 3 view drawing or layout. Like putting the wings on a 747 on upside down, so you get 4 upper surface blowing engines. Or Kamov sticking the rotors on the bottom of the chopper.

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GB of Navy A/C in Air Force markings and Air Force A/C in Navy markings?

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Desert warfare. All ages,and all categories.

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Okay, here's an idea: take an iconic and influential plane/tank/ship/car/whatever, remove it from history, then make a model that's based on the consequences.

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Anachronisms: generalized Old Battles with New Weapons.

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where the design concept integration went amuck......

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The Fear and Trepidation GB:  in other words, a GB for those aspects of the hobby you are scared of (for whatever reason).  It could be doing a Vacuform kit or perhaps a resin one.  Maybe it is doing a figurine?  Or doing a profile?  Or writing a backstory?  Maybe it is doing a diorama or trying to model water?  Whatever the fear, why not use this GB as an excuse to move out of your comfort zone and finally conquer that fear.  You know it deserves it!

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All Things Floaty GB?

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 "Board's Choice". Wherein one lists several build proposals, and the rest of the board decides what you do...

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World War in the '20s/'30s.

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SJGR = Shit Just Got Real GB/WTSHTF = When The Shit Hits The Fan GB/WTBGU = When The Balloon Goes Up GB

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The STRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEETCH GB.

So the idea is this: take any vehicle (floating, flying or rolling) and turn it into a means of luxury transport for people who's taste is inversely proportional to their bank balance, the only stipulation being that this modification MUST include a significant increase in the vehicle's length.

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 The Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda GB.  In other words, this would be a GB where you take a standard selection decision and instead look at what the alternatives were.  For instance, instead of RAAF F/A-18s you have RAAF F-16s or F-15s or Mirage 2000s or...

This could be done for aircraft, land platforms, ships or even civilian systems (e.g. Police cars).

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"It Came from the Scrap Pile" GB.

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Pop Culture Group Build? (Things from movies, TV--even cartoons and Japanese anime and Macross--and books.)

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 "Make it Bright" GB with lots of bright schemes or similar?

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aerobatic teams group build

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 Next 100 yrs GB?  In other words develop models/profiles/stories set around 100yrs in the future.

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Panic !! -- any training, 2nd/3rd-line or civil aircraft pressed into combat in emergency.

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Multi-seaters -- any single-seater converted into a 2- or 3- (or more) seater -- scale-o-ramas or stretches.  And not just aircraft either -- it can include F1 racecars -- yes, I have seen a real 2-seat F1 car.

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VTOL -- anything vertical-take-off -- "Stock" class (modified helicopters, Harriers etc) & "Whif" (total whif or so heavily modified as to be a UFO).

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Rocket power -- anything powered by rocket or pulse jet (excludes missiles & real space-rockets).
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 02, 2012, 11:00:24 AM
SJGR = Shit Just Got Real GB ----------- WTSHTF = When The Shit Hits The Fan GB ----------- WTBGU = When The Balloon Goes Up GB

These should all be just one group build proposal instead of three separate group builds since they pretty much imply the same thing.   

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 02, 2012, 11:03:24 AM
SJGR = Shit Just Got Real GB ----------- WTSHTF = When The Shit Hits The Fan GB ----------- WTBGU = When The Balloon Goes Up GB

These should all be just one group build proposal instead of three separate group builds since they pretty much imply the same thing.

Modified
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Daryl J. on December 02, 2012, 11:34:33 AM
 Is that a naked hippie behind the pulse jet sled??!?  :o :o ;D ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on December 02, 2012, 11:40:04 AM
Navalized?  Any land-based aircraft converted to a water-based (whether carrier-borne, equipped with floats, or whatever) aircraft.  Conceivably, this could be extended to other vehicles, too, such as AFVs equipped with flotation gear of whatever kind or even converted to ford shallow water submerged.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 02, 2012, 11:47:46 AM
Navalized?  Any land-based aircraft converted to a water-based (whether carrier-borne, equipped with floats, or whatever) aircraft.  Conceivably, this could be extended to other vehicles, too, such as AFVs equipped with flotation gear of whatever kind or even converted to ford shallow water submerged.

I think this would be covered by the "All Things Floaty GB?"
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on December 02, 2012, 12:26:26 PM
"Vive La Resistance!" reminds me of a project done way back when in college, a "Jagd-Chevy".  A '57 Chevy with welded-on armor and suitable guns was created to fight an "invader" and crewed by members of disparate resistance groups united solely by their hatred of the invader.  This particular tank was crewed by a mix of Klansmen and Black Panthers.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Diamondback on December 02, 2012, 12:43:41 PM
Stupid question... is Jake Grafton's A-6 from Flight of the Intruder really a Pop Culture GB or a WHIF, since all they changed from a line A-6 for filming was the names under the canopy?

And re the phrase "Tactical Voyeurism", my tall curvy naughty redhead girlfriend got a laugh out of that one...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on December 02, 2012, 01:25:27 PM
Folks, in preparation of a new GB Poll going up, here is a summary of the ideas I am looking at including in the poll.  This will save you scrolling back through this thread trying to find the various ideas.  If anyone wants to elaborate on any idea, please do so.  All I have done is cut and paste ideas.

 Pist'n Broke GB. Designs created in a drunken fit by chief designers down on their cash and luck. These would be builds that no-one in their right mind would actually make unless they were tanked and skint; i.e. Handley Page in 1939 mating the wings of an 0/400, the fuselage of a Hampden, 4 pusher RR Merlins and underwing stowage for 6 torpedoes in desperate attempt to fill an Air Ministry request for a martime patrol aircraft. Or Ferrari fitting a Fiat 500 body on a chopped P40 chassis and drive train with '50s style chrome wings and trim to capture the US market.
[

This be a Slowy Jet kind of build ?
It flys - it works - but has wrong mix of components to be very useful.
Like profile someone did with F-14 front on A-10.  Can deliver ordnance (or attempt to) but has wrong mix of components for both F-14 and A-10 type missions.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: arkon on December 02, 2012, 01:45:46 PM
drop tanks-air sea or land
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on December 02, 2012, 03:05:55 PM
Navalized?  Any land-based aircraft converted to a water-based (whether carrier-borne, equipped with floats, or whatever) aircraft.  Conceivably, this could be extended to other vehicles, too, such as AFVs equipped with flotation gear of whatever kind or even converted to ford shallow water submerged.

I think this would be covered by the "All Things Floaty GB?"
Works for me.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on December 02, 2012, 03:09:08 PM
Folks, in preparation of a new GB Poll going up, here is a summary of the ideas I am looking at including in the poll.  This will save you scrolling back through this thread trying to find the various ideas.  If anyone wants to elaborate on any idea, please do so.  All I have done is cut and paste ideas.

 Pist'n Broke GB. Designs created in a drunken fit by chief designers down on their cash and luck. These would be builds that no-one in their right mind would actually make unless they were tanked and skint; i.e. Handley Page in 1939 mating the wings of an 0/400, the fuselage of a Hampden, 4 pusher RR Merlins and underwing stowage for 6 torpedoes in desperate attempt to fill an Air Ministry request for a martime patrol aircraft. Or Ferrari fitting a Fiat 500 body on a chopped P40 chassis and drive train with '50s style chrome wings and trim to capture the US market.
[

This be a Slowy Jet kind of build ?
It flys - it works - but has wrong mix of components to be very useful.
Like profile someone did with F-14 front on A-10.  Can deliver ordnance (or attempt to) but has wrong mix of components for both F-14 and A-10 type missions.
Well, blending the A-10B and a F-14 radar (though with a radome shaped for the expected speed range) could yield a modern version of the "Missileer".  It's a concept I've doodled on.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Logan Hartke on December 02, 2012, 03:15:24 PM
That was GTX's profile from the A-10 thread.  Same "fast" radome, though, and no missiles slung.

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e68/GTwiner/More%20Creations/A14.jpg)

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on December 02, 2012, 04:58:24 PM
Do like how that looks correctly incorrect.
An F-1014 ?

Did enemy agents add something to drinking water that causes macro configuration halucinations without affecting systems integration and functions ?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on January 29, 2013, 10:22:17 AM
It's always struck me as a bit of a shame that trainers are only considered "interesting" once they're painted with cammo and hung with ordnance, so how about:

The Teacher's Pet Ride GB (aka Trainers-Are-For-Training)

Build a whiff aircraft, ground vehicle or ship whose purpose and current role is training and whose colour scheme and equipment reflect this. Any armament should be for target practice purposes ONLY, not for actual live combat.

Some ideas:

1. Real aircraft, real air force that really uses it, but alternative colour scheme. Examples:

USAF T-38 in RAF-style gloss black
RAF Hawk in orange and green


2. Real aircraft in service with a real air force who don't really use it. Examples:

Armee de l'Air T-38
Brazilian Gnat
Canadian Jet Provost
USAF Tucano


3. Real aircraft in service with a fictional air force. Examples:

L-39 Albatross in Backofbeyondistan colours
Yak-18 in People's Republic of Greater Manchester colours


4. Fictional trainer version of real aircraft. Examples:

Tandem-seat Hunter T.7
Side-by-side Mirage IIIB
2-seat Skyray
Sea Vixen trainer with Vampire T.11 canopy


5. Completely fictional aircraft.


6. Training version of ground vehicle. Examples:

Driver training version of any tank or tracked vehicle that didn't actually have one. Turret replaced by glass box for instructor, fitted with ballast weights and fake gun barrel.

M1 Abrams tank on a firing range in 2050: painted bright orange with laser-holes in the side.


7. Fictional cadet or pilot training conversion of an existing ship. Examples:

Arleigh Burke class destroyer with all weapons except the 5" removed and extra accomodation blocks instead of the VLS and hangar.

Any container ship converted to a helicopter training ship along the lines of the RFA Argus.





Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on January 31, 2013, 02:05:04 PM
Weaver - thanks for your ideas list.

#5 - BTS folks are good at that !
#6 - Abrams with all systems except main gun is replaced with 30-06 for inexpensive practice rounds.  To small - use a 37mm like from Stuart tank.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 03, 2013, 02:46:55 PM
An idea inspired by recent personal events:  The Disaster GB or Disaster Recovery GB.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 03, 2013, 02:48:25 PM
Quote
The Teacher's Pet Ride GB (aka Trainers-Are-For-Training)

I have a lot of ideas for this.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 05, 2013, 02:28:22 AM
One especially for Brian:  The Spat it GB.  Take whatever platform (tanks etc included) and give it spats! 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on February 05, 2013, 03:34:16 AM
One especially for Brian:  The Spat it GB.  Take whatever platform (tanks etc included) and give it spats!

Love it. It also a chance to get the 20's and 30's and diesel punk included.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on February 05, 2013, 07:28:29 AM
One especially for Brian:  The Spat it GB.  Take whatever platform (tanks etc included) and give it spats!

This is one GB idea I wholeheartedly support!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on February 05, 2013, 08:41:47 AM
... or just use a spat:

(http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/ww291/joncarrfarrelly/GEE-BEE_INDY_01.jpg)

 ;D  :icon_fsm:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on February 05, 2013, 08:45:59 PM
One especially for Brian:  The Spat it GB.  Take whatever platform (tanks etc included) and give it spats!

This is one GB idea I wholeheartedly support!

Brian da Basher


Of course it is: you already had a "Spat My Ride" GB  on What If Modellers!  ;D

If I remember correctly, someone proposed an "Unspat My Ride" GB by way of balance - seemed like a fine idea to me.... >:D ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on February 23, 2013, 04:14:33 PM
OOB Painting Challenge:

Take any kit and (here is the challenge for most whiffers) It must be built OOB completely "Blue canopy of death" is acceptable. The scheme is the challenge: creative, well done, brilliant colors etc.  I think it could help builds come together quickly and could net interesting results with the painting and finishing being the main goal.

Thoughts? concerns? I know I get bogged down in extra detailing, and additions, and I think this could be interesting and also encourage a lot of participants.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on February 23, 2013, 05:03:03 PM
OOB Painting Challenge:

Take any kit and (here is the challenge for most whiffers) It must be built OOB completely "Blue canopy of death" is acceptable. The scheme is the challenge: creative, well done, brilliant colors etc.  I think it could help builds come together quickly and could net interesting results with the painting and finishing being the main goal.

Thoughts? concerns? I know I get bogged down in extra detailing, and additions, and I think this could be interesting and also encourage a lot of participants.

What first comes to mind is two profiles posted on BTS.  SU-15 in USAF ADC colors-markings.  Avro Lincoln in USAF SAC colors-markings.
Plenty of other fine alternate service or country profiles here too.
How about a SR-71 in USPS Special Delivery markings ?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Diamondback on February 23, 2013, 05:07:04 PM
If I've already suggested this, please disregard, but...

Since that time is approaching, why not an annual Easter Egg-plane Group Build? I'm ineligible, since I already have about half the line in my go-box I'm working on...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 24, 2013, 03:51:44 AM
OOB Painting Challenge:

Take any kit and (here is the challenge for most whiffers) It must be built OOB completely "Blue canopy of death" is acceptable. The scheme is the challenge: creative, well done, brilliant colors etc.  I think it could help builds come together quickly and could net interesting results with the painting and finishing being the main goal.

Thoughts? concerns? I know I get bogged down in extra detailing, and additions, and I think this could be interesting and also encourage a lot of participants.

One concern:  How would profilers/story writers participate?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 24, 2013, 03:53:42 AM
If I've already suggested this, please disregard, but...

Since that time is approaching, why not an annual Easter Egg-plane Group Build? I'm ineligible, since I already have about half the line in my go-box I'm working on...

Might be a tad tight.  Maybe it will get up (in time) next year.  Maybe we also expand to a wider Easter theme as well.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on February 24, 2013, 04:50:48 AM
OOB Painting Challenge:

Take any kit and (here is the challenge for most whiffers) It must be built OOB completely "Blue canopy of death" is acceptable. The scheme is the challenge: creative, well done, brilliant colors etc.  I think it could help builds come together quickly and could net interesting results with the painting and finishing being the main goal.

Thoughts? concerns? I know I get bogged down in extra detailing, and additions, and I think this could be interesting and also encourage a lot of participants.

One concern:  How would profilers/story writers participate?

So for the profilers, have them take any subject but simply present it in an alternate scheme.

Same for the story writers. Have their stories revolve around a R/W subject in alt. colors.

After my experience turning the HobbyBoss Hellcat into a Sandcat, I find this idea appealing.

Brian da Basher
Fond User of Blue Canopies of Death
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on February 24, 2013, 06:23:56 AM
OOB Painting Challenge:

Take any kit and (here is the challenge for most whiffers) It must be built OOB completely "Blue canopy of death" is acceptable. The scheme is the challenge: creative, well done, brilliant colors etc.  I think it could help builds come together quickly and could net interesting results with the painting and finishing being the main goal.

Thoughts? concerns? I know I get bogged down in extra detailing, and additions, and I think this could be interesting and also encourage a lot of participants.


One concern:  How would profilers/story writers participate?


I don't think profilers would have too hard a time, since they tend to get RW stuff and redress it. writers? Thats a good question I don't have an answer for. This would primarily be for the visual medium.

I think it could be great in terms of creating not just the obvious "cross dressing schemes" (radish joke in there) of say a MiG in operational US markings, but other ideas like the SR-71 UPS scheme mentioned or even just plain off the wall stuff:

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8r8oiK6uC1rcaxl6o1_500.jpg)

(http://www.clavework-graphics.co.uk/aircraft/fantasy_4/F330_Bf110C_Gulf.jpg)

(http://images.vg247.com/current//2011/10/36840ACAH_DLC_F-14D_HP_06.jpg)

(http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/237/b/1/f_14_tomcat__rapture_squadron__colors_by_kylefalconkpd-d5cg7k0.jpg)

Just the idea that the scheme is the star of the show, and the sky is the limit, imagination run wild.  :)

If I've already suggested this, please disregard, but...

Since that time is approaching, why not an annual Easter Egg-plane Group Build? I'm ineligible, since I already have about half the line in my go-box I'm working on...


Might be a tad tight.  Maybe it will get up (in time) next year.  Maybe we also expand to a wider Easter theme as well.


DB, I do have egg ideas for if and when this happens  :) just sayin count me in.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 24, 2013, 06:27:34 AM
Fair enough guys.  I will include it in the list for the next round of GBs.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Diamondback on February 24, 2013, 06:58:55 AM
For the record, I was thinking an Eggplane GB could be "Anything Goes", whether WHIF or Straight from the Box, to expand the options. The design's already a bit WHIFfy anyway... :D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: father ennis on February 24, 2013, 09:25:31 AM
I think that 110 would look a lot better in BP not  Gulf markings.    :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Dr. YoKai on September 05, 2013, 05:42:20 AM
I think that 110 would look a lot better in BP not  Gulf markings.    :)

 yeah, but it'd leak all over the place....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on September 22, 2013, 07:41:25 AM
Some years ago our very demigod GTX suggested a GB titled Create your own fighter (or similar) Why not resurrecting this idea?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: perttime on September 22, 2013, 03:59:57 PM
Create your own fighter (or similar)
Does that mean that you have to design a new type, maybe combining existing features, and not "just" paint s real world type in "wrong" colors?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 24, 2013, 02:30:46 AM
Idea for consideration:  "Let's go nuclear!" GB

This could include platforms with nuclear weapons or things powered by nuclear power (including tanks, planes, ships, spacecraft etc...)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 24, 2013, 02:31:22 AM
Some years ago our very demigod GTX suggested a GB titled Create your own fighter (or similar) Why not resurrecting this idea?

We could but it does become very hard to do for many people.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Diamondback on November 24, 2013, 02:38:03 AM
Idea for consideration:  "Let's go nuclear!" GB

This could include platforms with nuclear weapons or things powered by nuclear power (including tanks, planes, ships, spacecraft etc...)
Well, that monster my old prof and I hatched WAS designed to ultimately pack a fusion reactor as electrical needs grew for things like new sensors, cloaking device, etc....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on November 24, 2013, 10:10:20 AM
Idea for consideration:  "Let's go nuclear!" GB

This could include platforms with nuclear weapons or things powered by nuclear power (including tanks, planes, ships, spacecraft etc...)

Perfect opportunity to start lopping funnels off various ships to develop nuc versions i.e. Bainbridge and Truxtun.  Maybe a euro equivalent?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Cliffy B on November 24, 2013, 10:30:04 AM
Give me an excuse to finally build my version of a 1990's CSGN; I'm game  8)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Logan Hartke on November 24, 2013, 10:34:10 AM
I could at least contribute a B-51 to a nuclear weapons/power GB.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 24, 2013, 10:44:55 AM
One of the aspects I like is that it would allow all those Atoms for Peace ideas to be considered.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on December 06, 2013, 10:17:30 AM
"Let's Go Nuclear" could also include non-nuclear nations armed with nuclear weapons.

Australia & New Zealand spring to mind.
(ANZMAD - Australia & New Zealand Mutually Assured Destruction - especially after an All Blacks/Wallabies rugby match. ;D )

:)

Guy
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: nils on December 07, 2013, 10:28:08 PM
ive been playing with the idea for a Euro'41 GB.

the idea is simple, a lot of US/GB allies bought equipment in preperation of the oncoming blitzkrieg..
but many of those aircraft were not able to be delivered in time (for example, Dutch Fokker D-XXIII, more Fokker G.1's and Douglas DB-8's, Belgian Brewster B339's and Douglas DB-7's, French Spitfire's,......)

i think it would make a nice GB subject  8)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 09, 2013, 03:35:33 AM
Vote now (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=3869.0)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on December 20, 2013, 11:43:36 AM
 know that there is an unarmed GB but what about a more specific Civil GB os NonMilitary GB?

For the next voting, of course.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 21, 2013, 03:15:52 AM
know that there is an unarmed GB but what about a more specific Civil GB os NonMilitary GB?

For the next voting, of course.

I see them as the same thing
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Daryl J. on December 23, 2013, 04:56:28 AM
Snoops, sensors, spies, etc......includes recce aircraft?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 23, 2013, 04:57:31 AM
Snoops, sensors, spies, etc......includes recce aircraft?

I would think so…under the "Snoop" or "Spies" category.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on January 01, 2014, 09:03:41 AM
I really wish I had thought of this earlier, the Soviet 1991 August coup succeeds, i.e. they arrest Yeltsin as originally planned, and the cold war heats up and then continues for another decade or so.

For example:
F-22, Typhoon, Rafale etc. proceed to their original schedules, enter service in the mid to late 90s and are mass produced
A-12 and other advanced platforms are not cancelled (no F/A-18E/F/G)
MV-22 is pushed into service earlier
AAAV (EFV) is deployed.
140mm NATO tank guns
Mass production of Seawolf SSNs

Basically no peace dividend, no massive cut back in defence spending or delay / cancelation of projects until a decade or more later.  Lots of the fanciful and real stuff on both sides is built and replacement projects started.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 03, 2014, 01:49:22 AM
I really wish I had thought of this earlier, the Soviet 1991 August coup succeeds, i.e. they arrest Yeltsin as originally planned, and the cold war heats up and then continues for another decade or so.

For example:
F-22, Typhoon, Rafale etc. proceed to their original schedules, enter service in the mid to late 90s and are mass produced
A-12 and other advanced platforms are not cancelled (no F/A-18E/F/G)
MV-22 is pushed into service earlier
AAAV (EFV) is deployed.
140mm NATO tank guns
Mass production of Seawolf SSNs

Basically no peace dividend, no massive cut back in defence spending or delay / cancelation of projects until a decade or more later.  Lots of the fanciful and real stuff on both sides is built and replacement projects started.

Cool Idea, just need a catchy title  :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on February 16, 2014, 02:00:01 PM
I could at least contribute a B-51 to a nuclear weapons/power GB.

Cheers,

Logan

Is it 1/72 vacuform ?
One of them is in stash.
Been long time waiting for injected kit that likely will never be.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Logan Hartke on February 16, 2014, 03:07:01 PM
Sorry, I only work in pixels.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on February 21, 2014, 04:27:35 PM
Is there a 2014 GB calendar ?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 22, 2014, 03:28:21 AM
Is there a 2014 GB calendar ?


Yes - here (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=4145.msg65549#msg65549)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Litvyak on February 22, 2014, 12:11:19 PM
I love the 'extended Cold War' idea!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on March 26, 2016, 01:54:05 PM
Can we begin Ideas recollection for 2017 in this thread? Will GTX open other?

Well in 2017 we will conmemorate 100 years of Soviet Revolution. So, a Red Star Soviet GB is mandatory IMHO.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 27, 2016, 03:36:05 AM
Can we begin Ideas recollection for 2017 in this thread?

Yes, you can.

Will GTX open other?

No he won't.

Well in 2017 we will conmemorate 100 years of Soviet Revolution. So, a Red Star Soviet GB is mandatory IMHO.

Good suggestion. :)
Title: 2017 Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds 2017
Post by: ysi_maniac on March 27, 2016, 04:18:03 AM
OK. People for a Soviet GB in 2017?
 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: 2017 Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds 2017
Post by: finsrin on March 27, 2016, 11:17:59 AM
OK. People for a Soviet GB in 2017?
 8) 8) 8)
YES....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on May 28, 2016, 06:25:13 AM
What about a Medical GB? I mean, Red Cross, MedEvac, Ambulances, ...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 28, 2016, 06:28:16 AM
What about a Medical GB? I mean, Red Cross, MedEvac, Ambulances, ...


Ah, an excuse to do this:

(http://serenity.popapostle.com/images/episodes/Ariel/air-ambulance.JPG)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on May 28, 2016, 06:40:31 PM
CSAR platforms?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: LemonJello on May 28, 2016, 07:55:38 PM
Tie all the Medical/CSAR/SAR types into an all inclusive "Rescue Me" Group Build?  That would make for a larger pool of ideas/concepts and include our civilian- and military-focused membership.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on May 28, 2016, 08:09:50 PM
(http://images.zap2it.com/assets/p185052_l_h6_aa/rescue-me.jpg)
Title: Group Build based on Part count or Hours
Post by: The Big Gimper on June 10, 2016, 07:08:48 PM
Brian et al:

I am having a great time building my very basic Revell P-26A. With the addition of my add-ons, my part count is around 25. And your Stanislavsk St-1 build Brian prompted this idea:

So how about a future GB based on the part count for physical models and number of hours for drawing or profile. It would have to be on the honour system (can we trust ourselves?). So we have categories based on part count or hours.

Thoughts? Great idea or WTF?

Carl
Title: Re: Group Build based on Part count or Hours
Post by: Brian da Basher on June 10, 2016, 10:54:18 PM
I really like this idea! We could call it the Short Shift GB.

One neat aspect about building a model with few parts is that it takes you back to how you may have built models when you were young, before things got so complicated. Perhaps the profile artists might appreciate being given license to take a similar approach.

Brian da Basher

Title: Re: Group Build based on Part count or Hours
Post by: jcf on June 11, 2016, 04:11:34 AM
I guess my Jimmy Flintstone 1/25 Goldenrod LSR car would qualify, it has all of 15 parts.  ;D
Title: Re: Group Build based on Part count or Hours
Post by: The Big Gimper on June 11, 2016, 06:06:24 AM
I guess my Jimmy Flintstone 1/25 Goldenrod LSR car would qualify, it has all of 15 parts.  ;D

We have a winner!!!
Title: Re: Group Build based on Part count or Hours
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 11, 2016, 06:13:02 AM
Some resin kits will easily win on parts count (low quantity that is) - I have a couple that may only have 5 - 6 parts in total.
Title: Re: Group Build based on Part count or Hours
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on June 11, 2016, 09:00:45 AM
Some resin kits will easily win on parts count (low quantity that is) - I have a couple that may only have 5 - 6 parts in total.
So true.  Good example was the $20.00 resin 1:48th scale A-3 Skywarrior I purchased years ago.  It had a one piece fuselage, two wings, two horizontal tail pieces, two engines and a cavity where the cockpit was supposed to go.  So a total of seven parts and your imagination to create something from it.  So glad I got rid of that kit. :)
Title: Re: Group Build based on Part count or Hours
Post by: The Big Gimper on June 11, 2016, 10:35:13 AM
So here is what I was thinking.

There will be the usual high level categories: Physical Models, Pixels/Profiles and Stories but for each of these, we will have sub-categories which are separated up by part numbers or hours.

Using the Physical Models as an example, we could have the following categories:

1-50 part count
51-100 part count
101-200 part count
201-500 part count
501- unlimited part count. IE the 1/35 Hobby Boss M1070 Truck Tractor & M1000 Heavy Equipment Transporter Semi-trailer which has 1,690+.  :icon_crap:

Parts is a sum of the base kit and any add-ons provided by the builder. Honestly is key here.

Now I must expose my ignorance on the time to required to complete a drawing or profile. We could ask one of the profilers for some examples of time. IE 1-10 hours, 11-20 and so on.

As an incentive to get more participants, I will be wiling to donate a prize kit/book or two.

Wah-du-ya-think?
Title: Re: Group Build based on Part count or Hours
Post by: taiidantomcat on June 11, 2016, 10:40:41 AM
I have been wanting to do a 48 hour Tomcat, and (eventually do one in 24 hour) Tomcat forever. I just haven't found a free weekend to attempt it.  :icon_crap:

But I like the idea for sure. time is my scarcest commodity. Lots of kits, and good on money. No damn time though I feel like this guy:

(https://writejenwrite.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/timeenough.jpg)

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on September 26, 2016, 10:37:54 AM
International GB  ---  Identifiable not minor finishing pieces are from kits of at least two different nations.
Random examples:

> Panzer running gear on Sherman hull with Cromwell turret
> Stirling bomber with B-29 wings.
> Hood with Bismarck turrets and bridge superstructure.

To obtain desired results, build could happen to also be scaleorama which does not matter.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on October 12, 2016, 01:35:21 AM
International GB  ---  Identifiable not minor finishing pieces are from kits of at least two different nations.
Random examples:

> Panzer running gear on Sherman hull with Cromwell turret
> Stirling bomber with B-29 wings.
> Hood with Bismarck turrets and bridge superstructure.

To obtain desired results, build could happen to also be scaleorama which does not matter.

I like that!!

I had a thought about "start to finish" where you basically show the whole process of building a kit or a profile (could be a kind of tutorial?) But basically its from when you start brain storming, or thinking, maybe a rough sketch (even a cocktail napkin) and or plastic fondling before cutting and showing your whiffing/building process or style along the way until its finished.


Could be a neat peak into how everyone does what they do here  :) It would take everyone playing along though, more pictures, more posts/explanations.  Lost track of how many times Ive thought "how'd they do that?!"

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Crbad on October 12, 2016, 10:18:41 AM
How about: Raiders of the Lost Parts / The Monkey Box Build off!
Cobble something together using only donor kits, hanger queens, shelved projects and the spares box.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on October 12, 2016, 06:42:56 PM
International GB  ---  Identifiable not minor finishing pieces are from kits of at least two different nations.
Random examples:

> Panzer running gear on Sherman hull with Cromwell turret
> Stirling bomber with B-29 wings.
> Hood with Bismarck turrets and bridge superstructure.

To obtain desired results, build could happen to also be scaleorama which does not matter.

How about a British light cruiser with USN fire controls and 5" guns as used on a Fletcher class destroyer....oh wait a second ;)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Delhi_%28D47%29
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on October 12, 2016, 06:47:02 PM
Actually considering finally building my Matilda Medium tank, definitely with modified Matilda hull, Churchill turret and if I can source a kit in time, M-3 Lee/Grant running gear.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on October 13, 2016, 09:43:47 AM
International GB: By mixing up some 1/700th kits you could do a Type 42 destroyer with US weapons and sensors.

Mk 13 instead of Sea Dart
5" Mk 45 instead of 4.5" Mk.8
2 x SPG-51 trackers in place of the forward Type 909 and the Type 965
SPS-39 or -52 in place of the aft Type 909
Seasprite helo instead of Lynx
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on October 13, 2016, 09:47:20 AM
International GB: You might imagine a situation where the Shillelagh missile system worked well enough to be exported, so you have an M-60A2 turret on a Leo-1 or Chieftain chassis.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on October 13, 2016, 08:15:11 PM
International GB: By mixing up some 1/700th kits you could do a Type 42 destroyer with US weapons and sensors.

Mk 13 instead of Sea Dart
5" Mk 45 instead of 4.5" Mk.8
2 x SPG-51 trackers in place of the forward Type 909 and the Type 965
SPS-39 or -52 in place of the aft Type 909
Seasprite helo instead of Lynx

Already got one of them but stuffed the paint job.  Its a MLU RAN DDL replacement with an enlarged hanger and a CEAFAR radar mast as well as the Mk-13 and Mk-45.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on November 06, 2016, 04:02:08 AM
How about a drone/UAV/unmanned whatever GB?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 06, 2016, 04:05:19 AM
How about a drone/UAV/unmanned whatever GB?

 :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: arkon on November 11, 2016, 10:07:33 AM
Saw this idea in a car group- year of birth builds.
Meaning the year you were born , pick a subject and build it.  I realize this is much harder in a group with wide interests and real world vs whiff might be hard to prove and futuristic stuff just gies right out the window. But I think it still might have some merit.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 27, 2016, 04:40:36 AM
Some old ideas brought back from the dead + some new ones:


What other ideas do you have>

 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on November 27, 2016, 05:45:29 AM
So many to choose from and all very good themes!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on November 27, 2016, 08:00:40 AM
I do like the swingers GB ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 27, 2016, 08:03:44 AM
I do like the swingers GB ;)

Down boy!! >:(
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on November 27, 2016, 08:09:06 AM
IT could just be anything with variable geometry wings, or alternatively anything crewed by SAC if the rumours are true.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Feldmarschall Zod on November 27, 2016, 08:22:16 AM
Winter wonderland. Anything used during winter warfare. Has to have some sort of white camo on it.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on November 27, 2016, 08:31:30 AM
How about exploration and pioneering GB?  Civil and military expeditions into the unknown over the centuries or even into the future (space, deep ocean, subterranean etc.)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on November 27, 2016, 08:45:54 AM
Some old ideas brought back from the dead + some new ones:

  • "Vive la résistance!" GB  - e.g. French Revolution (and all derivatives/extrapolations of...either way), Soviet/communist revolution, etc etc - also inspired by the Russian Revolution of 1917 (some 100yrs ago once we are in 2017)
  • Saab Viggen GB - given the first flight of the iconic Saab Viggen occurred in 1967, some 50 years ago (once we are in 2017)
  • Boeing 737 GB - given the first flight of the Boeing 737 occurred in 1967, some 50 years ago (once we are in 2017)
  • F-111 GB or even a wider Swing Wings GB - given the F-111 first entered operational service in 1967 and the MiG-23 first flew, some 50 years ago (once we are in 2017)
  • 6 day (just to be different from 1 week...though a 1 day extension might be allowed) GB - inspired by it being the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war

What other ideas do you have>

Any plane/ship/armor/vehicle which was first flown/floated/sunk/driven or special anniversary in a year which has a 7 in it.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 04, 2016, 05:32:42 AM
Keep the ideas coming folks - I aim to set up a poll in the next few weeks.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Crbad on December 20, 2016, 02:00:29 AM
After looking around the forum, I see WW2 space fighters, a tank with fins and a flying saucer made from...Saucers. Maybe a retro futuristic group build is in order?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 20, 2016, 03:02:39 AM
Added to the list!

Folks,

Please submit your other ideas!!! >:(
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 20, 2016, 05:21:34 AM
A lot of 50ths in there! A lot was going on in 1967.

 O0 We are Already "Go" for the 100th Anniversary of the USSR right?   O0
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 20, 2016, 05:28:56 AM
O0 We are Already "Go" for the 100th Anniversary of the USSR right?   O0

damn fine suggestion - might expand to "All things Soviet"
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 20, 2016, 05:56:15 PM
looking at my stash I think we need a all things Floaty GB again.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 20, 2016, 05:57:08 PM
Damn, I know I should have ordered that Kirov that was on sale at BNA!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: LemonJello on December 20, 2016, 09:25:53 PM
I like the Exploration/Pioneering and Retro-Futuristic GB ideas a lot.

Oddly, I don't have any ideas of my own to offer, but I'll keep pondering...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kitnut617 on December 20, 2016, 09:57:12 PM
O0 We are Already "Go" for the 100th Anniversary of the USSR right?   O0

damn fine suggestion - might expand to "All things Soviet"
The What-If Forum is running one too
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 20, 2016, 11:45:48 PM
O0 We are Already "Go" for the 100th Anniversary of the USSR right?   O0

damn fine suggestion - might expand to "All things Soviet"
The What-If Forum is running one too


Thank's for the head up.

Do we think people would be ok with cross posting here too? Or would it be redundant?

 ???
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 21, 2016, 02:51:04 AM
We can let the people decide (in a poll) comrade...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 21, 2016, 11:26:05 PM
I had the idea of doing a Russian version of every teen fighter, then I realized I almost had already, just the F-15 left which would be easy.

 O0 so I know where one of my votes is going  O0
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 24, 2016, 12:47:17 AM
What about "weird wings" ?? Anything with unconventional wings (stuka, corsair) or FSW (x-29, berkut)or rotors (v-22, v-280, treiebflug) or no wings (f5u flap jack)

It's kind of an open subject, up to the builder/designer to explain or justify what makes the wing "weird"
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 28, 2016, 04:27:50 AM
Added to the list.

Keep the ideas coming folks - I will post a poll in a couple of days.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 28, 2016, 06:10:28 PM
How about a fuggly build, anything so long as it is of something fuggly, i.e. an Elint version of an aircraft with lumps, bumps and antennas everywhere, or an engineering vehicle with various bits and pieces.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on December 28, 2016, 11:46:09 PM
How about a Shorts Seamew OOB! Now that's fuggly!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 29, 2016, 03:31:01 AM
How about a fuggly build, anything so long as it is of something fuggly, i.e. an Elint version of an aircraft with lumps, bumps and antennas everywhere, or an engineering vehicle with various bits and pieces.

Definitely on the list - might merge in with a similar "Sexy Ugly" theme.  Candidates include BV 141s ...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 29, 2016, 06:00:43 AM
A few more ideas:

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Acree on December 29, 2016, 07:27:26 AM
"Down on the Farm" GB - a somewhat more specific (and literal) variant of the "swords to plowshares" idea: anything agricultural - purpose built or converted crop-dusters, tractors and other farm machinery converted from tanks, military vehicles made into farm trucks, etc.  OR, farm machinery converted to emergency military (or anti-zombie) use. 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 30, 2016, 02:23:30 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 30, 2016, 10:25:48 PM
Latest "Motor Magazine" has photos from a car show (SEMA?) included is a shot of a fully pimped armoured car, looks like a ferret.  So how about pimp my ride GB?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 31, 2016, 02:59:17 AM
So how about pimp my ride GB?

Would this only be for automobiles or all platform types?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 31, 2016, 09:05:23 PM
So how about pimp my ride GB?

Would this only be for automobiles or all platform types?

Why not all?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 01, 2017, 03:47:20 AM
Poll is up (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=6930.new;boardseen#new)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Weaver on January 11, 2017, 07:44:55 AM
O0 We are Already "Go" for the 100th Anniversary of the USSR right?   O0

damn fine suggestion - might expand to "All things Soviet"
The What-If Forum is running one too


Thank's for the head up.

Do we think people would be ok with cross posting here too? Or would it be redundant?

 ???

The What If forum's Soviet GB will run from 28jan17 to 30apr17, so if BTS is going to run something similar, I suggest running it in that timeframe so that people can enter the same model in both GBs (increases participation). I'm one of the moderators for that GB by the way.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 11, 2017, 08:42:18 AM
O0 We are Already "Go" for the 100th Anniversary of the USSR right?   O0

damn fine suggestion - might expand to "All things Soviet"
The What-If Forum is running one too


Thank's for the head up.

Do we think people would be ok with cross posting here too? Or would it be redundant?

 ???

The What If forum's Soviet GB will run from 28jan17 to 30apr17, so if BTS is going to run something similar, I suggest running it in that timeframe so that people can enter the same model in both GBs (increases participation). I'm one of the moderators for that GB by the way.

Was actually going to PM you about this since I saw you were a moderator for that  :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on January 11, 2017, 10:07:20 AM
Idea for twist on  "All things Soviet"  is combine with (or separate GB) International GB to have one element be Russian.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 11, 2017, 05:08:54 PM
We may run it then (if it gets up) but let's wait and see.  Another option is to have it linked to the dates of the Russian revolution somehow or maybe even May Day.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on September 09, 2017, 05:21:45 AM
Can I propose a GB titled 'Second Korean War'? Title is self explanatory IMO.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 09, 2017, 05:27:03 AM
By all means.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on September 09, 2017, 08:53:40 PM
Can I propose a GB titled 'Second Korean War'? Title is self explanatory IMO.

Same contenders than first Korean War + Japan, Germany ...

2018-2020 time frame

To everybody. Feel free to contribute.  ;) :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: taiidantomcat on September 15, 2017, 10:30:05 PM
Much more of a narrow Topic but have we done a "Allies '46" build? Ships, tanks, aircraft that would have been used post world war II to include diesel punk stuff set some years ahead of that? I know luft46 is super popular but in this case it would be "good guys" only -- The cool allied designs and concepts. leaving the axis powers out.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 16, 2017, 03:13:12 AM
Sounds interesting.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on September 18, 2017, 01:09:22 PM
Include those not selected from last ballot plus new ideas.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 19, 2017, 03:48:54 AM
Folks,

I will be looking to put up a poll for next year's group builds in the near future.  Now is the time to get in your ideas.

Kind regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 19, 2017, 06:10:14 AM
To kick things off, here are a few from me:

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on November 19, 2017, 02:30:59 PM
Tri-GB
Build includes parts from three or more scales  -or-  parts from three or more countries  -or-  parts from three or more model companies.
Choose one.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on November 20, 2017, 10:29:45 AM
How about not just a clear the bench GB but drag out the oldest occupant of the shelf of doom. Oldest started project gets extra points. I've got one I honestly can't remember when I started it.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Dr. YoKai on November 21, 2017, 04:09:40 AM
I could certainly go for another WW 1 GB. Likewise, the totally absurd sounds tailor-made for the likes of me... ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on November 21, 2017, 05:23:06 AM
How about not just a clear the bench GB but drag out the oldest occupant of the shelf of doom. Oldest started project gets extra points. I've got one I honestly can't remember when I started it.

Have 2010 started kit-bash.  A decent start too.  Take some looking to find it.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on November 21, 2017, 05:28:34 AM
I also have an M151 jeep I started in the early 90's. All it needs is the figure painted and radio antennas added.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Antonio Sobral on November 21, 2017, 06:14:45 AM
A couple of suggestions:
Berlin Brigade GB - Anything with a BB camo scheme.
Stare Wars GB - anything alternative to the SW saga that makes you stare and think...that gizmo reminds me of something!

The Totally Absurd GB surely is a winner!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 26, 2017, 04:01:29 AM
More ideas needed folks.

Here's a few more from me (but don't let me dominate things - you wouldn't like that C:-)):

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on November 26, 2017, 06:49:55 AM
1 week build and 2 weeks extension ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on November 26, 2017, 06:59:38 AM
I ask to resurrect the Anachronistic GB.

BTW What is next GB? ???
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 26, 2017, 09:27:46 AM
1 week build and 2 weeks extension ;)

That's it, we're watching you... ::)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 26, 2017, 09:28:53 AM
BTW What is next GB? ???

Don't have one yet...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on November 28, 2017, 02:52:57 AM
Dassault GB: Any aircraft that can reasonably be assigned to an alternative Marcel Dassault manufacturer.
MiG GB: Any aircraft that can reasonably be assigned to an alternative Mikoyan-Guryevich manufacturer.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 29, 2017, 01:28:36 AM
 :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on November 29, 2017, 05:56:15 AM
Raised lines kit GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on November 29, 2017, 06:50:30 AM
Raised lines kit GB

Raise your hand if you want this.

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on November 29, 2017, 11:54:14 AM
Or one close to my wifes heart, "for gods sake just build and finish something"
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 30, 2017, 02:09:00 AM
Or one close to my wifes heart, "for gods sake just build and finish something"

Also known as the "Clear your workbench" GB...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 03, 2017, 02:56:46 AM
Another suggestion from me:  Airships GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 03, 2017, 04:34:38 AM
Need more ideas/suggestions here folks...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on December 03, 2017, 05:47:29 AM
This is what we have to date in no particular order:

1.   Airships GB. Full of hot air, hydrogen or helium
2.   Clear your workbench GB v1. Procrastinators unite. Tomorrow. 
3.   Clear your workbench GB v2. Drag out the oldest occupant of the shelf of doom. Oldest started project gets extra points. I've got one I honestly can't remember when I started it
4.   NMF GB. All bare metal or equivalent
5.   Boring GB. Paint it grey, make it bland.
6.   Liner GB. Airliners, cruise liners etc
7.   1 week GB. You only have a week to get something out
8.   Berlin Brigade GB. Anything with a BB camo scheme.
9.   Stare Wars GB. Anything alternative to the SW saga that makes you stare and think...that gizmo reminds me of something!
10.   WW 1 GB.
11.   Totally absurd GB. I.e. throw all practicality out the window and just have fun - you want 17 wings on that plane?
12.   Second Korean War GB. 2018-2020 time frame.
13.   Allies '46 GB.
14.   The War to end all Wars GB - in other words a WW1 GB to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice
15.   A revisit to the April Fools GB
16.   The fear and trepidation GB - previously suggested but basically you do something you generally try to avoid (e.g. a resin kit or a vacuform or a figure or even a profile).  The basic idea is to get you out of your comfort zone but with the support of others at the same time
17.   The Arab-Israeli GB - to commemorate 50yrs since the Israeli declaration of independence and the kick off of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war
18.   The Berlin Blockade GB - to commemorate 50 yrs since the start of the Berlin Blockade - this one might also be expanded into a more general "Transport" GB
19.   Tri GB. Build includes parts from three or more scales -or- parts from three or more countries –or - parts from three or more model companies.
20.   Anachronistic GB
21.   Dassault GB: Any aircraft that can reasonably be assigned to an alternative Marcel Dassault manufacturer.
22.   MiG GB: Any aircraft that can reasonably be assigned to an alternative Mikoyan-Guryevich manufacturer.
23.   Raised lines kit GB. Down with recessed lines! Long live raised panel lines!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kitnut617 on December 03, 2017, 05:48:27 AM
You need more suggestions than that Greg, it'll water down the vote too much ---
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 03, 2017, 06:17:49 AM
My only real concern is that most of the ideas come from myself - I don't want to be seen as controlling things too much... ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on December 03, 2017, 10:43:43 AM
Just an attempt to depurate that list: there are 2 WWI, there was a liner GB very recently.

Can I add one more? Heavy wheathered GB.

Thanks a lot. 8)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on December 03, 2017, 01:13:51 PM
Along same line can be damaged GB.  From ruff use, accident, or battle damage.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on December 04, 2017, 12:49:05 AM
Can the Berlin Blockade GB have Berlin Brigade camo?
I know.....I know..... ::)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 06, 2017, 08:48:41 PM
Repair and refurbish GB.

The repair, or refurbishment of a damaged or destroyed model, complete or otherwise, or even the rebirth of an old completed model.  Then again maybe a rebirth or born again GB.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: tankmodeler on December 07, 2017, 01:20:55 AM
Oopsies GB

Model of a subject _after_ some sort of mishap or accident.

Steampunk GB

Some sort of steampunk related build, especially if the underlying subject is NOT steam punk related (eg. a steampunk Apollo capsule or LM)

Steam Wars GB/Steam Trek GB

Steampunked Star Wars or Trek vehicles/ships. Pick one universe, not both.

Paul
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 22, 2017, 02:50:08 AM
Last chance to put forward suggestions.  I will aim to get a poll up this weekend coming.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 24, 2017, 02:33:49 AM
Everyday objects GB - the idea being to 'repurpose' an every day object (e.g. a computer mouse or an iron or whatever) into a build.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on December 24, 2017, 02:41:35 AM
Everyday objects GB - the idea being to 'repurpose' an every day object (e.g. a computer mouse or an iron or whatever) into a build.
Is different.  Cause some head scratching but a kick if you manage to get a subject figured out !
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on January 01, 2018, 05:37:43 AM
Hi all

 My three ha'porth

Some have been suggested before I'm sure

Spirit of Thunderbirds

Revive/Adapt/repurpose/repaint an already built kit or a model on death row

Build something using found objects/ bubble packaging and spares

Most stunning or most bizarre paint job on anything,

A Profile build - a model based on an existing profile, or create  a new profile based on an existing profile

Repurpose something into something else, bomber to transport, airliner to bomber, fighter to racer etc

A Scaleorama build.

Mog
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 02, 2018, 02:32:38 AM
Hi all

 My three ha'porth

Some have been suggested before I'm sure

Spirit of Thunderbirds

Revive/Adapt/repurpose/repaint an already built kit or a model on death row

Build something using found objects/ bubble packaging and spares

Most stunning or most bizarre paint job on anything,

A Profile build - a model based on an existing profile, or create  a new profile based on an existing profile

Repurpose something into something else, bomber to transport, airliner to bomber, fighter to racer etc

A Scaleorama build.

Mog

Arrrr...why must you make suggestions hours after I post the poll?!  These will have to carry over until next year unless people say they want them this year.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on January 09, 2018, 05:10:17 PM
SORRY !

Didn't see the poll post,  my bad.

Hangs head and sits on naughty step.    :-[ :'(
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on January 26, 2018, 08:22:19 PM
HERE begin suggestions for 2019  8) :-\
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on January 26, 2018, 08:25:37 PM
http://www.skymningslage.se/om-kriget-kommer-1961/ (http://www.skymningslage.se/om-kriget-kommer-1961/)

Sweden is seriously considering the possibility of Russian agression; that's why swedish gov will reprint this manual from 1961.

So, what if a Sweden GB?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 27, 2018, 03:01:14 AM
Good idea
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ed s on January 27, 2018, 07:27:20 AM
I would suggest a "transport" GB. The subject could be anything that is used to transport people or cargo. No weapons allowed or needed. Airliners, Military Transports (unarmed), Space Liners, Trains, Buses, Cars, rowboats...

Ed
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on January 27, 2018, 08:37:36 AM
I would suggest a "transport" GB. The subject could be anything that is used to transport people or cargo. No weapons allowed or needed. Airliners, Military Transports (unarmed), Space Liners, Trains, Buses, Cars, rowboats...

Ed

'Beasts of Burden' Group Build? 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on January 27, 2018, 02:08:53 PM
I would suggest a "transport" GB. The subject could be anything that is used to transport people or cargo. No weapons allowed or needed. Airliners, Military Transports (unarmed), Space Liners, Trains, Buses, Cars, rowboats...

Ed

'Beasts of Burden' Group Build?
Juts happens nearing completion C-47H is GB versatile: fits "transport", Allies '46 (with WW2 paint), and Tri group builds.  Is not in any of those but what the heck !
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on January 31, 2018, 12:24:13 AM
Hi all

My three ha'porth (AGAIN !)

getting in early this time

I've taken off the ones that appeared in this years build
 
Some have been suggested before I'm sure


Spirit of Thunderbirds - A futuristic build in a Thunderbirds vein

Reprieve a kit - Revive/Adapt/repurpose/repaint an already built kit or a model on death row

Artistic - make the most stunning or bizarre paint job on anything

A Profile build - a model based on an existing profile, or create  a new profile based on an existing profile

Repurposing Build -  repurpose something into something else, bomber to transport, airliner to bomber, fighter to racer etc

A Scaleorama build - speaks for itself

Weird Build - Build something genuinely weird from reality or from your mind (eight wings, 5 tracks, 6 engines....... Gad I've been following Tophe too long !)

If I think of any more i'll post them later

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Acree on February 14, 2018, 09:38:06 AM
US enters WWII early (1940) - US in the Battle of France, Battle of Britain, maybe even in defense of Poland, Finland, or Norway, etc.  B-18s over Europe, escorted by P-35s and P-36s. 
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on February 14, 2018, 12:33:58 PM
^^^^
In the defense of China and Manchuria, maybe. :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on May 02, 2018, 04:16:49 AM
A few more, the first two are not my idea, I saw them on one of the inspiration threads

Bollywood does  D-day
Hollywood does battle of britain
anti aircraft build - treadheads or ships or even trains
anti tank build - Sp guns or aircraft or even trains
another floaty build

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 03, 2018, 12:48:14 AM
Keep the ideas flowing.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on May 05, 2018, 11:57:31 PM
How about a WWII almost but didn't actually happen, i.e. a three war Liberal Democracy, Fascist, Communist Cold War happened instead?

Lots of posturing, lots of interference with neighbouring countries, lots of R&D, but actual combat (hence combat experience) limited to small wars through surrogates and client states.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 06, 2018, 02:39:18 AM
I like - would possibly allow for types such as the Spitfire, Typhoon etc to be kept in pre-war silver schemes.  That is, one of these:

(http://www.airpages.ru/img/us/spit21.jpg)
(http://img.wp.scn.ru/camms/ar/463/pics/9_18.jpg)

In this sort of scheme:

(https://www.classicwarbirds.co.uk/images/plane-profiles/gladiator-mk-i.jpg)

Similarly, one could see later Bf-109Fs/Gs and Fw-190s in this sort of pre-war scheme:

(http://img.wp.scn.ru/camms/ar/28/pics/2_20.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 06, 2018, 04:00:09 AM
"Out of Africa" GB - basically whatever you do has to have an African connection.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on May 07, 2018, 04:31:58 AM
How about an "explorers" group build, all subjects have to have an exploratory twist, like searching for gold, forging the north west passage or looking for stuff in Antarctica. A space probe would also fit.

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Acree on May 07, 2018, 04:47:41 AM
How about an "explorers" group build, all subjects have to have an exploratory twist, like searching for gold, forging the north west passage or looking for stuff in Antarctica. A space probe would also fit.

Mog
>^-.-^<
That's a cool idea - there have been plenty of aircraft dedicated to exploration in the past, including some of my personal fav's, like the Abrams Explorer, the Northrop Gamma "Polar Star," the Fairchild 91 "Kono," and the Wilson Global Explorer just to name a few.   
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on May 07, 2018, 08:21:35 PM
Had another two brain cells collide

How about a "fire fighters"  build,  plenty of scope for all flavours of kit bashing


Mog
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 08, 2018, 12:47:27 AM
 :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on May 08, 2018, 06:00:37 AM
"Out of Africa" GB - basically whatever you do has to have an African connection.
Say, an Italian MV-22B in "sand and spinach" camouflage?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 09, 2018, 01:03:10 AM
That would work - basically you have to show some sort of African connection, be that what you suggested, a South African Merkava, an Ethiopian FFVS J 22, a Paris to Dakar Rally Car or even the African Queen from the movie...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 12, 2018, 03:34:19 AM
Extended Spanish Civil War GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on May 12, 2018, 08:06:46 AM
Extended Spanish Civil War GB

Franco is on time for his meeting with Hitler and Spain enters the war on Germany's side
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on May 13, 2018, 01:20:03 AM
(https://i.imgflip.com/xd83v.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 13, 2018, 02:30:45 AM
Extended Spanish Civil War GB

Franco is on time for his meeting with Hitler and Spain enters the war on Germany's side

Maybe something like these is what I had in mind:

(https://pre00.deviantart.net/6541/th/pre/f/2010/146/f/2/f2a6e1369ccd607bb3990cf75937da69.jpg)
(https://pre00.deviantart.net/ce24/th/pre/f/2011/041/d/2/d247272a98574ce564e31faf66fa7ab5-d399h3g.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 13, 2018, 05:30:10 AM
Swapped Gb - basically take two protagonists and swap their tools.  e.g Battle of Britain with RAF Bf-109Es and Luftwaffe Spitfires or perhaps USAF MiG-25 and Soviet B-52.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on May 13, 2018, 08:52:23 AM
Love those Spanish Republic NA fighters. :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on May 14, 2018, 04:34:00 AM
Ooh !  like the swappy idea.  :smiley:

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on May 15, 2018, 12:10:29 AM
Extended Spanish Civil War GB

I really like this idea but how about expanding it as Alt. Spanish Civil War to cover different time periods, i.e. civil war starts earlier too (imagine a SPAD in Republican colors or a D.VII in a Nationalist scheme).

Love those profiles!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 15, 2018, 01:12:38 AM
I really like this idea but how about expanding it as Alt. Spanish Civil War to cover different time periods, i.e. civil war starts earlier too (imagine a SPAD in Republican colors or a D.VII in a Nationalist scheme).

That works.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on May 15, 2018, 01:06:54 PM
There was a coup in Spain in 1923, if you want to push it closer to the end of WWI
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on May 28, 2018, 04:34:19 AM
Ok this is getting to silly but I have to get it off my chest

How about a build something from sprues build.

You can use spare parts, plastic card or kit parts but, big but, at least 50 to 60% of the finished kit should consist of sprue or components built from sprues.

Phew! There I said it.......

What, take my pills ?

Yea ok.........

ZźzzzzzzzZ


Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 28, 2018, 04:35:19 AM
I like it but it is kind of hard for the profilers to join in...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on May 28, 2018, 06:34:45 AM
Damn.  You've found the flaw in my plan, scratch that one!

More pills nurse please !

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 29, 2018, 12:54:45 AM
Open to modifications to the idea if people want to make them...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 29, 2018, 12:55:32 AM
given it is 2019 next year, what about a 100th anniversary style Luft' 1919 or similar?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on May 29, 2018, 04:23:57 AM
^^^^
Fine! :smiley: :smiley:

But, why not armour or navy too?  ???

Kaiser '19 GB  ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 30, 2018, 12:37:45 AM
That's why I added "...or similar"
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 30, 2018, 12:41:13 AM
In fact, it could also be expanded to include subjects aligned with the scenario of "what if Germany won WW1?" and extended forward from then.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on July 02, 2018, 05:47:57 AM
Tiger meet 1946-1956 - what if Tiger meet started shortly after the second world war instead of the begining of the 60's and included military and naval participants

Pills still not Working!

Mog
>^-.-^<

EDIT -  Or call it Big Cat Meet to give it more scope for colour schemes
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on July 02, 2018, 03:56:17 PM
In fact, it could also be expanded to include subjects aligned with the scenario of "what if Germany won WW1?" and extended forward from then.

If Germany had won it would be a very, very different world, the cost would still have been huge but would there have been the same level of spite or thirst for revenge?  Fascism would likely still have risen in Italy but would it have been successful in Germany, maybe the UK or France would have fallen to the muses of idiotic nationalism instead?

Fascist Italy, France and possibly Britain, totally isolationist USA, Imperial Japan and Germany, Communist  USSR.  Interesting mix.

No arms treaties, no Washington, no Versailles (or at least very different ones). 

Can't see an unconditional surrender, rather a negotiated peace obviously with Germany, as well as the other major combatants, keeping their military and associated industry, possibly even redrawing borders to take Germanys preeminent position into account.

Very interesting possibilities.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on July 04, 2018, 11:09:39 PM
Heres a thought, how about the UK and hence the British Commonwealth decide to be neutral in the lead up to WWII.

My thinking is the UK was a preeminent power because of her geography and her navy, they could choose to avoid continental wars most of the time and following the cost of WWI decided to do so again.

There is no doubt they would eventually be dragged into the war as even if Hitler was inclined to leave Britain be, Mussolini likely would have done something stupid on the assumption the Germans had his back, i.e. attack Malta or Egypt.  There is also Japans aspirations in South East Asia.

Assuming the UK is neutral for the first year or three of the war, did not suffer the early defeats and loss of manpower and equipment and were able as such to develop and introduce new equipment, tactics and strategies in light of what they had seen happen across the channel, where would they be when they did get involved.  More to the point what would be the trigger to end their neutrality?

On the modelling side we obviously have vehicles, aircraft and ships that were killed off as there was insufficient time to introduce them, platforms that had to be used as is that instead could have been improved and technology that existed but in the panic of a shooting war it just wasn't possible to introduce.

For example the UK was well aware of the advantages of sloped armour on ships and tanks, in fact specified it on the Crusader and Covenanter, but dropped it for the A24 and following designs. It is quite conceivable that given more time the Crusader, let alone the Cromwell, could have been a properly designed Medium Tank, superior to the T-34, and in service by Britain's entry into the war.

Then there are the many aircraft and aircraft engine designs that could have done with more time Westland Whirlwind for example, maybe the DH Flamingo, I'm sure everyone has their favorites.  There's the extra time the FAA has to get the aircraft they need as opposed to the ones the RAF said they needed, time for the Army to convince the Air Board that they definitely need something different to the Lysander, i.e. AOPs and dive / fighter bombers. 

The RN could complete extra rebuilds of capital ships, the rest of the QEs, Repulse and Hood all rebuilt to the same or similar standard to QE, Valiant and Renown.  THe KGVs could have been completed with 16" guns as the US was able to do with their North Carolina Class and the Lions could have been designed completely free from treaty restrictions.  No treaties also means instead of having to esign their carriers to a weight they could have had both Ark Royals size and Illustrious' protection, i.e. the Armoured Fleet Carriers could have started at closer to the size of the Audicious Class.

All this new and upgraded gear would have seen the availability of surplus equipment for transfer to the Commonwealth, in particular Australia and New Zealand to better counter Japan and South Africa to address the Italian threat.  A lot of tanks, artillery, vehicles and aircraft to South Africa and obviously ships and aircraft to Australasia.  Dominion industries would also have been bolstered to become more self sufficient but also to reinforce Mother.

I wonder if perhaps it would be possible for the Commonwealth to remain neutral even after Japan attacks the US and only enter the war once it become apparent that Japan is going to take Malaya as well as the Philopines and Dutch East Indies?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on July 05, 2018, 02:32:02 AM
Quote
... but would there have been the same level of spite or thirst for revenge?

Seeing as Imperial Germany’s plan following victory was basically a spiteful rape of Europe,
there’d be a higher level of hate and thirst for vengeance. It’d also be just as arrogantly
nationalistic, the Nazis didn’t create the “we’re superior” German nationalism, they merely
exploited it.
 :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on July 05, 2018, 02:41:32 PM
Quote
... but would there have been the same level of spite or thirst for revenge?

Seeing as Imperial Germany’s plan following victory was basically a spiteful rape of Europe,
there’d be a higher level of hate and thirst for vengeance. It’d also be just as arrogantly
nationalistic, the Nazis didn’t create the “we’re superior” German nationalism, they merely
exploited it.
 :icon_twisted:

True but I can't Germany winning through an unconditional surrender of the Allies, rather a negotiated peace based on the cost of defeating Germany being too great.  In this scenario all parties still have their militaries and navies, there is no disarmament of one side or the other, just a cessation of hostilities and a return home to count the cost.  There is no absolute winner, no one side able to dictate terms, just an uneasy peace and the rat bags on each side claiming victory or betrayal depending on their politics.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: LemonJello on July 23, 2018, 09:30:04 PM
Billionaire's Toy Club:

Could cover just about everything - land, sea, air, space - military, civilian, military-turned-civilian.

Premise: You're wealthy beyond imagining, you get whatever "toy" catches your fancy - money/price is no object.

Aston Martin DB9? Get one in every color!

Su-27? Looks awful sexy next to those bizjets your friends own!

Neighbor bought a new Winnebago? Pull up with a Ural 375 all terrain camper and put him to shame!

This one works for the profilers and story-tellers, too.  So many possibilities.



Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on July 23, 2018, 10:48:48 PM
Do you know The Handmaid's Tale? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid%27s_Tale_(TV_series)

What about a Gilead GB?

USA converted into an economically challenged country, has to use only cheap weapons or assets from preGilead era conviniently refurbished.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Acree on September 10, 2018, 10:37:35 AM
How about "Meatwagon Group Build"?  Aircraft, armor, trucks, boats, ships, or spacecraft built or modified as ambulances? 

I have a Swordfish I have been wanting to turn into one  ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 11, 2018, 09:45:53 AM
Sounds good.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on September 27, 2018, 07:23:37 AM
I like that one, lots of possibilities

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on September 29, 2018, 02:58:29 PM
Just a classic:

Luftwaffe GB

Two RW periods (1924-1945 and 1955-today) and some alternative scenarios (Luft'46, ...)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 30, 2018, 10:13:29 AM
 :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on September 30, 2018, 04:13:30 PM
Ooh yeah, like that one too, wide open to interpretations

Mog
>^-.-^<

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on September 30, 2018, 05:44:22 PM
Based on the suggestion of a Cobra in Iranian colours, how about "the Iranian Revolution never happened" or it happened later on in the late 80s or 90s.

With the long and interesting shopping list pre-revolution Iran had there could have been many, many, interesting options.


Just of the top of my head:

- Kidd Class destroyer were built for Iran
- The wanted Kortenaer Class frigates as well (Mk45 5" instead of 3")
- Challenger MBT was actually designed for them
- They expressed interest in Invincible Class carriers
- They expressed interest in Sea Harrier
- Bell had a number of interesting developments underway for them, some continued some didn't
- The wanted F-16s


Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 24, 2018, 02:32:08 AM
Two suggestions:

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: buzzbomb on November 24, 2018, 08:47:03 AM
GTX, both of those are great ideas
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on November 24, 2018, 08:55:18 PM
I like your ideas as jumping-off points Mr GTX, but I find the time-frames a bit restrictive.

How about just a general Cold War or Space Race theme? Leaving the time-frames open-ended might help broaden appeal and thus participation.

I always enjoy new posts to the GB Suggestion Box. Thank you for starting this up again!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 25, 2018, 02:47:12 AM
I like your ideas as jumping-off points Mr GTX, but I find the time-frames a bit restrictive.

How about just a general Cold War or Space Race theme? Leaving the time-frames open-ended might help broaden appeal and thus participation.

I always enjoy new posts to the GB Suggestion Box. Thank you for starting this up again!

Brian da Basher

I can live with that.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Some Duck with an Ultimax on November 30, 2018, 05:42:16 PM
Further to a discussion in the Back Bar, what about an Invasion of Japan (end of WW2) GB?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on November 30, 2018, 07:34:36 PM
Further to a discussion in the Back Bar, what about an Invasion of Japan (end of WW2) GB?

Yup, I could get on board with that. :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 01, 2018, 11:12:33 PM
How about the politicians actually listened to the warnings GB, i.e. the force levels and equipment projects the Generals / Admirals etc. recommended as needed to deter aggression were adopted pre WWII, pre Falklands pre whatever other conflicts.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on December 01, 2018, 11:51:48 PM
How about the politicians actually listened to the warnings GB, i.e. the force levels and equipment projects the Generals / Admirals etc. recommended as needed to deter aggression were adopted pre WWII, pre Falklands pre whatever other conflicts.

What we're a Fairy Tale site, now? ???

 ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 02, 2018, 12:12:53 AM
I know, I know  ;).

Actually "The Rise of the Bomber" pushes the view that the RAF was able to convince government that the bombers were the most effective and cheapest deterrent available, i.e. the threat of totally destroying the hostile nations industrial and population centres would prevent future wars.  Sold on this huge sums of money was spent on aircraft that many of which turned out to be incapable of reaching the targets they were meant to destroy because numbers where more of a deterrent than actual capability.


In hindsight a much greater UK deterrent pre WWII Europe would have been the planned mechanised Corps with its integrated tactical air support of approximately 23 squadrons of tactical fighters, close air support light bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.  In South East Asia it would have been the battle squadron built around Ark Royal (she was designed with the intent of sending her to Hong Kong / Singapore) the modernised Battlecruisers and later Vanguard (that could / would have been completed much earlier had resources not had to be diverted to for more pressing matter that would not have occurred if the war had not started).


Would Argentina have invaded the Falklands if the UK had even just a pair of conventional strike carriers in 1982?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on December 06, 2018, 09:03:57 AM
Mixed entity GB.
Recognizable parts from two or more countries in one build. 
Extends to fiction such as 2001 Pam Am shuttle with Star Trek warp drive unit on top. 
Mix fiction model with RW model.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on December 13, 2018, 06:31:58 PM
Scale-O-Rama GB.
Yes, sounds simple in title.  Bet some of us never tried it.  Lot of examples at BTS glean ideas from.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 14, 2018, 03:10:02 AM
 :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Antonio Sobral on December 16, 2018, 04:28:05 PM
Hi guys

I have a dream. A dream of a "true" Group Build.

Not different guys building different things in different countries, but different guys of different countries building something in common, as group.
Kind of an "International collaboration GB".

Logistically I envision it in 2 forms:

1. An "Around The Globe" GB, in which the "WIP model" is passed around between modelers in different countries, each one performing a task on it.

2. A "Global Network" GB, in which different modellers in different countries perform an independent task, and them send the different pieces
to another member who acts as a central hub, integrating all the components to achieve the "final product".

Since there are members in pretty  much all continents, it would be fairly easy.
For obvious reasons we would have to choose different modelling themes and schemes for both alternatives.

In order to make it practical I would say 4 members per build a realistic goal, and the last modeller in that GB chain would keep the model, just sharing the photos of it.

Do you guys think it is feasible?

Let us do something different in 2019. Or at least try it :)



Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 17, 2018, 02:07:20 AM
It is theoretically possible and has been suggested before but does risk getting expensive.  Would probably need to be an all year activity as well.  It can go into the mix for voting.  May also require similar for profiling etc.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on December 17, 2018, 04:01:52 AM
Shipping anything more substantial than an envelope from the US to almost any other country is stupidly expensive.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on December 17, 2018, 07:09:19 AM
Can't but agree, the idea is brilliant but i think the cost of the logistics will scupper it.

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on December 17, 2018, 08:29:10 AM
Maybe we restrict the movement to within a:

- country/duchy/kingdom or a
- canton/oblast/prefecture/province/state/territory or a
- city/shire or an
- acropolis/castle/citadel/enclave/fortress/garrison/presidio or redoubt?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Antonio Sobral on December 17, 2018, 04:51:11 PM
Hi guys

Thanks for the feedback!

So the shipping costs are the main obstacle. We will have to think "small & light", then.

In my case, I can send a 250gr (slightly less than half a pound) package to basically anywhere in the world for 4.1 Euros (4.6 USD app.), using standard air mail.
I can live with that, but what do you think would be a feasible value to pay?

Let me build a small business plan with 2 different scenarios, just to evaluate the economical viability  of the project.


One year time frame for this seems about right.


Cheers

Antonio
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kitnut617 on December 18, 2018, 12:21:58 AM
Not sure even that works Antonio, Guy (Old Wombat) was given a price of US$50 for shipping a pair of 1/48 wheels. I was told C$35 to ship some 1/72 ball turret bits so even small and light is very expensive. This was shipping from North America to Australia though --
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Antonio Sobral on December 18, 2018, 12:47:51 AM
Thanks for the feedback.

Those values are really discouraging... :(

But I have seen US e-bay sells, in which the shipping cost to Europe is about 10 USD for a 1/72 kit ( small one) using USPS First Class Mail International Service.
Is there any special discount for e-bay sellers, or any other trick that I am not aware of?

Sorry to bother you with this questions, but I am just trying to understand those absurdly high prices.

And sorry for the "off-topic" too!
If the forum administration sees fit, please remove these "non-related to new GB themes" part of the thread to a different topic,
in order not to adulterate the original purpose of this topic.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on December 18, 2018, 09:23:41 AM
To send a 0.2kg object from Los Angeles, CA to Portugal, the US Post office calculator (https://postcalc.usps.com/Calculator/MailServices?country=10362&ccode=PT&oz=90024&omil=False&dmil=False&mdt=12%2F17%2F2018&mdz=17%3A29&m=6&p=0&o=7.0544) says the cheapest cost is $14. It goes up rapidly from there.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on December 18, 2018, 12:02:46 PM
To send a 0.2kg object from Los Angeles, CA to Portugal, the US Post office calculator (https://postcalc.usps.com/Calculator/MailServices?country=10362&ccode=PT&oz=90024&omil=False&dmil=False&mdt=12%2F17%2F2018&mdz=17%3A29&m=6&p=0&o=7.0544) says the cheapest cost is $14. It goes up rapidly from there.
No kidding!!  It cost me $25 to mail a 1/72 A-7 canopy to KiwiZac in NZ.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on December 18, 2018, 12:44:07 PM
It seems Australia and NZ are really outrageous! What’s the deal?
Is there a way to model something and have it fold flat for easier mailing? Just trying to be creative. Something out of card stock or plastic card that could be assembled at the next stop? Or is it all by weight?
This sounds like fun except for the postage. What if we kept it divided into regions as previously mentioned? North America, Europe, SEA etc.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: polygon on December 20, 2018, 12:22:49 PM
A few suggestions

From star wars - an ugly (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ugly/Legends) GB.

Damnation alley inspired - get from A to B in the post-apocalypse of your choice (desert planet, waterworld, zombie outbreak, nuclear wasteland)

Tongue in cheek inspired by sparky and his various"Gavins" - take a single vehicle and take it to (il)logical extremes.

We had a gunship GB, what about a dropship GB (conceptually could include helicopters and tilt-rotors, not just the sci-fi interpretation).
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 21, 2018, 02:53:31 AM
A Poll will be put up in the next few days so get your ideas in now.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 22, 2018, 09:33:26 PM
How about a "classic kits" GB, you know for those antique Airfix, Frog, Matchbox, Monogram or Revell artifacts most of us have in the stash?

The only rule would be that it's a classic kit, build it however you want and have fun but still don't even ask about rule #6.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on December 23, 2018, 01:34:47 AM
That would work, got a few oldies in the stash.  Just need to agree a minimum age

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 23, 2018, 01:39:15 AM
As a spin off from that, a build the oldest kit in your stash GB?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 28, 2018, 04:05:06 AM
Hurry up and get your ideas listed... >:(

(https://digitalsynopsis.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/funny-graphic-designer-posters-charts-25.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 28, 2018, 05:09:26 AM
Any chance we can get a Civil GB added to the poll, if only so I can watch it go down in flames again?

 ;D ;D ;D

As for the classic kits idea, I was thinking to be generous with the criteria, and if we had to set a year, maybe go with anything originally released before 1980, re-pops/re-boxings allowed. Much of Revell of Germany's 1/72 line are re-pops of old Revell US, Monogram and Matchbox kits that are readily available and very reasonable.

Mr GTX had a stunning suggestion and maybe we could add oldest kit in stash as an option and call it Oldies But Goodies GB. This seems like it would broaden appeal and increase participation.

Thanks again for the discussion and consideration.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on December 28, 2018, 12:26:26 PM
That be civil basis kit or civil result ?
How about B-58 fast response crop duster, etc.... ?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on December 28, 2018, 05:06:41 PM
I second Civil result ! That would make it wide open to interpretations from all flavours of modeling

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Artoor_K on December 28, 2018, 10:14:51 PM
Idea from today's morning "Let's make model out of it".
I.e. take a toy and make a model of it. Can be anything, Kinder Surprise figure, toy plane with additional details and decals, snap-fit Star Wurst X-wing-thingy repainted and weathered...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 29, 2018, 02:38:41 AM
Any chance we can get a Civil GB added to the poll, if only so I can watch it go down in flames again?

Err...go down in flames??  Since 2014, we have had:


In fact, we should probably plan on once again establishing a 2019 Annual "Non-Military" GB - I will put it in the list.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 29, 2018, 03:00:20 AM
As a contender for the annual civilian GB, a crop duster and fire bomber GB?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on December 29, 2018, 09:06:47 AM
I think I suggested a firefighting GB a few posts back but that would fit in fine with a civilian/Non military GB

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on December 29, 2018, 06:01:22 PM
Whatever the decision is on the number and themes of next year's group builds I would propose a year end Clear Your Workbench GB.

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kitnut617 on December 29, 2018, 09:57:34 PM
Whatever the decision is on the number and themes of next year's group builds I would propose a year end Clear Your Workbench GB.

Mog
>^-.-^<

I think it was decided last year that we have a year long 'clear your workbench' GB every year
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on December 29, 2018, 10:33:57 PM
Missed that, but huzzah ! For the decision  ;)


Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 30, 2018, 02:11:42 AM
There's still time to get in you entries this year... (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?board=74.0) ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 31, 2018, 05:07:41 AM
Any chance we can get a Civil GB added to the poll, if only so I can watch it go down in flames again?

Err...go down in flames??  Since 2014, we have had:

  • Anything But Military GB
  • The 2016 Annual "Non-Military" GB
  • The 2017 Annual Clear your workbenches GB
  • Racing Theme GB - which was done as the 2018 "Non-Military" GB[

In fact, we should probably plan on once again establishing a 2019 Annual "Non-Military" GB - I will put it in the list.

You rock, Mr GTX!

And thank goodness your memory is better than mine.

Now what were we talking about again?  :icon_crap:

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 31, 2018, 05:11:45 AM
Forgotten Fights GB - basically a GB for those lesser known conflicts.  For example, the North Russia Relief Force in 1919 (where for example Australians were awarded 2 VCs) or The Chaco War (1932–1935) between Bolivia and Paraguay.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 31, 2018, 09:13:10 PM
How about successful, rather than failed deterrents?  Most prewar war / early war stuff is what failed to convince the other guy not to fight, how about gear that is so ludicrously capable, so totally over matched what the other side had, that they decided to be friends instead of enemies?  Bolo  ;) but other over matched sort of stuff too.

Maybe a milder type too, i.e. the overmatch the RAF claimed they had when they were convincing the British Government to fund the RAF bomber force over the Army and Navy but was shown to be an illusion at Munich is actually real, in that they actually have the capability they claimed.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on January 01, 2019, 12:43:42 AM
Forgotten Fights GB - basically a GB for those lesser known conflicts.  For example, the North Russia Relief Force in 1919 (where for example Australians were awarded 2 VCs) or The Chaco War (1932–1935) between Bolivia and Paraguay.

The Football War between Elsalvador and Honduras in 1969. It involved Corsairs, Mustangs, T-28s and T-6s.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 01, 2019, 03:13:59 AM
Forgotten Fights GB - basically a GB for those lesser known conflicts.  For example, the North Russia Relief Force in 1919 (where for example Australians were awarded 2 VCs) or The Chaco War (1932–1935) between Bolivia and Paraguay.

The Football War between Elsalvador and Honduras in 1969. It involved Corsairs, Mustangs, T-28s and T-6s.

Exactly.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on January 01, 2019, 06:38:14 AM
Whatever the decision is on the number and themes of next year's group builds I would propose a year end Clear Your Workbench GB.

Mog
>^-.-^<

I think it was decided last year that we have a year long 'clear your workbench' GB every year

With a new “Clear your workbench” gb each year I can just keep rolling my unfinished stuff into the new year!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on January 01, 2019, 01:55:36 PM
That will suit me fine because everything is on hold for me at the moment. In the next month we will find out whether we are definitely staying where we are or will look at relocating.  If we stay will buy or build a new house within the next six months, if we relocate we will rent for a year then buy or build next year, none of the options bode well for hobbies and / or interests.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on January 01, 2019, 10:23:12 PM
I’m pretty sure nothing is more of a PTA than moving. Take my advice, sort everything you have into three piles. First is the stuff you never use, second is the stuff you use once in a while and third is stuff you use every day. Keep the third pile and throw the rest away. Be brutal, it will be better in the long run. Especially if you are moving a couple times. Let the Salvation Army be your friend.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 02, 2019, 02:35:41 AM
New suggestions, many derived from being the 100th, 50th or even 25th anniversary of an event/period: 

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on January 02, 2019, 09:11:48 AM
I’m pretty sure nothing is more of a PTA than moving. Take my advice, sort everything you have into three piles. First is the stuff you never use, second is the stuff you use once in a while and third is stuff you use every day. Keep the third pile and throw the rest away. Be brutal, it will be better in the long run. Especially if you are moving a couple times. Let the Salvation Army be your friend.

Looking at Paul's build history;

Unfortunately most, if not all, of his model building tools & his kits would fall under the first 2 categories, something I think Mrs Volkodav may find a certain glee in. ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on January 02, 2019, 01:09:08 PM
I’m pretty sure nothing is more of a PTA than moving. Take my advice, sort everything you have into three piles. First is the stuff you never use, second is the stuff you use once in a while and third is stuff you use every day. Keep the third pile and throw the rest away. Be brutal, it will be better in the long run. Especially if you are moving a couple times. Let the Salvation Army be your friend.

Looking at Paul's build history;

Unfortunately most, if not all, of his model building tools & his kits would fall under the first 2 categories, something I think Mrs Volkodav may find a certain glee in. ;)

There may have to be a few exceptions made concerning tools and kits.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 03, 2019, 03:08:49 AM
2019 GB Poll is up (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=8326.new;boardseen#new)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kitnut617 on January 03, 2019, 04:36:07 AM
Yikes!  gonna be a long year I think  ---   :(
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on February 03, 2019, 05:39:08 AM
Here begin GB ideas for 2020
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on February 03, 2019, 05:39:45 AM
In last poll, all GB ideas that reached 10 or more votes were selected for 2019 GBs.

So let me recover those that got 9 votes for 2020 GB ideas.

Sweden GB
Airliner GB. Lets extend it to Civil Transport GB in order to include trains, buses and cars
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on February 03, 2019, 10:41:26 AM
CTGB sounds good to me!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on February 03, 2019, 10:58:30 AM
CTGB sounds good to me!

Me too...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on February 03, 2019, 07:44:51 PM
^^^^^
^^^^^
btw: Cruise Liners too.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on February 03, 2019, 09:57:44 PM
^^^^^
^^^^^
btw: Cruise Liners too.

Cruise Liners converted into troop ships?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on February 03, 2019, 10:05:14 PM
There is graphic or two around of retired aircraft carrier converted into floating golf course and country club.  Is kitbash candidate !
Figure part of hanger deck is casino.  Enough room onboard for IPMS national meet ?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Some Duck with an Ultimax on February 08, 2019, 04:27:58 PM
In last poll, all GB ideas that reached 10 or more votes were selected for 2019 GBs.

So let me recover those that got 9 votes for 2020 GB ideas.

Sweden GB
Airliner GB. Lets extend it to Civil Transport GB in order to include trains, buses and cars


Invasion of Japan got nine votes too
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Some Duck with an Ultimax on February 08, 2019, 04:31:05 PM
Just had a thought:

Empire/Commonwealth GB - a GB for nations which were or are part of Britain but aren’t England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Lots of scope here, from a Scilly Isles militia to the Belize Defence Forces, from Hong Kong as an independent nation to Canada in WW3
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on February 13, 2019, 12:14:15 PM
In last poll, all GB ideas that reached 10 or more votes were selected for 2019 GBs.

So let me recover those that got 9 votes for 2020 GB ideas.

Sweden GB
Airliner GB. Lets extend it to Civil Transport GB in order to include trains, buses and cars


Invasion of Japan got nine votes too

Ok. Let us resurrect the Invasion of Japan GB idea
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on February 13, 2019, 12:37:30 PM
Thinking to be like allies '46 in Pacific only ? ? ?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Some Duck with an Ultimax on February 16, 2019, 09:08:55 PM
Thinking to be like allies '46 in Pacific only ? ? ?

And also Japan ‘46. Essentially just a continuation of World War Two in the Pacific.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on February 17, 2019, 03:56:31 AM
Thinking to be like allies '46 in Pacific only ? ? ?

And also Japan ‘46. Essentially just a continuation of World War Two in the Pacific.

Sure, makes sense !
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 22, 2019, 02:38:41 AM
New idea:  WWII in Sth America.  Basically, extend the war in an active way to the Sth American continent.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on February 25, 2019, 09:55:25 PM
New idea:  WWII in Sth America.  Basically, extend the war in an active way to the Sth American continent.

Battle of the River Plate somehow drags one or more South American countries into the war?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 26, 2019, 01:42:03 AM
Maybe.  I haven't really given it any more thought.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on February 26, 2019, 02:28:40 AM
Bolivia and Germany were close in the 30's and Peru has a large Japanese population and ties to Japan, so there are your Axis powers.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Logan Hartke on February 26, 2019, 05:30:38 AM
Argentina was also super-close to Germany and Italy in that period with a large immigrant population of those nationalities living there. If you wanted to make it a more competitive conflict, you could throw them in. Maybe have Japanese subs operating from Peru, German ones operating from Argentina, etc. You could have the Graf Spee sheltering in Buenos Aires (maybe even instigating the whole thing), Germans occupying French Guiana or Suriname after the fall of Metropolitan France, launching an attack on the Panama Canal, and more.

Also, less plausible, but if you're looking for even more candidates for the Axis bloc, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Brazil, and Colombia all have their own reasons for potentially aligning with the Axis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_America_during_World_War_II#Axis_activity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_America_during_World_War_II#Axis_activity)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 27, 2019, 02:48:40 AM
Inspiration:

http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=5162.msg84813#msg84813 (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=5162.msg84813#msg84813)
http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=5110.0;all (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=5110.0;all)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 01, 2019, 03:04:39 AM
New suggestion:  All things Swedish GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on March 01, 2019, 06:16:09 AM
New suggestion:  All things Swedish GB

Better yet, expand it to All Things Scandinavian.

This would cover a lot and maybe broaden participation.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 02, 2019, 12:34:12 AM
I can live with that.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on September 28, 2019, 07:59:39 AM
Some broad brush ones:-

Crazy paint schemes
Sci-Fi
Helecopters (Inc autogyros)

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on September 28, 2019, 12:15:48 PM
From Denmark to Finland? Include Greenland and Iceland?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 28, 2019, 06:39:35 PM
From Denmark to Finland? Include Greenland and Iceland?

Would that be a Scandinavian one?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on September 28, 2019, 08:06:19 PM
Greater Scandinavia, perhaps? ???
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on September 28, 2019, 10:58:08 PM
Should have been, could have been, might have been but for....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on September 30, 2019, 02:47:41 AM
Norway, Sweden, Denmark are historically considered as defining Scandinavia, and
the meaning of the term as used in those three countries.

The term Nordic is used to include those three plus Iceland and Finland, along with
associated territories: Greenland, Faroe Islands (Denmark), Svalbard (Norway), the
Åland Islands (Finland, but linguistically and culturally Swedish with a complicated
relationship with Finland).


Finland is the linguistic, and cultural, outlier, thus inclusion in a regional GB would be for
geo-political reasons and would be excluded from a GB based on cultural and linguistic
factors. The regions that became Finland were under Swedish or Russian rule, which is
why Swedish names are not uncommon in Western Finland, the Finnish national identity
as we, meaning non-Finns, know it came about in the 19th century.

A Nordic Countries GB including Finland, or maybe a Children of the Vikings GB,
limiting it to the linguistically linked countries/territories. The Åland Islands would be
part of the former GB, and possibly part of the latter GB if the linguistic and cultural
factors are considered to be the most important definition.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: apophenia on September 30, 2019, 10:21:21 AM
Great background stuff Jon!  :smiley:

... or maybe a Children of the Vikings GB ...

Ooo, I like that one  :D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on September 30, 2019, 11:03:58 AM
Denmark does own Greenland and they intend to keep it, as our president found out.......
What if the Nordic countries formed a NATO style common defense organization? Assuming the world political situation is much different than it really is.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on September 30, 2019, 12:41:55 PM
We done these before, they worked out fine.   Can be done again.

1 >  Unarmed
2 >  Floaty
3 >  Scaleorama
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on September 30, 2019, 06:46:52 PM
 Good call,  those ones are normally well subscribed

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on September 30, 2019, 07:01:12 PM
Floaty GB was a bit light-on for entries this year, maybe give it a year or two to recover.

Unless it was just me being the moderator. ::)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on October 01, 2019, 01:38:59 AM
I’m sure it’s not that. Speaking for myself I had a couple of build ideas but no time to build them. I’ll save it for next time.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 01, 2019, 01:45:13 AM
Great background stuff Jon!  :smiley:

... or maybe a Children of the Vikings GB ...

Ooo, I like that one  :D

Ditto (https://thumbs.gfycat.com/WillingNastyBactrian-max-1mb.gif)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on October 01, 2019, 01:11:55 PM
Clean, green, emissions free?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 02, 2019, 03:09:00 AM
Clean, green, emissions free?

 :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on October 08, 2019, 12:16:52 AM
Law and Order
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on October 11, 2019, 09:05:31 AM
Law and Order

Just Law & Order, or SVU and CI as well?  ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 12, 2019, 02:08:49 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on October 12, 2019, 07:50:54 AM
Not knowing what SVU and CI are I can't possibly comment  ;D

Too many people speaking in TLA's these days  ???

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 12, 2019, 09:32:39 AM
Not knowing what SVU and CI are I can't possibly comment  ;D

Too many people speaking in TLA's these days  ???

Mog
>^-.-^<

Oh goodness this might take a bit of explaining. Comfy? Need a beverage?

It started in 1990 with a crime/courtroom drama called Law & Order:

Law & Order clicky (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8lDYrvTILc)

Then there was Law & Order Special Victims Unit or SVU:

Law & Order SVU clicky (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP3MuUTmXNk)

They call it Special Victims Unit because the cases are sex crimes.

One of the later iterations of the Law & Order franchise was Law & Order Criminal Intent. Sadly I could find no good "dun dun" video for Law & Order CI.

Click here for a good start to the Law & Order rabbit hole. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order) The Spin-Offs section alone is worth a look.

This show's been on so long I remember watching it with my mom who died in 1997. My girlfriend and I like to watch it and she gets a laugh out of my nicknames for some of the main characters.

Personally, I preferred Foyle's War and Poirot with Inspector Morse a very close runner-up. Currently I have to settle for Midsomer Murders.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kitnut617 on October 12, 2019, 11:30:49 PM

Personally, I preferred Foyle's War and Poirot with Inspector Morse a very close runner-up. Currently I have to settle for Midsomer Murders.


Brian da Basher

There's another one called Endeavor, from what I can gather, it's Morse in his early days.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 13, 2019, 01:26:51 AM
Quote from: kitnut617
There's another one called Endeavor, from what I can gather, it's Morse in his early days.

Thanks for the tip! I'm gonna have to see if any of it escaped onto the U tubes.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kitnut617 on October 13, 2019, 01:59:52 AM
Quote from: kitnut617
There's another one called Endeavour, from what I can gather, it's Morse in his early days.

Thanks for the tip! I'm gonna have to see if any of it escaped onto the U tubes.

Brian da Basher

It was on PBS only a couple of weeks ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endeavour_(TV_series)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on October 13, 2019, 09:59:37 AM
Not knowing what SVU and CI are I can't possibly comment  ;D

Too many people speaking in TLA's these days  ???

Mog
>^-.-^<

Oh goodness this might take a bit of explaining. Comfy? Need a beverage?

It started in 1990 with a crime/courtroom drama called Law & Order:

Law & Order clicky (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8lDYrvTILc)

Then there was Law & Order Special Victims Unit or SVU:

Law & Order SVU clicky (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP3MuUTmXNk)

They call it Special Victims Unit because the cases are sex crimes.

One of the later iterations of the Law & Order franchise was Law & Order Criminal Intent. Sadly I could find no good "dun dun" video for Law & Order CI.

Click here for a good start to the Law & Order rabbit hole. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order) The Spin-Offs section alone is worth a look.

This show's been on so long I remember watching it with my mom who died in 1997. My girlfriend and I like to watch it and she gets a laugh out of my nicknames for some of the main characters.

Personally, I preferred Foyle's War and Poirot with Inspector Morse a very close runner-up. Currently I have to settle for Midsomer Murders.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Brian da Basher

Thanks Brian,   It all makes sense now ! ;D ;D ;D

Mog
>^-.-^<

P.s.  TLA = three letter acronym ::)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on November 09, 2019, 11:27:59 AM
VIP transport/Ambulance GB

See this P-40, for instance.
https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/threads/curtiss-monoplane-fighters.15933/#lg=thread-15933&slide=1 (https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/threads/curtiss-monoplane-fighters.15933/#lg=thread-15933&slide=1)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 10, 2019, 02:16:29 AM
Cool idea :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on November 17, 2019, 10:31:20 AM
2020 end of WWII 75th Anniversary GB

You can imagine ...
Luftwaffe '46, RAF '46, USAAF '46, VVS '46
Armour '46
Royal Navy '46, US NAVY '46, IJN '46
... infinite ideas

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 18, 2019, 03:21:09 AM
Added to the list
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 18, 2019, 03:22:00 AM
Non-Aligned Movement GB - think of all the options for models from these countries:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Aligned_Movement#Current_members
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ysi_maniac on November 18, 2019, 09:04:50 AM
HawkerTyphoon, Tempest, Sea Fury and derivatives GB

Title says everything, IMO.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on November 29, 2019, 01:09:33 PM
Engine change GB.   Change type and/or number of engines.   Many examples of that at BTS.   One of my favorites is SDBJ http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2747.msg39884#msg39884 (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2747.msg39884#msg39884) was rather easy to do.   Real world example would be Boeing B-29 to B-50 change and jets added to B-36 and C-123.   Can also change other features.

>>  Change ship between conventional and nuclear either way.   Between paddle wheel and screw either way.   Sailing ship becomes diesel or ?

>>  M60 tank rear (engine) fitted to T-55.   Double length rear of tank to become twin engine.   Nuclionic 115 antigravity ground hover drive.   Stuff like that.

>>  All manner of changes possible with aircraft.   Turboprop and jet engines can easily scaleorama too.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on November 29, 2019, 03:08:03 PM
2020 end of WWII 75th Anniversary GB

You can imagine ...
Luftwaffe '46, RAF '46, USAAF '46, VVS '46
Armour '46
Royal Navy '46, US NAVY '46, IJN '46
... infinite ideas

Like it.   What am doing now building Mega-Carrier.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on November 29, 2019, 09:07:41 PM
Non-Aligned Movement GB - think of all the options for models from these countries:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Aligned_Movement#Current_members

And just think of all the fake countries you could come up with for this too, such as Trashcanistan.

(https://i.postimg.cc/sxSXcq9y/Oscar-the-Grouch-Trashcanistan.jpg)

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on November 29, 2019, 09:35:49 PM
Obviously the illustrator of the flag failed to comprehend the colours of the Trashcanistan flag, which are putrid-meat red/brown, mould blue & pus yellow.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on November 30, 2019, 03:28:45 AM
Obviously the illustrator of the flag failed to comprehend the colours of the Trashcanistan flag, which are putrid-meat red/brown, mould blue & pus yellow.

Granted, this enhanced photo does use western interpretations.

It's not like that tiny, trashy land ever heard of Pantone© charts or FS numbers.
 ;D ;D ;D
Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on November 30, 2019, 04:27:58 AM
Hmmmmm......
Trashcanistan GB. A tiny, broke and forgotten country that has to build its military and civilian equipment out of what everyone else has thrown away. From rifles to aircraft to busses everything is a hodgepodge of relics and junk. Rust is the primary paint scheme.
Run this alongside “clean out the junk drawer” GB.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 30, 2019, 04:41:56 AM
Hmmmmm......
Trashcanistan GB. A tiny, broke and forgotten country that has to build its military and civilian equipment out of what everyone else has thrown away. From rifles to aircraft to busses everything is a hodgepodge of relics and junk. Rust is the primary paint scheme.
Run this alongside “clean out the junk drawer” GB.

 :smiley: ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on November 30, 2019, 02:06:29 PM
Hmmmmm......
Trashcanistan GB. A tiny, broke and forgotten country that has to build its military and civilian equipment out of what everyone else has thrown away. From rifles to aircraft to busses everything is a hodgepodge of relics and junk. Rust is the primary paint scheme.

That's actually a really good idea! :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on November 30, 2019, 03:30:21 PM
Hmmmmm......
Trashcanistan GB. A tiny, broke and forgotten country that has to build its military and civilian equipment out of what everyone else has thrown away. From rifles to aircraft to busses everything is a hodgepodge of relics and junk. Rust is the primary paint scheme.

That's actually a really good idea! :smiley:

I'm about 51% serious about it as a GB suggestion.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on November 30, 2019, 09:20:38 PM
Hmmmmm......
Trashcanistan GB. A tiny, broke and forgotten country that has to build its military and civilian equipment out of what everyone else has thrown away. From rifles to aircraft to busses everything is a hodgepodge of relics and junk. Rust is the primary paint scheme.

That's actually a really good idea! :smiley:

I'm about 51% serious about it as a GB suggestion.

Well, if you won't, I will! I, & I'm sure many others, have all sorts of crap ... shit ... stuff in their spares bins that'd be brilliant for this GB theme! ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on November 30, 2019, 11:24:41 PM
Engine change GB.   Change type and/or number of engines.   Many examples of that at BTS.   One of my favorites is SDBJ [url]http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2747.msg39884#msg39884[/url] ([url]http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2747.msg39884#msg39884[/url]) was rather easy to do.   Real world example would be Boeing B-29 to B-50 change and jets added to B-36 and C-123.   Can also change other features.

>>  Change ship between conventional and nuclear either way.   Between paddle wheel and screw either way.   Sailing ship becomes diesel or ?

>>  M60 tank rear (engine) fitted to T-55.   Double length rear of tank to become twin engine.   Nuclionic 115 antigravity ground hover drive.   Stuff like that.

>>  All manner of changes possible with aircraft.   Turboprop and jet engines can easily scaleorama too.


I think this is a cracking idea and could have very broad appeal which should lead to more participation.

The "Re-Engine GB". I like the sound of it.

Mr GTX, any chance we can get this one added to the GB poll?

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 01, 2019, 02:02:12 AM
All suggestions made since the last poll will get a chance to be voted upon. I will start putting the poll together in the coming weeks so keep the ideas flowing guys.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 01, 2019, 03:30:52 AM
I like the idea of either World War in the 1930s or perhaps Cold War in the 1930s or maybe just simply a 1930s Group Build.  Basically, focus on things from 1930-1939 (well, duh!!! :-\).
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on December 01, 2019, 03:52:54 AM
Hmmmmm......
Trashcanistan GB. A tiny, broke and forgotten country that has to build its military and civilian equipment out of what everyone else has thrown away. From rifles to aircraft to busses everything is a hodgepodge of relics and junk. Rust is the primary paint scheme.
Run this alongside “clean out the junk drawer” GB.

Made up of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida panhandle, the northern half of Louisiana and Arkansas?  ;D  ;D :icon_fsm:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on December 01, 2019, 03:54:54 AM
I like the idea of either World War in the 1930s or perhaps Cold War in the 1930s or maybe just simply a 1930s Group Build.  Basically, focus on things from 1930-1939 (well, duh!!! :-\).

War aspects could be incorporated based on personal preference rather than as a
requirement.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 01, 2019, 03:57:25 AM
Yep, that works for me too.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on December 01, 2019, 03:59:46 AM
Quote
Sailing ship becomes diesel or ?

In China a lot of Junks had their masts removed and converted to internal combustion
engines, petrol and diesel, in the post-WWI era and on.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 01, 2019, 02:24:47 PM

I'm about 51% serious about it as a GB suggestion.

I’m generally about 51% serious about 51% of the time... ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 21, 2019, 03:25:13 AM
Two more from me:

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 22, 2019, 03:38:57 AM
Another idea:  modern wars fought in different eras.   For example, the Falklands War fought in the 1950s.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on December 22, 2019, 06:13:40 AM
With NAZIs in Argentina providing the tech /military support (not too far from real life)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on December 22, 2019, 06:31:35 PM
Painted in Black? 

(https://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/photos/news/34278/001.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 22, 2019, 09:38:36 PM
Another idea:  modern wars fought in different eras.   For example, the Falklands War fought in the 1950s.

A Time Warp GB?

It's astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness.... takes it toll.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 22, 2019, 09:40:24 PM
Painted in Black? 

(https://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/photos/news/34278/001.jpg)

I see a red Fokker and I want it painted black?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on December 22, 2019, 11:08:51 PM
Another idea:  modern wars fought in different eras.   For example, the Falklands War fought in the 1950s.

A Time Warp GB?

It's astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness.... takes it toll.

Speaking of madness. Korean War in the present, or is that too close to rw?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 23, 2019, 01:30:59 AM
Speaking of madness. Korean War in the present, or is that too close to rw?

Oh, I don’t know.  After all we were all told “there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 23, 2019, 01:31:48 AM
Painted in Black? 

(https://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/photos/news/34278/001.jpg)

So Carl buys a new kit and wants everyone to join in on building it....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on December 23, 2019, 02:57:17 AM
Painted in Black? 

(https://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/photos/news/34278/001.jpg)

So Carl buys a new kit and wants everyone to join in on building it....

Well yeah ....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 25, 2019, 02:48:37 AM
Another idea:  Take out a War - i.e. what if there was no WW1 or WW2 or Vietnam...What would be the result?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 25, 2019, 02:50:02 AM
Hurry up with your ideas folks as I will be pulling together a poll in the coming days. >:(
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on December 25, 2019, 03:43:21 AM
 Paint it Pink  ;D

(https://photos.smugmug.com/OLDPB/i-2qtfQp6/0/424b3870/O/pinkpanzer.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on December 25, 2019, 10:17:32 AM
We could do a crazy colour schemes GB

Theres loads of real world examples but I'm absolutely sure you guys could come with some bizarre and interesting ones, some of Claves work for example.

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on December 25, 2019, 03:15:08 PM
Another idea:  modern wars fought in different eras.   For example, the Falklands War fought in the 1950s.

A Time Warp GB?

It's astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness.... takes it toll.
1900 or 1930-35 or ?
Builder picks their own time at least 20 years prior.  For Falklands.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on December 26, 2019, 12:13:00 AM
How about a "warnings were listened to", and "appropriate actions were taken", thereby "averting an upcoming armed conflict".

John Nott doesn't gut the RN, perhaps they even manage to retain a conventional carrier capability, thereby deterring the Argentinian annexation of the Falklands.

The US tells Sadam in no uncertain terms they will defend Kuwait and pre-deploys forces before the invasion, reversing some of the peace dividend and its associated project cancellations.

Stalin realises Germany is a threat and moves to contain rather than enable them.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on December 26, 2019, 12:25:05 AM
Painted in Black? 

(https://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/photos/news/34278/001.jpg)

I see a red Fokker and I want it painted black?

Paint it black GB? There is always the Phantom or Tomcat in black with the Playboy bunny tail.........
Would that work on a Tornado?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on December 26, 2019, 01:19:01 AM
Painted in Black? 

(https://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/photos/news/34278/001.jpg)

I see a red Fokker and I want it painted black?

Paint it black GB? There is always the Phantom or Tomcat in black with the Playboy bunny tail.........
Would that work on a Tornado?

See Greg. Back in Black!  ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 26, 2019, 02:18:16 AM
We could do a crazy colour schemes GB

Theres loads of real world examples but I'm absolutely sure you guys could come with some bizarre and interesting ones, some of Claves work for example.

Mog
>^-.-^<

Or a "Single Colour" GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on December 26, 2019, 12:52:01 PM
It's astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness.... takes it toll.
Just be sure you have correct change.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on December 26, 2019, 12:56:28 PM
How about a "warnings were listened to", and "appropriate actions were taken", thereby "averting an upcoming armed conflict".

John Nott doesn't gut the RN, perhaps they even manage to retain a conventional carrier capability, thereby deterring the Argentinian annexation of the Falklands.

The US tells Sadam in no uncertain terms they will defend Kuwait and pre-deploys forces before the invasion, reversing some of the peace dividend and its associated project cancellations.

Stalin realises Germany is a threat and moves to contain rather than enable them.
France gets its act together in the interwar period and actually builds up a credible force to oppose Hitler in the late 1930s (Two Roads to War has a lot on just how unprepared and unready they were, as well as on how disorganized (that's a suitably polite term) they were).
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 30, 2019, 02:23:38 AM
Civilianise it (otherwise known as Swords into Plowshares) GB = i.e. take a military model and turn it into something non-military.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on December 30, 2019, 10:16:41 AM
Always like that one

 :smiley:

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: nils on December 30, 2019, 03:43:19 PM
me too, count me in  8)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on December 31, 2019, 12:41:52 PM
Civilianise it (otherwise known as Swords into Plowshares) GB = i.e. take a military model and turn it into something non-military.
Hmm, perhaps a commercial version of a military transport?  A Lockheed 500 (civil C-5) in "Autoplane" (the airliner division of Autotrain) markings, for example.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on January 01, 2020, 01:08:01 AM
A topical one for Australia, fire fighting everythings.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 01, 2020, 04:41:40 AM
A topical one for Australia, fire fighting everythings.

Suggested a couple of pages ago.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on January 01, 2020, 04:52:59 AM
A topical one for Australia, fire fighting everythings.
A-10 or S-3 fire fighting versions?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 01, 2020, 04:58:49 AM
A topical one for Australia, fire fighting everythings.
A-10 or S-3 fire fighting versions?

(https://i.pinimg.com/1200x/8f/e3/47/8fe347704619019673d9b931a5db9af3.jpg)
(https://fireaviation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/S-3B-air-tanker.jpg)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 02, 2020, 04:02:24 AM
2020 GB Poll up now. (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=8916.0)

(https://i.chzbgr.com/full/8493411328/h5D8595EA/)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on January 02, 2020, 10:24:57 AM
With an extension of the end date you must... :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on January 02, 2020, 08:41:36 PM
A topical one for Australia, fire fighting everythings.
A-10 or S-3 fire fighting versions?

(https://i.pinimg.com/1200x/8f/e3/47/8fe347704619019673d9b931a5db9af3.jpg)
(https://fireaviation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/S-3B-air-tanker.jpg)

Converted tanks and APCs with water cannon, dozer blades and towing water trailers.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on January 20, 2020, 06:13:04 AM
How about a yearlong quick build (no more than 48 hours) build? Something like Brian's 2 in 24 (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=8941.0)? I just put together a Bandai Bexm 15 Portanova robot I know nothing about and it was an enjoyable palate cleanser.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 21, 2020, 01:34:39 AM
How about a yearlong quick build (no more than 48 hours) build? Something like Brian's 2 in 24 ([url]http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=8941.0[/url])? I just put together a Bandai Bexm 15 Portanova robot I know nothing about and it was an enjoyable palate cleanser.


Please explain the yearlong bit...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on January 21, 2020, 02:25:37 AM
How about a yearlong quick build (no more than 48 hours) build? Something like Brian's 2 in 24 ([url]http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=8941.0[/url])? I just put together a Bandai Bexm 15 Portanova robot I know nothing about and it was an enjoyable palate cleanser.
Please explain the yearlong bit...

Simple.  Make it a one-day group build with an extension of 364 days (or 365 days for leap year) :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 21, 2020, 07:02:11 AM
I think Frank was suggesting something that would be ongoing throughout the year like the Clear Your Workbench GB. This would give people the opportunity to schedule time for it when it's most convenient.

If I've misunderstood what Frank meant may he set me straight.

The way I've seen Blitzes done as board GBs is that the typical GB timeframe is at play and participants can do as many blitz builds as they want within the GB.

The standard Blitz Build is 24 hours but usually you can beak it up into two consecutive 12 hour blocks as the 'old guy' blitz option. This is because many of us aren't up to the rigors of an all-day modeling marathon anymore and the (usually over-night) break allows things to dry/set/cure.

I hope that helped explain a little to those who aren't familiar.

Brian da Basher

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on January 21, 2020, 08:06:08 AM
I think Frank was suggesting something that would be ongoing throughout the year like the Clear Your Workbench GB. This would give people the opportunity to schedule time for it when it's most convenient.

If I've misunderstood what Frank meant may he set me straight.

What the esteemed gentleman with a predilection for spats has said.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 22, 2020, 02:09:18 AM
Ok - we could probably do it (for both profiles and physical builds and maybe even for stories).  To ensure fairness we will probably require a start photo (showing for example unassembled kit and date) and then final picture(s) also dated.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 22, 2020, 08:31:52 AM
Good thinking Mr GTX and it aligns with how a blitz GB usually goes.

The idea is post a start pic with a clock and then a few updates and final pics with the clock.

The posts themselves can serve as a time-stamp as well. Usually things are pretty loose because no "winners" are chosen. One wins by completing their model within the blitz.

Extra points for posting your snacks, beverages and/or lunch. :D

I once blitzed a kit that was so horrid I was tempted to post pics of the pharmaceuticals I'd need to finish it.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kitnut617 on January 22, 2020, 10:03:39 AM
Would be a good GB to build this then
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: jcf on January 23, 2020, 04:00:22 AM
 ;D
Pity it isn't real.  :icon_fsm:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on January 23, 2020, 04:45:07 AM
If each kit came with a chocolate bar at little or no cost, I would be both broke and have no room left.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on January 23, 2020, 08:06:09 AM
If each kit came with a chocolate bar at little or no cost, I would be both broke and have no room left.

Can we have a sprue of crisps (potato chips) instead, any flavour except salt and vinigar.

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on January 23, 2020, 08:07:52 AM
I'll have your salt & vinegar ones, mate; swap you whatever you prefer for 'em! :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on January 23, 2020, 10:16:25 AM
Trade you for Jalapeno ....

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51fhNm8cBvL._SY355_.jpg)

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on January 23, 2020, 10:29:08 AM
If each kit came with a chocolate bar at little or no cost, I would be both broke and have no room left.

And all the boxes would be open before we could buy them.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on January 23, 2020, 12:57:15 PM
Can you imagine a sealed 60 year old Aurora kit with a Snickers bar in it?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on January 23, 2020, 01:01:09 PM
Can you imagine a sealed 60 year old Aurora kit with a Snickers bar in it?
:smiley:
OR a vintage Hostess Twinkie :)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 24, 2020, 02:51:42 AM
So it there a need for a food related GB?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 24, 2020, 07:07:21 AM
Can you imagine a sealed 60 year old Aurora kit with a Snickers bar in it?

There's vintage and then there's vintage. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZoHuMwZwTk)

Chow down!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on January 24, 2020, 07:18:11 AM
So it there a need for a food related GB?

I dare anybody to model a hover sausage or a Luftwaffle  ;) ;D ;D

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on January 24, 2020, 07:22:11 AM
Trade you for Jalapeno ....

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51fhNm8cBvL._SY355_.jpg)

Noooo that's worse  :o

Flame grilled steak or beef and onion are my go-to flavours, not quite so firey

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 26, 2020, 05:57:51 AM
2021 is the 100th anniversary of the RAAF so how about a RAAF or at least Australian themed GB?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 26, 2020, 08:25:04 AM
2021 is the 100th anniversary of the RAAF so how about a RAAF or at least Australian themed GB?

You know me, I'm always up for anything RAAF, one of the finest air forces out there.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on January 26, 2020, 09:37:41 AM
2021 is the 100th anniversary of the RAAF so how about a RAAF or at least Australian themed GB?

What a great way to celebrate, I'm up for it

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: apophenia on January 27, 2020, 06:08:23 AM
Me too ... a couple of concepts are brewing already  ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Old Wombat on January 27, 2020, 03:45:04 PM
2021? Shouldn't be a problem! I'm in! :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: LemonJello on January 27, 2020, 09:34:27 PM
Hhmmm....a V-22 in ARDU "Fanta Can" scheme? 


Great. Looks like I'm adding another Osprey to the stash.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: apophenia on May 12, 2020, 06:59:35 AM
With the sad news about Brian da Basher, can I propose a Spats Bash - The Brian Perri Memorial GB for 2021?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on May 12, 2020, 07:20:07 AM
With the sad news about Brian da Basher, can I propose a Spats Bash - The Brian Perri Memorial GB for 2021?

I support that.   Even for 2020.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on May 12, 2020, 10:04:33 AM
With the sad news about Brian da Basher, can I propose a Spats Bash - The Brian Perri Memorial GB for 2021?

I support that.   Even for 2020.

Ditto
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on May 12, 2020, 11:33:28 AM
2021 is the 100th anniversary of the RAAF so how about a RAAF or at least Australian themed GB?

I know, I know!

How about a "The RAAF is strangled at birth" GB, 100 years since Australia decided to maintain separate Army and Naval air arms.  ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Volkodav on May 12, 2020, 11:34:54 AM
I like the Spats build idea. He will be missed.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Story on May 12, 2020, 09:19:07 PM
With the sad news about Brian da Basher, can I propose a Spats Bash - The Brian Perri Memorial GB for 2021?

Saw the thread on Brian Perri's passing, didn't realize he was Brian da Basher.  Came up here to suggest the very same thing.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Story on May 12, 2020, 09:30:22 PM
Tangential thought -

Considering how much Brian was a part of this site, why not two GBs?

The SPATS - as mentioned.

WWBB (What Would Brian Build) - this would take longer (so 2021 / Round 2 of the Murder Hornet Virus Quarantine?) and could have this group reaching out to his family and purchasing from his stash. Each entry takes up where Brian left off - or never started -  and finishes in the Spirit of Brian.

It'd help the family/estate and memorialize our man at the same time.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: The Big Gimper on May 12, 2020, 09:46:44 PM
Also if Brian's family knows of kids who likes to build kits, I'd be more than happy to donate some of my kits.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 13, 2020, 02:06:49 AM
With the sad news about Brian da Basher, can I propose a Spats Bash - The Brian Perri Memorial GB for 2021?

There will be something this year.  Stand by.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kim margosein on May 13, 2020, 10:57:09 AM
Potato chips should come in just one flavor-SALTY GREASE!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on May 13, 2020, 11:59:07 AM
With the sad news about Brian da Basher, can I propose a Spats Bash - The Brian Perri Memorial GB for 2021?

There will be something this year.  Stand by.

I'm going to check my stash for kits of the strangest aircraft I can find!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on May 13, 2020, 12:19:45 PM
With the sad news about Brian da Basher, can I propose a Spats Bash - The Brian Perri Memorial GB for 2021?

There will be something this year.  Stand by.

I'm going to check my stash for kits of the strangest aircraft I can find!

Good - doing your stash hunting now.   I have one BdB build figured out.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: nils on May 13, 2020, 02:56:58 PM
With the sad news about Brian da Basher, can I propose a Spats Bash - The Brian Perri Memorial GB for 2021?

i second that idea  :smiley:
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: apophenia on May 14, 2020, 04:27:40 AM
Good - doing your stash hunting now.   I have one BdB build figured out.

Excellent! And I've just uncovered an unbuilt project from the '30s with spats that would have had Brian dancing with glee  ;D
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: robunos on May 14, 2020, 05:44:46 AM
I'm ready with my spats to end all spats . . .   :smiley:


cheers,
Robin.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on May 14, 2020, 08:21:38 AM
I do have a Beech Staggerwing...........
I’ll have to fudge together some spats!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on May 16, 2020, 04:26:23 PM
With the sad news about Brian da Basher, can I propose a Spats Bash - The Brian Perri Memorial GB for 2021?

i second that idea  :smiley:

I'll third that, brilliant idea

Now I have to find/think up a spatty kit bash for it an Albertross or Magister maybe.......

Never was or will be as good as Brian.......

Mog
>^-.-^<
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: arkon on May 20, 2020, 09:35:57 AM
It’s not just building the model, it’s the whole backstory that could almost make you believe it if not for the few whacky things that just make one laugh at all the absurdity of it all
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on May 20, 2020, 10:25:13 AM
That will be the most difficult part!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on May 21, 2020, 08:52:17 AM
That will be the most difficult part!

You ain't kidding dude !

Got a couple of ides but can't concoct a Basheresque back story  :-\

The guy was just too good !

Mog
>^-.-^<

Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on May 21, 2020, 02:37:36 PM
Brian gets top of his class in creative writing.   Basheresque back story - good terminology.

Do a mini version on one page briefing for my builds.   Though Brian is a master craftsman at back stories.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 13, 2020, 04:29:18 AM
A new suggestion from me:  1920s/1930s GB or Between the Wars GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Robomog on July 01, 2020, 03:44:40 PM
Here's a hoopy one,

build a kit, any kit, either from the box , whif or revive an old model then let your spouse/partner/significant other/soul buddy/BFF/close friend/folks next door/complete stranger in street, design/dictate the colour scheme.

Too radical?

I realise if you are going through a bad patch or your designer is in a mischievous mood you may be opening yourself up to a whole lota of hurt ! ( or a very unique challange)


Mog
>^-.-^<


EDIT:  includes SWMBO.............
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 23, 2020, 03:12:15 AM
A South American GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on August 03, 2020, 03:34:41 AM
Your Favourite GB - that is, people build/profile or otherwise whatever their favourite aircraft, vehicle, kit etc is.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: nils on August 03, 2020, 03:44:26 AM
how about we revisit some older GB idea's

-swords into plowshares
-scale-o-rama GB
-never retired GB
-46' GB
-Braillescale GB (build something in 1/144 or smaller)
-Tigermeet in the 40's
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on August 03, 2020, 06:31:59 AM
how about we revisit some older GB idea's

-swords into plowshares
-scale-o-rama GB
-never retired GB
-46' GB
-Braillescale GB (build something in 1/144 or smaller)
-Tigermeet in the 40's

Good picks, like those.  Have concepts for -swords into plowshares  -never retired.  Like to see results of explicit -scale-o-rama GB.  Scale-o-rama can become a part of most kit-bashes anyway.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on August 04, 2020, 01:22:55 AM
Scale-o-rama can become a part of most kit-bashes anyway.

Bit hard for profiles...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: ChernayaAkula on August 04, 2020, 06:08:51 AM
Scale-o-rama can become a part of most kit-bashes anyway.

Bit hard for profiles...

Kinda, yes. Scale-o-rama'd pixelbashing is great for feasibility studies, though.  :smiley: Had some ideas for scale-o-ramas that sounded great in my head, but just didn't look right when put together on the computer.

Also... techically, putting a P-40 nose on a La-5 fuselage is kitbashing - be it plastic or pixel!  ;)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Sport25ing on August 04, 2020, 06:58:47 AM
two stuffs:

1º When will the Downfall GB start?!

2º Idea for GB: "Captured"
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: dy031101 on August 04, 2020, 07:11:59 AM
I wouldn't mind going through another round of Naval GB......

(Even though I barely made it under the extension for last one and totally botched the one before ;D)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on August 05, 2020, 01:56:41 AM
two stuffs:

1º When will the Downfall GB start?!


(https://barfblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/homer-doh.jpg)

Errr...soon. :-[

Bloody hell, where did July go?

We still need a moderator.  Any volunteers??
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on August 05, 2020, 02:56:32 AM
It's kinda a self-fulfilling prophesy GB...
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on August 05, 2020, 03:22:53 AM
It's kinda a self-fulfilling prophesy GB...

 ???
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on August 25, 2020, 02:31:41 AM
One that's been suggested before I am sure but what about a "Cold War Continues" GB?  Basically assume the Berlin Wall and everything else did not happen in 1989.  There was no Gorbachev and the USSR and the Warsaw Pact is still alive and strong today.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: apophenia on August 25, 2020, 04:12:25 AM
One that's been suggested before I am sure but what about a "Cold War Continues" GB?  Basically assume the Berlin Wall and everything else did not happen in 1989.  There was no Gorbachev and the USSR and the Warsaw Pact is still alive and strong today.

I really like this one. Plenty of sub-theme potential as well - eg: Soviet don't go in to Afghanistan; Gorby does get in but focuses on economic reforms instead; START I with an on-going Soviet Union results in an escalating NATO/WARPAC conventional weapons arms race, ...

A scenario that I'd wondered about was history playing out as it did but, somehow, die Wende does not occur. Instead, voters opt for a separate Neue Deutsche Demokratische Republik (NDDR) under the Christian Democrats headed by Lothar de Maizière. What happens to the erstwhile NVA in a genuinely democratic East Germany?
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 27, 2020, 01:47:32 AM
Two ideas (might be combined):

Post Apocalyptic GB
Zombie Apocalypse GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 04, 2020, 03:04:30 AM
Extended Vietnam War GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on October 04, 2020, 03:45:03 AM
Extended Vietnam War GB

Don't recall seeing this idea before now.   Interesting.....
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 05, 2020, 03:24:30 AM
100th Anniversary of the Creation of the Royal Australian Air Force GB
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Story on October 17, 2020, 04:00:13 AM
THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Group Build

Twenty years after the Fascists prevailed in WW2 and divided a conquered America between them - like a Luft 46' environment, only moreso.

(https://i.imgur.com/QwzzUmN.png?1)

Then add the multiverse.
(https://i.imgur.com/YVLCdmK.jpg?1)

Note - the prop designers for this AMAZON channel series had constraints and - quite frankly - lacked the sort of imagination that frequents this spot on the interwebz.  Think not only extrapolated Japanese and German technology, but captured and modified American weapons systems. There there's always the Soviets as outliers.

https://the-man-in-the-high-castle.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_Nazi_Science_and_Technologies
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Frank3k on October 17, 2020, 04:42:04 AM
In terms of wanting to cause grievous bodily harm to the writers, the ending of "The Man in the High Castle" was second only to the ending of the 2000s "Battlestar Galactica". The D0-31-like VTOL airplane was cool, though.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Story on October 17, 2020, 08:22:45 AM
In terms of wanting to cause grievous bodily harm to the writers

 Your ideas are intriguing. Do you have a newsletter?

*
Commentary by one of the artists - they just CGI'd things like the Kamov helicopters.
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/xzAr2O (https://www.artstation.com/artwork/xzAr2O)
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on October 17, 2020, 11:19:16 AM
In terms of wanting to cause grievous bodily harm to the writers, the ending of "The Man in the High Castle" was second only to the ending of the 2000s "Battlestar Galactica". The D0-31-like VTOL airplane was cool, though.
Never bothered with or had any interest in following The Man in the High Castle but I heartily agree that BSG ended rather horribly and the pick up the pieces episode only poured more salt in to the woulds and certainly did nothing to fill in the details that were ignored during the series run. 

Cylons in Nylons!  Ohhhhh Yeah!   
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: elmayerle on October 17, 2020, 11:37:22 AM
In terms of wanting to cause grievous bodily harm to the writers, the ending of "The Man in the High Castle" was second only to the ending of the 2000s "Battlestar Galactica". The D0-31-like VTOL airplane was cool, though.
Never bothered with or had any interest in following The Man in the High Castle but I heartily agree that BSG ended rather horribly and the pick up the pieces episode only poured more salt in to the woulds and certainly did nothing to fill in the details that were ignored during the series run. 

Cylons in Nylons!  Ohhhhh Yeah!
Not that the original BSG was ended any better.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on October 17, 2020, 02:27:13 PM
Hmmmmm......
Trashcanistan GB. A tiny, broke and forgotten country that has to build its military and civilian equipment out of what everyone else has thrown away. From rifles to aircraft to busses everything is a hodgepodge of relics and junk. Rust is the primary paint scheme.
Run this alongside “clean out the junk drawer” GB.

Kind of like Borat’s homeland!
If this gets voted in I’ll actually have to build and complete something!
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: finsrin on October 17, 2020, 02:42:46 PM
Hmmmmm......
Trashcanistan GB. A tiny, broke and forgotten country that has to build its military and civilian equipment out of what everyone else has thrown away. From rifles to aircraft to busses everything is a hodgepodge of relics and junk. Rust is the primary paint scheme.
Run this alongside “clean out the junk drawer” GB.

Kind of like Borat’s homeland!
If this gets voted in I’ll actually have to build and complete something!

Ford Trimotor gunship comes to mind.
Title: Re: Ideas and Suggestions for GBs/Themed Builds
Post by: kerick on October 18, 2020, 12:19:09 AM
I like that idea!