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25 minutes ago, DieselDaisy said:

 

Are you good at these, as I haven't messed around with airfix stuff since I was in the ATC (and I famously put the warp nacelles of the USS Enterprise on backwards, much to the hilarity of the other cadets)?

 

There are some good videos on youtube.

 

if you take it slow, it's like putting IKEA furniture together, but this time with glue.

 

Don't see how this poses many problems. The instructions in these things speak for themselves, but the small parts can be a pain to move to the right position sometimes. In my build, I felt like they were trolling me at times with some of the smaller stuff they expected me to attack. And those very small stickers, I don't bother with these. It doesn't matter, it's your build.

 

I go through life, "creating peace"; if something is too complicated I discard it.

 

My father in law approved anyway.

 

I also made the titanic by revell.

 

My main life project is the HMS victory in wood though. This is a massive work, already 10 years in the making. I loathe finishing the hull, with all these goddamn planks you need to file, then soak, then glue, then sand over. It's rather unrewarding stuff, you don't see much progress. But I keep it anyway, and intend to finish it some day.

 

 

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1 minute ago, action said:

 

if you take it slow, it's like putting IKEA furniture together, but this time with glue.

 

Don't see how this poses many problems. The instructions in these things speak for themselves, but the small parts can be a pain to move to the right position sometimes. In my build, I felt like they were trolling me at times with some of the smaller stuff they expected me to attack. And those very small stickers, I don't bother with these. It doesn't matter, it's your build.

 

I go through life, "creating peace"; if something is too complicated I discard it.

 

My father in law approved anyway.

 

I also made the titanic by revell.

 

My main life project is the HMS victory in wood though. This is a massive work, already 10 years in the making. I loathe finishing the hull, with all these goddamn planks you need to file, then soak, then glue, then sand over. It's rather unrewarding stuff, you don't see much progress. But I keep it anyway, and intend to finish it some day.

 

 

 

If you want more detail/realism though, like showing discoloration, wearing, rust and battle damage, there are a lot of tips on youtube.

 

You do realise the original Victory only took about 5-6 years to build?

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Just now, DieselDaisy said:

You do realise the original Victory only took about 5-6 years to build?

 

problem is, I get new courage to continue, complete 2-3 rows at each side, and then become bored out again. This leads to another 5-6 months of not bothering, and continuing again.

 

Corona made me progress a bit more, but that motivation ended too.

 

And from now on, things will get progressively difficult. The upper hull is rather straight forward, but once you go below sea level, the twists and bends of the planks become really ridiculous. You need to soak the plank 24 hours, then use a heating device to bend the plank (if you break it you need to start over), then nail it to the hull, let it dry, file one side etc...

 

Every time I walk into my man cave, the unfinished model of the victory taunts me. Maybe I should watch rocky III again (where rocky admits to adrian that he's afraid to fail, and adrian then tells him it doesn't matter; that its better to fail and get it over with rather than self-pitying the rest of your life), to get me motivated.

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10 hours ago, wasted said:

They aren’t swastikas. Everyone with eyes should read The Shock Doctrine. Or at least order it via Amazon for the irony. Then drink a Cherry Coke. 

 

6 hours ago, Donald Trump said:

I would add Columbine by Dave Cullen to the list. You will never take the news seriously again after reading it. 

Any more details? I’ll look into them

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7 hours ago, Winston Wolf said:

The Shock Doctrine is a must read during the covid-1984 times.

They followed the formula exactly. They shocked everyone with a disaster, then isolated everyone, deprived them of human contact and tortured us with fear, then while we were stunned and lost our identities they rushed through a bunch authoritarian policies and created new private markets they were setup to profit from. 

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Noam Chomsky makes a great read too given the current context. Lots of food for thought.

 

The Shock Doctrine is a bible to understand the working of the world’s politics in the last 60 years. Wars, coups, dictatorships, economic crisis... it’s the playbook for how societies have been tramsformed following the same mechanism. Violent coups and wars are not the tool of choice anymore. It’s currently deemed too barbaric for first world countries. Economic crisis has yielded great results (look at how they destroyed Greece... and even after that you have Eastern European countries begging to be a part of the Euro).

 

The US is suffering in their own soil what they have been doing to other countries for decades. Seems only fair. But the problem is that the ones that end up suffering and paying the bill are just regular citizens that don’t want to have anything to do with all the bs.

 

Basically the world is being held hostage by a reduced group of sociopaths who never went to therapy. It all boils down to bad parenting and rotten egos not being kept in check.

 

15 years ago, whenever I brought up that book (or No Logo, by the same author) I was met with more or less the same answer most of the time “Klein is too communist, too leftist, too red, too catastrophic in her observations, not realistic enough, her views are just caricatures, yaddah yaddah...”

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4 hours ago, Manhattan said:

I like hearing reviews in peoples own words, its more fun that way

 

I watched the documentary which was so-so. I’m sure the book is better I’ll have to track it down

It’s pretty complicated and intense. It’s a combo of Chicago school of economics and CIA torture programs. The book goes into detail of both and goes through of examples.

 

The book in general kind of puts forward the idea that what they used to do prisoners, wipeing their memory through torture or deprivation and then reprogramming them, they use the same techniques on whole populations.

 

Shock and Awe in the Iraq War for example. The shock creates a vacuum in the psyche and then they ram in a new regime, but the next part is that new markets are created by disaster. Like how Halliburton was ready to profit from the Iraq war.

 

And this is what the US government under Biden will be doing. It’s not socialism. It’s corporate fascism. The privatization of the government has been the trend. This all leads to Disaster Capitalism. So they set up to profit from the disaster. With the Iraq War they were looking for the excuse to go.

 

9/11 is the same thing but it turns it back on the US people for the first time maybe. And now Covid is another example, the same people that are scaring you with all these numbers and stats are the ones in government with investments in vaccines etc. It’s the element of insider trading that is sinister, creating new markets by starting wars or exploiting natural disasters. You can almost start to predict what the next disaster capitalism is going to be. Bill Gates is buying up land, bugging up plant based food. A meat crisis will be manufactured and all the rich people will be ready to go in that sector. 

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