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Re: Italeri BEAU GESTE Algerian Tuareg Revolt 1877 - 1912 - BATTLE SET #6183

Yes it looks really great but the price, I can not even raise the cash selling my body parts due to a miss spent youth not a good price for my kidneys or liver, heart (what Heart). When bringing up the subject of cash with SWMBO I was told to sell some of the junk in my toy boxes. What junk all 183 boxes contain highly valuable miniatures. So I will have to wait for Santa or the Euro millions (Our answer to powerball) before I can buy a few forts to go with the 12 new Strelet sets I will be buying.

Re: Italeri BEAU GESTE Algerian Tuareg Revolt 1877 - 1912 - BATTLE SET #6183

Hi Johnny

Thank you for responding. I very much enjoy your humor.

I hear what you are saying about the cost! But you could literally buy just one fort, and use it to trace and make as many other parts you want to expand it, or just need more than one tower.

If you wanted to scratch-build, I pretty much already gave the measurements for both Italeri and Airfix.

I hope I can live at least another 25 years so if I amortize a $70 fort out over 25 years, that's only about $2.80/year.

Anyway, hope you get one. They're pretty cool! - GC

Re: Italeri BEAU GESTE Algerian Tuareg Revolt 1877 - 1912 - BATTLE SET #6183

I was wondering about the material, not familiar with it and how sturdy it is. The Airfix forts were kind of small, but being plastic were durable. I still have mine I bought when I was a kid (along with re-issues I bought later).

Re: Italeri BEAU GESTE Algerian Tuareg Revolt 1877 - 1912 - BATTLE SET #6183

Hi Wayne,

Glad to see you here on the forum. Your question is a good one. Within the Italeri box it says "French Desert Fort in MDF laser cut." Here is a Wiki description:

"Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally denser than plywood. It is made up of separated fibres, but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much denser than particle board."

And then all the fort's various pieces are cut out of small boards by laser; super fine and perfect cuts. I'm very impressed.

This is a very high quality wood product. Super smooth and very stiff to the touch. All the pieces fit together perfectly. You can see all of the various boards with pieces cut by laser in Google Images.

The glue I'm using is "bsi Bob Smith Industries, Inc. Maxi-Cure (quick dry) for Hardwoods, Plastics and Ceramics." There may be better, but this is my first MDF project.

I'm going to paint mine, for looks and to seal the wood. I wouldn't recommend submerging this in water. But it is very strong once the various walls, etc. are built.

I love my Airfix, too, but this is a better deal. You'd have to combine two Airfix to equal one of this. Plus this is modular so you only need to set the walls and corners and towers together. Airfix takes a lot of conversion work.


Re: Italeri BEAU GESTE Algerian Tuareg Revolt 1877 - 1912 - BATTLE SET #6183

Thanks Garrison, I saw the pics of the fort and it does look impressive.

I've seen some sets with buildings made of the flimsiest of materials; you never know these days. Then again, when I first heard about sets with buildings and scenics made of "pressed foam" I was skeptical, too. I have to admit after getting my first Barzso playset and seeing how sturdy they actually were I became a bit of a believer = you just have to be a bit careful and I would never think of giving a foam building to a kid to play with.

So thanks again.