Welcome to the Strelets Forum.
Please feel free to discuss any aspect of 1/72 scale plastic figures, not simply Strelets.
If you have any questions about our products then we will answer them here.
Nice to see while I'm working on mine
Really nice job on these interesting figures, I wondered where the fort was from, it looks great.
Alan mentioned in one of his replies that the fort was from an Italeri battleset. They have a number of these including a castle, villa, Rorkes drift amongst many others. The actual mdf buildings are manufactured by Sarissa Precision of Derbyshire England.
As you may guess I am a big fan. The finish in the main doesn't require painting, in this I'm referring to my painting which could only be to the detriment of the finished model. In saying this however I did paint the fort as I thought it too plain, (I think I've wandered into Witness Country) anyway Alan must have thought the same as he has modified his.
I cannot help thinking that a few chickens wouldn't have gone amiss with the set.
Fair enough so its **** in pan then.
I'd like to add to Paul's discussion of the Italeri fort Alan chose for his pictures. I built one also and yes, it's MDF which is a kind of compressed wood and lazer cut - and - actual 1/72 scale. It's heavy which is nice. Lazer cut means it fits together perfectly. It's designed after an actual fort designed and built by the legion for a Christian missionary and his followers protection. It's style with firing slots was widely used in many forts by the legion. Alan picked the the perfect fort for his Contribution. The set's fort is "modular" so you can combine sets to make any size fort. MDF is smooth so Alan did a nice job texturing the fort and even added some nice bricks for the look! Well done.
I've looked for decades to find pictures or references of the Hollywood Fort Zinderneuf and nadda. There is a photo of the 1939 producer who conferred with an actual Legionnaire when designing the movie fort, but I don't think there is an actual real fort of that design. There is a "Zinder Village" in the Sahara though, but I can't find an actual fort of it's design. Mon Legionnaire site has the best links to photos and satellite photos of real forts. Really, all of the forts were different designs, sizes, and purpose built. Some were quite beautiful, but mostly early ones. Most of them were abandoned by the Legion after only a few years because thier expansion throughout Africa was so fast and technology changed so quickly. But yes, the outposts were there throughout the desert as rest stops and supply depots to aid and protect the French expansion.
Bottom line, Alan chose the best fort, did an outstanding job of representing a very interesting point in time of the the FFL history showing what life could be like for the men who were mostly adventurers. And it was a hard experience for them.
If anyone can add to this about the movie Zinderneuf, or correct any comments I've made, feel free. I'd love to learn more about the Legion's forts.
Below is the link to the Italeri site. Be sure to click on the arrows so you fully see all of the thumbnails. You can see all you get in the set.
By the way - Strelets FFL sets are the best, in poses and actual details - Zzz Best! Thanks Strelets and Alan!