Thursday, 31 March 2016

French Foreign Legion Fort Presented by Beano Boy

 A Lonely Outpost where the howling wind is often stirred up into a fateful Desert Song. The sand driven hard by such a wind of change stung well the faces of those that once saw fit to guard such a place as this. It was Service at a price. It was Duty, and a Mind Set of determination that often would lead to an Ultimate Price being made.

Above stands one remaining chimney and part of the walls of the Blockhouse at Boudenib.

Below the Blockhouse still stands in the Fort,and in the distance another keeps watch, but where is this place?

                                  Southern  Morocco near the Algerian Border

It was here in the Fort above on the cold night of the 1st day of  September 1909 that forty defenders fought off  over 400 Arabs for near on two days in a battle to hold this place. A key position guarding the approaches to Boudenib , and such actions as this one have inspired writers and movie makers throughout the years since to produce moving tales of the tough regulated life and actions of the French Foreign Legion. Often such men fought to the last man and the last bullet.Why? Because they had no other choice.


The Plan above reveals three  pieces of field artillery most probably French 75mm Guns,two to the west and one to the east thereby providing extra fire power to defend the outer Blockhouse and the Fort  where the fighting was  ferocious  to say the least. As in most cases these Forts were it seems kept way under strength and there are desperate accounts of Legionnaires throwing explosives over the walls as the Rif tribesman tried to scale them.                                                                                                                   

The thing i found most strange looking at all the evidence shown in the modern photo`s is the total lack of any remaining roofing materials.

Having shown the mud brick forts of OMAN,i thought to show what is left of these Legion Forts in North Africa. A friend kindly remarked such pictures can inspire and determine future scratch builds.
                                                                     OTHER FORTS

1908  Morocco here the Legion is shown with the wrong color sash it should be one of blue. 

The French arrived in Algeria in 1833 and were soon building up Forts.

It might seem strange for the Well to be outside the walls of this unnamed place,but often was the case a new Well needed digging after this Fort was built and saw actions of rigid military life.

Looking above at the damaged section of wall i realised that there had been quite an explosion here and near a third of that building had gone.

                                  A Breach in the wall ,i wonder if there was a desperate fight here.

The high-point of this Fort is not all that clear on the first glance of the picture,but to the bottom right the low road or desert track can be seen below. So this was a good well thought out vantage point of defence,and with plenty of firing slits built into the walls.
I chanced upon information that the French used aircraft during the Great War and after to support these Forts. One account mentions water supplies being dropped in the form of blocks of ice. After suffering a number of defeats the French finally blew up most of the Forts that the Legionnaires had built by 1927.

 With  all the roofs long ago blown sky high in all these hard fought over places their ruins remain today just rugged solitary places that`s for sure. With only the passing shadows and the desert wind for company.



This is the AIRFIX FORT that Paul Converted. Paul`s Bods!

                              Below a scratch built model Fort made for the gaming table.

Below a welcome rest from the beating sun and time to catch the shade.

The remains of a French built Block House. The people themselves help set the scale of the place well.

                                                       Name Unknown

                                    Like a Sentinel this French built Block House stands on Watch.



                                       As they march along captured in this tiny point in time.

That`s All Folks.  


Friday, 18 March 2016

The Two Part Rubber Mould by Beano Boy

There will be Updates on this one so please look out for them if there is interest.
I promise it will certainly be fun.

Columns From Bicycle Handle Bar Grips

First The Cost
Two sets cost £7.89  with Free Postage.

One gets two in a set so here i have prepared both by filling them with Plaster of Paris,in order to make them solid. Although i only need one i decided to show both as an illustration. The one on the right of the picture is what they both looked like after filling them,but i super glued  a top and bottom to make the other one a complete pattern ready to be used to make a rubber mould that can produce good castings for my own use.

Here are another two examples of bike handle bar grips that i intend to make into patterns. Perfect for fantasy projects. Lets face it everything i do is pure fantasy!

I filled the two ends with OYUMARU a reusable compound and not plaster because i will remove each end and likewise stick them onto the others i wish to make into patterns. So the super glue and the reusable stuff will hold it in place but can be removed easily.

                                           All fixed and ready to use as a pattern.

Here the pattern rests in the size box needed to form the bottom half of this two part mould which will be filled with my mix of rubber and the pattern will then be pressed into it up to its halfway point and the edges smoothed out.  I will make the mould later and that can be seen in Part Two.

However let me show you a mould that is far from being ordinary,and it was designed and made by little i last year. The plan was to save money.

                   The one on the left is the painted casting the other the pattern i used to make the mould.

The Playmobil Caste Steps

The mould is one of odd sides. I will explain. Half of the mould is made of rubber the other cheap plaster. The plaster is the odd side. This saved me over a £1.00 by not using rubber.

 I also decides to save more money by not giving the mould a back edge. So filling this as it is would result in the plaster running out as gravity would dictate it to do.

The plan came together like this by using a clay tile. So the clay tile is another odd side.
All Simply held in place by sellotape! This saved even more money. Total outlay £2,50. A massive saving by over half the cost. 

So this is the end result from a mould of very odd sides that might look funny,but can give a perfect casting every time.

All this certainly seemed amusing to these two that arrived on the wing.

I made two video`s and even though i am no movie maker,i managed to show the process of this scratch build project,and woffle on so to speak in my Norwich Accent. Mrs B,helped by trying to use my camera and all in all it was most messy,but most rewarding creating unique stone columns. 
So if there is more interest please view the two video`s on this Blog. 
  Thank you for viewing.    BB

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The Mirbat Fort Oman by Beano Boy

                                                            The Mirbat Fort Oman
                                                            For The Hereford Lads

                        This was the Fort which nearly became their ALAMO.  
There was a British 25 Pounder Gun where those stones are       
piled up outside the Fort.                                                            

                           The SAS fought a battle here 19 July 1972 it was their Rorkes Drift        
     Out numbered 25-30 to one they stood their ground.Why?                 
          Because they were there,and nobody else.                                                

                                                     Above the BATT House at Mirbat    
                                          Nine defended this against overwhelming odds.            
For some it was their last stand. Others beat the Clock!


There are many more and here are just a few.

                                              I wonder if they lock up at night?

                                                 I call this one above "INSPIRATION."

                                                     Nakhal Fort Oman

                                                                        Nakhal Fort Oman

This mud brick rendered Fortress seems to have grown out of the very rock formation itself after a magical seed had been blown there upon such a wind of change.

                                           Nizwa Fort__Castle Oman

                                           Fort Al Jalali Old Muscat   Oman

Muscat  Fort Oman

Mirabat Fort

Often is the case that imagination is stirred and certain elements in pictures can help with scratch building projects. BB                                                        

                                   Musket Fort once the Main Prison of Oman

                                                 Musket Harbor the Year 1903

                                   Above Musket Oman                                                  

Fort Jabrin Oman

Above  five pictures of the oldest Portuguese Fort  Nizwa Oman

Above Two Pictures of Nakhal Fort City of Nakhal Oman

Ibri Fort Oman

                                                         Muscat Castle Oman

Bahla Fort Oman

                                                      Rustaq Fort Oman

Fort Manah Oman

There is a sign way up there that simply states. "Mind the back Door Step It`s a Killer!"

This Topic Is Finished Now. Thanks  for Looking. BB