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Posted: Sunday, November 08, 2020 - 03:58 AM UTC
Incredible work, Tim
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 03:57 PM UTC
Hey Mike,

This discussion/project is rolling on new tracks on the new site, non-stop – all that really happened was the points switched. Anyone coming here first can click on the link (provided in my October 21 post above) to follow. And anyone who first sees Op. Anthropoid on the new site can follow the link I provided there on the opening “page” to come back here for the full history.

If this old site’s existence is threatened in the future after becoming a “flat file”, I’d certainly want to salvage all text which related to research (by others as well as my own) and drop it into the new-site thread, because that’s what will justify how I depict the event.

I’ve always had the 1,100+ images backed up but I doubt folks want to see all those again! I’ve put up a semi-random selection on the new site, more than enough. In the unlikely event someone asks “How did you make/do X?” I can always drop relevant images into the thread.

See you there
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 02:45 AM UTC
361,000+ hits on this thread (OMG!) but we are just gonna stop this discussion in its' tracks and move on!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 06:43 PM UTC


OK so we have arrived at the last Anthropoid Tram Stop on this site. Thanks for your continuing interest, please disembark and follow this link to re-board at the new site…

https://forums.kitmaker.net/t/operation-anthropoid/672

When the above link is de-activated you can simply type it into any search engine.

Over & Out

Dioramartin
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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 05:47 AM UTC
I like the Simca. The topolino indeed is a tiny car. It will certainly dress up your dio
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Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 12:05 AM UTC
Thanks guys OK then the Simca stays & yeah Glenn you got the same problem, can we sue? Nacho I’ve been missing your updates, stay safe & well & hope you’ll get back in the saddle soon. This isn’t the forum to discuss the pandemic but you can check Sydney’s infection rates on the ‘net anytime
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 09:26 PM UTC
Hey Tim , there's a guy over on the new site doing pretty much the same build as you .......

Looks beautiful Tim !!
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 05:55 AM UTC
Looking good Tim, Ruck Over Bby!
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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 02:37 AM UTC
I see no scale issues here. The limo was a big car and the sedan was tiny.
Sitting on the cobbles they look great already just as a stand alone dio.
J
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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:53 PM UTC
Tim, it´s a pleasure to watch your work. I've been out for a while but I can see that you´re still going on with your masterpiece.

How are you doing over there with COVID?? Spain is a f sh*t.

My bests!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:28 PM UTC
Many thanks guys, all positives especially appreciated this time as I wasn’t sure, too close to it as usual. I talked myself into p/shopping being the better solution but I really do need to practice it some more. Mike– priceless, I’ll never look at Murray’s Whale Ale again the same way.

So I mentioned a couple of surprises were coming last time. Well, Surprise # 1 was a call last Friday from the supplier of the three photo-etch chemicals I’d ordered to tell me they’d arrived at the warehouse – because they’re classified “Hazardous” I’d opted to collect, rather than complicate post-office or courier delivery. “Really? When I ordered online 3 weeks ago your website said two of the three items could take 8, 10 or more weeks to come from the UK.” “Yes, they’re here” “You’re absolutely SURE? You can see I left instructions on the order that I’d come to collect ONLY when ALL THREE items had arrived, it’s a 60+ km round trip drive to you with A$20 of tolls…” “Yes they’re here”.

The only real surprise is if you can’t guess what I found when I got there.

Surprise # 2: In my LHS (also last Friday) for some materials and there it was, all on its ownsome amongst a shelf of heaving AFVs…



Not exactly the cheapest miniature from Tamiya, but I shelled out because (1) it’s too cute (2) I don’t want my LHS to close down, (3) I’m sure there were some of these late ‘30’s foreign buggies chugging around Prague in ’42 despite fuel rationing, (4) it’s a good start for the passing traffic I need, (5) with some minor mods like an officer’s hat, the driver figure’s auditioning for chauffeur Klein in the Merc., so maybe one of my seated MiniArt civvies can take the wheel in this car.

You know how some Tamiya kits almost assemble themselves…



Civilian-ised with scratch seats & folding-roof rods, understated chrome & a semi-authentic colour (TS15) which varies more than a little under different lighting conditions. In the above photo the body shell, doors & wheels weren’t glued yet. Not my best work but it’s likely to be slightly blurred as if in motion in final photos, & I’ll leave the driver’s door open-able in case it looks convincing as being emergency-parked post-explosion. It would be around 4 years old by May ‘42 (with a couple of careless owners maybe) so after some heavy pastel-dust weathering (some of which will naturally blow away)…







Is there a scale problem?









I hope not - the Simca 5’s a Fiat Topolino clone and they were both…well, diminutive. Father Merrin’s perhaps one of MiniArt’s beefier figures too, hard to believe he’d ever squeeze into it. What surprised me most was how much the Merc grew by comparison, I’d been concerned it didn’t look enough like a limo but I think it does now (?)

And so it seems this Tram must soon switch lines to trundle onto the new Armorama website - fair warning your driver’s not the sharpest tool in the box when it comes to diversions & upgrades. Having slipped into something more comfortable I make the following important Announcement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKHUGvde7KU

C[ ]
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Posted: Friday, October 09, 2020 - 04:35 AM UTC
Really nice work, Tim! But will it all blend together?... Of course it will!
Super Bass-0-Matic '76!

Cheers!🥤
—mike
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Posted: Friday, October 09, 2020 - 02:26 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

'WOW!'...I am not worthy, I don't often cuss, but that looks bloomin' amazing, as Jerry says...seamless.

It's not just a simple backdrop, it's an extension of the whole, definitely another Industrial Light & Magic movie moment, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, October 09, 2020 - 01:56 AM UTC
Looks like a seemless blending to me. Well done Sir! I wish I knew the sorcery behind PS. I would like to think I have the smarts to learn it but the main drawback is I don't want to learn it! hahhaha I like my old school drawing and painting I suppose.
Having said that I really enjoy this view. As I said, seemless.
J
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Posted: Friday, October 09, 2020 - 12:11 AM UTC
I love it Tim . It works beautifully in a photo venue . In a photo your eyes peruse the foreground first then the background as an afterthought . I mean it's just parsley for the main dish . The background you have though is not just good enough , it's pretty dam cool !!
You get to see it in person so it may not come across the same as me seeing in a photo , knowwatImean .
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Posted: Thursday, October 08, 2020 - 10:02 PM UTC
Was it Mark Twain who said something like the older I get, the less certain I am about anything? I dunno.

Backdrops. I’ve been mulling/avoiding this issue for two years but now it’s crunch-time. I was relieved after taking those first tree/garden photos outside a couple of months back, when the view from our balcony served as an OK semi-urban blurry background for shots taken from behind the derelict Merc. One less to worry about.

That leaves (1) the long view west up the hill from where Heydrich’s car approached, (2) the view behind the house & all along the north side of the long street, (3) all along the east side, (4) the south side aspect incorporating what I’ve called the art-deco building which still stands today. I’ll probably build it for the same reason as the house (too many views from too many angles for 2D to work), with a blurry strip of background running either side of it. That same low-ish strip might work running right around (3) and (2) but it won’t work for (1) because it’ll need to be higher & so more likely to sabotage the photography because of the shadows it will cast. Wherever I decide the sun is in the sky at 10.30am Prague time, there’ll be significant shadows & whether weak or strong they’re likely to be in all the wrong places. And that’s assuming I’d be able to pull off convincing painted backdrops in the first place.

Alternatively: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb5mRBMZbYo





I should be able to do better, just playing here & couldn’t stop tinkering. Luckily in the final photos one of the trams will blot out most of the Institute building on the left, which was tricky as it’s set at an angle to the road & not parallel with it. The main point of the exercise was to see if I could photoshop a plausible vanishing-point and suggest a gradually ascending hill. It took about 3 hours, not much less than actually drawing/painting a “real” backdrop but of course I’d have to repeat it for every photo looking in this direction. Even so there are some time-saving/consistency tricks like cutting/pasting real skies & trees from other images & blending them in, and then using that same backdrop from one photo onto another & with perspective modifications. This particular west view’s probably the most difficult because of the amount of background needed for the narrative as tram & Merc approach – in most of the ensuing photos it should hardly be an issue at all, with foreground elements dominating & backdrops (hopefully) merely glimpsed.

Is it cheating? No more than real backdrops, both methods are intended to deceive. I think it would be wrong to manipulate any 3D elements though (i.e. anything built) and in the above example I did indeed cheat just once, but it’s hardly a hanging offence - hope you agree?

A couple of surprises on the line up ahead, hold on
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Posted: Monday, October 05, 2020 - 05:12 AM UTC
I won't dispute you right to change your mind. I just reacted to you remark
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Posted: Monday, October 05, 2020 - 02:19 AM UTC
Thanks gents, general street-grime/weathering & some random variation to the cobble tone to come. G – hah right now I’m in those starting blocks too re photo-etching…I just know I’ll regret saying this but the process seems pretty simple. I now have the mini UV light-box (it’s what they use in nail salons) & the 0.013mm brass sheets, just awaiting the witches’ brews. Toying with the idea of pimping the limo a bit more after the railings.

Guilty as charged Erwin, but I reserve the right to change my mind. After writing the last part of that sentence last week I had an attack of logic: Macdonald relied heavily on Ivanov…and Macdonald’s narrative of the event contains some elements of fiction…therefore….

In the end I think I’ll just have to make a decision about Valcik’s involvement based on practical probabilities, rather than contradictory claims including whatever Ivanov says. Having him as a lookout far up the street signalling (importantly, far enough away from them because he was a fugitive on the run) makes a lot of sense, if not with a mirror then maybe a newspaper. It would have given Gabcik & Kubis enough time to assess how other approaching traffic/trams might impede their line of fire, to the extent of deciding whether to stay on the main road near their bikes, or cross to the bend - they had plenty of time to mentally prepare for either option. I think the strongest support for that theory is that just as they got the signal Heydrich was coming down the hill, the tram approaching from the opposite end of the long straight (on their side of the street) would have looked like it would pass between them and Heydrich’s car just as it turned into the bend, thus blocking their attack. So they quickly crossed to the bend. It’s one of the few elements to the action I don’t think any account disputes, that Klein had to speed up in order to make the turn in front of that on-coming tram and then brake hard.

But then I could always change my mind again
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Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2020 - 10:44 PM UTC
Brilliant work Tim !!
Extremely 1/1 scale lookin !!
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Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2020 - 09:21 PM UTC
I understand your holding back on yet another publication, but you stated yourself you were searching for this book?


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The Anthropoid story, facts and myths, were investigated in Miroslav Ivanov’s “Target Heydrich” (1974), based on interviews with surviving witnesses. I haven’t found that book yet but it may provide some first-hand accounts of Josef Valcik’s involvement - MacDonald relied heavily on Ivanov’s primary research & he’s my main source

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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2020 - 08:24 AM UTC
Brilliant work and additions as always Maestro.
J
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2020 - 06:40 AM UTC
From the video link I found several war flicks for the bunker this winter, excellente! Dio research is incredible Tim, Ruck On Bby!
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2020 - 03:23 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

The signage and the fencing look amazing...that comment should really apply to the whole build, .

And attempting your own PE, well you're leaving the mms (mere modellers), like me, standing still on the starting blocks...very impressive, even if we have to wait until the end of the year to see the results, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2020 - 02:15 AM UTC
Thanks for that link Erwin but I’ve rapidly become wary of trusting any publication on this subject - maybe I should write an Anthropoid book rather than buy any more. Meanwhile it’s Tax time which I find fairly debilitating, so for diversional therapy I decided to tackle something easier than backdrops…



OK it wasn’t that easy but Paint’s preferable to Excel any day. The design evolved until I got as close to the real thing as I’m able (top right) given the tolerances of photo-etching likely at this scale. But I’ve never done it before so time will tell. Turns out two of the three PE chemicals on order have to come from overseas, so it may be December before I can actually try it. Most of the 11 railings need customising because the distance between each pair of pillars varies in a range 9.5 - 10.3 cms, this master’s the widest. Zero information about colours so I’m open to debate, they don’t look black to me in the police photos…



The “3D” virtual model has them as just dark grey…baaarp, I don’t think so & I doubt they were just rusty iron either. So, because Prague’s signature colour seems to have been red (like the trams & suburb signs) I’m guessing the railings probably were too. But there’s clearly at least one other colour in places, gold seems to be one obvious choice (?)

Hopefully this is the final word on revised signage based on Jan’s advice & the clearer photo of the park-side signs - it doesn’t look like there’ll be any information about the D/arrow signs so…











Father Merrin’s standing where I believe Gabcik stood, not far from his bike, waiting for Valcik’s signal before crossing to the bend & it’ll take hard evidence to persuade me otherwise. I’m even coming round to the idea that he & Kubis waited there together, during which time they decided it would be better to cross to the bend when Heydrich’s car was approaching. It’s even possible they actually did feign a mechanical problem with one of the bikes, rather than stand apart looking increasingly suspicious - they were waiting for over 90 minutes with nothing to do and nowhere to sit.

New theory about the “black & gold” signs - I took the quotation to mean the Germans converted signs from red background/white letters to black background/gold letters, but I’ve just realised that the “ordinary” road-signs have a gold-ish ochre background with black letters, some bi-lingual. Duh! So I’m inclined to think ALL the road-signs (except the diamond one) in this scene are German Occupation, so they’re weathered on the assumption they’ve been in situ up to three years
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 06:01 AM UTC
Aparently, the book by Ivanov you mentioned is for sale on Amazon...

https://www.amazon.com/TARGET-HEYDRICH-Miroslav-Ivanov/dp/0690803346