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Help break Fortnite addiction!!!
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, March 31, 2019 7:50 PM

Hello FSM family,

This may be a bit of a strange request, but here we go......

After retiring from the Army and law enforcement, I started my new gig.  In August, I became an English teacher in a private, all male military school that serves young men in grades 7 through 12 and Post Graduate.  Located away from all modern conveniences and distractions, our cadets often find themselves with little to do in the limited free time that they have.  

I am planning to start a model building club with these young men to get them involved in something other than "Fortnite" and other online instant gratification.  Many of our kids can't carry on a conversation with someone in the same room, so I hope to use this club as an opportunity to develop and reinforce rules, communication, social interaction, creativity, and FUN!!

So, if you find yourself overwhelmed with simple, unwanted, or outdated kits and you need to make room for that next batch of "wonder kits" give me a shout....who knows? We may be able to work together to pass along a great hobby to a new generation of modelers.

If anyone has any ideas, pointers, or comments, please let me know...would absolutlely love to hear from you.....

Most respectfully,

Dave W.

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:10 PM

Hi,

I culled my stach awhile ago, but I'll take a look to see if I have anything I can send along.

Pat

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Monday, April 01, 2019 9:06 AM

Great idea you have sorry I have no stash, but I am curious to know, what in the world this "Fortnite" thing is that people apparently are addicted to.

 

 

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Monday, April 01, 2019 9:58 AM

Fortnite is an online first-person shooter game that is very popular with adolescent boys mostly....I've never played it, but apparently, you parachute or paraglide into an island war zone.  you start off unarmed, or you may have a pickaxe.  You 'upgrade' your kit by killing or maiming other players and taking their gear from them.  The game also has a "pay to play" mode in which you can purchase upgraded weapons, uniforms, character traits, etc.  You can also purchase slick dance moves to perform after your victories.....I think it is totally ridiculous, but the boys are addicted to it and queue up to sign up for time slots in our small computer room.....  Who knows, I may join them one day to see what all the hype is about!Big Smile

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 9:34 PM

What a great idea. I would also post this in the general modeling discussion forum to see if you can get more traffic.

Chad

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On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 11:41 PM

I'm sure I have a couple kits to donate.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by TheWaggishAmerican on Sunday, April 07, 2019 3:11 PM

Tal Afar Dave

Fortnite is an online first-person shooter game that is very popular with adolescent boys mostly....I've never played it, but apparently, you parachute or paraglide into an island war zone.  you start off unarmed, or you may have a pickaxe.  You 'upgrade' your kit by killing or maiming other players and taking their gear from them.  The game also has a "pay to play" mode in which you can purchase upgraded weapons, uniforms, character traits, etc.  You can also purchase slick dance moves to perform after your victories.....I think it is totally ridiculous, but the boys are addicted to it and queue up to sign up for time slots in our small computer room.....  Who knows, I may join them one day to see what all the hype is about!Big Smile

 

 

Mostly this, but it's actually a third person shooter. No one can really explain it's popularity- excellent marketing and Youtuber influence, I assume. I'm a Zoomer myself and I've never gotten into it. It's focused more heavily on younger boys- that's where the kinda cartoony style and insane weapons and AIDS dances come from. It's basically just a rip-off of older, better, and more realistic Battle Royale games like PubG. 

 

-TWA 

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, April 07, 2019 3:26 PM

Tal Afar Dave

Fortnite is an online first-person shooter game that is very popular with adolescent boys mostly....I've never played it, but apparently, you parachute or paraglide into an island war zone.  you start off unarmed, or you may have a pickaxe.  You 'upgrade' your kit by killing or maiming other players and taking their gear from them.  The game also has a "pay to play" mode in which you can purchase upgraded weapons, uniforms, character traits, etc.  You can also purchase slick dance moves to perform after your victories..... 

Hmmm, that seems kind of tasteless.  I seem to recall General Patton having said "You don't win battles by dying for your country.  You win by making some other poor son of a XXXXX die for his country" but I don't recall him having said anything about "doing a cool dance move afterwards."

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, April 07, 2019 10:47 PM

Here's what I have for you.  Let me know where to send them.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:19 PM

OMG!!! My thoughts exactly!!  Goofy kids!!

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:32 PM

Thanks Keavdog!

I sent you a PM (I think Confused.  Thanks for the consideration!

 

Dave

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, April 12, 2019 8:54 PM

Dave - send me the address again and I'll ship tomorrow.

Thanks,

John

Thanks,

John

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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:17 PM
Can't help. My last addiction was Tetris on cathode ray TV.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:09 PM

Hey GlennH,

Checked out your Flickr link; wow!!  what a great collection of Vietnam photographs.  Were you by any chance assigned to the 320th Field Artillery with the 101st Airborne?  Saw the 'Screaming Eagles' patch and had to ask!  Thanks for sharing the link!!

Respectfully,

Dave W.

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by GlennH on Monday, April 15, 2019 9:40 AM

Tal Afar Dave

Hey GlennH,

Checked out your Flickr link; wow!!  what a great collection of Vietnam photographs.  Were you by any chance assigned to the 320th Field Artillery with the 101st Airborne?  Saw the 'Screaming Eagles' patch and had to ask!  Thanks for sharing the link!!

Respectfully,

Dave W.

 

Thanks. So many to scan still. After the 1st Inf began sutting down I was sent to 101st with 2/11 arty. bastogne, birmingham, veghle, rakkasan..

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, April 15, 2019 10:04 AM

Oh wow John, great set of kits man. Good on ya mate.

Steve

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1/72 Airfix Dakota Mk. IV
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  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:58 PM

Wow...great stories there from both units, I'm sure.  Thanks for your service, and welcome home, Soldier!  Thanks for your service, sir!!

 

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:34 PM
Hey Jay Jay, Just wanted to let you know that your package arrived safe and sound today here in Virginia. One of the kids that I coach knew what was in the package and begged me to open it up. Pretty soon we had a small crowd gathered around. It was good to see kids excited about something other than video games. We are still organizing as a club and can you believe that some kids have never seen a model?? Crazy!! We will hopefully have our first build some time after Easter when they get back to school. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again, Dave

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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