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J-Hulk Returns From Saipan! (Now with pix!)

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  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Tochigi, Japan
J-Hulk Returns From Saipan! (Now with pix!)
Posted by J-Hulk on Sunday, September 21, 2003 6:01 AM
Hi, folks! Smile [:)]
I'm back! Anybody miss me? Hello? Big Smile [:D]
Tim, feel free to start picking on me again!
Dwight, yup, did quite a bit of shopping at Joeten, ABC, and 123!

We had a wonderful and relaxing 5 days, mostly lazing on the beaches (you gotta go to Managaha Island!), snorkling, and eating, eating, eating. Approve [^]

The Historical Tour was very interesting and informative. You wouldn't believe (OK, maybe you would!) how much from the war still remains on and around the island. The memorial to those Americans killed in taking the island is quite powerful.

I got some good pix (a Type 97 Chi-ha, various bunkers, beach installations, etc), but the photo shop has the CF card right now, so I'll post some pix when I get that back.

The only disappointing thing about the trip was we had a snorkeling tour planned over a sunken Zero, but it was called off due to rough weather. Quite a few squalls everyday. We just got to ride over the Zero in the boat, and you could just barely make out the shape of it. Too bad! Disapprove [V]

Anyway, it's great to be back here in Japan and back at the FSM forums.

I missed you folks!Big Smile [:D]



~Brian
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    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, September 21, 2003 6:21 AM
Welcome back!
Lee

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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    January 2003
  • From: NE Georgia
Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, September 21, 2003 8:21 AM
Glad you had a good trip. Can't wait to see the pics.
"There's no problem that can't be solved with a suitable application of high explosives"
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 21, 2003 9:01 AM
Welcome back "home" J-Hulk ! Get those pics up as fast as you can, we're dyin' to see 'em !
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Tochigi, Japan
Posted by J-Hulk on Sunday, September 21, 2003 9:26 AM
Thanks, fellas!

By the way, I don't think there's a single scale plastic model for sale on Saipan. Certainly no hobby shops.
Perhaps there's enough actual stuff lying around that nobody wants to build anything.

Also, the native islanders suffered greatly during the war, so perhaps they are just not inclined to build models of the instruments of warfare.

Still, you'd reckon someone would want to build a car or an airliner or something!
Oh well, with beaches that beautiful, I suppose the indigenous population has better things to do than glue plastic together...
~Brian
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    January 2003
  • From: Central MI
Posted by therriman on Sunday, September 21, 2003 10:03 AM
Welcome back my friend.Big Smile [:D]

I sure did miss hearing from you.Sad [:(]

Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Tochigi, Japan
Posted by J-Hulk on Sunday, September 21, 2003 11:01 AM
Thanks, Tim!
Good to be back!
~Brian
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    January 2003
Posted by shermanfreak on Sunday, September 21, 2003 2:18 PM
Welcome back Brian ... what did you buy for all of us?
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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    March 2003
  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Posted by tigerman on Sunday, September 21, 2003 4:06 PM
J-Hulk sounds like you had a great time. As with everyone else, I'm looking forward to lots of pictures. Tongue [:P]

"It is well that war is so terrible, lest we grow too fond of it."-R.E.Lee

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  • Member since
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 21, 2003 6:21 PM
Welcome back to the real world, Brian! Glad to have you back in one iece. Looking forward to those pics.

demono69
  • Member since
    July 2003
  • From: Philippines
Posted by Dwight Ta-ala on Sunday, September 21, 2003 6:38 PM
Welcome back, J-Hulk. Sounds like you've got a good week in Saipan. Can't wait for those pics. Anyway, nice to have you back.

  • Member since
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 21, 2003 8:31 PM
Welcome back,Hulk!

Were you tortured much??? Smile [:)]
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 21, 2003 9:05 PM
Welcome home Brian. Glad you had a nice trip.
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    April 2003
  • From: Sunny Florida
Posted by renarts on Monday, September 22, 2003 1:40 AM
Well the wandering son returns. Did you rub a chi ha for me?
I too look forward to your pics (that is if SF doesn't use them against us...)

Glad you are back and had a good time.

Mike
Mike "Imagination is the dye that colors our lives" Marcus Aurellius A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...that was fun!"
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Tochigi, Japan
Posted by J-Hulk on Monday, September 22, 2003 8:50 AM
Thanks for the hearty welcome homes, comrades!

Mike, Chi-ha duly rubbed! I even kicked the tires. Off.
Just kidding. They were falling off anyway!Wink [;)]

Got a few pix for ya. The first features my hulking visage lurking next to a Japanese bunker with my lovely significant other.
We got to go inside the bunker, and lemme tell ya, that was not easy! Cramped does not begin to describe it.
Here's the pic:


Next is aType 97 Chi-ha, one of many scattered around the island, but the only one I got digital pix of this time around:



I'll post these pix with more detailed descriptions over at the armor forum (so as not to bore you non-armor folks!), so keep your eye out for more goodies over there.

I'm sure you don't want to see us in our bathing suits hitting the beaches (well, me in mine, anyway), so I'll spare ya'll the slide show!Wink [;)]

Enjoy!
~Brian
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 22, 2003 9:54 AM
j-hulk interesting tour indeed.
one question though. Why they have these relics out in the open and not properly stored in a museum? Is any of this for sale..lol
look at a guy trying to sell a panzer at a topic business buddies wanted.......BE BOLD AND BE RICH.....
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Tochigi, Japan
Posted by J-Hulk on Monday, September 22, 2003 10:00 AM
Good questions!
I know several vehicles have been returned to Japan and completely restored, and are on display at various museums throughout the country. All the vehicles on display outdoors in Saipan were all pretty well destroyed vehicles, so I suppose nobody felt it was worth it to restore and display them properly indoors.
I shoulda grabbed that return roller, though...they never would have found it in my carry-on luggage!
~Brian
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