Monthly Archives: February 2012

Vintage GIjOE Auction—2 New Videos

Okay Joeheads… When you’ve got a spare moment, close your door, grab a cold one, put your feet up, and prepare to be humbled. There are now 2 new videos out from Vectis Auctions detailing all the amazing vintage GIjOE product that will soon be auctioned off in their upcoming auction. As we mentioned in an earlier post, this important sale takes place in the UK on March 29th, but you can bid from anywhere online. Here again is the link to the Vectis website. And here are the links to their two new videos. VIDEO 1 and VIDEO 2. There’s no better way to get “psyched and ready” for this event than by watching these!

Chicago GIjOE Collector’s Club Rises Again

Club President Ron Biallas in 2008.

FLASH! Finally, some good news for GIjOE fans in the “Windy City!” After a lengthy period of inactivity, CGCC club member Kevin Bolger has just revealed that their club is in fact, NOT “kaput” as many had thought, and that it is planning to host another GIjOE/Action Figure Toy show this September. Here’s what Kevin had to say recently over on the Trenches Forum…

Kevin Bolger checks the attendance list during the 2010 Show.

“To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumors of the demise of the Chicago GIjOE Club are greatly exaggerated. Unfortunately, life has interfered with the hobby for many of us, but we still get together a couple of times a year. Please don’t base our “demise” on fewer Trenches posts or not always hosting an annual show.

Dealer John Gilane (at the 2010 show) laughs as CIGCC member Robert Mitchell tries to bargain him down on some german bolt action rifles. As Robert put it later, "Hey, you can never have too many of these!"

We’re entering our 13th (?) year as a club and we’ve seen folks come into the hobby and go out of the hobby, but the “lifers” like me are still here. In fact, for those of you in the Chicago area (or who don’t mind making a little trip), please join us on Saturday March 10th from 10am – noon at the Schaumburg Township District Library (Schaumburg & Roselle Roads). We’ll be meeting on the 2nd floor in the Rasmussen North Room.

Fully RC vehicles were seen at previous shows.

And YES! We are planning on hosting a show this September, usual location in Algonquin, Illinois at the high school. Date and details will soon follow after our March meeting. Regards, Chicago Joe (aka Kevin Bolger)”

Hooray! What great news, Kevin. It’s hard to keep a good club down. And you guys have always done a tremendous job supporting our hobby. If you’re interested in what past shows have looked like, here’s coverage of the 2008 Show. We look forward to hearing more about this club’s “comeback” as their news becomes available.

Greatest Adventure Team Animation EVER!

A screen shot of the opening sequence from Dana's wonderful AT video. (Picture Box Animation)

I first met Dana Rausch from Picture Box Animation at the 2009 GIjOE Convention in Kansas City. What a great guy! His amazing 3D animation of the 1970s GIjOE Adventure Team absolutely ROCKED the Con that year, garnering him the 1st place prize in a landslide.

Now, 3 years later, his fans are still eagerly awaiting whatever GIjOE-related sequel may be forthcoming from his talented mind. Take a moment to re-watch the original (shorter) version of his groundbreaking Adventure Team Video all over again (I’ll see if I can track down the even-cooler special extended version). And when you’re done, don’t wipe that smile off your face! Keep beaming while you send Dana a complimentary email. Be sure to tell him…“We want a sequel!” Then chant out loud with me, “Da-NA! Da-NA! Da-NA!”

Astounding 1:6 Scale Dauntless Dive Bomber

Tom Pierce and his Dauntless before its first and ONLY flight. (Photo: Tom Pierce)

Tom Pierce and his Dauntless before its first and ONLY flight. (Photo: Tom Pierce)

For the 1/6th scale collector who thinks he has everything…well, you don’t! Not unless you have the amazing skills and talents of Tom Pierce. Tom is so talented he was able to build himself this astounding 1/6th scale Dauntless Dive Bomber. His masterpiece won many awards including a “Best of Show” that netted him a solid gold trophy worth over $10,000. Unfortunately (hold onto to something for this), Tom’s masterpiece crashed and was destroyed on its FIRST flight. CAN YOU IMAGINE? ARRGH!!!!! Tom seems to have taken the loss remarkably well however, saying…

“I finished my SBD-5 Dauntless after 1,800 hours and 16 months of building. Unfortunately, I lost her on her maiden flight, so I can’t tell you a lot about how she flies. I’ll really miss this sweetheart.”

Words can barely describe how cool this is!

Imagine the limitless diorama possibilities with a plane llike this! (Photo: Tom Pierce)

Over at the OneSixthWarriors forum, “Manfred” offered additional insight regarding what’s involved in building, detailing and flying such intricate miniature aircraft…

“This world of RC aviation is a completely different universe and NOT for the weak of heart. Be warned, before you go out and drop a bombload of dough on your favorite 1/6th scale warbird, the learning curve is steep and you need to start out with a simple 3 or 4 channel trainer plane, preferably with the guidance of an experienced instructor.”

Astounding detail in the cockpit. (Photo: Tom Pierce)

Astounding detail in the cockpit. (Photo: Tom Pierce)

“It is impossible to buy and fly a warbird without months or even YEARS of practice on easier and more forgiving planes. These scale ships have flaps, retracts, throttles, directional control surfaces, bomb drops and some have full lighting and folding wing options.”

Gunner seat with twin-50s (Photo: Tom Pierce)

Gunner seat with twin-50s (Photo: Tom Pierce)

“Owning aircraft capable of lifting 12″ers into the sky is fun. Many Dragon and BBI figures have made it up into the air. I have even seen some guys modify the pilot’s head with a servo to make it swivel. But flying a 1/6th Corsair and making a simulated strafing pass over the runway and then banking to port is another dimension altogether. It is airwar recreation at its finest!”

That’s right. STEP IN… to a 1:6 scale world of adventure! (Photo: Tom Pierce)

Even the underside is fully detailed. (Photo: Tom Pierce) Click to enlarge.

Gunner checks out his station. (Photo: Tom Pierce) Click to enlarge.

Very well said! Take a look at the photos of this amazing machine. When your jaw is off the floor, if you’d like to learn more about all the work Tom put into this beautiful plane, visit the website he created about it HERE.

Recreating Vintage War Photos as Dioramas

The original WW2 photo that inspired Peter's 1/6th scale recreation.

Here’s a creative and enjoyable offshoot of the 1/6th hobby that many fans haven’t yet tried or even considered possible. Others, such as “Peter the Painter” from the UK continue to prove that indeed, it is VERY possible! We’re talking about the recreation of exciting images captured in vintage photographs taken during WW2 or other periods–in miniature 1/6th scale.

Peter's stunning 1/6th scale recreation completely "fools the eye!"

Peter recently posted some prime examples of this artistic endeavour over on the OneSixthWarriors forum, clearly showing what IS indeed possible with just a little care and creativity. He chose an old, grainy photo from the Battle of the Bulge, showing 3 german troops running quickly across a dirt road. With great care, he painstakingly recreated the moment with exacting perfection. What a masterpiece!

In this final, colorized version, Peter brings the past to life!

Take a good look at the first “inspiration” photo (above left), then Peter’s amazing black and white recreation (above right), and finally his full-color version (left). Upon extremely close inspection, you might be able to detect that Peter has used a combination of miniature trees, grasses, some dirt and even a hand-painted backdrop. Put all together, the final result is completely convincing visually. It’s as if you were standing right there on the road at that moment. Superb work, Peter! Please keep up your inspiring work.

JOhio GIjOE Club Largest in the U.S.

The JOhio GIjOE Collector’s Club continues to grow, providing a haven for fans and collectors of the ever-popular 3.75-inch line of GIjOEs in the great state of Ohio. The JOhio group has regular meetings at local restaurants, member homes and other area attractions. According to the club’s website,

Our group’s existence can be traced back to our first meeting on March 2nd, 2002.  It has since become the largest local group of GIjOE Collectors in the nation. We are a group of local and near-local GIjOE collectors, based out of the State of Ohio, who support each other and help bring a deeper level of appreciation for our collective pastime. In doing so, we assemble locally and also function as an online community. Anyone residing in states adjacent to Ohio are welcome to participate as well. Our group is free to join, and has no fees or dues of any kind. We are also recognized by the Hasbro-sponsored GIjOE Collector’s Club as an official local division.”

The JOhio club website is full of great pictures from past and recent events, showing members and their families playing, trading and talking about the world’s greatest action figure. One recent event even included the launching of a weather balloon as a test for future flights and possible parachuting or videos. According to another member,

“We won’t be flying any Joes this time but if all goes well with this flight, we should be able to schedule a JoeDrop in the spring. I’m planning on putting my GoPro camera on the payload so we should have some flight video. If I can swing it, I’ll also try to put a GIjOE or a Transformer in the field of view of the camera.”

Wow! With balloons and cameras involved, Joe “parachuting action” is likely to follow soon. Sounds like a really cool idea. We wish members of the JOhio GIjOE Collector’s Club all the best with their future plans. GO JOE!

Coil Con, 9/8/12

“The Coil,” aka the Midwest GijOE Collectors’ Club, has announced they will be hosting their annual CoilCon this year on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at Kokomo Toys, 1244 E. Morgan Street Kokomo, Indiana 46901, just 30-40 minutes north of Indianapolis off of US 31. According to their website:
“CoilCon is the midwest’s largest GI Joe convention. Now in it’s third year, the Con continues to grow in attendance and number of special guests and vendors. The past few years have seen a great mix of hanging out with the community, CoilCon Exclusives, swap meets, great vendors, Joe Con and SDCC Exclusive give-aways, and so much more.
The grill will be going for lunch with hot dogs provided. Feel free to bring your own meat, sides, chips, or whatever. Cold water and soda will be available for $1.00 each. You are welcome to bring a cooler of your own beverages if you prefer.
Door prizes will be available throughout the day. 2011’s prizes included SDCC Zaranna and Variant as well as the Crimson HISS. 2012’s prizes are not yet announced but looking to be just as special. Also, CoilCon has all-day raffles where you can bring items to be put in and get a ticket for each which will allow you to select items out of the community pile of loot throughout the day. One item per ticket. Come out and be apart of this year’s event. Admission is FREE! Don’t miss it!”
The Coil is mainly a 3 3/4 GIjOE collectors group, but they do have a few 12″ collectors involved as well and there’s always room for more. Sounds like a good time will be had by all!
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