Friday, July 10, 2015

SNLF vs. Kor (aka Ropen) of Papua New Guinea

”...it was the Japs [Japanese military] on the island who were attacked by the kor (ropen). They [Japanese soldiers] apparently shot several wounding them then followed them to caves and blew [blew up] the entrances. They called ships fire on the hills and pounded them for several hours.” - recounted by a resident of the Manus Island area of Papua New Guinea.
"Recover Able Seaman Mifune's body - he has a lot of rice balls in his pack!"
"Aim for the head! Toyota!"
"Duck! I mean Pterosaur!"
"I'm thinking Yakitori for dinner, guys!"

The pterosaurs are from an internet source called The Big Zoo Store. They're flexible rubber and were shaped in different positions using heat from a candle. They were painted a light brown color which are described by eye-witnesses. Sewing pins and needles are used to secure them to their metal washer bases.
The kor, or ropen, looking for light snacks.


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    1. Lol! Thanks, Phil! It was fun doing these up ;) Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Lol! Thanks, Jonathan. Regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Steve. It was a nice change up. Best, Dean

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    1. Appreciate the visit and comments, Christopher. Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much. Regards, Dean

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  6. Fantastic concept Dean! I love that stuff:)

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    1. Happy to hear that, Mike. Best, Dean

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  7. Given my love of all things dinosaur, this was always going to be a winner - brilliant Dean.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. Your work is always inspirational. Regards, Dean

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  8. Fine, but a little bit special arrangement.
    Matching the colors, figures almost to blend backgrounds ..

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    1. Thank you kindly, MM. Appreciate the visit and nice comments. Best, Dean

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  9. Well then, excellent work!~ lol.

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    1. Thanks, Nate! Warm regards, Dean

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  10. Great stuff Dean, right up my street...
    Nothing like mixing periods :-)
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Thanks, Stu. Your recent work inspires me to look for something VSFish too :) Regards, Dean

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  11. LOL Now that was fun! Pterosaur negi-miso yaki, everyone!! Cheers and Suzuki!!!

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    1. Thank you kindly my friend. Warm regards, Dean

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  12. Dean, next step is Roosevelt directing a US-marine amphibious assault from his saddle mounted on the back of a marauding T-Rex...

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    1. Thanks for that, Soren. That is quite a visual I'm getting :) Best, Dean

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    2. That is a fantastic visual of Teddy on T-Rex! Didn't I see that in "A Night in the Museum?" If not, it should have been included.

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    3. Who else but T. Roosevelt could pull it off ;)!

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  13. Amazing Dean, your an imaginative chap. Love your work.

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    1. Thanks, Dave. It was nice painting these up. Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you, Mike. Glad you liked it. Best, Dean

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  15. Lol great pics mate. Looking good

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    1. Thanks, Simon. It was nice not having to paint mass quantities of figures. Warm regards, Dean

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  16. Mad concept! But for someone who grew up in PNG (me!) its not THAT much of a stretch of the imagination. Some parts of that place are so wild and remote the idea of a Jap patrol running into 'something' and never being heard of again are definitely in the realms of possibility...
    Besides which Pterosaurs on Manus are a definite improvement on the damned 'illegal' immigrant detention centre they've got there now.

    Great idea Dean! Kudos bro.

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    1. Mahalo, Doc! Appreciate the visit and your thoughts on this. Wow - so you grew up there. All I know of it is from stuff like Nat'l Geographic and such. Cannibals, et al! :) Didn't know about the immigration problem and detention ctrs. I just checked out the Wiki stufff and very surprised by the mass migrations. Sea Peoples of the 21st Century!

      Warmest Aloha, Dean

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    2. Mass migration - not exactly. Its called 'off-shore processing' and its our govt's response to people trying to reach the Australian mainland by boat. They've roped the PNG govt into creating a detention centre on Manus (read $$$) where the poor sods a sent to rot. All very tawdry I'm afraid. Yes Papua New Guinea was a magical place to grow up in but I've never been back. It was a major battlefield in WWII so there is an enormous amount of stuff to be found by the military enthusiast. My dad (a former patrol officer) told me once of finding a perfectly preserved US bomber crashed into the lip of an extinct volcano in the mountains and like Guam you can scuba dive on sunken Jap ships in Rabaul and Lae. A huge amount of the Jap fleet was sunk off northern side of PNG - the country is littered with incredible stuff like that. Unfortunately no Pterosaurs though (pity that!)

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    3. Very cool to have grown up on such a fabled piece of real estate, Doc. BTW, I hear there a lot of Pacific Islanders (Micronesians, et al) are coming (& staying) on Oahu due to the Feds granting them "free medical care at the nearest US facility" due to atomic and other testing in the area during the war. Aloha, Dean

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