Friday, July 14, 2006

Entire Scale Model Map of Korean Peninsula Up for Grabs

I just received an interesting call. A company has an entire scale model, high quality, painted, accurate model of the Korean peninsula they are trying to get rid of and are looking for gamers or modelers to take it off their hands. The model has accurate water, mountains, urban areas, etc. Apparently this thing is big enough that it covers several large shipping containers and is taking up a lot space in their warehouse. We're talking multiple 4'x8' sheets of highly detailed modeling here.

If anyone is interested in picking this up and taking it off their hands, I will put you in touch with the right people. I advised the guy to call Dragon's Lair to see if they wanted it, so I figure I've just paid my Dragon's Lair dues for a lifetime if they grab it for free.


At 12:26 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

PS: The map is located in the San Antonio area.

At 12:50 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

PS, I gathered the map includes both North Korea and South Korea.

At 1:34 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Jeff said...

In my DnD-player mind, minatures scale means 5 feet per inch. That makes this map about 11.5 miles long by 2 miles wide.

It'd be over 20 million 8' x 4' mapsheets.

Somebody please tell me that Ben is using a different definition of "minatures scale"

At 1:43 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

I didn't get exact dimensions... but perhaps miniatures scale isn't the right term...

The guy quickly described it being stacked in shipping containers covering a good portion of warehouse floor. I think its pretty huge.

At 1:51 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Maybe Godzilla (or the Korean equivalent?) would be the size of a flea on this map. It would be interesting to see, for sure.

My problem with minatures gaming is:

1. I am a terrible painter.
2. The cost per hour of gaming enjoyment is too high, I my opinion.
3. I'm even worse at tactical scale games than I am at operational or strategic scales.
4. I can't get over the secret desire to destroy the miniatures as they are killed on the battlefield.

At 4:21 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Brian said...

What in the name of Wide, Wide World of Sports did they make this for?

At 5:23 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

A military application of some sort, I would surmise. I am totally just speculating, because the guy seemed a bit circumspect about the whole thing, but early generation flight simulation used scale models and video cameras rather than digital imagery.

At 5:29 PM, July 15, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

This is one to remember. Huge map of Korea. One to tell the grandkids.

Regarding miniatures gaming, last summer at a local con there were some guys doing minis wargaming. It looked *way* cool. But I think you have to decide you enjoy the *painting* as much or more than the playing.

In life it's important to be very clear about what your hobby really is. IMHO, you shouldn't tackle home improvement projects because you'll save cash. You should take on those projects because you enjoy the work. You should do minis wargaming because you enjoy the research (what color were the belts of that regiment?) and the actual process of painting.

If you just want beautiful games, well I just recieved Fire in the Sky, and let me tell you it's stunning.

I hope they find some one who will really appreciate this Korean thing. I gotta believe there's a person (organization) out there. I just know it's not me.

At 11:44 PM, July 15, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

I have had one potentially serious inquiry, so I'm going to call the guy on Monday for further details and hopefully pictures. I'll report back what I find out. I'm just curious to see what a model of Korea looks like!


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