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Old 06-29-2010, 10:19 PM   #251
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In closing, I would like to say thank you to Inky for setting this up, and a BIG thanks to my friend, Le Saboteur, for helping me get Indy to Billy Ray in time. Not being a collector of Indy figures, this experience has really made me want to own one and has rejuvenated the passion I had for modeling when I was a kid & early teen (Tamiya & MPC ruled in the late 70s & early 80s!)

I apologize for the delay in replying. I've been in Big Sur the past couple of weeks.

Glad to see Indy made it to Afghanistan! And in a decent amount of time! I was happy to slingshot Indy back out to Billy Ray, and keep everything moving forward. Thanks for entrusting the task to me Stoo! I look forward to getting him back here in the future.

Like everybody has said, Stoo, great snaps! You've really set the bar with these, and I can't wait to see what comes next.

Jack said I could catch the Pan Am Clipper to Afghanistan somewhere around here.

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Old 06-29-2010, 11:24 PM   #252
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Shoot ! Sorry all, I'll correct them ASAP...

To paraphrase Chief Brody,

"We're gonna need a bigger map."





Amazing work, Stoo! You have set the bar incredibly high! Can't wait to see Billy Ray's snaps whenever he gets the chance to throw 'em up.

Save travels, Dr. Jones - and especially to all those who cross your path.
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:55 AM   #253
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@Stoo - PM me your address again and I'll make sure you get your own Indy. Least I can do in return for your excellent contributions. Seeing the diary again has made me realise that my entry was a bit crap - however, I was pushed for time in sending Indy out, and I hope to rectify the sparseness of that first page when I get him back.

@Lance - yep, the map is going to get horribly complicated soon. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

@Le Saboteur - your "slingshot" was invaluable to the success of this project. Hopefully you'll get a little more time to enjoy Indy and introduce him to the sights when he's back on the West Coast later this year.

@XanaduMel - your location is duly noted.

Map updated (corrected)...



I've been investigating the cost of producing a small (A6) photo book containing the best shots from this thread once Indy's journey is complete. Would anyone be interested ?
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:52 AM   #254
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@Stoo - PM me your address again and I'll make sure you get your own Indy. Least I can do in return for your excellent contributions. Seeing the diary again has made me realise that my entry was a bit crap - however, I was pushed for time in sending Indy out, and I hope to rectify the sparseness of that first page when I get him back.
Thank you, Inky, for your extremely generous offer but I'm a bit hesitant to take you up on it. Why? You would be deprived of one less figure for your AWESOME custom work.

While giving my diary pages some 'wear & tear' I thought of reproducing a miniature coffee cup stain but didn't get around to it. You can add one to your page!

(Speaking of coffee cups, I regret not doing another perilous 'boil & pop' photo with a Canadian mug like I did with the Swiss one. It would be fun if there was a similar shot with a mug from each country/state to make a running gag throughout Indy's travels. Just an idea...)
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I've been investigating the cost of producing a small (A6) photo book containing the best shots from this thread once Indy's journey is complete. Would anyone be interested ?
Interested? For sure. (AlivePoet even wrote about doing the same thing in the earlier stages of this thread.) There is a company which makes custom, hardcover books and sells them on-line. The reason I'm suggesting them is because they only produce the books as each order is placed so you won't be stuck with a box/boxes of leftover, unsold books in your house. A good friend of mine has used it twice already and the quality is great and much cheaper than going a printer. (Should you choose to go this route, I can get the website address from him.)

Either way, if you need any help putting it together, let me know as this is part of my profession.
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To paraphrase Chief Brody,

"We're gonna need a bigger map."
Ha ha! I still can't believe no one from CHICAGO has stepped up to the plate!
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:09 AM   #255
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Hopefully the Wi-Fi will be more cooperative this evening than it was last night and I will be able to start posting some pics. I guess we will know in about an hour...
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:23 AM   #256
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"Mmmph...mmble...mmmff"


Ah, that's better. That was a heck of a trip


This doesn't seem too bad


Hopefully Pan-Am didn't lose my luggage


Now to find some lodging for the night


This looks promising...


Well, I guess I've stayed in worse places than this. Tomorrow I will need to arrange transportation...
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:49 AM   #257
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@Billy Ray - Wow. In those last two pictures you've already delivered on the crazy awesomeness that seeing Indy in the Middle East promised. Is that your billet ? Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve...

@Stoo - Seriously man, I have a stack of "Raiders" Indy's - happy to part with one Apologies for not spotting the comment from AlivePoet - I'll be sure to speak to both of you before considering putting a photobook together. Actually, I might want to pick your brains about documenting an Indy idea I have for the 30th Anniversary. Heard of the Vader Project ? Now imagine it with the Fertility Idol from Raiders...

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Old 07-01-2010, 06:59 AM   #258
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Great start, Billy!
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:58 AM   #259
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This looks promising...
It sure does. Nice way to begin, Billy Ray, and I'm looking forward to the rest of Indy's Afghan adventure!
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Seriously man, I have a stack of "Raiders" Indy's - happy to part with one
O.K. If you insist! Now to make some room in my PM Inbox.
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Apologies for not spotting the comment from AlivePoet - I'll be sure to speak to both of you before considering putting a photobook together. Actually, I might want to pick your brains about documenting an Indy idea I have for the 30th Anniversary. Heard of the Vader Project ? Now imagine it with the Fertility Idol from Raiders...
No need to apologize. No, I hadn't heard of the Vader Project but looked it up. Feel free to ask me anything. As far as a book is concerned, the hardest part would be choosing the best photos. I predict we may end up with a total of over 1000 shots.

Again, great idea, Inky. This thread is destined to become one of the all-time classics at The Raven. (5108 hits in less than 2 months!)
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:22 AM   #260
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Thanks guys...I know the first batch isn't too exciting but I wanted to document Indy's trip from arrival to departure. Will post more soon, it is kind of slow going today as I had to figure out a work around to post them from work and I had to post upload one image at a time.

@inky Yeah, that's my little partioned off area of the tent. Not the best pic, but it is hard to get it all in frame. I realize now that I should have made my bed first
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:14 AM   #261
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Now to find some transportation...


Hmm...this one's seen better days


I don't think so, I had a bad experience in a truck like this one time. I wonder what's in those crates though


This is a little better...


Hang on, what's that over there?


Now THIS is more like it!


This will do nicely


And away we go...
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:39 AM   #262
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This is looking great, Billy!

Especially like the Short Round method of driving!
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:20 AM   #263
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LOL, yes, the VERY Short Round method

For the record, Indy is not really driving an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, the vehicle in the next to the last image). I just took a little dramatic license there. He is actually "driving" a beat up Toyota mini van

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Old 07-02-2010, 01:56 AM   #264
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AMAZING, Billy Ray!!!!!

Wow, TERRIFIC pictures. Hilarious captions!

Phenomenal job!!!!! Seeing those vehicles is incredible.
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Old 07-02-2010, 05:19 AM   #265
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LOVE the photo with the truck and the one of him driving made me laugh out loud!
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:57 AM   #266
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We walk from here...




Is this the entrance to some lost Afghani temple?


Ah no, this is the bunker...looks a little different in the daylight


I spent enough time in here last night, there must be something else to see around here...


Let's see what's outside this camp...
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:37 PM   #267
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Kudos to eveyone involved so far. Such a simple idea done brilliantly.
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:15 AM   #268
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Excellent. From the bottom up, it's like he got caught sneaking into camp, was escorted to an interrogation and ended up being given a team to take him to a site and provide security at a dig.

Very cool.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:07 AM   #269
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Ah, the mountains of Afghanistan. Somewhere on the other side of that range lies Kandahar city...founded in 330 B.C. by Alexander the Great himself


Maybe I can find a better vantage point


Perhaps the top of this ridge


I'll need to watch my step...


The plant life looks almost as deadly as some of the natives!


Almost to the top...


Whew! That was some climb


Wow, that is a lot of helilicopters!
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:40 AM   #270
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INCREDIBLE job, Billy Ray! Thank you!

The pictures are gorgeous - such startling clarity. And the locations can't be beat.

Great job on the captions, too. This is amazing all around!
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:45 PM   #271
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Thanks for your kind words Lance! I really can't take credit for it all though, as some of my buddies also took pics. The really good stuff is yet to come...
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:04 PM   #272
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The "Taliban's Last Stand"...let's take a look inside









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Old 07-05-2010, 01:25 AM   #273
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Hi All

Damn I go away for a few weeks to complete some commissions and you guys have transported little indy all over the place. It's greta to see him all over the world and in some awesome spots, and Billy great pics mate the old cement bunkers bring back some memories

Looking forward to getting Indy down under, keep up the fantastsic travels guys.

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Old 07-06-2010, 12:40 AM   #274
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Time for an old fashioned walk about


These diggers could learn a thing or two from Sallah



Maybe I can get a better idea of the lay of the land from up here...I think I see the fabled "Poo Pond"* over there! If it's as bad as they say it is, I'm not sure I want to go there.


Ack! It is as bad as they say it is!


In fact, it's worse! I don't really think I needed to be warned "not to enter"


I'll just rest here for a few minutes and try to regain my composure, then I will maybe go get some cash and head to the local bazaar

*Visit http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/the-poo-pond/for more information than you would probably ever want to know on the "Poo pond"
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:28 AM   #275
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@Billy Ray - kudos to you and your buddies for getting Indy into some once-in-a-lifetime shots (are you sure you should have photographed those 'strategic' sites ?!). Your narrative is coming together nicely too - would love to hear additional Indy anecdotes from the base if you have them. For some reason, Indy in the desert just seems perfect for the character - and that touch of Afghan dust on his boots in the last shot is possibly the most authentic piece of customising I've ever seen...

@Rocket - any sign of Lil' Indy yet ?

@Stoo - forgot to comment on your Pith Helmet fella ! Outstanding !
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