Having just completed my first full dio (see “Series of Firsts” in this forum) I can say that I’m completely hooked on the smaller scale aspect of the hobby. Endless possibilities for creativity.
During that project, I read Lions of Kandahar – and from that book came inspiration for my next build. The non-fiction book tells the account of Special Forces ODA 331 and its role in Operation Medusa (Afghanistan) during August and September of 2006. The initial role was to establish blocking positions so that the Taliban could not escape the main Canadian assault. However, the Canadians were repelled and it was up to elements of ODA 331 to relieve them by capturing Sperwan Ghar – the tallest hill on the battlefield. From that vantage point, they could provide direct relief as well as call in air strikes. To maintain control of the hill, ODA 331 had to clear Objective Rugby – a small schoolhouse and adjacent hillside redoubt that the Taliban had converted into a training compound. It is Objective Rugby that became the focal point for this project.
After gaining Sperwan Ghar, a couple of SF troops, a Humvee gun truck and several Afghan National soldiers conducted a second assault on the school. Their role was to clear the school for a second time so that the Taliban couldn’t reoccupy the position and split the coalition forces.
So with the scene set and my imagination in overdrive, I’ll get to work. This time however, I’d like to do a build log so that I can implement all the real-time advice and comments you all have to offer. Never knew sharing was so fun.
I’m working on a quick mock-up of the school to establish the size of the dio, and I’m doing some research for the build as well. I’ll post the first progress pictures shortly.