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Please use this thread to report and exhibit items you have found useful for your dioramas and other sixth-scale purposes.

For example, I am reposting some information and images that I contributed to the One Sixth Warriors forum. Inexpensive high-quality plastic boxes available at Walmart, Kroger, and Cotswold Collectibles, coming in several colors (clear/white, green, red, blue, purple) and sizes.









#custom #kitbash #repurpose


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Nice,

Actually, I could do with some 1/1 versions of those for when I move!

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Funny, I was thinking the same thing, since I, too, will be moving in a few months.

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Yes. Those boxes a super handy! I've painted a bunch of mine, they have a pretty realistic scale quality.

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I meant to ask -- after you painted them, did they remain translucent? Nice avatar, by the way!

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More useful items... after I put the boxes from the last post away, my little helpers spent the week snuggling on the couch, thinking I won't notice them and put them to work again. Well today they helped me unpack an even bigger stackable box of the same kind (see first post in this thread), internal measurements 6.5 x 8.5 in.



The box and its contents are a few other useful and inexpensive items for sixth-scale environments that I picked up today (box from Walmart, the rest from Meijer).

First up, squeezable stress ball keychains. One is like a classic football (soccer) ball, the other like an American football pigskin. Without being super-finely detailed, they look pretty good. And, I remind you, delightfully squishy.



Second and third, a whole bag of golden-looking award trophies and a bag of parasol picks for cocktails.



It has not escaped my notice that the pigskin is a little too big to be realistic, and the parasols a little too small (it is probable that you can find bigger cocktail parasols/umbrellas, so the point about their usefulness stands).



The classic football (soccer) ball, on the other hand, is very close in size to what it should be (only a little bit bigger), and works great. And I do like its classic pattern more than the crazy new stuff (yes, shovelchop, I am a reactionary dinosaur Wink ). Here it is with a few random football/soccer players:





The "golden" award trophy also looks appropriately scaled for a sixth-scale scene:





Hope you found this useful or entertaining or both.


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Great Stuff ! Like Your Cap figure. Another 100 % Skin Tone Match. Good to know

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Ephiane wrote:Great Stuff ! Like Your Cap figure. Another 100 % Skin Tone Match. Good to know

Thank you, Ephiane, glad you found it worth commenting on. That's the M33 with the sideways glancing Age of Ultron HT head, with the neck removed. The M33's neck has been stuffed with foamies to make it thicker for another head, and I had not removed them, so it is actually a little bit too thick for this head, but not too far off.


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Great info. I like those boxes! There is a brand that makes very small 0.14 litre boxes called Really Useful Boxes . They come in a variety of clear, translucent and solid colours. Nicely scaled for 1/6 characters.

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Thank you, MarkEl and shazzdan, for adding to this thread. Those baskets look great. Interesting, "Really useful boxes" look just like the ones I was showcasing.


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This has always been a favorite thread, and so glad to see it popping up here.  Already some awesome recommendations.  Not my best photography, but I thought I'd snap off a few quick pictures tonight of some recent finds.

Metal Barrels

While I'm reluctant to endorse Hobby Lobby, I know I'm not the only one who was looking for these type of barrels.  I believe it's actually a candle holder, but it's perfect in 1/6.  I plan to repaint the 2 I got, but they still look pretty good as is.

Also, don't do what Saint Crow is doing below.


Military Cases

While I'm already buying pretty much everything that comes out in the 1/18 scale Acid Rain line, a nice bonus is that every figure comes in 1 of these cool plastic storage containers.  The ones in the picture have already gone through a good blackwash and some weathering powders, but they're fantastic as is, and make perfect 1/6 military style crates.

Test Tubes


I have Shazzdan to thank for these.  I know he mentioned them before, but mine came in the other day and I'm thrilled with them.  I have no idea what they were intended for, but they're all glass with rubber stoppers, and are perfect in 1/6.  I have so many plans for these, starting with a wooden test tube rack.  May even see if I can knock it out tomorrow.

Skeleton

I had seen someone else make the recommendation (I believe on OSW) for a very decent, very cheap 1/6 scale skeleton.  It came with The Bones Book And Skeleton https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761142185/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1, and was actually packaged in the display dome pictured.  I had painted the base brass, and gave the skeleton a wash of brown paint, and I think he looks pretty good.

Dammit Crowther, stop messing with everything you find.

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ReverendSpooky, these are great! And how much you have done with them, customizing and setting up. I do have the skeleton, but I will have to look harder in Hobby Lobby. I believe Pontiacvan has barrel suggestions too.


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GubernatorFan wrote:ReverendSpooky, these are great! And how much you have done with them, customizing and setting up. I do have the skeleton, but I will have to look harder in Hobby Lobby. I believe Pontiacvan has barrel suggestions too.

Thanks GF!  Yeah, I have found there a bit more than I'd like to admit.  I wonder if it's this one Pontiacvan was going to mention:

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Wow ! Love the flame Scene !

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There's some really cool stuff here. I only wish I had more room for dioramas. I've always wanted to do a Victorian era room for Holmes & Watson, but the space for such just doesn't exist.


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ReverendSpooky wrote:Thanks GF!  Yeah, I have found there a bit more than I'd like to admit.  I wonder if it's this one Pontiacvan was going to mention:

Nice one! No, his were metal, to go with the robots.


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Ephiane wrote:Wow ! Love the flame Scene !

Have we talked about Werble before?  Its a such a fun iphone app fore these kind of simple animations.  I keep getting surprised what you can do with it.  

Stryker2011 wrote:There's some really cool stuff here. I only wish I had more room for dioramas. I've always wanted to do a Victorian era room for Holmes & Watson, but the space for such just doesn't exist.

What!?  You can't say that after posting pics of that luxurious and expansive man cave.  A Victorian Holmes & Watson sitting room (Or crime scene!!!) would be so rad, and such a blast to do!  Maybe poor lonely Picard could hang out there until the rest of his crew get produced...

I actually need to figure out a better option for dioramas.  Most of mine are modular, and get put up or broken down for photoshoots.  I have a room that gets great light, so that's become my mini studio, but isn't really a good display space.  I'd love to have a few of these on display more permanantly (especially the loft) but they're so unfinished on the outside (just unpainted insulation foam) that it'd be a project in itself to build some sort of cabinet to house them.  Not to mention 2 cats that would want nothing more than to take up residence in my 1/6 world.  Still, it's an idea I can't let go of.

GubernatorFan wrote:Nice one! No, his were metal, to go with the robots.

Ah, I want to see them too!

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ReverendSpooky wrote:What!?  You can't say that after posting pics of that luxurious and expansive man cave.  A Victorian Holmes & Watson sitting room (Or crime scene!!!) would be so rad, and such a blast to do!  Maybe poor lonely Picard could hang out there until the rest of his crew get produced...

But just imagine... if I started building dioramas, that once “luxurious and expansive man cave” would turn into a cluttered, over-crowded mess.


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Stryker2011 wrote:But just imagine... if I started building dioramas, that once “luxurious and expansive man cave” would turn into a cluttered, over-crowded mess.

Excellent point. You could go halfway: build diorama parts that are easy to assemble (e.g., separate walls, floors), stack, fold, etc. They will take some space, but nowhere nearly as much as dedicated permanent dioramas.


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Stryker2011 wrote:
ReverendSpooky wrote:What!?  You can't say that after posting pics of that luxurious and expansive man cave.  A Victorian Holmes & Watson sitting room (Or crime scene!!!) would be so rad, and such a blast to do!  Maybe poor lonely Picard could hang out there until the rest of his crew get produced...

But just imagine... if I started building dioramas, that once “luxurious and expansive man cave” would turn into a cluttered, over-crowded mess.

Oh yeah, you're 100% right. For some terrible reason, my 1st instinct is always to be the (1/6th?) devil on your shoulder and encourage all the worst impulses. You should definitely buy that. Or build that. Or drink ALL of that...

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ReverendSpooky wrote:
Stryker2011 wrote:
ReverendSpooky wrote:What!?  You can't say that after posting pics of that luxurious and expansive man cave.  A Victorian Holmes & Watson sitting room (Or crime scene!!!) would be so rad, and such a blast to do!  Maybe poor lonely Picard could hang out there until the rest of his crew get produced...

But just imagine... if I started building dioramas, that once “luxurious and expansive man cave” would turn into a cluttered, over-crowded mess.

Oh yeah, you're 100% right.  For some terrible reason, my 1st instinct is always to be the (1/6th?) devil on your shoulder and encourage all the worst impulses.  You should definitely buy that.  Or build that.  Or drink ALL of that...  

Drink the kool-aid!

I think if we kept at that we’d have to join 6th-scale Anonymous! Laughing


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Stryker2011 wrote:
ReverendSpooky wrote:
Stryker2011 wrote:
ReverendSpooky wrote:What!?  You can't say that after posting pics of that luxurious and expansive man cave.  A Victorian Holmes & Watson sitting room (Or crime scene!!!) would be so rad, and such a blast to do!  Maybe poor lonely Picard could hang out there until the rest of his crew get produced...

But just imagine... if I started building dioramas, that once “luxurious and expansive man cave” would turn into a cluttered, over-crowded mess.

Oh yeah, you're 100% right.  For some terrible reason, my 1st instinct is always to be the (1/6th?) devil on your shoulder and encourage all the worst impulses.  You should definitely buy that.  Or build that.  Or drink ALL of that...  

Drink the kool-aid!

I think if we kept at that we’d have to join 6th-scale Anonymous! Laughing

If we did, they'd tell you to stay the hell away from me. I'm a textbook enabler. Laughing

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GubernatorFan wrote:

It has not escaped my notice that the pigskin is a little too big to be realistic, and the parasols a little too small (it is probable that you can find bigger cocktail parasols/umbrellas, so the point about their usefulness stands).


Meant to mention, they definitely DO make the coctail umbrellas in larger sizes, and they are perfect for 1/6 scale.  I used mine with a sort of Zatoichi style sword in the handle to make a hidden umbrella sword.



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ReverendSpooky wrote:Meant to mention, they definitely DO make the coctail umbrellas in larger sizes, and they are perfect for 1/6 scale.  I used mine with a sort of Zatoichi style sword in the handle to make a hidden umbrella sword.

Great! I knew I wasn't imagining it. And the ones you found definitely look more realistic in sixth scale than mine. Also, very cool artsy photos. You do excel at these Smile


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Not really sure how I missed this thread here, but damn glad I've found it.

There's some great stuff in here.

Well done, boyz and girlz.

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You can make your own metal barrels by gluing three tin cans on top of each other. Tuna tins are a little small for 44 gallon drums but they are perfect for slightly smaller ones. You need larger cans for 1:6 scale 44 gallons drums. Pontiacivan used potted meat tins. I've used pet food tins.

http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/sixth-scale-action-figure-news-reviews-and-discussion-/857181-finally-1-6-oil-drum-under-$10-includes-free-lunch.html

These are less than $3 on ebay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Metal-Iron-Piggy-Bank-Tin-Money-Saving-Pot-Coin-Cash-Storage-Box-Drum-Gift-H-/391872937694

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ReverendSpooky wrote:Test Tubes

I have Shazzdan to thank for these.  I know he mentioned them before, but mine came in the other day and I'm thrilled with them.  I have no idea what they were intended for, but they're all glass with rubber stoppers, and are perfect in 1/6.  I have so many plans for these, starting with a wooden test tube rack.  May even see if I can knock it out tomorrow.

I'm glad that they arrived safely and that you are happy with them. I'm pretty impressed with them. For everyone else, I ordered a pile of these test tubes. They are made from glass, not plastic. If anyone wants some, send me a PM. They work out to be $0.60 each. If you want 20 or more, they are $0.50 ea. Price includes the stoppers. There are two sizes:

1: 25mm long, 5mm outer diameter
2: 28mm long, 7mm outer diameter

More scientific glassware in my Etsy store.
https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/564171040/miniature-science-laboratory-glassware



I made a test tube rack from 3 toothpicks and 2 popsicle sticks.

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Thanks for contributing these images and info, shazzdan!


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ReverendSpooky wrote:
GubernatorFan wrote:ReverendSpooky, these are great! And how much you have done with them, customizing and setting up. I do have the skeleton, but I will have to look harder in Hobby Lobby. I believe Pontiacvan has barrel suggestions too.

Thanks GF!  Yeah, I have found there a bit more than I'd like to admit.  I wonder if it's this one Pontiacvan was going to mention:


I'm loving the Acid Rain crates. Going to look into some of those.
Ordered the Bones book from Amazon, can't pass that up.
I like the wooden barrel. I do have some terrestrial based scenes it would work in.
They have several jewelry boxes that make top notch pirate chests, though I do not own one.

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GubernatorFan wrote:I meant to ask -- after you painted them, did they remain translucent? Nice avatar, by the way!

The first batch required far more coats than I would have liked, but ultimately were opaque.
I primed the second batch with grey plastic primer first and used less coats of color.
In either event, scuffing is advised and painting the inside as well as He exterior is recommended.

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Pontiacivan wrote:The first batch required far more coats than I would have liked, but ultimately were opaque.
I primed the second batch with grey plastic primer first and used less coats of color.
In either event, scuffing is advised and painting the inside as well as  He exterior is recommended.

Thanks for the response! And happy to see you back on here again. I was getting worried by your absence. Smile


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GubernatorFan wrote:ReverendSpooky, these are great! And how much you have done with them, customizing and setting up. I do have the skeleton, but I will have to look harder in Hobby Lobby. I believe Pontiacvan has barrel suggestions too.

Not sure if my barrels count, since they are made, rather than bought.
I used the large chunk chicken cans from Walmart ($1.90 for 2) and assembled three with hot glue. $5.70 got me 2 barrels as well as lunch for a few days. Very Happy


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Thanks for posting, Pontiacvan. Those are the ones I was thinking of, and they definitely count.


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Frickken genius.

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Pontiacivan wrote:The first batch required far more coats than I would have liked, but ultimately were opaque.
I primed the second batch with grey plastic primer first and used less coats of color.
In either event, scuffing is advised and painting the inside as well as  He exterior is recommended.

Thanks for the response! And happy to see you back on here again. I was getting worried by your absence. Smile

Sorry about that, had some incredibly difficult breathing issues which I thought were going to be serious . ( i.e.: possibly terminal, I literally struggled to breathe) I have asthma and my mom was an over the top chain smoker who died of lung cancer relatively young.
C.O.P.D and cancer were ruled out quickly. Blood work showed I was having an allergic reaction to something so I put on my respirator and hosed my dirt floor basement with vinegar and began a ketogenic diet. I've done the diet before and it only needs to be done temporarily while I wait for better weather. Fat and protein don't trigger many allergic responses.
The main problem is a 200 year old wood frame house, insufficient airflow in the basement during the winter and the dirt floor, made worse by the longer winter.
We run industrial dehumidifiers down there and this year we are finally going to get a floor poured.
I am now breathing normally and expect to be back to ( relatively) normal in the next few months.

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Pontiacivan wrote:Sorry about that,  had some incredibly difficult breathing issues which I thought were going to be serious.
I am now breathing normally and  expect to be back to ( relatively) normal in the next few months.

I am very happy you are feeling better, and hope your health will be holding up! And I didn't mean to imply that you owed us an explanation. 1:1 life (and health) must always take a priority! Smile


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Glad you're feeling better, brah.

I was asthmatic as a kid, but eventually outgrew it and I'm damned happy about that. Still, having been there, I know it's no damn fun.

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GubernatorFan wrote:I meant to ask -- after you painted them, did they remain translucent? Nice avatar, by the way!

Re: my avatar. I managed to get a ThreeA Ten Finger gang head, number 10, for a great price. He's on a BBI body with a Gameitoy Engineer jumpsuit and Dragon Lady U2 hands. Swords are also ThreeA.
His name is Bot Derek....because he's a 10. Very Happy

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Pontiacivan wrote:
GubernatorFan wrote:I meant to ask -- after you painted them, did they remain translucent? Nice avatar, by the way!

Re: my avatar. I managed to get a ThreeA Ten Finger gang head, number 10, for a great price. He's on a BBI body with a Gameitoy Engineer jumpsuit and Dragon Lady U2 hands. Swords are also ThreeA.
His name is Bot Derek....because he's a 10. Very Happy


Haha! Nice one.


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LOL... Bot Derek. Cool build and story.


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The oil drum ideas here are really a great solution. I’ve been looking st some on eBay and thinking they are far too overpriced. Sure, there is some painting and decal work, but still too much for that . Out of curiosity, I looked on Amazon at real 1:1 oil drums and many are cheaper than some of the 1/6th ones on eBay!

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MarkEl wrote:The oil drum ideas here are really a great solution.  I’ve been looking st some on eBay and thinking they are far too overpriced.  Sure, there is some painting and decal work, but still too much for that . Out of curiosity, I looked on Amazon at real 1:1 oil drums and many are cheaper than some of the 1/6th ones on eBay!  

I am not surprised. Plenty of 1:1 items are cheaper than the 1:6 equivalent. DFC, don't go there! Wink


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MarkEl wrote:The oil drum ideas here are really a great solution.  I’ve been looking st some on eBay and thinking they are far too overpriced.  Sure, there is some painting and decal work, but still too much for that . Out of curiosity, I looked on Amazon at real 1:1 oil drums and many are cheaper than some of the 1/6th ones on eBay!  

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MarkEl wrote:The oil drum ideas here are really a great solution.  I’ve been looking st some on eBay and thinking they are far too overpriced.  Sure, there is some painting and decal work, but still too much for that . Out of curiosity, I looked on Amazon at real 1:1 oil drums and many are cheaper than some of the 1/6th ones on eBay!  

I am not surprised. Plenty of 1:1 items are cheaper than the 1:6 equivalent. DFC, don't go there! Wink

I'm with you both! I searched for an affordable barrel solution for a very long time.
No matter how you paint and weather a soup can, it still looks like a soup can. They are also small for 1/6 scale.
For anyone not familiar with canned chicken ( and some brands of tuna ) the cans are significantly larger and when stacked, the effect was just what I had hoped for.
For the money I could make a large enough batch for cargo. I also happen to like canned chicken and tuna, so it's win-win.
If anyone cares, the openings on top can be simulated by hot gluing the appropriate size nut to one of the can covers and screwing in a set screw.

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For any one who has seen my biohazard diorama, it's worth mentioning that the 5 gallon pail was hand made. It was fairly easy, so I wanted to share.

The dollar store sells "noise putty " in a container that seems ideal for scale...


After transferring  the goo to another container for future use, I carefully cut a circle into the lid


Then I slid that up from the bottom to the approximate place and hot glued it. Real buckets have more "ridges" but he's think this passes



Then I painted it and added a handle made from a piece of coat hanger. I used a piece of dowel here for the grip, but I have found beads that work well too.




The "water level" was made by stuffing some poly fill in the bottom and securing the cut plastic from the lid with clear silicone at the desired height.
I hope this helps someone to add some detail to one of their projects!

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That’s pretty inventive, Pontiacivan. How do you guys think of this stuff.


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Stryker2011 wrote:That’s pretty inventive, Pontiacivan. How do you guys think of this stuff.


If it's of any help, when I look at something in 1:1 scale, I ask myself what it would look like if it was really small.
If I look at some kind of object, say at the dollar store, I ask myself what I would be if it was really big.
Sometimes you have to add or strip the details mentally, but once you start doing it, you will find your self looking through the 1/6 lens a lot.

For instance, I bought a bunch of these flex lights to illuminate consoles and workstations in my space dioramas....


But after looking at them a while, a started to see the possibility of making an automotive parts washer by using a tin painted red. Here is a quick mock up to give the idea...

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Damn Pontiacivan, that's scary as hall.  Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Your chicken barrels are fantastic.  I might have to grab a few cans and give it a try.

And I have one of those mini flexi lights too! I knew it had 1/6 scale sci-fi uses as soon as I saw it, although I've yet to actually work it into anything.

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ReverendSpooky wrote:Damn Pontiacivan, that's scary as hall.  Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Your chicken barrels are fantastic.  I might have to grab a few cans and give it a try.

And I have one of those mini flexi lights too! I knew it had 1/6 scale sci-fi uses as soon as I saw it, although I've yet to actually work it into anything.

Gooseneck microphone on a podium? Very Happy

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FLARP noise putty...

That's awesome. Very clever use of the container, as well, but really???



FLARP???

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