Bin Laden’s Doll House

The Pentagon declassifies a model of the terrorist's Abbottabad compound.

Credit: AP Photo/National Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyCredit: AP Photo/National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Imagine playing with your toy soldiers in this: a 1/84th scale miniature model of Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound made by a team of staff model makers at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. 

The table-sized model, which measures one inch for every seven feet of real-world compound, was built over six weeks to help train U.S. forces in preparation for the May 2011 raid that killed the terrorist leader. (Special Forces also reportedly practiced operations in a full-scale mock-up of the compound.) 

Made of clay, Styrofoam, and other materials, it was constructed based on satellite imagery gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies. It features a wealth of tiny details, including a Hot Wheels–sized red moving van parked out front and true-to-life foliage in the compound’s inner courtyard. 

The model, which is only one of several copies, has been declassified since at least last October. It was put on display in the Pentagon in May of this year. 

“It really puts it into perspective how large the compound actually is, or was, sorry, because it no longer exists,” Pentagon spokesperson Erica Fouche told the Agence France-Presse news service. The compound was destroyed by Pakistani authorities after the raid.  

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  • Ice Nine||

    Yes, and...?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    As a grognard, I'm envious of that board.

    Any other Force on Force players here?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Not a Force on Force player - but I did suddenly desire a few hundred lead figures upon seeing that model.

    Say, maybe they could put it up on eBay to help with the DoD budget?

  • John||

    There is something really beautiful about miniatures.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I agree. I wish I could paint as well as this guy.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    For ultra-moderns, I recommend Elhiem, if you're going 20mm. He offers both IBA and IOTV variants. You can paint UCP on them pretty easily if you have a stippling brush, but Multicam, for anything, is a royal pain the in ass.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Suki||

    If there are more pix from different angles you can use a 3D printer to make a decent replica.

  • Restoras||

    Question: Is a grognard any wargamer, or specifically a wargamer that uses little metal dolls instead of counters?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I've always heard grognard for any wargamer, especially those counter-pushing ASL-types. :)

  • Restoras||

    HA! If I had a dollar for every time I accidently knocked over a stack of counters I could buy a freakin' legion of figures from King Country!

  • John||

    All I can think of is the scene out of the Dirty Dozen where they all sit around the model of the French Chateu and recite the nursery rhyme describing the operation

    Step two, the guards are through.

  • o3||

    effective memonic. we did the same w a rhyme for airborne training - "stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door, jump right out and count to four...

  • Hugh Akston||

    Did they build one to scale with the Barack-tion Obama Seal Team Six action figure with authentic Badass-in-Chief flak suit?

  • Restoras||

    No but I hear there is a Barack Obama doll headed to the market with mom jeans and a Chicago White Sox jacket.

  • ||

    I'm waiting for the one with the Miami Heats jacket.

  • Suki||


  • Aresen||

    Hugh wins the thread.

  • Paul.||

    No he doesn't... No he doesn't!!!

  • $park¥||

    How long before someone turns it into a Call of Duty/Battlefield map?

  • Paul.||

    That's the threadwinner.

  • SIV||

    Too bad Marx toys isn't still around. That would make a nice model for a playset.

  • DingHooo||

    The Feds clearly have WAY too much spare time on their hands. I wish for once they would stop worrying about countries they have no business in and start worrying about their own people and problems.

  • Keith3D||

    that almost kinda fits here.

  • Paul.||

    As I said in the previous anon-bot thread... it's learning, and its posts are becoming topical. Skynet is nearly here.

  • triclops||

    i would love to read some articles about anonbot. how does he learn?!

  • ||

    Needs a choo choo train.

  • newshutz||

    That model, they did't make that.

  • Suki||

    It was a government project, so Obama made it.

  • tipuasher||

    recognition for the update


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