Forged in Fire..1941 Firemen

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Jimbo, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    As a retired Professional Firefighter of 30 years service with the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service this was something I have been wanting to finish for some time as it is very close to my heart.
    Bearing in mind the recent awful Tower block Fire in London, these guys of WW2 had to deal with very demanding incidents on a daily basis often losing comrades & crew members to death and terrible injuries and they had to do it with outdated equipment and uniforms, also a lack a of decent functional breathing apparatus (incidentally the same fire kit apart from the "Tin Hat" lasted right up into my early days of the 1970's)

    This is my conversion of two Youngs miniatures busts into Two National Fire Service Firemen of 1941, the National Fire Service was "Forged in Fire" early 1941 following the Blitz, hence the title, the government combined the forces of the Auxiliary Fire Service with the city & Shire Brigades to form the National Fire Service to deal with the crisis of WW2, it reverted back to Shire & City Brigades in 1947 & the AFS was never re-instated.
    It's a (city Fireman) old sweat "section Commander" with two red bands on his helmet and a 20 years service & good conduct medal ribbon and a (AFS) younger Fireman with neck flap added to the helmet which in my mind represents the two forces combined into the NFS during WW2
    Ground details were scratch built and the added cap badge is an original.
    Cheers
    Jim(y)
    p.s. I can't answer any questions for a couple of weeks as I'm off on holiday, so I'll say thankyou to any possible kind comments now:)

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  2. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

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    England
    'Ere Mr Jimbob

    That's looking good ...nice base work as well as the painting ...

    To be honest folks I have seen this real close up and it looks even better ...nice touch is the slightly burnt off badges on the helmets ....the interaction between them is great .

    Have a good holiday mate ...will see you when you get back

    Nap

    PS Leave the key under the cat I can then get my biscuits
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  3. peedee PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Nice one Jim


    Happy travels.

    Paul.
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  4. Jimbo A Fixture

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    Kev I aint got a cat...flipping hate the things... give me a dog any day..or even an old dog;)
  5. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

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    England

    Blooming heck James ..what was that you were stroking then.........Arghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

    Nap
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  6. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    super pieces of work jim,great presentation as well mate,have a good holiday (y)
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  7. Borek A Fixture

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    Very nice work, really great concept of base :) Well done.

    Cheers Borek
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  8. Jimbo A Fixture

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    Thanks for all the kind comments, all very much appreciated(y)
    Cheers
    Jim
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  9. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    A fitting tribute, superb Jim.
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  10. anstontyke A Fixture

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    another stunning tribute to the unsung heroes.

    tony
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  11. akaryu PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Original and excellently presented and executed!

    Pierre
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  12. phil_h A Fixture

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    Lovely painting with a wonderful presentation (y)

    Regards,
    Phil
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  13. arj A Fixture

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    Excellent concept and execution Jim.
    Very reminiscent of your Warsaw Uprising presentation.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  14. John Bowery PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Fine tribute to the men of fire.
    Cheers
    John
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  15. clrsgt A Fixture

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    Tremendous idea and presentation. A great tribute to these firemen of the blitz.
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  16. Wings5797 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    France
    Brilliant Mate
    Concept, sculpt, composition, additional details, paint and running water all 10/10
    Love it Jim
    Keith
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