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1:16th Greatcoat Tamiya Machine gunner

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kansas kid, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello fellow Planeteers:

    I will say from the "get go" that my text re this figure I will show images of
    will be very boring for most of the PF Planeteers. I can not forget all the
    novice and beginners who persue this site, or other sites, yet do not have the
    confidence to post their images of their work here on the PF web site.
    Unfortunately, because of the great skill and artistry of the membership, these
    beginners are intimidated by what they see here. So my intent is to stick to
    the basics and explain in a manner that most of our membership would find
    rather mundane and boring. With that caveat, I will proceed.

    The figure in question is the Tamiya 1:16th Wehrmacht soldier carrying the
    MG - 42 machine gun w/bi-pod in the great coat. I painted the figure with
    el cheapo acrylics only. Yes, I still have a great deal to learn re painting
    flesh tones. So here are the first images.

    So you can see in these first images the box art. I didn't want to use the
    head provided by Tamiya, so I took a head from Legends & Lore in the
    1:16th scale. Unfortunately, the dude had long hair. . . ah . . .too long for
    a Wehrmacht soldier. So I shortened the hair and used the head for the

    As you can see from these photos, I decided to give the great coat a lot
    of wear and tear, and make it soiled and tattered re the hem of the coat.
    I'm always looking for ways to make my figures look different from what
    other modelers do with the same figure. I used the Dremel tool to make
    the greatcoat peices much thinner, from the inside. And then I used
    a hand drill to poke holes in the thinned great coat, from the outside.

    Attached Files:

    Von Luch, ubbi, Tommi and 3 others like this.
  2. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    I forgot to mention in the previous post that I gave the head of that
    substitute head a "hair cut" using the X-acto knife. Now on to the further
    development of this figure.

    Now you can, . . . hopefully see how that substitute head looked after his
    haircut. I made the name plate that went on the front of the bass wood base
    in my Adobe Illustrator Macintosh program. And you can also see the first
    part of the base that I was working on for the figure to be mounted on.

    Attached Files:

  3. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Okay. . . so you can not see the base. Let's try again. . .

    Attached Files:

  4. housecarl A Fixture

    Mr Jayhawk you have been busy.
    Great idea with the distressing from
    the inside, I'll remember that one.
    It will complement the dejected appearance
    of the wearer beautifully.
  5. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Well, thing are not appearing re the photos as I had hoped. . . durn burn it.

    But I'll try to proceed.

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  6. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Well, . . . this has been an exercise in futility. So much for my understanding
    of 'pooter knowledge. However, I should say in closing, that when I first
    did the helmet straps using lead foil, purchased from Squadron Shop in
    Carollton, Texas, I made the helmet straps too long. So you see several
    images with the helmet straps longer than they were in the last pictures.
    I apologize for the Kansas Corn Fusion . . . But hopefully, there are beginners
    who can look at these images and learn from them. Acrylics paints
    mixed on my auto glass palette were used thru out. . .

    Critiques from ladies and gentlemen are encouraged,

    rick brownlee,
    a.k.a. Kansas Kid, & The Miami Jayhawk
  7. housecarl A Fixture

    Rick I must have commented whilst you
    were in mid post:eek: Excellent job, one of your best.
  8. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Nice work on this one JayHawk. You ready to ship Self out of the state yet? I told ya about him.

    Bracket Buster.
  9. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Roger that, Carl:

    I do appreciate your most kind comments, my friend. Thanks for taking the
    time to post your remarks.

    Oh ma' gosh. . . Mike Meehan: So you want to get into the March Madness
    Big Dance situration, huh? Hokay. . . . maing. . . . Ah . . .No, I don't think
    our coach is the problem. . . . But who really knows??? Eh??? Oh well, . . .
    wait till next year, . . . Isn't that the remark that all us "failures" seem to
    come up with? . . . At least K-State and Baylor are still representing the Big
    XII.. . . huh? Now, Mike, I am going to state here, that you disappoint me.
    I was hoping you'd have something to say about what I did, referring to
    quite a bit of time on this Tamiya figure. Clever is good, but how about
    some candid remarks about the work I did????? :confused::confused:

    come on ????

    The Miami Jayhawk
  10. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Super Work! and a nice bit of wordy stuff!

  11. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Ok Jayhawk I just had to poke at ya first.

    You did a wonderful job on this guy, great groundwork also. I am glad you included pictures of the inside of the helmet as that is particularly impressive. I have to say it is for sure the best thing you have done so far. I hope you bring it with you to the Tulsa show. Sadly I will have very little time at the Tulsa show as I have a big golf tourney that same weekend but I am going to make as much time as possible to attend and hopefully meet my buddy the JayHawk.
  12. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Great work Rick on the Figure and groundwork, the changes you made have really made a difference.

    Cheers David
  13. Michael Tse Active Member

    A worthy modification. Put the fun right back into plastic 1/16. Way to go!
  14. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hey Mark:

    Nice bit of "wordy stuff" . . . I get it. . . funny. . . Thank mate, for taking
    time to have a look see. Appreciate your comments. . . because I am trying
    to see what you have done, re the pictures you post here as WIP and SBS,
    and I try diligently, to learn from your wonderful work and incorporate it, re
    my limited skill level, in what ever my future endeavors are, which includes
    the Wehrmacht soldier in Greatcoat.

    OK, Mike Meehan: I do appreciate your remarks. Obviously, you do
    persue this site at regular intervals. Good show. Thank you for
    your kind remarks about this latest Tamiya 1:16th figure I've
    slaved over and been concerned about.

    Re the Tulsa show: Mike I'll be extremely candid with you. My figure work
    really isn't good enough to place in the Tulsa competition. I've been to that
    show 5 times, and altho the group is very friendly, I think there is a certain
    amount of "homerism" with the decision of their judges. I am sorry if this
    comment on my part is a negative comment. They do run a fun event.

    David: Thank you David, for your comments about the ground work, or
    terrain as I call it. I do so appreciate you taking time to comment. I have
    seen your work on PF a number of times, and you are such a skilled
    figure painter, I hope to aspire to your level, if God permits me the time
    to live . . . . into the future, . . . . long enough . . . Kind regards,

    Rick Brownlee, Kansas Kid
  15. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Put the fun right back into plastic. . .

    Hello Michael:

    Roger that, Michael, put the fun right back into the plastic. And that is what
    is was for me, Michael. Thanks for taking time to have a look see, and then
    post your comments. I do appreciate it,

    Kind regards,

    The Jayhawker
  16. T50 A Fixture

    Nice conversion and good execution!
  17. jimias A Fixture

    Excellent result on a great figure. Well done. the painting and the atmosphere are spot on.
  18. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Thanks T50:

    I'm sorry, I don't know your name, so I'll just refer to your "handle"
    T50. I appreciate you taking time to comment.:):):)

  19. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Greetings to you Dimitrois:

    So good to hear from you. And thank you for taking a look see, and for
    your kind words. I do appreciate it. I feel I learned a lot doing the
    DML Wehrmacht 6th Army 1:16th figure (with the wrong weapon; an
    anachronism, unfortunately! :(:() and this Machine Gunner in Greatcoat.
    Hopefully, I won't forget :confused::confused::confused:
    . . . what I learned?? :)

    have a good day,

    Kansas Kid
  20. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Forgot to add these images. . .

    Well to quote Tarheel coach Roy Williams:

    "Durn burn it" . . .

    I forgot to add these images yesterday. With this 'pooter stuff, mentally, I
    don't seem to have all the cards in the deck, not all the oars are in the
    water, most of the muskets are misfiring. . . well, you get the idea.:(


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