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Completed Air Transport Auxillary from Sarnia Miniatures

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Nap, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    Spurred on after seeing Peter's ( PLG here on PF ) version of the Air Transport Auxillary bust that he sculpted for his company Sarnia Miniatures

    I got mine out ..the bust that is...LOL

    ....I had prior to moving got my long suffering mate Jimbo to reduce the shaping down a bit as I felt she looked a bit top heavy !!!...my views only !!

    So after a bit of research some of which you can see on the WIP from Peter here:

    https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/female-ata-pilot-from-ww2.154533/

    I got thinking ....yes I know here we go again !!!....

    So....out came the putty and the coffee.....

    ..reworked the wings again ( I will paint in the actual details as in the SAS wings on Bill Speakman's bust )

    ...ranked her up a bit to a 2nd Officer ( adding new rank patches on the shoulders of one thick and one thin bar )

    ...As the ATA's were not just from UK I also added a shoulder arc on which I will paint the appropriate country name ( not decided yet!!! )

    ...Also added a small eagle above the side cap badge

    ....added another button down middle after removing others to get spacing

    Note ...would like to add at least one ribbon but need to look at this more !!

    Now base coated using various acrylics as here:

    Eyes currently WIP!!

    All comments welcome of course


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    Thanks for looking in

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  2. akaryu PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Belgium
    Very nice to see a decently clothed female, still a rarity in this hobby! Well done!

    Pierre
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  3. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys

    Some interesting details:

    • Some were accomplished athletes: a skiing instructor, an international ice-hockey player, and a ballet dancer. Several were mothers (and there was one grandmother!). They were wealthy socialites and working girls, whose pre-war occupations included stunt-pilot, mathematician, mapmaker, architect, typist, actress, and world famous record-setting endurance pilot (Amy Johnson, who was killed on a ferry trip in January, 1941).
    • The 30 countries that contributed pilots to the ATA were: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Ceylon, Chile, China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ireland, Estonia, France, Holland, India, Malaya, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia (one Russian pilot was seconded from the RAF), South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States.
    • The uniform would be dark blue, consisting of trousers, a forage cap, light blue RAF shirt, black tie, and a single-breasted jacket bearing the ATA insignia: a circlet enclosing the letters "ATA," superimposed on a set of wings. Gold bars on the shoulders would indicate rank.
    Bit of picture reference ...

    This is Ann Wood-Kelly ...a US member of the ATA ...with a ribbon ?

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    Some pictures of other ATA's

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    Some badges and a version of the side cap

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    RESPECT to ALL the ATA's

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    Nap
  4. Landrotten Highlander Well-Known Member

    Tiny wee comment to your work, Nap...
    I feel the irises are a tad too large. Have a closer look at the first [icture in your last post --> you can see that the irises are slightly smaller than your blocking-in work. I think if you were to round off the bottem half a bit more you will get more realistic looking irises (sizes that is) - but that is just my opinion
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  5. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England


    Hi LH

    Thanks for the comment appreciate your input , I will be reducing the iris on both , but thanks for linking it to a picture as here

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    Nap
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  6. Grod A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great subject nicely done.
    Gordon
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  7. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England

    Cheers Gordon

    Thanks for looking in

    Nap
  8. clrsgt A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Coming along nicely Nap.
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  9. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England

    Thank you should look good painted up ....lots of V bench threads on the go though !

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  10. PLG Active Member

    Pierre

    I am producing a mini range of 'women at war' which consists of 'real' women rather than the voluptuous, skimpily clad figures and busts which are so popular.

    https://sarnia-miniatures.co.uk/c/1-10-scale-resin-busts/women-at-war.

    The next in the range will be by the end of June.

    Peter
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  11. PLG Active Member

    Nap

    Cosmetic surgery reaches the world of model making with a bust reduction!!

    Nice work, looking good.

    In the tv documentary "Spitfire Women" it was noted that the death rate for ATA pilots was around 10%, making it a very hazardous role, and one deserves to be celebrated and remembered.

    Peter
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  12. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Peter

    Thank you for commenting

    As you say these so brave women and men of the ATA are too often forgotten

    Happy benchtime birthday

    Nap
  13. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    Starting on this now, layering up the uniform colour and thinking of the shoulder arcs ....initially thought Poland ...

    Keep looking at the USA one with that neckscarf on Ann Wood -Wood......could use magisculpt for that and she has a ribbon ....still no idea which ..perhaps overseas service ?

    Need to look up the patten and colour possibilities for the scarf ?

    Simple to rank her up a bit as well

    ...come on you lot what do you reckon ??

    Nap
  14. PLG Active Member

    Nap

    Go for it with the scarf - a great chance to have fun with a detailed pattern.

    Peter
  15. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England

    Doing it !

    Now what's that blooming ribbon ?

    Nap
  16. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    Well here she is now ...the scarf will probably be a cream colour ...with a pattern ..still to find that !

    I have added the ribbon ...but not sure at the moment ...need to get researching more !

    Re base coated uniform etc

    Couple of iffyvision pics on different backgrounds


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    Thanks for looking in

    Nap
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  17. PLG Active Member

    She looks nice with the scarf - a bit more feminine. Nice work.

    Peter
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  18. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England

    Cheers Peter ,perhaps a little high on the neck but didn't want to risk putting a dremel in there to show a bit more neck !

    Well I found the medal details ..it's now basecoated !m

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    Here's the wiki details of Ann


    During her time as a ferry pilot with the ATA she flew more than 900 aircraft of 75 different types ranging from the single-engined Supermarine Spitfire fighter to the four-engined Avro Lancaster heavy bomber.

    In 1946, she was awarded the King's Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom for her services to the United Kingdom.

    After the war she became an assistant to the United States Air attaché in London before she returned to the United States.

    She became a public relations manager for Northeast Airlines, and later worked for Pan American Airways, becoming their first female vice-president.


    Nap
  19. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Yet another great work coming up, I like the extras and all the research info.

    Geoff
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  20. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys

    Currently working on the scarf ...texture effects or rather highlighting a lot before suggesting a pattern

    Going to use these sort of colours and the picture of Ann as reference

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    Nap

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