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Blasts from the Past

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by harto, Sep 1, 2020.

  1. Nap A Fixture

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  2. harto Active Member

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    I remember seeing a large scale Buffalo Soldier on the cover of an early issue of Military Modelling which I recall was sculpted in plasticine and being amazed by it. Below is what I'm reasonably sure was the first issue of Military Modelling I ever bought when I was about 12 years old. I remember being so captivated by the cover picture and its realism that I still thought about it 30 years later and finally managed to track down and buy the figures that were used. Original caption says the diorama was an Ensign Miniatures vignette (pack VBAR 14) "British Soldiers in Canadian winter dress during the American Revolution 1776". Model was by Major Bob Rowe. Only when I got the originals and looked at the sculpting did I fully realise what an amazing job Major Bob did!
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  3. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi Harto

    Oh memories of Mil Modelling for sure

    Think this is the cover you mention , not sure but possibly the 2nd one was made of plasticine

    Flea bay pics !!!

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    Nap
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  4. arj A Fixture

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    Those are David Whitbread scratchbuilt models, and neither is made of plasticine.
    Here are a couple of articles by David on his creations (the second one is the Buffalo Soldier above). I think one of the articles says he used plasticine to hold parts together.

    Bear Rib p1.jpg Bear Rib p2.jpg Bear Rib p3.jpg

    Buffalo Soldier p1.jpg Buffalo Soldier p2.jpg Buffalo Soldier p3.jpg

    He made many figures, one of which had a shovel.
    Someone who knew him told me that people commented on the rust effect he'd achieved.
    I was told, the shovel was steel and the rust was actual rust.

    Enjoy the articles,

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  5. Mirofsoft A Fixture

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    Yes ( + a donkey, not in the diorama I made )

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  6. blaster Well-Known Member

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    Andrew, Thanks for those great articles. Rgds Victor
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  7. Ray Stout Active Member

    The Standard Bearer IS in my Diorama, It's just that my painting skills didn't stretch to flags, so I gave him a Historex Chicken instead. The theme being the Drummer was praying for food, and THEY found a Chicken!!! Ray I was young in those days !!
  8. Dr Bison Active Member

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    Germany
    ... regularly going to London with my dad, and visiting "Seagull Models" in South Kensington. Then one fine day seeing this work by Bill Hearne in Alex Campbells' shop. I was in awe.
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    Or all those trips to "Under Two Flags" ...
    Thanks for this thread - fond memories, indeed.

    Cheers
    Karl
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  9. Mirofsoft A Fixture

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    Blast yuu said

    1974
    1974 06  812  21st century Ltd.jpg

    1978

    1979 01   504 Acorn.jpg
    Algeyer

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    1980

    1980 n° 26    451 All Charles.jpg

    1977

    1977-08---185-W-All-the-Que.jpg

    And so many
    Actualy reworking the Nostalgia PDF file will be on line next week and will try to add the same in epub form
  10. Ray Stout Active Member

    The one thing I remember about a trip to Under 2 Flags, was that most if not all of the Metal Models seemed to be coated with a Talc like White Powder !! Never seen that anywhere else. Could it have been damp?? Ray
  11. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Loved All the Queens Men series ...more pics please if possible

    Nap
  12. Ray Stout Active Member

    Hard to believe, but this was an Alls the Queens men figure Ray

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  13. Ray Stout Active Member

    Did anyone paint any Norman Errington figs. They were released as part of Greenwood and Ball. They did a foot fig of a Royal Scots Grey, which I paired with a PM Cuirassier Horse, (Trumpeter), and called it "The New Found Friends" This was another I did of a Paris Militia, with real Lentils for cobblestones ! Ray scan0271.jpg
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  14. Ray Stout Active Member

    These were the days when I used to use a Dilute acid solution on all metal bits on figs, which turned them black. You then buffed them up to look like steel. I think the solution came from the Pocher Cannon Kits to blacken the cannon barrels. The only problem was although it was in a plastic bottle, somehow the fumes managed to turn any metal tools in your Kitbox black after about 8-12 months !! So much for Health and Safety. You can see the effect on my last pic. Ray
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  15. polyphemus Well-Known Member

    somewhere in the stash I have the Swiss Halberdier. Nice figures.

    Geoff
  16. Mirofsoft A Fixture

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    I painted this one yeaaars ago Paris Miltia
    I gave it to a friend
    Still crying
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    1979 n° 25    463 Errington 90mm.jpg erringto E90 4.jpg

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  17. Mirofsoft A Fixture

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  18. Nap A Fixture

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  19. arj A Fixture

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    That took me back.

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    The two knights from the Al Charles collection, I bought from Rosedale Models when visiting my parents in Lancaster a long time back.
    This was my attempt with them many moons ago.
    The armour if memory serves me correctly, was burnished with a darning needle.

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    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  20. Mirofsoft A Fixture

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    Darning needles
    Where is this idea coming from ( good result )
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