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Review "Chest out" from Ybros Sculpts

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. Nap Moderator

    Hi everyone

    Comedy series on the television have and still do have great characters in them and none so more that one that ran from 1974-1981 called "It ain't half hot mum" , one in particular played by the late Windsor Davies was BATTERY SGT MAJOR "SHUT UP" WILLIAMS Royal Artillery

    It was with many smiles and much revisiting the TV series episodes ....Who can forget the flag lowereing ceremony with another star of the shown Don Estelle aka "Lofty" ( purely for reference of course !!!)

    It was announced here https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/chest-out-from-ybros-sculpts.301084/ by PF member Chris Stoffy that he was releasing a bust of the epitomy of the programe....BSM Williams

    Ybros Main.jpg

    I and many others had to get a copy and off went my message to Chris ....in Australia ...one arrived very quickly considering the distance

    Details of the release

    Tiitle : "Chest out"

    Reference : YSB 01

    Scale : 1/9th

    Material: Gray Resin

    No of part : 4

    Sculptor : Chris Sorby

    Casting : Oz Mods

    The resin was in a clear bag with this in a foam wrap , all held in a good strong cardbaord box , on the front the unpainted model

    Out of interest ...why "Chest out" .....simply because the BSM often pumped up his chest out like a peacock ...the shirt straining !!

    The company name YBROS is of course Chris's name in reverse

    Chest 001.jpg

    Chest 002.jpg

    Parts consist of 4 , torso , head , beret, and a post to use if you wish

    Chest 003.jpg

    General comments

    • Casting is good overall , but the shirt will need a little work on deal with the casting lines particularly on the left side , underneath the sleeve needs tidying up by sanding
    • The shirt depicted is the green shirt and not the best dress version ...both are seen in the series
    • There are plenty of creases on the shirt all adding interest
    • I will define the pockets undecuts and also redo the medal ribbons
    • The neck area is very cleanly done ....allowing a good fit of the head
    • Facial features is SPOT ON
    • Beret fit is very good with no filler needed
    • Some might to like the moustached ends more prominant
    Lets have some references now
    WW.jpg Ybros 2.jpg Ybros 3.jpg Ybros 4.jpg WWW.jpg Ybros 5.jpg

    Chest.jpg chest c1.jpg chest c.jpg

    Ybros 1.jpg
    The 32 millimetres (1.3 in) wide ribbon is grey flanked by narrow red stripes, with broad green stripes at the edges

    The ribbon is 32 millimetres wide, with equal width bands of Navy blue, Army red and Air Force blue, with the dark blue band representing the Naval Forces and the Merchant Navy, the red band the Armies and the light blue band the Air Forces. The equal width bands represent the equal contributions of the three service arms towards victory.

    The ribbon is 32 millimetres wide, with a 3½ millimetres wide navy blue band, a 4 millimetres wide dark yellow band and a 3½ millimetres wide navy blue band, repeated and separated by a 10 millimetres wide Army red band. The dark blue bands represent British Naval forces, the red band represents the Commonwealth Armies and the dark yellow bands represent the sun.


    The ribbon is identical to the one that was introduced for the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in June 1916. It is 32 millimetres wide and crimson or sometimes reddish violet, edged with 3 millimetres wide white bands.

    Continued in next post

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  2. Nap Moderator

    Onto the resin now

    4 pieces as I said the largest being the Torso

    Wearing a creased (perhaps overdone for some ) , the collar sits nicely onto the shoulders , the right one being slightly raised , moving down on the right I will build up the pointed so it matches the other side

    Undercuts on the collar, pockets and epaulettes are not bad , some might like to use a sahrp knife to define further

    Buttons are nicely worked with the lower sleeve s needing some sanding to level off .....I would add some actual rolled sleeves

    Neck area is very well cast and produced allowing a good fit of the head, there is a cord/chain also cast on (ID tags)

    Underneath there is a hole to fit the post into if you wish , along with lettering of details

    Chest 004.jpg Chest 005.jpg Chest 006.jpg Chest 007.jpg Chest 008.jpg Chest 009.jpg Chest 010.jpg Chest 011.jpg


    This is the star of the show ...

    Chris has captured the facial features really very well indeed from the protruding chin .the teeth showing , the left eyebrow raised , the left eye open more and the right slightly closed ...all in total keeping with the characteristics ......

    Lets not forget the moustache as well ....nice one Chris !!

    Good work on the ears and the muscle tone on the neck itself

    Fit to the torso is very good with minimal or no filler needed

    Onto the head there is a dome of resin to take the beret with ease

    Chest 017.jpg Chest 014.jpg

    Chest 016.jpg Chest 015.jpg Chest 013.jpg

    Chest 018.jpg Chest 012.jpg


    Another area 'been well done , right sizing and shaping , nice folds and creasing the lower band looks good as well , the cap badge of the grenades with the scroll underneath is all there

    Fit is again very good ...no filler needed

    Chest 019.jpg Chest 020.jpg Chest 021.jpg Chest 022.jpg Chest 023.jpg Chest 024.jpg Chest 025.jpg

    This just leaves the resin post ...nice to have the option to use if you'd rather not use a brass rod

    you will need to remove the excess resin from the base , fit to he underside of the torso is good , I would suggest pin it as well

    Chest 026.jpg

    Final thoughts

    All I am going to say is a [IMG] this deserves to be a success , no doubt Chris has learnt a lot during the process , great conversion potential , and painting options as well with different coloured shirts and berets ( watch the series !!!)

    This is YSB01...lets hope its definately not going to be the last bust that comes from the YBROS stable


    To order and for more details contact Chris either via PF or by e mail (ybrossculpts@gmail.com) as well as via Social Media

    Thanks for looking in

    Happy benchtime

  3. Scott Sheltz Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the review. Looks to be a very nice bust
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  4. DaddyO A Fixture

    Still lovin' it :D
    Great review (as always K. ) Looks like I'll be raiding the piggy bank for another figure with no legs soon;)

    stoffy01 and Nap like this.
  5. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    that looks very very nice
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