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Review Colonel C Hawkins From Nick Majerus

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Mar 5, 2022.

  1. Nap Moderator

    Hi to all

    Thought I would share a look at the resin closer up

    Here is a painted version by Nick

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    Rush Christopher Hawkins certainly led a active life , enlisting in the military at 15 to serve in the Mexican War m afterwards he became a lawyer , in 1861 he became the colonel of the 9th NYV (Hawkins Zouaves) wounded in action at South Mills in 1862 , mustered out in 1863, and brevetted Brigadier General of Volunteers for bravery .

    A renowed book collector and famous for a much public, dispute with the artist Whistler via the Paris edition of the NY Times newspaper

    He was killed by a automobile in 1898 in New York

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    Remains of a unit colour and a flank marker

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    Similar style headwear to the 9th, good view of the bugle badge


    Plenty of references about of course here are a few easy to find ones

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    Continued in next post

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  2. Nap Moderator

    Let's look at the resin now

    Details of the release:

    Title: Colonel R C Hawkins ( ACW )

    Scale: 1/10th

    Material: Light gray resin

    Number of Pieces: 3

    Sculptor of Master by 3D methods

    Casting: Nick Majerus

    As with the previous release https://www.planetfigure.com/posts/1214307/ from Nick the resin was held in a tidy simple but effective box , the pieces surrounded by lightweight packing

    Shipping was quick arriving in just over 1 week from the US ...not bad at all

    No artwork on the boxtop

    Here is a view of the pieces from Nick



    As you see there are just three pieces consisting of torso, head and the plume so prep is going to be very minimal consisting of the following:

    Torso: Remove excess resin from underneath and sand fine casting lines on arms

    Head: Remove small amount of resin from rear of head, casting line at rear of kepi , tiny blips rear of ears, tiny air holes at lower neck area

    Plume: remove casting line at edges ...I suggest you pin this in position

    Overall thoughts on casting ....this is very smoothly done , very little to deal with , the peak on the kepi might be a tad too thick but that is me being really picky !!!

    Our subject is wearing a simple yet very much the zouave image , laced on the edging and up the centre of the shirt/vest, on the shoulder some full dress epaulettes trefoil in style

    The casting has brought out the lacing and the buttons very well , making painting very simple and a lot easier

    The shoulder pieces are excellent and certainly add flair and style to the uniform, very well sculpted and well cast

    Folds and creases are gentle but in place and natural

    At the rear the piece is scalloped out rather elegantly ...all surfaces are super smooth

    At the neck again a area of neat casting there is a good cutout to take the neck post

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    The head is sculpted with the full dress kepi in position, facial definition and likeness is very good with features being well worked , nice work on the facial hair , eye's are a very good shape and full ( no pupil hole ), good shaping with the eyebrows not being overdone, ears are good

    Fit is easy with the aid of a good cutout and shaped resin block on the neck underside

    The kepi shaping continues to be of a high standard , good ranking lining around the crown leading up with a nicely done interlaced threading on the top

    The strap is cleanly done resting on the kepi peak , possibly a tiny bit over but in place looks fine

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    This was used in full dress , very flamboyant difficult to get right in resin so I reckon this is a good job , nicely detailed and textured which you can see in the pictures

    Some might wish to look at a suitable real feather type material instead of the resin ...if you use the cast then pin it !!!

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    Final thoughts

    A ideal for any painter , good piece, simple to paint regarding the uniform but a piece that will benefit time spent to bring out the real quality in the casting , the option of doing something with the plume ...a very good display piece.
    There are many units that had so interesting uniforms particularly early on in the ACW ...hope we might see more

    Thanks to Nick for the review piece and a thanks from me to you all for looking in

    For more information on this and to contact Nick :

    Email to :sheetmetalguy43@gmail.com

    You can message here on PF as well as contacting via Social Media

    Happy benchtime and modelling

  3. Nick Majerus Well-Known Member

    Hi Nap! Thanks for the great review. I was in a hurry to get it painted, so I know you will do a much better job! :)
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