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Completed DML 1:16 German Machine Gunner

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kansas kid, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    I welcome your comments and critiques. And I'll mention that the Gothicgeek
    did a similiar figure from DML recently and posted wonderful pictures of each
    detail. And I tried to get inspired from looking at his photos. Naturally, it
    isn't up to his amazing standards with his 120mm figure. But that is OK.

    Mine is the a repop of the old DML 120mm Wehrmacht Machine Gunner and
    I painted it entirely in acrylics. I had a great deal of trouble with this one.
    Because ahead of time — hope the novice figure folks are listening — I didn't
    plan out the problem with lining up the hand so it would grasp the weapon,
    and so the weapon would sit level, parallel to the ground and so the weapon
    sling would fit just right without slack. I won't go into the multi problems
    that occurred, such as the right hand fell out of the sleeve, and later the
    weapon came unloose from the hand. It seems you should glue plastic
    together before painting it. Even stupor glue will break loose from acrylic
    paint. But now I know!! :p:):):confused:

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  2. tonydawe A Fixture

    Very nice work Rick. You seem to have overcome your problems.
  3. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Thank you Tony . . .

    Thank you Tony. Yes, unlike when I was young and took a powder when things
    got difficult, I finally realize that with this hobby at least, the idea is to
    stick with it, and overcome the problems until you get it right. Obviously
    that is how we learn.

    Also Tony, I don't know how to post a picture in a Personal Message. I was
    intending to post an image of my idea of a cuff or sleeve of a great coat
    re that Highwayman that you're working on. I hate to admit that I'm a
    dummy when it comes to 'pooters and web sites, how to negotiate them.
    And your thread about the highwayman just . . . wall , it was gone! So here
    is a photo from that period that shows the kind of great coat, or Redingote
    with what I was meaning. Hope this is of some help to you, Tony.

    The Miami Jayhawk

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  4. megroot A Fixture

    Great paintwork.
    The base fits the figure extremely well.
    Good job.

  5. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    I do appreciate your remarks, Marc. . .

    Hi Marc:

    Thanks for taking a look see and for your comments. Doing ground cover,
    or as some call it terrain, has been a real challenge for me. I've done it off
    and on for a number of years. But for so long, I just didn't think the finished
    "base" or terrain had created that illusion of reality in miniature. Steve
    Readdie in an e-mail said he thought this was my best attempt so far. And I
    do think it is an improvement over what my attempts have been in the past.

    The fence is an idea I got from the box art for a drummer boy figure from
    Elite in 54mm. And I've used the idea before with my 1:35th scale Olga the
    Russian Partisan. Thanks again, Marc.

    Kansas Kid
  6. housecarl A Fixture

    Lots going on Rick, great little scene.
    Well done all round,
  7. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Nice one Rick!

    the face is especially nice!

    i like the groundwork too and the different weapon. I've taken to glueing the hands actually to the weapons now and then sticking the hands to the arms after most of the paints on :)

    Thanks for sharing

  8. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hey Carl in the house:

    Thanks mate, for chiming in. . . I admire your works so much, and one of
    the most interesting things about your talent, is that not only are you very
    prolific but you cover a wide range of subject matter. Right on, to quote the
    late John Denver. Country Roads anyone???:):)

    Thanks mate,

  9. tonydawe A Fixture

    Thanks for the pic Rick. Very useful mate.
  10. pmfs A Fixture

    Hey amigo,

    nice german(y)
    I love those eyes and the groundwork is also perfect(y)
    Congratulations Rick Well done!!!
  11. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    hello Mark and Tony. . . again. . .


    Great, I am glad you got back to this thread and saw that image. I was
    thinking about doing a coloured pencil sketch but of course, the image
    captured from the internet was faster. I see the big cuff with the wide
    opening as another aspect that will help set the mood and the time period,
    the way certain kind of clothing or "costume" can lead the viewer into what
    the sculptor has in mind.

    Mark: Thanks for chiming in, my friend. I do appreciate it.

    Aw, dude, I didn't go into a lot of detail previously. And you are exactly
    right on the point about getting all the weapons and the hand all done in
    bare plastic before adding paint. One of the problems for me, and I didn't
    mention this earlier, is that I rarely want to use the head that comes with
    the kit or the hands that come with the kit. And so the problem starts right
    there. Hopefully, you and your cohorts will write letters to Alpine (who is
    now doing expensive 120mm figures) and to Tamiya and to DML . . . would
    they please include several pairs of hands in their 120mm figure kits. . .
    duh??? and several different heads. Is that too much to ask???

    Alright, Rick, . . get off your soap box. Durn burn it. :mad::mad::p
    Rome wasn't built in a day. Whao, I could say the same about any resin
    figure kit, huh?

  12. ubbi Active Member

    Very nice Rick, i like especially the eyes


  13. mil-mart A Fixture

    Rick , great face and I especially like the eyes very nicely done. Whats next. (y)

    Cheers Ken
  14. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Greetings, Pedro my friend. . .

    Hello Pedro:

    It was so kind of you to take a look see, amigo. And I do appreciate your
    kind words. It has been a struggle over about 5 years. Yes, I have made
    progress, but I still am learning each and every project that I start. That is
    kind of an awesome thing to realize, if we take time to think about how all
    of this fits into the grand scheme of things, of our journey thru life.

    I will never learn it all, . . . there will always be something new to learn,
    more good friends, model builders, sculptors who can share with me, who
    can be a postiive influence on my life. I see it as really astonding. Yet I
    know that for some these thoughts never enter their minds. Sigh. . . so
    be it. :):)

    Kind regards,

  15. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Stephano:

    Thanks for your kind word, and I do appreciate it. Thankfully, 120mm is
    large enough for these old tired eyes to have a go at trying to get some
    character in the gaze. . . What is the old saying???? (y):)

    Ah yes, . . . the eyes have it. . . the windows to the soul.

    Thanks mate,

  16. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Helly Ken. . .

    What next??? Wall. . . podna' . . . next is tomorrow night!!

    Yeh, my Kansas Jayhawk Mens basketball team, who are number one
    currently in Division One travel to Austin, Texas to play the Texas Longhorns.
    Whoa Nellie, . . . it will be a war. . . and neither team will take any
    prisoners. . . I mean that symbolically of course.

    But I'm working on the Tamiya 120mm Machine gunner figure with the MG-42
    with bi-pod slung over his shoulder. Of course, the head won't work so I
    have substituted that with a Legends and Lore head. Gave the head a hair
    cut. And am trying to come up with other hands than the mitten hands
    provided. We will see. . . .

    And also, am painting a Ft. Duquecayne (whao, is this really misspelled)
    bust of Lafayette that I bought quite a few years ago. I just really need a
    lot of practice with acrylics. But it has been a lot of fun. . . :):):)

    Kansas Jayhawk
  17. John Bowery A Fixture

    Very nicely done and very nice setting. Glad that you overcame your obstacles. Even in plastic and especially 120m/m I would pin the hands and weapons so that you have more than a glue joint from plastic to plastic. Also helps when transporting the figure. Just a suggestion.:) Great base to set him off.(y)
  18. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello John in Indy

    BTW, John. . . I finally got to go to that great Roscoe Turner IPMS contest
    that they have had for over 10 years. And it was a blast. I like Indy. . .

    And you have hit the nail on the head John. It is a question of using (well, this
    is what I have in several diameters) piano wire and drilling holes into the
    plastic so that there is a really strong bond at the point of stress. I am doing
    that now on the next figure in 120mm of Tamiya. Another Wehrmacht
    'gentleman' in great coat carrying that MG-42 w/ bi-pod. Thanks for the
    advice, . . . I do appreciate it, John. (y)(y)

    Ricardo Jaybird

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  19. John Bowery A Fixture

    Glad that you enjoyed Indy. Our next show is in march this year. Hope that you can make it.
    I usually use copper wire as it is a little more flexible and allows one to move the hand/head to get the right position in case the holes are a little off.
  20. dioman135 Member

    Very nice figure, really like the fence background.


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