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Completed George Washington 1776, Airfix Collectors Series, 54mm plastic kit.

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by KenBoyle, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Well, I'm back to the oldies with Airfix's 1974 release of their George Washington mounted kit. And, drum roll please, just in time for Washington's birthday. (02/22/1732)

    I haven't done a plastic kit in a while, to say the least. The Washington casting had somewhat squinty eyes so, using an exacto knife, I slightly modified the lower eyelid to open up the eyes to make painting easier.

    I employed a hot-knife, actually a combination of a wood burning tool capable of holding an exacto blade and an old Dremel speed control (Rheostat) to control the heat level, to roughen up the shoulder epaulets. They were a little too stiff looking.

    I also used the hot-knife on the horse's mane and tail as well as the holster covers. I may have over done it a bit. It's been a while since my Historex period. :)

    The painting was all done in acrylics.

    A fun figure bringing back lots of memories.

    Thanks for looking,
    Ken

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  2. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Also, When I bought the kit the box was slightly mashed and on sale. :) Can't beat the price...


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  3. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Hi Ken

    That's a blast from the past and thanks for sharing your artwork ....certainly looks really good and nice work on the epaulettes

    Hope we see more from this time and your hot knife ( I remember heating up a needle in a cork on my psrents gas stove ...they were not impressed ..lol )

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  4. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    I never did do this one, preferring the foot figure's.
    Good job on the painting and the little extra work with the heated needle.
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  5. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks guys! Working with plastic again was Verrrry interesting.

    Cheers,
    Ken
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  6. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

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    England
    Nice work, Ken - I recently bought an Airfix 10th Hussar on eBay, & seeing your superb interpretation of George Washington has given me some inspiration.
    What did you use for the reins? Bet it wasn’t the sheet of plasticard supplied with the kit!
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  7. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Chris,
    I used some lead foil left over from other kits for the reins. :)

    Cheers,
    Ken
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  8. Ben-nl A Fixture

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    well done!
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  9. Cannonball A Fixture

    Lovely job Ken. These Airfix kits were some of the first figures I ever had and the quality for the time was really very good. I’m looking at this whilst watching an episode from Season 2 of TURN-Washington’s Spies.Spooky!!

    Neal
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  10. Warren SMITH Active Member

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    Australia
    Fantastic work Ken, Love these kits, but you painting skills really bring the best out of the figure... Hope you can take the time to do more... (y)
    Smithy
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  11. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Ben!

    Cheers,
    Ken
  12. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States

    Thanks Neal! I understand spooky. I was finishing the kit last night when I realized Washington's birthday was today. You would almost think I planned it that way. :)

    Cheers,
    Ken
  13. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States

    Thanks Smithy! It was fun and I definitely have more planned. ;)

    Cheers,
    Ken
  14. Gary_81 Active Member

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    Great work on giving such a old kit new life.

    Gary
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  15. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-States

    Thanks Gary! I do love the old kits. At least some of them. ;)

    Cheers,
    Ken
  16. misfit151 A Fixture

    Blimey Ken you have rolled back the years....great job....you'll be posting the Scots Grey next...lol....Mike. (y)
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  17. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    We've all done it mate! ;)
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  18. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Great work and very nice painting

    Mobo
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  19. Babelfish A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Great work Ken and a nice bit of nostalgia.

    A lot of us cut our figure modelling teeth on these Airfix figures back in the '70s - and they were "state of the art" back then - although this is one of the few from that range that I never painted.

    - Steve
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  20. NeilW A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Nice work (y)

    Hot knife.... ah the heady intoxication of smouldering polystyrene (even better when mixed with the poly-glue) :wacky:

    I now regret giving away my old Pyrogravure many years ago when in a fit of 'grownupedness' I gave all my kit (plus a half dozen or so Airfix figs) to the son of some friends :(
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