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WIP Hemingway- 1935

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Stephen Ward, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    I am a big fan of Ernest Hemingway and wanted to do a piece of him at some point. When I found this photo of him on his boat, the Pilar, with his son Jack in 1935, I knew I had to make it into miniature. Hemingway has his foot propped up on the fishing chair, and there will be a fishing rig for catching marlin attached to it as in the photo on the right. It's getting there, but still lots to do. Bear with me, everything is just loosely Blu-Tacked together for the moment. Here's what it looks like so far, with some reference as to what I'm going for. Stay tuned. Cheers, Stephen
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    Reddo, Mike Stevens, tbolt7 and 7 others like this.
  2. pmfs A Fixture

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    Portugal
    Following...
  3. housecarl A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Looks promising Stephen, but I think the chair's horizontals are a bit on the thick side.
    Carl.
  4. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Thanks guys. Yeah, maybe they're a bit thick, but should be easy to sand down a bit, or if not just replace 'em, ought to be fairly easy. Appreciate ya keeping an eye out.
  5. steeleagle Member

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    United-States
    Hi Stephen,
    I think that you've got a great start.
    What a great idea.
    Look forward to seeing your progress!
    Gary
  6. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    United-States
    Great idea for a vignette!

    All the best,
    Dan
  7. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Gary, Dan, thanks gents, glad you like it.
  8. thrax Member

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    United-States
    ok when can I order one? hint hint
  9. Mike Stevens A Fixture

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    United-States
    Looking Good Stephen!(y)
  10. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Norm, now you've just got to create your own Hemingway piece ;)
    Mike, thanks buddy. Hopefully I can keep it up!
  11. kansas kid Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Oh My, Stephen:

    To delve into this subject matter, to pay homage, IMHO, to one of the great
    American writers of the 20th Century is a worthy endeavor. As you know, he
    spent the last years of his life living in Key West, Florida. Altho he had fame
    and recognition he didn't live a happy life. Yes, it does take more than money
    to make us happy. . . . And then to end it the way he did. . . .

    I commend you on this worthy project — to help keep his memory alive.
    And yet we have his work; i.e. Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and
    the Sea, For Whom the Bells Toll, etc.

    I will follow this with great interest. . . and I wish you well with this creative
    process. As I think about Hemingway it seems I gravitate to the film with
    Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman . . . the Spanish Civil War. He really had a
    way of creating true drama; explaining the human condition in dangerous
    situations. . . all done with economy of words.

    Wishing you success,

    The Miami Jayhawk
  12. Reddo Active Member

    Country:
    Australia
    "Death in the Afternoon" describes well the drink and the scene methinks. Great project.
  13. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Rick, thanks sir...Hemingway was an incredible character and of course an incomparable writer, hence why a project of him was a must for me. Originally the older, 1950's Hemingway in Key West was what I wanted to model but finding this picture seemed to sum him up better than other ideas. Appreciate you following.

    Peter, much appreciated.
  14. Meehan34 A Fixture

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    United-States
    yeah brother. I am liking this idea.
  15. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Almost ready to paint.

    Couple quick shots of the completed 'fighting chair' for Hemingway. This one was fun to do, and was my first time scratchbuilding something like this. The figure is done and primed as is the base, will post pics once I start painting as it's all in pieces and would be rather boring to show ;) Let me know what you think. Cheers, Stephen
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  16. Meehan34 A Fixture

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    United-States
    that's fine work sir.
  17. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Thanks Mike. Glad you like it (and glad it's finally done).
  18. housecarl A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    The fighting chair looks the business now Stephen.
    Carl.
  19. Stephen Ward Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Appreciate that Carl. Thanks for pointing out the size of that tubing beforehand, I'm much happier with it now.
  20. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Great idea Stephen,look forward to seeing the end result.


    Cheers David

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