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Completed Point Du Hoc

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Steve Ski, Nov 8, 2023.

  1. Steve Ski A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    This is the wonderful set: RM1602, US Rangers, Point Du Hoc, vignette from Reedees Miniatures in 1/16th scale. These resin figures and base are created and sculpted by Steve Reedees. This set can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/reedeesminiatures/figuresaccessories/116-120mm

    When you open the box the first thing you see is every parts set is carefully packaged and separated according to each figure within the set. The casting is incredible, and I’ve never seen anything but top-quality work coming from Reedees Miniatures, quality control is top shelf!

    Call me biased, but I’ve worked with several of Steve’s figures, from 1/16th to 200mm, including weapons kits from the armory on his website. The kits have always been reliably well done, clean and crisp, requiring minor clean-up. This makes a painter like me very happy. BTW, the weapons are incredibly well done, too, and accurate. Did I say that already?

    Seeing this set makes the painter in me want to get after it and get to “sniffin some paint and gluin my fingers together”. Sorry, I had to include my personally coined phrase on this set, it’s that good. Let’s just hope I can do it justice. So, here we go, let’s get er done!

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    As we get further along, I’ll add a few pics of the rock wall section. Wow, very well done and minor slag as can be expected, but nothing needing any serious adjusting or heavy filing. I’ll break each figure down so you can see the quality of the sculpting and casting.

    Quick note; I ran a test fit on the two adjoined figures within this set, spot on fit. This is going to be a fun run from all indications, working on a very welcome planned and carefully sculpted set. Ruck On, Bby!


    More to follow, mue pronto, and thanks for watchin. Cheers, Ski.
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  2. Nap Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Ski

    I am right here with you on this, looking forward to seeing more

    Marco14 has just done this as well

    All credit to Steve for the quality

    Have FUN @ the bench

    Nap
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  3. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking forward to this, I enjoyed Mario's and I know I'll enjoy this too.

    Cheers Simon
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  4. misfit151 A Fixture

    Great looking set (y). Will follow with interest .....Mike
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  5. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    United-States
    Thank you, Gents. This is gonna be a fun run.
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  6. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Belgium
    Hey hey Steve,a fun run,you think ??? damned LOL :LOL: now I stalk you,be sure of that ,I must see every step you do,and it's gonna be better that's for sure
    and the timing is excellent hé :ROFLMAO: you make beautiful diorama's and Im a beginner hé hahahaha

    Oh God,now we gonna see it and Steve (from the miniatures) please stop selling this one thanks a lot grrrrrrrrr ,oh men,we must laugh also hé
    have fun with it and Im watching you Steve :whistle:

    Mario
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  7. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    ssssssssssssttttttttttttttttttt don't say to much buddy LOL ;)
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  8. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Mario, seeing anyone enjoy their hobby is a joy, it justifies the length of time I spend on mine, well to me anyway, the wife well that's another story!

    Cheers Simon
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  9. 1969 A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    There's no holding you back Ski, chair pulled up and popcorn on the way, going to enjoy this one.
    Cheers mate
    Steve
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  10. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Yes,that's true ,im looking forward how this one is going to be and there you say it woman hé ;)

    Mario
  11. MalcC A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Great choice of subject.
    I'm ready for the next update. :)

    Malc
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  12. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    United-States
    Thank you, Gentlemen.

    This is an incredibly well thoguth out set and sculpts, impressive, if I do say so myself. but then again, I'm used to that coming from Reedees Miniatures! I'm rolling right along, already have #1 cleaned and mounted onto a work peice. This is going very smoothly, Kudos, Stevo.:D

    Mario, you're good man, we'll Ruck On and get er done;)

    Thanks, Gents.
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  13. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Belgium
    hahaha,thank you very much Steve,I just wanna tease you a little bit,but that it's going to be damned good,your point Du Hoc,that's for sure,
    ruck on Ski ;) (y)

    Mario
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  14. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    United-States
    Mario, we'll Ruck Over on this beauty of a set together, already!;)
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  15. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Belgium
    that's for sure Steve ;) go for it

    Mario
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  16. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    United-States
    Getting Started

    The first thing you’re going to notice from this set is how clean the cast is and the lack of serious seam work required. I only found a few areas requiring attention and most of those were found after the primer coat.

    When you get a set of figures like this the clean-up process moves quickly and the fun begins much sooner. After all, we know there will always be some clean-up, but what we’re really after is the fun of painting. This is pretty standard for Reedees Miniatures. I am never disappointed, and the craftsmanship is incredible.

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    The climbing Ranger fit right into his slot and hung there without any form of aid, meaning, he is very well placed. The other two were temporarily set in place so I could get a general idea of how this set will end up on the base.

    After the general clean-up I began test fitting the arms, hands etc. The way Steve worked these figures is impressive. The arm fits snuggly and fits well, avoiding the need for any putty or filing. You will also notice the support hand for the Sgt. fits into its sleeve and tucks right under the Tommy gun fore stock naturally. I can see there was a heck of a lot of time taken to make this grip look realistic. Once again, the craftsmanship is glaring on this set. You can see from these photos just how well the arms lock into the shoulder. There are also keyways and pins that assist in the alignment, another great plus.

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    The set is now ready for some primer and a final review of each piece to catch any seam lines or small casting holes. This process was quick and easy, not much had to be done.

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    Base Stand Set

    For the base I pilfered a scrap piece of Rustic Hickory from the shop and cut it to size. I sanded it and pinned it to receive the base, then later covered it with blue masking tape to avoid scratches and dings. There was one small rope section that broke off which was replaced with twisted copper wire to match.

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    Primed and Base Coated

    After a good coat of Floquil Primer and inspection I moved right on to the base coat. As you can see from the photo, I used Tamiya paints and made a few custom colors for web gear and other parts.

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    As per my standard process I will begin with the heads and move onto each figure in order. So, let the fun begin!

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    More to follow soon and thanks for watchin. Cheers, Ski.
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  17. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nice run down on the set, the quality and detail is great. There's gonna be lots of character in those faces.

    Cheers Simon
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  18. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Belgium
    absolute true what you say Steve,the figures must be not cleaning up,they fit fantastic together ,and the same rope was broke also with me,
    but that was my fault and it's going very nice like I can see,go on ;)
    Mario
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  19. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    United-States
    Thank you, Gentlemen, working the faces now;)
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  20. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nice update Ski, was a bit concerned that the rope had broken on both your set and Mario's I will make some changes to that so it doesn't happen again, appreciate the heads up on that. Can't wait for the magic to begin with the oils.
    Cheers
    Steve
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