WIP Restoration

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Ron Tamburrini, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Out with the old and in with the new.
    While cleaning out the display cabinet I found this lurking in a dark corner .
    It was based up on a lump of wood from the eighties which passed for a plinth then { see my album )

    So into the vice which i scrounged from Babcocks & Wilcocks heavy engineering and chiselled off with lump hammer and cold steel :eek:
    To my surprise it all came off unscathed .

    Re Restoration : New plinth base , rework the fur on the pelisse and colpac , slight tidy-up of the gold braiding which is all don in non metallic metals eighties style :D
    Still to do the hair and face .
    This figure is a marvel of its time which I believe was cast by gravity and if so the master must be stunning .
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  2. Joe55 A Fixture

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    This reminds me, I've got one of these in the stash!

    Good of you to give him a freshening up since you feel so compelled (y)!

    Joe
  3. megroot A Fixture

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    what a difference!!!!!

    Marc
  4. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Change of base is like a new hairstyle :D
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  5. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Time to paint it Joe
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  6. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    I had this in my stash but on my many house moves, has some how been lost. It still is a great Mike French figure.
    All the best with this one Ron.
  7. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Had this so long I forgot who the sculptor was or is :) really took a chance chiseling it off the old base :eek: got a couple more classics that need the same treatment :)
  8. Aberdonian New Member

    One of Mike French's best figures!
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  9. taff edwards A Fixture

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    Cracking job Ron new lease of life for a classic
    Chris
  10. Huw63 A Fixture

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    Great to see it being refreshed.

    Cheers

    Huw
  11. Aberdonian New Member

    Excellent painting!
  12. Edorta A Fixture

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  13. peedee A Fixture

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    This is proving to be well worth the effort in your hands Ron.

    Lovely.

    Paul.
  14. mick3272 A Fixture

    Proper job Ron, how did you go about doing the marble floor,

    Mick
  15. rossbach PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Looking good indeed!
  16. chailey Active Member

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    I painted this chap many years ago, and it still stands up well when compared to todays castings, does anyone know what happened to the originals after Mike passed away?
    Lovely job on the trousers Ron, are they oils or acrylics?
  17. Wings5797 A Fixture

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    France
    Very well painted Ron. Smashing detail on all of that gold lace.
    I am looking everywhere for one of these beautiful castings. I understand that the mould is with Mr Young. There is an intention to cast some but no date at the moment.
    Keith
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  18. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Looks like i better hold on to it Keith :D
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  19. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Mick it is just oils :rolleyes:
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  20. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    The weakest part of this castings the face .
    thanks for all the input Guys

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