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RP Models Limited Edition 100mm Bust 'Lord Lovat' WWII Series.

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Martin Philpott, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. Martin Philpott Active Member

    Country:
    England
    RPmodels Lord Lovat 100mm Limited Edition Bust WWII Series.


    Catalogue Ref: RPM-B-08-0006.

    Number of Parts: 14 resin.
    Price: £45.
    Availability: (UK) Historex Agents, El Greco and SK Miniatures.
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    The Launch Video. RPmodels have produced a seriously amazing launch video to mark the release of this bust. To get you in the mood for what follows in this review I have included the video below for your pleasure, beautifully put together I highly recommend its viewing…..


    Forward, A Brief History. I do not intend to give an in depth written history of Lord Lovat’s military history here, more of a quick introduction. There is already a huge amount of information online, there is also a good deal included on the authentication certificate that comes with this kit and I want this review to focus on the kit, not the subjects biography.
    Sword Beach, Normandy, France. 6.50am on June 6 1944, “Shimi” Lovat led his men into battle on D-Day, all of them buoyed by his personal piper, Bill Millin, playing Highland Laddie and Scotland The Brave.
    The mission of 1st Special Service Brigade, as it was known in June 1944 was to break through German defences on the eastern side of Sword Beach. They were to fight their way four miles inland to Pegasus Bridge and bring reinforcements to the 6th Airborne Division, relieving the glider-borne troops who had taken the bridge at dead of night.
    Shimi and his commandos arrived just after the appointed hour of midday, to the swirl of pipes. He famously apologised for being two minutes late. The bridges were crucial; at the push of a detonator, the Germans could have destroyed them. With the Allied supply lines cut, the invasion could have foundered.

    (photo below) An archive photo of the great man, Lord Lovat.

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    (photo below) The impressive memorial sculpture of Brigadier Lord Lovat, Commander 1st Commando Brigade. Situated at Ouistreham, on Sword Beach, Normandy France. The statue is in a small memorial garden, no bigger than the German bunker that stood on the spot 70 years ago.

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    First Impressions. As ever the kit arrived in pristine condition with no damage or missing parts. Presented in the usual high quality packaging the artwork looks excellent. Inside the box and the parts are very well protected being placed inside clear plastic re-sealable bags and surrounded by polystyrene nuggets. While the authentication certificate is left loose, it too arrived in great shape with my own personally designated serial No 199. Remember this is a limited edition piece of just 200.

    The Figure. This is a kit that requires assembly and painting to complete. Included in the kit are a total of 14 high quality individual resin pieces and a certificate of authentication. The casting is quite simply superb with a huge amount of detail captured in each piece. What truly sets this kit apart is the textured surfaces that add so much realism to the finish. In this review I want to dispel the myth that the photos of individual parts used by RP Models are somehow misleading the customer by applying those textures to surfaces in post production photo editing. As you will see from the comparison photos I use throughout this review nothing could be further from the truth, what you see is indeed what you get, lets take a closer look ……..

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages these photos clearly show the beautiful high resolution textured surfaces that have been achieved in the sculpting and casting process.

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    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages, more of the same stunning high resolution textured surfaces are seen in the uniform and individual pieces of equipment.

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    Torso. The single largest piece of this bust is obviously the torso with the rest of the kit being built up around it. Precise engineering allows for a perfect fit of the various pieces that will be added during the assembly process. The torso holds a wealth of incredible detail that has held up exceedingly well in the moulding with very little required in the way of clean up.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages. The uniform, webbing and rank insignia are well highlighted here. We will see further down from my own photos that all of this wonderful detail remains true in the casting.

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    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages, this time it is the distinctive high neck collar of the jumper worn under the uniform that is the highlight.

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    (photo below) Full of exceptional detail the torso looks sensational. One of the stand out features is the distinctive high neck, white woollen jumper that Lord Lovat wore under his uniform. The ribbed pattern of the jumpers collar is the key feature shown in the photo from RPmodels above. In my photo below, you can see all of that glorious detail is no mock up, the shape, texture and depth of detail is all there, no trickery, just sublime casting techniques from RPmodels.

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    (photo below) Side view of the torso. Once again the successful concept of using locating lugs and recesses holes works incredibly well, ensuring a neat snug fit of the other pieces. Nice detail can be seen in the moulded on rucksack straps and buckles along with some well detailed stitching in the uniform. The straps lay very nicely across the uniform in a realistic manner.

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    (photo below) Not an awful lot to see from the back as this is where the rucksack will eventually be located. However the shoulder straps of the rucksack and the webbing straps all look well detailed and authentic in their appearance. Nice creasing and natural folds of the jacket help create a realistic look.

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    (photo below) Seen from the opposite side detail remains positively superb. Again the folds and creases, the various straps and stitching all look wonderful.

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    (photo below) Just beautifully defined details everywhere you look on this piece. The open jacket collar looks excellent, the jumper worn under the jacket, the texture on the clothing and equipment, the webbing, lanyard and binoculars strap….. the list goes on.

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    (photo below) This photo very clearly highlights the texture found on the surfaces of the pattern 37 webbing straps and pouches. If you take a look at the photo below of some genuine pouches you will see the textured canvas material has been replicated to perfection in the kit parts.

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    (photo below) A genuine pair of pattern 37 webbing pouches. That textured canvas material looks so good on the kit pieces.

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    (photo below) The belt of the pattern 37 webbing shows great detail and definition especially with the textured surface and clasp. Also worthy of a mention is the lanyard , the weaving of that material is simply outstanding.

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    (photo below) A genuine pattern 37 webbing belt, once more the textured surface is beautifully emulated on the kit part.

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    (photo below) The rank of Brigadier is indicated by the crown and 3 pips. Our figure has this insignia on both epaulets and has been wonderfully highlighted as can be seen in the photos below, great attention to detail.

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    (photo below) The rank insignia of Brigadier, crown and 3 pips, replicated on the epaulets of our figure in superb style.

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  2. Martin Philpott Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Head. This is going to be a figure painters dream to work with, the level of detail is up there with the very best. Sculpted and moulded to sublime standards, the fit is very well engineered using a locating lug on the underside of the head and a locating recess in the torso. During test fitting the match was sheer perfection and will cause you no problems. Clean up of the part is very straight forward.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages. The facial features, beret and textured hair are all distinctive features here, lets see for ourselves how well they hold up in the review piece I received.

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    (photo below) Straight off and we see the gorgeous detail pouring through wonderfully well in all areas. Here in particular, most notable are the eyebrows, moustache and on the side of the head, the hair looking exceptionally well defined. The facial expression is very convincing with all features exceedingly well proportioned and realistic in their appearance.

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    (photo below) The green beret of the Commandos will be discussed further down but here we see once again the well detailed texture recreated in the hair. The ears are just incredibly realistic and sculpted to perfection, seen from any angle the face is well proportioned and beautifully detailed.

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    (photo below) The way the beret has been sculpted is so realistic in appearance, the drop off over the right ear is superb. No loss of detail anywhere, regardless of the angle at which you view this head.

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    (photo below) Quite clearly the photos from RPmodels are no illusion, what you see in those photos is exactly what is replicated in mine, and indeed in the kit parts. No gimmickry, RPmodels really have this high profile textured appearance down to a fine art.

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    (photo below) The famous Green Beret of the Commando. This is a replica true to the genuine article. The texture and shape has been wonderfully captured in the kit offering.

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    (photo below) The beret on our figure is quite simply superb, everything from the textured finish to the shape and lay has been replicated with incredible accuracy. Topping it off in real style is of course the fabulous cap badge of the Lovat Scouts. Even the motto JE SUIS PREST can be seen.

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    (photo below) Cap Badge of the Lovat Scouts. JE SUIS PREST translates into ‘I AM READY’ The badge has been beautifully sculpted onto the beret of our figure and does real justice to it.

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    Right Arm. The right arm is very convincing in its animated pose. Seen about to launch the grenade, the hand is superbly well sculpted while the uniform sleeve is exceptional in its appearance.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages, the beautiful textures in the uniform and the grenade have been amazingly well captured on the kit parts.

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    (photo below) Brimming with detail the hand looks anatomically perfect. The grip on the grenade, the fingers, nails and the tensed ligaments between the wrist and lower arm all look perfect. Only the very minimal clean up required.

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    (photo below) Test fitting of the arm was superb. As for the appearance, all is spot on.

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    (photo below) Uniform jacket sleeve is more than convincing, those folds and creases looking wonderful. Back of the hand shows further awesome detail in the knuckles and ligaments.

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    Left Arm. Another excellent fit is assured here with the left arm and again, minimal clean up required. The real highlight of this piece is the insignia badges.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages. Beautiful detail is seen in the shoulder title badge and the sleeve badge, does all of that detail stay true in the finished kit part, of course it does, this is RPmodels after all!

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    (photo below) A wonderful example of superb sculpting and casting. The engineered fit is pretty darn good too. More superb detailing in the sleeve of the uniform with those wonderfully realistic folds and creases. As for the hand, the anatomy is just sublime.

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    (photo below) When I first saw the detail involved in the No4 Commando shoulder title and the Combined Operations Badge my jaw hit the floor! Quite simply it is nothing short of perfect.

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    (photo below) Combined Operations Badge as seen on our figure. A superb example of the attention to detail given by RPmodels in their releases. Comparing these badges, the one on the figure offers a highly authentic copy.

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    (photo below) Shoulder Title Badge of No4 Commando. Perfectly and authentically represented on the shoulder of our figure.

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    (photo below) Seen from the opposite side where the detail remains as prominent and as lifelike. Detail on the palm of the hand is awesome with the fingers and grip looking very natural, finger nails are incredibly lifelike. Uniform jacket shows excellent cuff detail while the creases and folds of the sleeve look superb. Test fitting was excellent and little in the way of clean up is required.

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  3. Martin Philpott Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Rifle. The fabulous M1 rifle, this is the Winchester production model and boy oh boy does it look good.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages, some great detailing involved here, lets see if it comes through on the kit part.

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    (photo below) All of the realism of the real thing captured beautifully in the kit offering. Some clean up required to make good, clearly in certain areas care will be required, all in all this is a very nice piece that is going to look superb flung over the figures right shoulder with straps attached.

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    (photo below) Seen from the opposite side and we find the attachment points for the sling, all perfectly authentic and accurate.

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    (photo below) Reference photos of a genuine Winchester M1 Carbine Rifle. Looking at these I would say RPmodels have once again completely nailed it.

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    Bandolier Straps. The sling straps are separate pieces beautifully shaped to give a great fit to the rifle and a natural looking pose as the rifle is slung over the shoulder.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages. The textured rib pattern has been faithfully replicated on the kit parts.

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    (photos below) The two pieces for making up the sling. The ribbed material effect is stunning and makes for a great addition to this already brilliant kit.

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    (photo below) Reference photos showing a genuine Winchester M1 Carbine Rifle with sling.

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    (photo below) Close up detail of the strap fastener that has been so well produced on the kit part.
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    Fairbairn-Sykes Second Pattern Fighting Knife. A very impressive looking piece for such a small part. It has been captured superbly well particularly the handle pattern with its diamond cut grip. The leather sheath also shows great accuracy and that stitching around the edge will show up a treat. On the back is a locating pin for a perfect fit to the webbing belt on the main figure. Absolute minimum of clean up is required before fitting.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages the diamond cut pattern on the handle is fantastically well textured as is the stitching around the edges of the leather sheath.

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    (photo below) The kit part perfectly resembles both the real item as seen below and the photo supplied by RPmodels.

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    (photos below) Reference photos of a genuine Fairbairn-Sykes Second Pattern Fighting Knife. Both sheath and knife beautifully copied on our kit part.

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    Grenade. This is the one worn on the front of the webbing belt, perfectly matching the one held in the figures hand.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages, here you can see the grenade being worn on the webbing belt.

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    (photo below) This looks excellent, worn on the webbing belt it matches the one held in the hand perfectly. Depth of detail is fantastic and in good proportion to the genuine item. Careful tidying of flash and casting block will be in order but once complete will make for a fine addition.

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    (photo below) A deactivated grenade showing how well the kit parts have been sculpted. Superb attention to detail.

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    British Army Pattern 37 Holster.
    The beautifully textured canvas material appearance on this holster is simply magnificent. The first photo shown below is not a 3D render, it is a photo of the actual piece that comes supplied with this kit. The second photo is one I took myself of the very same piece from my review sample, hopefully this will show readers there is no deception in the photos from RPmodels. Worn on the figures right hip where there is a recess hole allowing for a perfect fit. The stitching looks wonderful while anatomically the shape looks spot on in comparison to the reference photo further down. Minimal clean up required to make good.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages and showing very well indeed the amazing textured appearance of the Pattern 37 Holster.

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    (photo below) Photo taken by myself of the review sample piece, hopefully you can see the textured finish of the canvas material as the light shines on it.

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    (photo below) Reference photo showing a genuine Pattern 37 Holster. I think the way the kit part captures the detail of the genuine article is perfect, excellent moulding and casting.

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  4. Martin Philpott Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Back Pack. Obviously a very prominent feature of this bust is the rucksack. Being so prominent means RPmodels have to get it spot on, lets see how they did….

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages, clearly showing the heavily textured surfaces that have been so wonderfully cast on the kit part.

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    (photo below) In this photo its very clear to see the textured surface that matches the genuine item so well. Even the straps look just like the real thing with the rib pattern of the material. Absolutely outstanding definition and a real credit to RPmodels in getting this just right.

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    (photo below) The way the straps lay is perfectly natural looking , there is a nice undercut on the top opening flap that adds realism and depth while the folds in the material look superb.

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    (photo below) Seen from the side and still the glorious detail remains.

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    (photo below) This rucksack is going to look so good attached to the figure, loads of awesome detail to highlight in the painting stage.

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    (photo below) A genuine WWII British Army Rucksack.

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    Binoculars. A new feature to RPmodels are these stunning binoculars, in the past we have seen just the case so this is a great new addition.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages. That textured surface looking very prominent here. Does it hold good in the casting? You bet it does…….

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    (photo below) The photo of the kit part shows very well the textured surface that has been applied. Overall the look is fantastic, resembling the genuine article perfectly.

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    (photo below) For reference purposes, genuine pair of British Army binoculars, I think it would be fair to say the textured appearance has been more than adequately matched on the kit part.

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    Binocular Case. If you want to see just what RPmodels have made possible with this textured surface technique then look no further than this highly impressive binoculars case.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages and showing the heavily textured canvas material appearance.

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    (photo below) Just how amazingly good does this kit piece offering look, I was blown away with the textured appearance on first seeing it for myself. Not only does it show the true likeness of the genuine item seen in the photo below but it also shows RPmodels have found a hugely successful way of replicating this texture in a way I have not seen before. Minimum clean up required and once again using the practical locating pin system on the back of the part to enable an exact fit to the torso.

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    (photo below) A genuine binocular case with binoculars. The very obvious textured finish of the canvas material has been matched perfectly well on the kit part.

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    Canteen. Another fantastic addition is this canteen, seen on previous releases it still holds very good here.

    (photo below) Taken from the RPmodels pages. A brilliant piece of casting ensures a faithful representation in the kit part.

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    (photo below) The canteen continues with the quality seen previously. Yet more great attention to detail ensures a wonderful addition that is going to look fantastic fitted. There is a locating pin on the back which gives a perfect fit to the figure, once again minimal clean up required to make good.

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    (photo below) The reference photo seen below gives an indication of the quality of detail that has been captured on the kit part, once more great attention to detail.

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  5. Martin Philpott Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Certificate of Authentication.

    (photo below) As always with these limited edition releases there is an authentication certificate to accompany the bust. On the front are details of your particular release number along with a photo layout of included parts.

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    (photo below) On the reverse of the certificate you will find a brief but highly informative history of Lord Lovat’s military life.

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    Photos. Below I have included photos from the RPmodels pages showing the fully assembled kit for reference purposes.

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    Synopsis. Well it seems RPmodels have done it again! A combination of breath-taking sculpture, sublime casting and the vision of the companies proprietor has led to another magnificent release from this ever popular company and joined their growing catalogue of 100mm WWII series busts.
    From start to finish the sheer quality and workmanship of this bust will leave you in awe. Hopefully, having included comparison photos from RPmodels and myself we can dispel the myth and quell the concerns of those who think the high resolution textures shown in the RPmodels photos are fake.
    Its hard to see how it can get better than this, don’t miss out on your chance of this limited edition masterpiece, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    Author and PublisherMartin Philpott.

    Martin’s Scale Models on Facebook here.

    Thanks. My sincere thanks to Hugo , proprietor of RP Models and official sponsor of Martin’s Scale Models for this opportunity and review sample.

    RP Models Media Sites. Please be sure to click on the links below to keep right up to date with all that happens on the RPmodels website and Facebook pages.

    Website: RP Models Website here.

    Facebook: RP Models on Facebook here.

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  6. Tutilo17 Active Member

    Country:
    Switzerland
    Great review of an outstanding sculpting and casting job.
    Stefan
  7. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys,

    Now that is a REVIEW ...nice one Martin, I currently have a WIP on PF , been doing a few alterations on mine , additions etc ..as I like to do to make may version individual .

    Hugo and myself will be at Euro ..black T shirts with RP logo on ..I am the one who is hiding resin from Carole ( my good wifey type) do say hello and have a chat to both of us , give us your thoughts and any other ideas ..all welcome .

    Hugo is coming along to meet everyone to say thank you for everything so far , all the input and to have a few things to tempt you with to buy from the traders from RP

    Enjoy the model and enjoy the show

    Nap
  8. Bootneck Well-Known Member

    Wow. Great review of a great product. Thank you Martin.

    Hugo and his team are to be congratulated for pushing the boundry with his figure design & vision.

    Have this on order as i don't think it will hang around.

    Peter.
  9. garyhiggins A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Another great review Martin, and this one really deserves it. How they do all those textures so beautifully beats me ??????? (y)(y)(y).
    Best wishes, Gary.
  10. Martin Philpott Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Thanks so much for the replies and feedback guys. As always its much appreciated.


    Martin.
  11. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
  12. Hugo Pereira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello Mr. Martin...

    In first place my appologies for the delay THANK YOU and Ive to give the congratulations for the outstanding and excellent review... Lord Lovat with this review become a better place...

    I love the way of comparison of 3D Renders and the real photos... I know there are many people dont trust in 3D and in some way have difficult to accept.... I just talk about RPmodels works... When we put the renders, its because we know will be appear in the same way... With this new tecnology that we are using, everthing that we do in 3D Model will appear in the 3D Print... And again, in a few days everyone will hav ethe chance to see this again... But this is to say in another day, in a different topic..

    Mr. Martin, I want to present my public gratitute for this very impressive and profissional review. With this kind of work, everyone hav ethe chance to know what I want to buy, and the quality that I have to expect. This kind of works dont have any doubts for people, and people who are buying, know perfectaly what they are buying...

    Lord Lovat is a great piece, and the pieces are away from shops... So in afew days everyone have the chance to see the real piece and the details...

    Once again, Mr. Martin, CONGRATULATIONS for the excellent work...

    Thank you and I see you in the Euro...
    With best regards
    Hugo Pereira
  13. Hugo Pereira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello Mr.Tutilo 17...

    Thank you for your comment. Im glad you like the sculpture and casting... About sculpture everthing is produce i our services... About casting, I work with a very profissional person, who gives tottaly confiance and his work, and support me with very strenght...

    Thank you.
    With best regards
    Hugo Pereira
  14. Hugo Pereira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello Mr. Kevin...

    Thank you for your comment... And Im perfectaly agree with you... Mr. Martin did a review... Very profissional... Mr.Martin compare the real piece, RPmodels Renders and the real photos of teh piece... What a work... Mr. Martin dont play in service...

    With best regards
    Hugo Pereira
  15. Hugo Pereira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello Mr. Peter...

    Thank you for the comment... Im glad you liked...

    I will meet you in Euro... It will be a great pleasure to me... When you see a uggly men with a black shirt with RPlogo, you find me... LOL... LOL... LOL...

    Thank you.

    With best regards
    Hugo
  16. Hugo Pereira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello Mr. Garyhiggins...

    Im very happy because you like the review and Lord Lovat...

    How can we do the textures? Its a little secret, and sometimes its difficult, and the have to do and test, do and test, do and test, and then we find it... Ok this is it... And we have to take a big search of materials and gear, and this allow us to do a good work...

    One think it is very important to say... There are many people in Planet Figures, when RPmodels lauch the WIPs of thenew pieces, made critics, comment and share ideas, and this allow us to understand better some mistakes, and people send us many photos with the right things... So this help is fundamental to the final result... So, I do this textures with help of all of you in PF... All members that help us, my special THANKS... And if Lord Lovat is a good piece, its because of you too...

    Thank you.
    With best regards
    Hugo Pereira
  17. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hugo ...Best make that 1 good looking guy as well with you my friend!

    Guys,

    Have a look at the presentation video for thus release its great , extremely well done ..nice one Hugo

    Nap
  18. Hugo Pereira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello Mr. Kevin...

    Im glad you like teh video... Its the first of a new generation video, but very soon another surprise as come... But just a few days to see...

    About the video... This is the link for people can see it


    I hope you like...

    Thank you.
    Regards
    Hugo
  19. MalcC A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Excellent Review
    I must try and get my hands on one of these at Euro.
    Not usually my subject preference, but this one is too good to miss out on.

    Malc
  20. Hugo Pereira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello Mr. MalcC...

    Thank you for your comment... Im glad you liked...

    With best regards
    Hugo Pereira

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