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Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Nap, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. valiant A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    As I say, according to my grandad, who had been a career soldier in the 1920s and 30s, left, then re enlisted when war broke out, the tapes on the berets were not supposed to be seen when it was worn, as it was considered untidy!!(y)
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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom

    As I say Nap, we were told to cut them off (the ties). The reason being only the French wore the beret with ties.
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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Steve and Bob

    Thanks for input ...no ties it is ...also took them off the Frost bust as well I've nearly finished

    Couple of iffy pics

    Moved the badge at a very slight angle ....did it as in pic but looked awkward

    Also built up the beret at the back

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    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys

    Verbal update

    It's been a harrowing time ...showed Mrs Nap .....she thought the head looked too far forward and looking down .......

    So being a dutiful husband ...off came his head ( I got this from flea bay and the previous owner had added a mass of Milliput to the collar/ neck area )

    Bit miffed I never noticed it before so....out came the dremel and out came a lot of Milliput ......

    I then pinned the head in place and then reworked the coat after filling the gaps underneath the neck

    Looking at his life he went to Oxford University in Christ Church college ...so why not give him a college scarf as well ...see below ( won't put the crest on when painting )

    This worked well I hope !!

    The name plate will include the words "An Officer and a Gentleman"

    It is now all rebasecoated

    iffy vision pics

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap

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  5. Borek A Fixture

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    Czech-Republic
    Nice progress Nap. What I love is the careful preparation before painting. It's really great to see such great threads, especially for people like me who can't paint, but would like to try it once :) Thanks for sharing ...

    Cheers Borek

    P.S. Adjusting the head position helped, I think. Now it really looks more elegant :)
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  6. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi all

    Bit of a verbal update , beret colour now sorted , took of the sculpted badge and will now paint it on to look more in scale

    Shirt now painted ..need to do the cuff ..forgot that !

    Going to add some number detail on the harness as in this

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    Adding clips on harness ends using wire

    Will do a pic once I am happy with the badge

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap

    PS Lt Col Frost finished ! ...pics to follow on thread later !
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  7. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi folks

    Update ....been looking at the beret ....just wasn't happy with it ...too thick looking ..off it came so going for another go ....

    Honestly where's Offo when you need him ....lol

    Nap...surrounded by putty !
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  8. Borek A Fixture

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  9. Jimbo A Fixture

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    England
    Oi Oi Mr putty fingers!...stick at it mate, the position of the head looks better now, the badge looks good, so best of luck on the "new" beret, I thought what you had already done looked okay, but I know where your coming from by starting again with it..That Ole nagging doubt eh!..tricky to get the right WW11 look to the beret as they wore them in so many different rackish way's but I know you'll crack it, add plenty of creases coming from the edge of the beret towards the centre,
    Keep at it that man!
    Cheers
    Jim(y)
    P.S Just as a small point of interest.... the previous black & white photo of 4 paras together posted by Steve is taken from the 1953 film "The Red Beret" on the far right is the actor Alan Ladd.. the way the corporal wears his beret is a bit more modern than WW11.

    Attached Files:

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  10. Jed Active Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Looking really good Nap
  11. Henk Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Good to see progress Nap, like others, I really like to see how you get to the end, and it certainly has been a reason for me having started fixing/converting figures. I used to simply glue the bits together and slap some paint on...

    I agree about the beret, whilst it looked good as it was, it was lacking that little... you know what .
    On the subject of, berets seem to be a bit of a individual/fashion thing, in WWII photos many wear the beret with almost artist's flair, and of course there is the 'flatcap stylee' so beloved by the paras in the 1970/1980's (no doubt to go with the moustache...,)

    Looking forward to the finished Lt. COL. Frost. I didnt get much bench time, but hopefully next weekend.
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  12. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Cheers Jed

    As I said the beret wasn't right so has now been replaced ...

    Thanks for posting

    Hi Henk

    Pleased to say the new beret is done ....hopefully better than the last ...need to sand it slightly though !

    Your right about berets ..very much an individual thing

    Will try and get pics done on Lt Col Frost

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  13. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Folks

    Just a couple of Iffyvision pics of whst it looks like now .....still to sand a little more

    Bit happier with it now ..will look better basecoated

    Thanks for looking

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap

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  14. Jimbo A Fixture

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    England
    That beret looks right now, Kev, nice one mate, good result (y)
    Cheers
    Jim
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  15. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Thanks Jim for your previous comment as well

    Happier with the overall look now ...not going to do it again !

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  16. Henk Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Yes, looks beter. Will look good when painted.
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  17. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    Been working on this ....

    Beret and badge all finished reworked it and hand painted the badge

    Uniform shirt done , coat done ( went for a slightly dirty look !! )

    College scarf done

    Harness all done ....darker in reality ( added the end pieces using wire ) might put on the numbers on one strap ??

    As always looks better in reality ...like me ...lol

    Happy benchtime

    Stay Safe

    Nap

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  18. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys

    Harness number added

    Based on this from the Osprey book image.jpeg

    Iffyvision pic

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    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
  19. Henk Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Excellent Nap. That beret looks much better, especially painted up, and the numbers really finish off those straps.
  20. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hi Henk

    Thanks for commenting , it does look better ,the badge I am pleased with as well , added the numbers for a bit more interest , might slightly lighten the coat a bit further

    Then it's just the flesh

    Then onto another ...bit more colour hopefully ...till I get the other two !

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap

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