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WIP Signalman, RCS, SDF, 1927

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by valiant, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. valiant A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Hi Guys,

    Some progress pics of my latest conversion! Picked the original up from Tommies War on Saturday at FW and knew instantly what I wanted to do with it.

    Based on the attached photo, I have produced a bust of my grandfather (not a huge likeness, more the uniform) as a signalman in the newly formed Royal Signals Regiment, 14th Infy Bgde, Shanghai Defence Force, China, 1927.

    The work involved reducing the flare at the back of the helmet, adding a puggaree flash and refitting it flatter, reworking the face, extending the front of the bust so that I could lengthen the arms to show the brassard, reshaping the pocket flaps and epaulettes, and adding the new collar dogs. Still to replace the buttons and give the whole thing a good clean up.

    Thanks for looking in(y)

    IMG_8106.JPG IMG_8107.JPG IMG_8108.JPG grampy h shanghai.jpg IMG_8109.JPG
  2. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Steve

    Great bit of sculpting mate ...love the additions .....

    Following with interest

    Nap
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  3. valiant A Fixture

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    Cheers Nap - hopefully get it cleaned up and primed today, then some basecoats at club tonight - Ill post some more pics as it progresses(y)
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  4. mil-mart A Fixture

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    Great bit of conversion work Steve. Will you be painting him when it's finished ?

    Cheers Ken
    Posted the same time, looks like you answered my question about painting.(y)
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  5. valiant A Fixture

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    Thanks Ken! Yes, hopefully I can get it ready for my mum's birthday, as it is her dad. The man in question is 6th from the viewer's left, back row..(y)
  6. Nap A Fixture

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    England

    Great subject and a even better tribute ....woukd love to see a SBS on altering faces as you did here

    Looking forward to seeing this painted

    Nap
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  7. mick3272 A Fixture

    Here we go, Mr Talent at it again.(y)

    Mick
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  8. valiant A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Mick - Im blushing!

    Nap - can do - maybe my next one, whatever it is, Ill do as an SBS....(y)
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  9. stoffy01 A Fixture

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    Australia
    Hi Steve,
    Lovely start on the bust, will be watching in anticipation.
    Regards,
    Chris.

    Sent from my SM-G900I using Tapatalk
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  10. valiant A Fixture

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    Cheers Chris - hope I can do it justice!(y)
  11. Grod A Fixture

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    Another great subject to work on Steve.
    Gordon
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  12. arj A Fixture

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    Another nice piece of conversion.
    Look forward to the colouring stage.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  13. SUPER ANTO Active Member

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    Spain
    Very well done, really nice conversion.

    Congrats......:)
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  14. anstontyke PlanetFigure Supporter

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    a great conversion steve and a wonderful birthday present to your mum.

    tony
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  15. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Great looking bust, looking forward to some paint.
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  16. valiant A Fixture

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    Thanks chaps! Didnt quite go to plan tonight, as I ran out of time to prime - looks like a job for morning...!(y)
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  17. red tom Active Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Steve, I could be wrong but it looks like you have modern collar dogs on it, are you sure they were not inside a wreath.
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  18. valiant A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Cheers Tom - have a look at the attached photo, they don't look like theyre in a wreath - I could be wrong, it's a bit indistinct and I cant find any other reference!

    The puggaree flash I always thought was blue/white is actually light blue/green with dark blue thin stripe, by this date - just goes to show!(y)
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  19. valiant A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Right! References on the RCS website say that the cap badge was inside a wreath from 1920 - 1946! Therefore, the collar dogs would be a smaller version of that. Having had the conversation with Tom on Saturday, I also thought they should be oval!!

    However, on the forage cap, it was embroidered without a wreath. The officer in my photo clearly shows oval badges, as do some of the clearer images of the ORs - So, the upshot is, I have redone them as oval!!

    I now have a choice of collar dogs..!!(y)
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  20. Richie A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Hi Steve,
    By you did not hang about, did you start converting this on the drive home from Oundle:D. I could see from the glint in your eye on Saturday that this meant something to you and a fine fitting tribute to your Granda, you Mother will be over the moon mate.(y) Nice job.
    cheers
    Richie
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