4117Re: [FS32NGModelrail] figures
- May 8, 2005Hi Greg,Check the group messages from February 2005. There was quite a bit ofdiscussion on figures at that time. Most of the finds seemed to be Europeanin origin which might explain their absence in your local hobby shops.Messages # 4039, 4043, 4044...etc.I have also been looking high and low for non-military figures withoutmuch success. Most of them require quite a bit of rework. Even thecivilians tend to be WWII vintage which makes their clothes way too modernfor the turn of the century stuff I am after. Even WWI stuff is very rare.I bought some vintage plastic car kits that contained figures but thequality is poor. They are sitting so I am hoping to stuff them in cabswhere they won't be too noticeable.I am considering just making my own figures from wax. I know this isold school but I remember doing this in HO as a kid by following articlesin back issues Model Railroader. It was quite a chore in HO but it mayprove much easier in 1:32. I think it was a John Allen article to narrowthe vintage a bit. I don't have the article now.The basic idea was too take some soft stranded wire and bend it into thedesired figure shape. Then dip it in wax repeatedly until you build up thedesired thickness for the body parts. Then use knives and files to do thefinal shaping. The article used parafin but I find it a little soft and proneto breakage and melt damage even from the heat of your hand. You wouldbe better off using a jewellers wax that you can get from a jeweller's supplystore or a good craft store. The big benefit here is that you can shape thefigure to suit your situation. You could also use heads that availble forairplane models and just add the bodies to them as described above.The heads are the tricky part to carve realistically.If you end up creating some masterpieces you could always make rubbermolds and go into production for the rest of us. :-)Let me know how you make out.Regards,Craig
Gregory Wright <gregorywright2002@...> wrote:I am having a hard time finding anything but military figures at regional hobby shops. I know civilian figures are out there, but i'm not finding them. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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