Figure Source

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Re: Figure Source

Post by scalainj » Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:48 am

Depends on what material but usually i stick to Tamiya acrylics applied with a brush
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Re: Figure Source

Post by Lambolover2299 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:14 am

Thank you very much. Scalainj ! Is one layer enough or more?

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Post by scalainj » Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:42 am

Sometimes one is enough but usually two
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Re: Figure Source

Post by oldirish33 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:26 pm

I usually use a white primer coat and then acryllic paint by brush.
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Re: Figure Source

Post by LM24HRS » Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:22 am

Recently I wrote an article for our model club magazine which might be of interest to others here on the forum. Some have already been mentioned previously but here is my story;

F is for FIGURES

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Quite rightly we all take a great deal of delight in writing about our individual model purchases, be it 1:43rd or 1:18th scale, or any other scale that takes your fancy. Usually these are the vehicles we enjoy or simply have enormous passion for. However, I think it timely having last month had “F” as our monthly theme to bring into the fold other items associated with these scales, items that complement the vehicles we collect. Personally, I think these pieces have huge importance insomuch they can bring a display of cars, lorries, buses; whatever you collect, to life.

In the seventies like many of us I grew up with Airfix and in particular their Napoleonic figures. In those days I was fascinated with all the different colours of the uniforms of the infantry, cavalry or artillery. I took tremendous gratification in painting these figures to the best of my ability and in some ways was pleasantly surprised with the results I managed to achieve. Unfortunately, those figures have disappeared goodness knows where over time, but I never forgot the pleasure I got in turning out a reasonably decorated figure.

Subconsciously I think those early self-taught painting sessions gave me confidence to start painting 1:43rd sized figures, something I have dabbled in for some time now. I find the whole exercise very therapeutic as long as you do not set tight time scales for completion. Painting figures has to be a long-accepted process for best results. A little bit but often is the key. I will freely admit I am no expert by any stretch and learn new skills on a daily basis. Below are some of my attempts.

S&D 1950's
Mechanic figures

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A mixture of S&D and Trackpass spectator and mechanic figures.
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So where can we obtain these figures from? There are several companies making figures be it small low quantity cottage type businesses to that of the mainstream diecast model manufactures.

I will start with non-painted metal diecast 1:43rd scale figures, which are effectively O’ Scale in the world of the railway model enthusiast. This has the added advantage of broadening our scope of available subject figures from say, passengers waiting on a station platform to becoming that of by-standers and/or spectators at a motoring event.

Denizen Miniatures owned and produced by Chub Pearson. The company was started in 1982 and is still in business. His catalogue of primarily motorsport figures from the early fifties up to the nineties are of high grade and quality with excellent detail. These are made up of mechanics and drivers. A number of his driver figures are in fact headless as he casts separate heads with or without helmets, then you have further options of open faced or full faced depending upon era. So, the choice is quite extensive. Also, you will find a small number of non-motorsport figures that will accompany any period of vehicle as well.
Website is http://www.denizenminiatures.co.uk/

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Trackpass. A great source for French Gendarmerie figures, ideal for any Le Mans diorama. Also available are a smaller number of mechanics, drivers and spectators from the 60’s. These I believe originated from someone near Norwich but now appear to be for sale either through ebay (the Figure Shop) or alternatively Dartcastings, see websites below.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/thefigureshop https://www.dartcastings.co.uk/trackpass.php

S&D Models featuring Phoenix 43. Been in business since 1985 producing all manner of scale figures for a varying degree of interests. Their 1:43rd range is quite extensive covering not just figures but other incidentals for railways and the like. They have a motor racing figures section on their webpage, all figures start with a reference “MO” and range from seated drivers, mechanics from the 60’s through to the 80’s.
Of interest to the non-motorsport collectors amongst us, they have a large number of Phoenix Figures with reference “OA” or “OF”. These are more of your “general life” figures primarily for railway layouts but there are a number that could be incorporated with vehicles. Their website is; https://www.sanddmodels.co.uk/products_43_figures.htm

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The next group are those produced by the model manufacturers, normally pre-painted and made of resin. These figures are relatively new to the market in comparison but are becoming more frequent with new subject releases being published.

True Scale Miniatures have released some excellent boxed collections of figures as those shown below. I believe the Gulf Team figures are also available as Martini Team plus they have released just a plain white set, ideal for customising to your collection needs.

TSM 1970's Gulf Team figures also available in Martini Team colours.
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TSM Generic Team figures. These very well painted with shadow lines within the creases of the mechanics overalls. Could be used for any garage scene.
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Moving onto the larger scale of 1:18th, as far as I am aware there are no metal diecast or resin non-painted figures available to the hobbyist to build up or paint. The only figures I have come across to date are already made, painted and produced by the model manufactures. From a motorsport perspective the main manufacturer I am aware of is Le Mans Miniatures. Here are some examples.

Jackie Ickx. Le Mans 1969
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Norbert Singer, Le Mans 1987.
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Gulf Team, re-fuelling mechanic and others, 1970’s
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Wolfgang Ullrich former Head of Audi Motorsport.
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Henri Pescarolo, Le Mans 1972
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The above figures have been on the market for a while now, but I note Le Mans Miniatures have announced a reasonable number of new subjects in their 2019 catalogue. So, watch this space as I have just ordered one of them already.

Monsieur Ferdinand Ref, FLM1 18032
Gerard Ducarouge (Marta) Ref, FLM1 18034
Jack Brabham Ref, FLM1 18029
Didier Pironi Ref, FLM1 18018
Graham Hill Ref, FLM1 18028
Phil Hill Ref, FLM1 18023
Fangio Ref, FLM1 18027
Enzo Ferrari Ref, FLM1 18015
Mauro Forghieri Ref, FLM1 18026

I’m sure there are a variety of many other figures on the market but the above mentioned are those I tend to purchase due to the subject matter. If you know of any others, please share within the pages of our forum. A figure just adds another focal point to a display don’t you think.
Paul - "Collecting Motorsport in Miniature; for the passion and its history".

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Re: Figure Source

Post by LUW » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:05 am

GREAT article, Paul, thanks for sharing!
Though I'm not in the diorama business, figurines are always nice to have for photoshoots - they give the shot and extra degree of realism.
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Re: Figure Source

Post by Tom » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:48 am

Excellent article, thanks! Will refer to it later when I get around to adding figurines.

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Re: Figure Source

Post by Paulius43 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:30 pm

Nice read!
Now I remembered that LMM has also started their figure range in 1/43 scale, haven't seen them from up close though..
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Re: Figure Source

Post by Jager » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:40 am

Thanks for sharing Paul. A few figures can bring models to life, even just in a display cabinet.
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