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clive_t

1:35 Grant Tank Crew - MiniArt / Preiser Mashup

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Hi all, my first Figure WIP thread - probably my last, given the amazing stuff being shown on this forum already.

 

This is meant to be a companion thread to my current 'Armour WIP' (here) and ultimately will (hopefully) join with the tank itself into a diorama - thread yet to be started!

 

The basic raw materials for the figures will be the 'MiniArt' British Tank Crew set (supplied with the Academy Grant 'El Alamein' kit). In addition, I hope to incorporate relevant parts from the Preiser 'Adam' set. Technically these are slightly over-scale at 1:32, but it shouldn't be too obvious - I hope!

 

No actual progress thus far, apart from I have spray-primed the MiniArt sprue with basic grey acrylic rattle-can primer:

 

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Today I received through the post the Preiser 'Adam' set:

 

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As you can see, it's called the 'Adam' set for a reason!

 

Hopefully I shall be able to report some progress soon, if I can work out the nitty gritty of how I am going to pose them!

 

Thanks for watching :)

 

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Good luck with this ! 

 

BillyD

 

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Thanks Billy D, I think I am going to need it :yes:

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OK so this afternoon, the opening shots were fired in my battle with the tank crew. I picked a pair of legs and a torso:

 

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In my mind's eye I saw a trooper sat on a small box, leaning against the side of the tank, maybe writing a few lines to his family. To do that, the legs needed to be 'persuaded' to adopt a slightly different pose. Don't worry, trooper, this won't hurt... me ...:devil: :

 

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The leg was cut at the knee and the ankle - which to be fair will probably hurt in the morning. Some of the plastic was pared away to allow the leg to be slightly more bent, past 90-degrees. Some crafting wire was then used to form a bendable joint so as to allow fine-positioning of the leg. Foolishly, the holes I drilled for the wire were slightly too big, however to see how the bits fit together I used some 'Blu-Tak'.  Not too shabby:

 

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It was at this point I had a change of heart, and decided that rather than sitting, the figure would be crouching down on one knee, attending to something, e.g. a 'Benghazi burner' - obviously a brew-up is therefore on the cards. Slightly less hacking around of the body, which will no doubt come as some relief to the client:

 

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So this is how the two legs looked, before being joined together:

 

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Finally for now, I mixed a small lump of Milliput, and filled the gaps between the plastic bits to secure the pose and hide the wire joints:

 

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Thanks for watching :)

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Some more progress today. I added the torso, and sorted out the upper limbs from the MiniArt set that best fit the intended pose. Neither of them had hands fitted, so I had a look at the Preiser set to see what my options were. For the right arm, I envisage this resting on the extended right leg, with the hand just hanging down:

 

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It looks a little over-sized to be honest, but I pursued the idea to see how it would look with the other arm, including another Preiser hand:

 

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Whereas the right arm was a good fit, and therefore not needing to be pinned, the left arm needed to be cut and shaped to angle it more to the mid-line of the body. So more drilling and pinning:

 

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A bit of Milliput to fill the gaps, as well as the head - another Prieser part:

 

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I'm not sure if it's the white plastic of the head on the grey body, but the head definitely looked over-sized. So, I sprayed the whole thing with more primer:

 

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The head looks a little more in proportion, but the right hand still bothers me. I think I will try and elongate the sleeve to maybe disguise it somewhat.

 

Thanks for watching, comments welcome! :)

 

 

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Fascinating stuff!

 

 

:popcorn:

 

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On 16/05/2017 at 10:21 PM, Murdo said:

Fascinating stuff!

 

 

:popcorn:

 

Thanks Murdo, much appreciated.

 

Some more progress today. The addition of a side-arm from the MiniArt set, and a tank-man's beret made from Grey Stuff:

 

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I then re-sprayed it in preparation for painting, however as an afterthought I felt the man needed a decent moustache. This was made from a tiny amount of Milliput:

 

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Thanks for watching :yes:

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