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Postby DCRfan » Wed May 21, 2008 9:04 am

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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed May 21, 2008 11:48 am

Stu wrote:Maybe we should have an 'Ask Steve' section on the forum LOL


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Postby chris krupa » Thu May 22, 2008 9:15 am

I've used (and will continue since I still have some in stock) the Italieri figures extensively. Apart from being easy to modify and assemble because they are plastic, the limbs, heads, hats etc are interchangeable so a variety of figures can be made even without modification. The main problem with them as far as I am concerned is that most of them wear glasses - presumably meant to be sun protection. This makes the faces a bit samey since I haven't yet plucked up the courage to resculpt eye sockets. (You can see pictures of my figures in my Railway Modeller article on Matthews Corner or pictures that appear on a variety of private web sites.)

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Postby andrew milner » Thu May 22, 2008 7:20 pm

chris krupa wrote:This makes the faces a bit samey since I haven't yet plucked up the courage to resculpt eye sockets.
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I know where you can get some different heads to fit :wink:
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Postby Colin Peake » Fri May 23, 2008 6:35 am

Andrew Milner wrote:I know where you can get some different heads to fit :wink:


In fact, some of the Preiser heads from their seated people pack will fit, I know because my Lister driver is the Italeri seated figure with a Preiser head! My main gripe with the Italeri figures is that some of the moulding is very heavy, but some careful work with filler and knife pays dividends...

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Postby chris krupa » Fri May 23, 2008 8:03 am

I've rescuplted and refined the bodies of the Italieri figures fairly extensively but I hadn't thought of using Preiser heads. I'll look into that. Thanks Colin. I'm not building anything GN15 at the moment but a look at my Blether thread entry on future plans will reveal that it's not impossible that I will be doing so again soon. Other heads may therefore find themselves on Italian bodies.

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Postby scott b » Fri May 23, 2008 11:22 am

Colin Peake wrote:
Andrew Milner wrote:I know where you can get some different heads to fit :wink:


In fact, some of the Preiser heads from their seated people pack will fit, I know because my Lister driver is the Italeri seated figure with a Preiser head! My main gripe with the Italeri figures is that some of the moulding is very heavy, but some careful work with filler and knife pays dividends...

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I don`t think Andrew was refering to Preiser heads, I suspect he was meaning his own range of fantastic figures that are sold with separate heads and arms so you can position them yourself, they are really good figures with excellent detail, Sometimes Andrew you have to use a hammer when you think just a gentle tap is needed :twisted:

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Postby Panda » Fri May 23, 2008 12:07 pm

Emergancy Tool Number 1 (LRETN1)= big hammer, for dropping hints! :lol: Okay then where can we find Andrews said figures??
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Postby andrew milner » Sun May 25, 2008 6:54 pm

mogbass01 wrote:Emergancy Tool Number 1 (LRETN1)= big hammer, for dropping hints! :lol: Okay then where can we find Andrews said figures??


Thanks Scott, never was good at self promotion :oops:

Figure thread for mine is here
http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=2720

Because everything seems to be going up in price...... I'm dropping mine :D Figures are now £4 each including UK p&p. For overseas or if you want more than one, pm or email me and let's talk 8)
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Postby Jon Randall » Sun May 25, 2008 8:40 pm

Andrew,
How are you getting on with the different heads you were hoping to do :?:
I've built too many locos :roll:
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Postby andrew milner » Mon May 26, 2008 7:10 pm

Jon, I have got myself a bit tied up with something altogether more complicated but I have promised myself to do some more figures and heads soon! (but don't hold your breath :D )
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Postby Oztrainz » Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:35 pm

Hi all,
A hot tip :twisted: for anyone using Schleich figures...
Give them a swim in boiling water for about a minute, bend arms legs etc to the new pose requred and then dunk them in cold water to lock in their new pose.
So far it appears to work without any bad effects on paint etc :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:03 am

Thats very interesting John, I have one that needs modifying, so will give it a try when I find him :roll:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:42 am

Top Tip John, worked a treat

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Interesting, if you put it back into the boiling water, it goes back to original form again. I guess you can reshape as many times as you like, will have to get some more to play with :) . Just a shame the hot water doesnt shrink them aswell :lol: not that I mind 1:20 scale for my 7¼" gauge, just right in fact.
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Postby dr5euss » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:49 am

I'll have to try that - I have the pack horse and man. I might be able to separate them and make the rope the man should be holding hang straight down.

They're a little large, but cheap and I really like the 'wild west' feel to them :D The Conesta wagon looks fantastic too, too big for the layout though :(

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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:12 pm

These are new to me and unusually quoted as being 1:25 scale
http://www.modelshop.co.uk/product/1%3A ... e_MF12523#

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Postby Dallas_M » Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:58 pm

Those look like Preiser #57001 truck drivers ... or knock-offs.

https://www.fleischmann.com/products/Preiser/57001.aspx
http://www.hobbylinc.com/dev/htm/psr/psr57001.htm

Generally listed as 1/24 ... but seem to recall seeing them in a package marked 1/25 somewhere ...
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1:29 Scale

Postby MilesB » Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:42 pm

Does anyone know a good source of 1:29 scale figures, or have pictures of the Aristocraft ones?

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Postby Dallas_M » Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:07 pm

Hi Miles --

You can see photos on the Aristocraft web site:
https://www.aristocrafttrainstore.com/s ... y%3B%3B%3B

If the link doesn't work, go to aristocraft.com, select "on-line store" then choose "figures" in the drop-down menu for product line.

I don't know about UK-based suppliers for these, but Caboose Hobbies carries these figures and they do handle international orders. Go to CabooseHobbies.com, select "Aristo Craft" in manufacturers, and "figures" in categories to get there.
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Postby KEG » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:49 pm

Aristocrft figures, at least those I have from that maker, are not 1 / 29th.
They are more like 1 : 24/25

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The fellow laying in front of the group and the man with lantern in the middle are Aristo´s.

As far as I know, there is not maker of 1/29th figures yet.

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Postby underworld » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:57 pm

I was at Toys R Us and found they have many
action figure lines that are about 1/24....including
some of the Worldwide Wrestling ones. Throw a
different outfit on them and they're ready to go !!!


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Postby DCRfan » Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:30 am

Anyone come across these Hasegawa 1:20th scale mercenary figures before?

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Postby Booga » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:52 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:Image


Steve, do you know approximately what scale this figure is?

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:26 pm

those 'Hasegawa 1:20th scale mercenary figures' look interesting but aren't cheap at £20
http://www.comet-miniatures.com/browse.php?s_categ=90&zone=11&
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Postby Oztrainz » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:06 am

Booga wrote:
Steve Bennett wrote:Image


Steve, do you know approximately what scale this figure is?

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Hi Dave,
they are nominally 1/20 scale +/- :lol:
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