COMPLETED-Neil's 1/32 Fine Molds Douglas Bader

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Well this was nice little painting project to get me back in the swing after a break of a month or so. Maybe it's my age but I get out of the painting groove very quickly these days.
The goggles thing is a nice trick which I shall refine in the future. It's always bugged me.
Painting faces is still totally hit or miss for me, but the rest of it is not so scary now.
Bader A.jpgBader B.jpgBader C.jpgBader D.jpg
I had another bash at a close up
Bader Close up.jpg

and, inspired by Steve's(Stona) Dogfight Double pics, a quick fumble with a background...

Bader & Hurricane.jpg

I put him on a grass 'airfield' base, but I really don't like the flock that has red and blue strands in it. I kind of understand that it's the way to mix colours, but is this as good as it gets ,or is there any out there that is just a colour?

I'm glad to have Douglas in my collection-he was a boyhood hero of mine, even if my opinion of him has tempered with maturity. He will be joined on the shelf eventually by these guys
MB WWII Pilots 54mm.jpg
many thanks for looking
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I think that looks great and very much like Bader. It shows what can be done at this scale. Mercifully, my efforts are usually mostly hidden in a cockpit :smiling3:

Love the background on the last picture, very appropriate for a man who made his considerable reputation flying Hurricanes.
 

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Love it!
Neil, that's come out rather nicely. Very well presented too. Well done.
A great compliment, coming from you, Ron, thanks.
Superb job neil , he looks fantastic in front of the hurricane. Cheers tony
Thanks Tony, really glad you like the Hurricane- I didn't try very hard, just put it up on the screen and held the figure there and snapped. There were a lot of failures on the way though
 

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I think that looks great and very much like Bader. It shows what can be done at this scale. Mercifully, my efforts are usually mostly hidden in a cockpit :smiling3:

Love the background on the last picture, very appropriate for a man who made his considerable reputation flying Hurricanes.
Ooh ,sorry I missed you Steve.
Thanks very much-yes it had to be a Hurricane- I can't believe there isn't one readily available in 1-32 scale from a major manufacturer
 

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I can't believe there isn't one readily available in 1-32 scale from a major manufacturer
It's a travesty. I think the various Fly kits are the only ones readily available, which is why they now charge about £50 for kits not really worth that kind of money (I've built a couple). PCM used to do one, but I think they are long defunct now.
 

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So sorry I missed this one Neil. For a 1/32 scale figure, you have done wonders to bring it life. How on earth did you manage to paint the eyes so well??? The last pic definitely tells a good story and highlights your great figure painting skills Sir!!!

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So sorry I missed this one Neil. For a 1/32 scale figure, you have done wonders to bring it life. How on earth did you manage to paint the eyes so well??? The last pic definitely tells a good story and highlights your great figure painting skills Sir!!!

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wow ,thanks Allen.
I have so many 1/32 figures in my stash that I daren't get used to larger scales in case I can't go back!
As for the eyes, I don't try too hard... the main thing is that the pupils are not too small, and they are both pointing the same way! I don't bother with a lower eyelash, just a thin line of dark flesh shading .
I feel unworthy even writing this- there are other more expert people to ask about painting, I just wing it and hope for the best!
 

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I know what you mean about the scale you are painting in......every thing else looks gigantic to me as well. A beautiful result on this one Neil. Thanks for sharing it. Rick H.
 
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