Neil's Airfix 54mm 95th Rifleman

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Cracking work Neil.
 

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Thanks Ian.

to continue.....
I just had to do something about the shako cords as they had been seriously compromised by the moulding requirement.

This is the kit offering

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and this is the reality

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So I shaved it all off and made a length of cord by plaiting 3 very thin wires. I know how to do this as I have 3 daughters and I spend many hours doing their hair when they were little. Let me tell you ,1-1 scale hair is a lot easier, even on a wriggly five-year old……..

I wrapped the three strands around a drawing pin on one of the rafters in my loft- it was easier to do it standing up than hunched over the bench.
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In the foreground is my first attempt which turned out to be TOO THIN, I couldn’t believe it. It was much easier with the thicker wire.

Here are the 2 shakos – the 95th Rifles badges from the kit seem so tiny in reality, but seen in close up in the photos they look MASSIVE. I had to make the second cockade from lead sheet as I didn’t have a spare for that .
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I used a leather punch for the larger disc which I cut notches in, and the poor man’s rivet punch to get the smaller 0.7mm disc……
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You can even push the disc out with the pencil lead!
I imagine you could also use hypodermic needles, although I haven't tried it myself. They should be even cheaper than the pencils,and they are available in various sizes on evil bay.
Anyway that's all for now, thanks for looking
Neil
 

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You are indeed an honorary member of the dark side. Changing fingers and braid are a tribute to your desire to produce a realistic figure. Stunning work Neil and I look forward to seeing how you tackle his nose hair LOL Keep up the great work my friend
 

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I’m afraid I’ve been away from the bench for a while due to work, but I have some more baby steps to report.
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I’ve added a rifle sling from toothpaste tube with PE buckles – it doesn’t look like much but it took me several attempts and several sacrifices to the carpet monster…..

In my internet searches it seems that these days the well-dressed Rifles re-enactor cannot be without his D-shaped mess tin in oilcloth cover , which Airfix does not provide.

I was expecting to have to scratch this from Milliput or something, and then I remembered that I had something similar in the Revell WWI Tommies set.

In fact , something perfect
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These remained unchanged for at least a hundred years!
I used tissue paper for the oilcloth cover, stuck with double sided tape, which is much less messy than glue
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I carved into the rolled greatcoat a bit to define the edges and I filed a depression for the new strap
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Then I strapped the mess tin to the rolled greatcoat with more toothpaste tube and made the retaining straps from tissue paper (I couldn’t believe how small these pieces were when I was doing this- I hope Steve the Rivet is impressed!)
I sealed the tissue with thin CA.

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Well that’s all for now but I think the end of the making is in sight, and after that just the painting will be left, which I am not looking forward to.

Thanks for looking

Neil
 

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Hi Neil
You are certainly going the extra mile with this. The plaited braid is a huge improvement. Very inventive using pencils for discs.
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I'm sure we're all impressed Neil. Great work at such a small scale.
 

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Amazing work neil, it looks a million miles away from the original pose. Cant wait to see the paint start to go on , cheers tony
 

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Peter, Tony, Jon,
many thanks chaps, I can see some faults but I'm keeping them to myself......
I've started the painting but nothing worthy of a photo.
Hopefully I'll get a decent session in tonight as the missus has friends round and I am not required to be sociable:thumb2:
 

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Neil,
Some really nice additions. The idea of the propelling pencils is a good idea
 

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Wonderful work Neil. Good luck with the wet stuff. Look forward to seeing the progress shots soon
 

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Hi Neil
Certainly much improved. Looking forward to paint.
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Simon, Steve, Jim
thank you !
Well, the hairy stick came out last night and tonight so I thought I would post a few shots.
I thought, 'being a dark green model I should use a white background', but the phone wasn't having any of it!
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that was the best it could do :rolling: !
so I tried a black background, and got much better results
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for those who are interested, although with me this is all experimental, I used Vallejo German Camo Green, but I didn't like it so I washed it all with GW Asurmen Blue(or something like that)-nicked from my son's Warhammer days;)
I used the camo green as a highlight and added black for shading. The black bits have various amounts of brown or blue added, to make the shading more effective when the time comes.
I used Vallejo retarder medium in the green which helped a lot, and I used matt medium also but it's not that good, really. Then when I washed it with the blue it went totally glossy! AAARGH! I just have to be patient and matt lacquer it at the end.
I have bought a wet pallette but I haven't tried it yet.
thanks for looking
Cheers
Neil
 
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