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Yes indeed - great figures Terry - you should go into business ......................unless of course, each took 4 hours to paint !  :hmm



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Thank you Chris and Peter.  It only took about thirty minutes to paint all four figures plus a hand barrow.  I had previously given them a spray of Halford's white primer.

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A few more figures were added to the scene yesterday.









General view of station...

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Very nice. The detail is really bringing it all together. 



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Looking great Terry - love the guy leaning on the coal office.

What make are the little people and are they "as delivered" or did you carry out some surgery on them ?



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Hi Tel   Looking pretty good, you have put some life onto the station with the figures, are they new? Best wishes Kevin 



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Your scenery is simply astonishing Terry, way beyond my modest talents. Love to see your inspiring pictures :)
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Thank you all, very kind of you.

Roger - all easily achievable.  This is really the first time that I have made scenery of any substance.  If you read this thread from the beginning you will see how easy it really is.


Peter and Kevin - the figures are from the Monty's Models range by Dart Castings.  What you see is how they come out of the packet, unpainted of course.  The figures come with a short spiggot on one leg so you just drill a hole, dab some glue on to the spiggot and push it into the hole.  Painting doesn't take very long.  First I scrape a scalpel blade along the mould seams to remove them. A quick spray with Halfords' white primer, dab some 'Revell 'flesh' colour on the faces and hands, followed by some acrylic paint on the clothing and shoes.  I tend to keep to just a few colours and nothing 'loud'.  A small dab of hair colour above the neck and a very thin wash of black on the face and hands to accentuate the features.  I find that by using acrylics I get a nice matt finish.  Try to avoid the shiny clothes look - not very realistic, unless your figures are wearing those plastic mini skirts which were popular in the 1960's or those 'wet look' shoes which I seem to remember wearing in the 1970's along with my 'tank-tops' and flared trousers.  With hindsight, how stupid we must have looked!


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Hi Tel. Bravo I am with you on the shiny clothing, not to mention the 60’s mini skirts, I do remember them, I was there. Best wishes Kevin



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I had assumed they're white metal Terry but maybe, if scraping a scalpel along the mould lines removes the seam, then maybe they're  resin or plastic........ :hmm

I must have a look at their range they look great.



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They are metal, Peter, if from Dart castings....
More great figure painting, and I think you downplay your skills which are also in evidence on your backscene.  You have definitely got a knack for the realistic clothing colour, superbly applied.

This is a very atmospheric scene and I really like the perspective of the road.  



And sometimes, the simplest of scenes stirs memories.  How often have I sat on a platform staring down the track, longing for a glimpse of the train.  Or maybe that just happens on the Southern!




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Thank you Michael, very kind of you.  You are quite right, all of the figures are made in white metal.

Peter, the mould lines are very fine and just a few passes with the scalpel blade are necessary.  However, I appear not to have succeeded too well with this chap as you can see the seam down his sleeve...

Of course, none of this is discernible from the normal viewing distance.  I would just add that the lovely old wooden wheelbarrow is a 3D printed plastic item.  The figure does come with a white metal wheelbarrow but I was keen to use this rather splendid example.  


Question: There is no back panel on the wheelbarrow so what is to stop the contents from falling out of the rear when the barrow is put down?


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Hi Tel.     It has been suggested that I should replace my scenic break, with two tunnels for a bridge, just like your bridge . Have you got any advice on this late in the day change.   Best wishes Kevin 



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col.stephens wrote: Thank you Michael, very kind of you.  You are quite right, all of the figures are made in white metal.

Peter, the mould lines are very fine and just a few passes with the scalpel blade are necessary.  However, I appear not to have succeeded too well with this chap as you can see the seam down his sleeve...

Of course, none of this is discernible from the normal viewing distance.  I would just add that the lovely old wooden wheelbarrow is a 3D printed plastic item.  The figure does come with a white metal wheelbarrow but I was keen to use this rather splendid example.  


Question: There is no back panel on the wheelbarrow so what is to stop the contents from falling out of the rear when the barrow is put down?


Terry


My barrow (ex neighbours) had a shallow housing worked in each elm cheek into which a back-board slid. The wheel was in a poor state, so I made another. 4 felloes, one flat rectangular section  spoke running through the square nave,  through  tenoned by the other. Only the ends of the nave are round, turned up on a Black and Decker  drill lathe, the felloes end pegged with short lengths of brass  rod. I hammered  over the tyre after squeezing the rim with two end-to-end chain wrenches.

It was still going strong when I moved to France in 2002 and gave it away to an allotment  holder.

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That's interesting Doug.  I bet it is still in use.

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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Tel.     It has been suggested that I should replace my scenic break, with two tunnels for a bridge, just like your bridge . Have you got any advice on this late in the day change.   Best wishes Kevin 
Kevin, I have sent you a PM.


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I think the man with the barrow has a fussy wife who irons his shirts so well that you can still see the crease down his sleeve.



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Great set of figures, they really bring it all to life.Like Headmaster,I particularly like the guy sat on the bench impatiently staring down the line.....Magic!!!
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Thank you.  Most kind.

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