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120mm Figure Recycling -an Ongoing Project.

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Peter Day 123/11/2016 17:56:51
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Rather than bore and confuse you with a new thread for each figure, I thought I'd put all of my future recycling projects under one roof.

I went up into the attic today and brought down a big box-full of old figures by Velrinden, Tamiya and Dragon. Some of them will be stripped down and rebuilt as they are, and some will be pick'n'mixed to create new figures.

The first to be re-done is this:


This is an early war German infantryman examining a French helmet. The original head was horrible, so for this new version I've given him an old Tamiya one. Here are the parts stripped down:



This is quite a nice figure, with the clothing depicted as suitably wrinkly and baggy, as per a man on campaign.

I'm really enjoying revisiting this old stuff, and the challenge of course is to see if I can improve on my previous efforts. And as you know, I do get through them, so at least the expenditure will be minimal (barring a bit of paint and glue) - there must be hundreds of pounds worth of stuff still upstairs rotting away.

Please bear with me on this one. I'll try to slow down so that you don't all get too fed up with trying to keep up - perhaps I should just post the end results in a few week's time?


Andrew Belsey 223/11/2016 18:14:02
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I never tire of seeing your work Peter! I'm just constantly surprised at how you turn out high quality work so quickly!!? And please keep posting the progress shots - that's half the fun!

Andy B

Richard Pearce 123/11/2016 18:27:57
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Hi Peter.

You are a modelling magpie like me at times.Always finding spare heads etc for future products.Nice to see you recycling some oldies.I have that figure with the Poilus helmet and he has an odd expression like his squeezing out a fart etc.

Watching always with interest.


Peter Day 123/11/2016 19:37:46
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1979 photos

Andy - Thanks for the encouraging words.

Richard - I know what you mean about the kit head. There are quite a few Verlindens that are the same - great sculpts ruined by 'that' head.


Steve Jones 1223/11/2016 21:30:14
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No No No! smiley.You keep your blogs just the way they are my friend. I learn so much from your work mate. Its a joy to watch each stage work towards the final masterpiece. Another great subject you have chosen here


John Race23/11/2016 21:42:50
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No don't you dare, we all like it the way it is Peter.


Peter Gillson23/11/2016 23:07:50
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keep up these blogs, like many I find them fascinating.

An idea. If you are happy with your recycling of a figure, it would be really interesting for us if you were to post a photo of the figure before your recycling paint job and well as the final figure.


Moggeller, PhD23/11/2016 23:57:32
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Hi Peter.

PLEASE do daily updates. I'd be very upset not to see your work regularly.

BTW; is it possible to see any pre-stripping shots?


Peter Day 124/11/2016 07:35:14
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1979 photos

OK chaps, I'll keep the threads as they are. - as long as you're not getting bored.

This is a pre-stripping shot of the above figure:


Not a great photo I'm afraid. The head on this version was by Reedees. As you can see, the painting all over is pretty flat, especially the head, so we'll see if I can improve on it all this time.


jimbo24/11/2016 12:41:16
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Hi Peter

Never tire of seeing your work and this recycling is a good idea. Why spent money to enjoy yourself and entertain us lot when you can do it for pennies wink 2


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