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A (working!) lifetime away from my last model making attempts!

40 years since I last put brush to model!

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Neil Smith 912/02/2017 16:17:43
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Like so many here (judging by the 'Introductions' section,) I'm returning to the hobby after many years away from it!

For me, the passion started as a teenager in the early 1970s, with Airfix aircraft, before going on to Tamiya military vehicles, then Historex, Series 77, Hinchliffe and Stadden Napoleonic figures. Absolute contentment was sitting down with a figure to paint, and a good story to listen to on the radio! Here are a couple of images of models I made then:









Many materials and techniques will have changed, I'm sure, so I'm really looking forward to going through the wealth of information on this forum!

For my first projects, I've just purchased a couple of 200mm resin Napoleonic figures from the Mitche's Military Models - superbly modeled, and cast, but I haven't worked with this material before, so a few challenges straight away!

I look forward to your advice and guidance, and hope in time I can also come up with tips and suggestions that might help others!

Edited By Neil Smith 9 on 12/02/2017 16:22:02

Edited By Neil Smith 9 on 12/02/2017 16:40:14

Nick Richardson12/02/2017 16:25:57
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Welcome back to the fold, and to a really friendly and informative forum, Ok a majority of 20th-21st century builds here I'm sure there is a pool of Napoleonic knowledge here too.

Ok your material is polyurethane resin, if you need to remove the casting block do so with a hacksaw or razorsaw, wear a mask if you can, do it outside. ..even better, and any sanding if necessary do with 'wet' wet & dry paper....keeps dust to a minimum. Any parts separate can be bonded with Super glues, or two part epoxy. 

Prime with a rattle can if you want and choose your preferred paints and enjoy



Edited By Nick Richardson on 12/02/2017 16:28:17

Neil Smith 912/02/2017 16:39:42
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Many thanks for the welcome, Nick! I appreciate the advice too, particularly on the dust issue which I was not aware of previously! (I have already done quite a bit of dry filing and smoothing, but I won't do any more of that now!)

Mike DURNFORD17/02/2017 12:08:09
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Neil laugh Warm welcome I'm back after 38 years welcome to the club your in the right place enjoy mike

Jon Heptonstall 117/02/2017 13:50:25
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Hi Neil.

Couple of very good looking Napoleonics there .

Re. the resin figures-I use a draper motor tool to grind off centrally cast plugs, leaving the edges intact. Milliput for the inevitable gaps etc. in tiny amounts and smoothed with a wet brush.

Mitches have some cracking figures and a couple have been blogged on here.


Andy Claesens17/02/2017 15:14:10
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Welcome to the gang Neil,

Some very nice models there. Hope you enjoy your time here.


jimbo17/02/2017 17:58:47
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Hi Neil

A warm welcome to MilMod. A great place to be.


Scottie17/02/2017 18:23:02
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Hi Neil,

​welcome aboard you have found a great place to be. Some lovely builds I look forward to seeing more.


John Race17/02/2017 20:50:12
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A welcome as well from me Neil.


Neil Smith 918/02/2017 08:05:23
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Well! Thank you all for your very warm welcome, and for your kind comments and advice too! All really appreciated. It's a great community you have here, and your enthusiasm is inspiring me to really get making again!


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