Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More "True Grit" pics.

Here's more pics of Rooster. Attaching the reins to his mouth was much easier than planned. I replaced the thick ones supplied with strips cut from sheet tin.

It's funny how whenever I was working on this, that movie was being shown on TV. AMC played this movie a lot during the theatre release of Jeff Bridges' version... Of which, I havn't seen yet.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Fill your hands you S.O.B.!"

Here's one of several projects finished over the winter. It's Andrea's take of John Wayne's classic film 'True Grit'.

The horse was painted in oils and the figure and gear acrylics.

Not the most enjoyable stock kit I've ever worked on. While the casting of the pieces were very nice and clean, the engineering was not very helpful when painting, particularly for the horse. The metal pins casted into the front two legs is a great idea but they leave only 1/4" from the bottom of the hoof to play with! Good luck trying to paint something that heavy and have it clamped into your vise. The remedy I had was to epoxy a length of brass rod to the pins and blue tack to the vice.

I don't model many mounted metal kits but this is something I will consider in the future.