I've pretty much gotten hooked on 1/35 scale for my "large scale" modeling and plan to customize and/or paint a variety of figures for the auto repair shop currently under construction and the future railroad ... so here's a thread that will include some links for figure sources / makers ... along with my projects ... and others are invited to join in with their 1/35 figure projects.MK35
-- These are my current favorite. They produce a nice variety of civilian figures plus animals, carts and such. The sculpting and casting (resin) are top-notch. The figure above right is one of theirs with just some very minor modification to the trousers. The MK35 figures are sold in the US by R&J Enterprises
or directly from MK35 in France (www.Mk35.com
The grouchy-looking guy has been dubbed Mr. Mudgeon and he's the head mechanic at the auto repair shop ... and, apparently, he's been watching "Tool Time" re-runs or something and decided that he needs a shapely assistant. Oddly enough, her name is Lefty Lucie ... and she's a very capable mechanic.
EDIT: This figure is "Russian Female Tank Crew Natalia" sculpted by Yoshitaka Hirano. After posting the figure here, I found out that I had unwittingly purchased mine from a source making unauthorized copies (ugh). Thanks to forum members here who caught that! Here's a legitimate source for this figure:http://www.miniature-park.com/search_result_e.php?search_maker_id=378&search_sort=&visible=&page=2
The sculpting is beautiful and I thought about letting her go to the work in the army boots and baggy pants, but Mr. Mudgeon said he preferred a country girl in blue jeans, so we started hacking away ...
Looks a bit scary at this point ... especially where the lower legs have been carved (sort-of) from army boots ... but this should be a decent starting point for some putty work.
Thinned her ankles before I started whittling her army boots into some casual shoes, so both feet snapped off ... zoinks! Shoe on right is an army boot after mild whittling ... at left after a bit more. A bit crude perhaps, but if the figure painting goes well, I don't expect too many folks will get hung up on the shoes!
Thinned her hips enough that her hand was nearly free, so carefully filed away that gap ... stuck some poster-tack in place to support her arm and cut off her hand to be repositioned and slightly re-shaped. Turned to cut get a little drill bit ... turned back and the hand was gone
... lesson learned. After crawling around on the floor for quite a while to find the missing hand, decided that poster-tack would be good for holding this little bit. Reshaped the thumb a bit (just some carving) and drilled thru the hand so she can carry a toolbox.
Now she's getting a primer coat so the body putty will stick ... meanwhile, Mr. Mudgeon and I are surfing for reference photos so we'll be able to fashion a nice pair of jeans.
Recently posted some links to other female figures in 1/35 scale here:http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=1068.msg17347#msg17347
Will post additional links as time allows and/or new figure projects get going ... meanwhile, stay tuned for the further adventures of Lefty Lucie.