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Postby skylon » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:22 pm

Thanks Steve, struggling for figures that can straddle things.

I take it they're not so good?
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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:51 pm

skylon wrote:I take it they're not so good?


Will let you judge for yourself :)
http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?p=1478#1478
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Postby skylon » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:26 pm

Hmm, I see what you mean. I'm guessing it didn't clean up so well? I might have to abandon the N gauge standard gauge loco idea, short of heavy figure modification which is a bit daunting.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:55 pm

skylon wrote:I might have to abandon the N gauge standard gauge loco idea, short of heavy figure modification which is a bit daunting.


Unless you follow Jon's method as used on Tetley Grange :?:
http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?p=55121#55121
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Postby skylon » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:37 pm

I had looked at that Steve, it's the tender loco that has been giving me grief. There's a side seating loco here http://echillsrailwayobserver.webs.com/standardgaugewe2011.htm (great miniature railway resource), I might go with that.
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Help Please! G Scale Seatd Figures

Postby Mike Lee » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:27 pm

Help wanted as usual please:?

I am finally narrowing-in on the design of my Gn15 layout after many years of ‘armchair design’ :D One of the final pieces of the jigsaw is the need for some seated passengers to enable me to design some open coaches, either 4 wheel, bogie or both :?: My benchmark size is the SLM 1-22.5 figures Fred/Jon/etc and the ½” figure Old Sam/etc. My question is how do the following ‘G Scale’ seated figures compare to the SLM above, i.e. the LGB 52390, 52443, 52450; Pola 331950, 331951, 331837; Preiser PR45179, PR45183, PR63001. If anybody has a photo of the comparison that would be great :idea: :idea: :idea:

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Postby skylon » Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:38 pm

Hi Mike.

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The old boy sitting down in the white is a Preiser offering, from Preiser PR45183 set. The fellow is sitting next to him is an SLM 1:22.5, Jon I think his name was. The two wingers are SLM 1/24 chaps, I've forgotten their names!

Hope this helps.
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Postby KEG » Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:53 pm

Pola does not make any figures. They sell packs of simplified painted Preisers.

Most 1 : 22,5 scale figures harmonize with each other. Early Preisers seem to be a bit small, some of the early LGB figures are too short and have huge heads. Many painted figures have ugly mould lines, so I prefer to buy unpainted ones if possible, which I can clean before working on them.



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On the first car is a LGB figure between two Preiser ladies. On the second is a SML figure with a LGB gentleman.



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Three LGB ladies on a Smallbrook Studion Gn15 wagon.

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Postby Mike Lee » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:15 pm

Sam, Juergen.

Thanks for the photo comparison's :D It looks like they are all very much to the same physical appearance, I will probably go for the Prieser unpainted models :D

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Postby Kevin » Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:26 pm

Has anyone tried Playmobil?
I know that the figures are unrealistic but there is a huge range of accesories and small animals that look like they could be OK.

Scale should be OK as they are apparantly 1/24.

And if you want to go into smaller detail, Playmobil micro sets are toys for standard playmobil people to play with.
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Postby skylon » Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:13 pm

Hi Kevin,

Here's a little photograph for comparison. It's a phone pic so you'll excuse well, everything about it.

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The pallet and pump truck are Playmobil (not from the pirate set I'll hasten to add). The fisherman is 1/24 figure.

Bob Hughes has used a Playmobil boat to good effect, but I think things like hand tools will probably be that little bit to bulky. I'll happily be proved wrong though!
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Postby Kevin » Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:09 am

I agree, the tools are too chunky but I was thinking about the small animals. There is a good range of woodland creatures,Squirrels, birds, Mice, badgers, cats. These don't look too bad and might benefit from repainting, as might some of the Playmobil plants.
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Postby Booga » Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:58 pm

An ebay search for "1/24 figure" brought up this guy as part of a set of 6 figures from a Chinese seller. It looks as though both arms and the briefcase they are clutching are moulded as one seperate piece, so maybe the case could be removed and he could be put to work as a driver.

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Link to the auction:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/260772417805?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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Postby Mike Lee » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:48 am

Dave

Hopefully winging its way from China at the moment are a set of figures which includes the seated figure with the suitcase :D When they arrive I will have a look to see if it is easy to modify it :!: The figures, set 'P25SB 18pcs all Seated 1:25 UnPainted White Figures LGB' are from ‘everestmodel’ via ebay at £7.99 for 18 they are a snip :?: they were bought with the hope of hacking them to bits to make different poses :idea: and I also want to remove the suitcase but not to make a driver, but :wink: you never know.
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Unpainted white figures, what glue

Postby Mike Lee » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:54 am

Further to my previous post here is a picture of the purchased figures :D Its marvelous what you can do if you read the information on how to post photo's :oops:

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My question is, pending my getting the figures :?: has anybody any experience with these type of figures and if so what is the best glue to use :idea:
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Postby DCRfan » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:47 am

skylon wrote:Thanks Steve, struggling for figures that can straddle things.

I take it they're not so good?


Have a look at the Tamiya 1:24th scale Rally Mechanics. They are hard plastic so easy to cut and glue legs, torso etc to change leg and body positions. See the driver figure I made from the lying mechanic about 6 pages into this tread.

See also http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=2132&highlight=tamiya+mechanics althought that thread strays off topic rather rapidly :oops:
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Postby Kevin » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:40 pm

I know that they have been mentioned a few times before but the Fujimi 1/24 drivers & mechanics are available
via a Hong Kong ebay seller

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280755855830? ... 1439.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280755856045? ... 1439.l2649

This seller usually stocks both sets and a number of 1/24th cars
Most items start at 99p and while a lot end up at the standard retail price, there are bargains to be had.

I just bought the first set for £4.64 and the second for 99p.

I've also bought a few playmobile animals and will post pictures of them and the Fujimi figures when they arrive.
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Postby AndyA » Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:25 pm

Mike Lee wrote:Further to my previous post here is a picture of the purchased figures :D

My question is, pending my getting the figures :?: has anybody any experience with these type of figures and if so what is the best glue to use :idea:


These are more of the Preiser knock-offs. I bought a standing set ages ago that also contained the seated woman with pony-tail. I don't know what they're made of but had no luck with solvents to glue the repositioned parts, resorting eventually to steaming them and then using pins and epoxy. For me, at least, that doesn't make for a great deal of creativity.

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Postby KEG » Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:40 pm

Hard to say, if these figures are unlicensed Preiser copies. Maybe they have an agreement or a contract. You should ask the Preiser makers at Rothenburg.

This seller does not sell / send them to Germany. Plus a few more dozens of countries.

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Postby Booga » Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:49 pm

Mike, It will be interesting to hear how you get on with these figures. Please do keep us posted.
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Postby Mike Lee » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:31 am

Dave

The figures arrived this morning :D Not too bad, a week from China :D They seem to be made from a hard plastic :?: just judging by the sound they make when knocked against each other :!: One strange fact is that all the figures are a single piece casting , except for the seated figure with the suitcase, this comes with the arms and head separate, these locate into square holes, certainly makes the job of modifying them a lot easier :D All I have to do now is remove the suitcase from the arm, shame that did'nt come separate :(

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Thanks for the info on assembling, did you try superglue by the way :?:

Has anybody else tried assembling these type of figures with any other type of glue, cyno, epoxy, solvent etc with any success :?:

Unfotunately I am going away until the second week in November so will not be able to do anything until after then :roll:
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Re: Seated Figures Unpainted

Postby AndyA » Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:52 pm

Mike Lee wrote:Andy A
Thanks for the info on assembling, did you try superglue by the way :?:


I originally used ACC to attach the bits of the standing woman I built for the LBC loco, mostly it worked but her legs kept falling off if she took a knock - small surface joints didn't seem to be too good in shear, but maybe I was being ham-fisted. I didn't try pinning until after I'd gone with Epoxy, so maybe pinning small joints and using ACC would work.

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Postby gfadvance » Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:25 pm

It may be of interest but I have recently started using this stuff

http://www.totalwargamer.co.uk/filla-gl ... e-10g.html

It has all the usual properties of standard superglue but the addition of rubber does seem to do what it says on the tin, its does provide a degree of flexibility and also acts as a filler.
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Re: Seated Figures Unpainted

Postby Glen A » Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:26 pm

Mike Lee wrote:
Has anybody else tried assembling these type of figures with any other type of glue, cyno, epoxy, solvent etc with any success :?:



Yes I used some of these for my drivers etc.
The man/boy with his arm around the girl had arm straightened.

Where I cut arms etc, I drilled a small hole running up the length of the arm, and supper glued a piece of wire inside. So the wire makes the strength across the join. And then you just fill any gaps with milliput or what ever.

Now I just cut off and reuse the hands and heads and make the bodies myself out of milliput. (Because I can't make heads as good as these ones, and they are so cheap). I also use the Tamiya 1:24th scale Rally Mechanics that DCR Fan mentioned.

From your set, Here is the boy with arm around the girl:
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Here is the same figure again, with a hat added (made out of milliput):
The miner standing tipping the wagon is another one that has parts filled away and built up with milliput
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And here is another one from the same set (I have more examples, but I am sure you get the idea now).
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Postby Booga » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:12 pm

Mike, thanks for the info. I'm guessing that 18 figures of 6 different designs gives you 3 of each type of figure. Am I correct? I think I'll be giving some of these a try.

Glen, thanks for posting the pics, it's nice to see what can be done using these figures, I too saw some potential in the boy with his arm around the girl, as well as the suitcase guy.
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