Dated: February 1, 2000.
Here are more conversions from Mr. Chris D'Arcy of New York.
I created the following conversions of British figures due to the fact that figures in the marching formation for the British ranks have been quite rare in the 1/72nd scale of miniatures.
Conversions of figures 1,2,and 3 had to have the arms and musket removed from the original base figure (Revell British Infantry). Once these areas were removed, the figure had to be boiled in hot water for the left leg and head to be repositioned. Once this was done, I then put the figure in cold water to set the new positions. The Beltstraps, jacket and trouser line had to be recarved . I then had the task of finding new upper limbs for these figures. I decided to use the upper limbs of Italeri's Austrian Grenadiers. These proved to be a nice choice. For the infantryman waving his hat as he marches, I replaced the head with that of an ESCI Cuirassier. The left upper limb of this figure came from Italeri's Highlanders, the right limb is again from and Italeri Austrian Grenadier. The left limb was a challenge to reproduce due to the fact the actual hand had to be modified to carry a hat. The actual hat was used from Revell's British Infantry. Once the master figures were finished I then cast molds of the figures to save on the loss of wasting a lot of figures in trying to build a regiment of these figures. The finished products are resin figures. Please take note, the arms of these figures are separate pieces, allowing for a greater variety of poses from only a few base figures.
Conversions of figures 4,5 also had to have the arms and musket removed. Once again the base figure is from Revell's British Infantry set. These figures did not have to be boiled in water and I moved onto the next step of finding new upper limbs. I decided on using the limbs from Italeri's Russian Grenadiers. These new limbs proved to be a great match in giving the figures the effect of being in the double quick as they march towards the enemy. Once the master figures were done, I again cast molds and reproduced the figures in resin.
These conversions were a lot of fun and challenging to complete. I consider the conversion of the British Infantryman waving his hat to be one of my best conversions I have ever done, I never thought for a moment this figure would come out as good as it did. I plan on trying to do many more conversion with this method I used on these figures for it allows for a greater range of poses using only a few base figures.
Many thanks to Mr. Chris D'Arcy for his excellent conversions.
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