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Getting back in the hobby
Posted by Bleiz on Friday, August 9, 2019 11:03 AM

Hi all

Need some advice as i am getting back in the hobby after 25 + years. I was mostly an armour / diorama ffan back then. Thinking back, what i liked best were buidling figures and creating realistic dioramas . I think i would rather work on ancient / medieval subjects now though

Looking around it seems times have changed. There are more resin models available now but it is quite scattered all over the place.

Are there good websites or brands that offer models (54mm most likely) in plastic or resin that can be modified for posture? It is a bit overwhelming or underwhelming when searching the web and finding sites that sell a couple figures or a lot but none in the period i am interested in

Thank you all for the insights and recommendations.

I am looking at posts in the forum for advise/ update on painting etc and getting more an more inspired

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, August 9, 2019 2:48 PM

Welcome to the forums! Welcome Sign Beer

This is about the only place I know of that may have what you are looking for: MTS

 Bruce

 

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                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, August 9, 2019 3:44 PM

There is a great variety available, probably greater than when you were last active.  I found the same thing, when I got back in, even though that is now almost 20 years ago.  I went from the age of Monogram and Revell kits, with figures in a kit as a general rule, to the world of figureless kits and aftermarket makers.

There are some manufacturers of figures, who have their own sites.  CMK is one.  But you'll find that there are online shops that carry many different brands.

MiniArt might be a good brand to look into.  They produce sets of figures, military and civilian, in styrene.

Andrea is a maker of individual kit figure, in resin, but with a great variety and not too expensive.

For conversions, look for Hornet, particularly for heads.  You can get yourself some Tamiya figures and replace the heads with Hornet heads, and make some good conversions.

Verlinden is a good source, too, but now out of business, so you'll need to look on the second-hand market, with sources such as eBay, or vendor tables at model shows.

Those are some I think of, off the top of my head.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 7:22 PM

One site I can recommend it called Planet Figure:

https://www.planetfigure.com/forum

They have several locations in the focum that discuss  what your after. There is an impressive one stop list of vendors; a nice link on the the main forum page also identifies newly designed figures and where to get them. Another location has instructions on how to use the various paints, pastels, etc. that are available today; there is also a tutorials page on how to paint detailed figures (by some of todays best artists workwide).  I use it as my "go to" site for figures.

Ben

 

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

PROJECTS:

1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - WIP

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

  • Member since
    August 2019
Posted by Bleiz on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:30 AM

Sad to read Verlinden is out of business. They were one of the main suppliers of resin figures and mod kits back when I wasaking dioramas. 

Thank you for the info about the new brands 

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:52 AM

Bleiz

Sad to read Verlinden is out of business. They were one of the main suppliers of resin figures and mod kits back when I wasaking dioramas. 

Thank you for the info about the new brands  

I think you'll find that what's available today is better than Verlinden, generally speaking.  I have seen comments to that effect on the figure forums, so there seems to be a bit of a consenus about it.

I'm not ready to throw my Verlinden figures away, but there is a really good variety available to us today.  In a way, Verlinden helped to blaze a trail for others who entered the business and began producing figures.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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