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Question about flats
Posted by rdmeyersr on Friday, November 5, 2021 5:20 PM

I've got a family member who wants me to do one of those flat style figures. Anyone give me sources for these and what they are actually called?

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 5, 2021 5:39 PM

I've seen them called flats or flat tin figures.  Maybe start here:

https://www.flattinfigures.com/

I've seen increadible work that you'd swear was three dimensional.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, November 6, 2021 4:56 AM

rdmeyersr

I've got a family member who wants me to do one of those flat style figures. Anyone give me sources for these and what they are actually called?

 

 

the 'Small Subjects-big ideas about miniatures and modeling' podcast has an entire episode dedicated to the subject....episode 4.

 

check it out at BoxDiorama.com .  That episode aired on August 9th

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Posted by rdmeyersr on Saturday, November 6, 2021 12:50 PM

Thanks!

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Posted by rdmeyersr on Saturday, November 6, 2021 12:51 PM

Thanks! Found the flat we were looking for too!

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, November 8, 2021 10:58 AM

rdmeyersr

I've got a family member who wants me to do one of those flat style figures. Anyone give me sources for these and what they are actually called? 

The flat is the precursor to the fully-round figure, and it originated in Germany.  It evolved from tin tokens that tinsmiths made to be sold as souvenirs at pilgrimage destinations.  They were, and many still are, made from slate molds with the images engraved in left and right halves.

They cover so many periods of history, and so many subjects.

They are still very popular in Germany and elsewhere in Europe; you can find them used to make dioramas in museums, because the small size allows for depicting large events.  And there are clubs organized specifically for painters and collectors of flats.

As an online source, I recommend Berliner Zinnfiguren's online shop, https://www.zinnfigur.com/  It was founded by engraver Werner Scholtz, and is run today by his son, Hans-Günther.  They carry a wide selection of flats, from their own studio and others.

Another source is Jack Muldoon's Little Tin Soldier, https://thelittletinsoldier.com/catalog/index.php  Jack is probably the top vendor of flats in the US today.

If you visit those sites, you can see what I mean about the breadth of content and subjects available as flats.

Hope that helps!

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, November 19, 2021 9:41 PM

I have speny many dollars at Little Tin Soldier, I give them a solid recommendation.

Flats are a nice change of pace, a nice little project to spend a couple weeks on.

Robert

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, November 19, 2021 9:45 PM

Justinryan215

 

 
rdmeyersr

I've got a family member who wants me to do one of those flat style figures. Anyone give me sources for these and what they are actually called?

 

 

 

 

the 'Small Subjects-big ideas about miniatures and modeling' podcast has an entire episode dedicated to the subject....episode 4.

 

check it out at BoxDiorama.com .  That episode aired on August 9th

 

Those guys run MMSI, which I am a member of.  If you want to see the back story behind some of those box dioramas, check out the meeting recording #4:

http://www.military-miniature-society-of-illinois.com/mmsi-meetings

Truly amazing work.

Robert

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