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D-Day June 6th 1944 - "The Longest Day" (Kev's 1:9 U.S. 101st Airborne Figure Build) Options
Kev the Modeller
#1 Posted : 26 December 2018 23:28:21

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Hello all,

This will be my "D-Day 75 Competition Entry".

I thought I'd go with something different this time as I wanted to show more of the human aspect of the D-Day landings, so plumped for a very nicely detailed 1:9 (200mm) resin figure from 'Mitches Military Models' of a U.S. Airborne soldier with .30cal and will be painting him as a soldier from the 101st Airborne Division - 'The Screaming Eagles'.

I have just ordered my figure direct from MMM and will post some pics of the kit when it arrives. For now, here are some photos of the actual kit from Mitches website and also of a beautifully painted example of the same kit from Matt Wellhouser's fantastic website though the artist has finished his as a member of the 82nd Airborne.

https://mitchesmilitarym...-us-airborne-with-30cal

https://custmini.blogspo...es-military-models.html

I love Matt's work, check out the other figure builds on his blog too - they're simply amazing! Drool

Looking forward to getting started on this amazing figure, should be fun! Drool ThumpUp

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#2 Posted : 27 December 2018 01:53:34

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That`s a well detailed figure and a good size for painting.

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#3 Posted : 27 December 2018 08:16:59

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A very nice entry Kev, good luck with the comp....Cool Cool

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#4 Posted : 27 December 2018 08:17:16
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Great to see a figurine entry, good luck with your D-Day 75 entry Cool
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#5 Posted : 27 December 2018 08:40:34

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BigGrin Looks a nicely detailed figure and good luck with the compCool
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#6 Posted : 27 December 2018 09:26:27

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Lovely figure Kev, great detail. Good luck in the competition.

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#7 Posted : 27 December 2018 10:19:57

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Wow Kev that looks one super-cool figure!
Can’t wait to see what you make of it and good luck in the comp ThumpUp

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#8 Posted : 27 December 2018 12:05:35

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Thanks for looking in chaps and glad that you like the figure, photos to follow once he has arrived - after January 1st of course! Cool ThumpUp

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#9 Posted : 28 December 2018 14:37:26

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Look forward to seeing what you do with this one kev.Cool BigGrin
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#10 Posted : 29 December 2018 13:41:22

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Looks like a very challenging detail painting task there Kev. Good luck with the competition.
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Should be a stunner with your painting skills Kev, nice choice!BigGrin
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#12 Posted : 29 December 2018 17:54:42

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Many thanks for looking in and your nice compliments Ian, Malc and Daran, very much appreciated. Looking forward to getting stuck into the build, should be fun! Cool ThumpUp

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#13 Posted : 29 December 2018 21:34:10

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Very nicely detailed figure, I look forward to seeing it come together.

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That figure looks great, look forward to your build starting.
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#15 Posted : 30 December 2018 10:41:02

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Thanks for looking in and your nice comments Graeme and Chris, always greatly appreciated. Cool ThumpUp

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#16 Posted : 05 January 2019 17:40:45

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Hello all,

My 1:9 resin figure arrived yesterday and my paint sets have arrived this morning, so I'm all ready to go!! Drool ThumpUp

As always with any of Mitches' figure kits the parts are well packed in sealable bags with bubble wrap and a nice sturdy box with a picture of the finished and primed figure on the front. The individual parts are well cast with some very nice detail, just needing a wash in warm soapy water and some clean up of seams and removal of the casting plugs. The photos below will show the contents and all of that lovely detail. I think I may have been given an extra shovel blade(covered) as I have two in my pack and only one shovel handle, the carrying of just one shovel is correct. Also, the .30cal barrel looks to be a bit warped but that should straighten out with a bit of hot water and gentle bending. I have included a photo of the main body parts with a ruler so that you can see just how big these 200mm figures look - there's plenty of room to work on that detail painting when you get to it, that's for sure! I will be displaying this figure on a small base when finished with some simple groundwork included.

The paints that I have chosen are the US Army WWII Uniforms Set 1 (Class 'A' Uniforms) and Set 2 (Combat Gear) with six 22ml pots per set. Both are acrylic paint sets and are produced by 'Lifecolor'. I'm not the biggest fan of Lifecolor paints though they're not the worst, but I know that their paints are always very accurate in their colour so I've decided to use them for this build. I will mainly be relying on set 2 'Combat Gear' but thought it would be useful to have the option of several other colours from set 1 if needed. Most of my painting will be done using these and some artist's acrylic paints along with some Winsor & Newton 'Alkyd' fast drying oils and also some metallic paints from various manufacturers.

So, first job is to give the parts a bath and then set about the clean up, prepping and priming process, which I'll probably start this weekend.

Thanks for looking, all comments and criticisms welcomed.

Kev Smile

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#17 Posted : 05 January 2019 18:29:40

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BigGrin Like you said Kev, there’s some great detail on this figurine ThumpUp

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#18 Posted : 05 January 2019 19:41:50

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Hi Kev very nice figure you have there,look forward to following your progress cheers mick.BigGrin
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BigGrin Looks a nicely molded figure and good luck in the compCool
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#20 Posted : 05 January 2019 23:41:20

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That's a great looking figure KevBigGrin look forward to seeing it come together.

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