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 Posted: Mon Jan 31st, 2011 04:02 am
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Michael Fair
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Hi all.

Having read the article on the Torres & Prietas railroade in the On30 annual (2009) I started my own layout set in a fictitious Mexican village arround 1930s to 1950s complete with Tequila factory but I can not source any figures for my layout can anyone advise me ?

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 Posted: Mon Jan 31st, 2011 08:21 am
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Welcome to FreeRails.

I know there are people here who know more about model figures than I do - however:

As you mention the On30 Annual, I take it you model in On30 - this is 1:48 (American O) scale, on 16.5mm track (the same gauge as HO - so you might be able to adapt HO mechs for some of your locos or stock).

If this is the case, you're looking at figures to scales in the region of 1:48. There are a number of figures sold in this scale, for military modellers.

Otherwise, you could look out for some of the figures made by Preiser. They make figures in a wide range of scales - if you model in On30, then the figures they market as "O scale" are too big (they're aimed at UK and European O scales). Instead, look out for their 1:50 architectural figures - preferably the unpainted ones:

http://www.ontracks.co.uk/index.php?page=product&prodID=55064&catID=1040

You won't find them in most model shops, but some mail order places like OnTracks can get them for you. There are also a number of architectural model shops - which seem to carry a lot of lines you've probably never even heard of (prices vary - some things cheap - some not). I've sometimes used one in London, called 4D Modelshop:

http://www.modelshop.co.uk/

Talking of suppliers, last year I noticed that a general model shop had a pack of 1:50 Preiser figures behind the counter, with no price. When I asked, the price they said made it quite clear they were getting shot - to me. As I've said, you probably won't find these things in local model shops (chains or otherwise) - but there's no harm looking.

At this point, I should perhaps mention that I haven't got a clue what model shops there are in Northumberland - so I can only comment about ones I have dealt with (and been happy with)


 
Returning to the figures (and your layout), you'll probably find that you can't find any figures anywhere that exactly meet your needs - so you'll need to adapt standard model figures. There have been loads of great tutorials on this subject - on this site and on a number of other similar sites (why not also check out what some people have done in other scales - the basic principles are the same).

 
Sorry I can't be any more help than this - but I wish you every success with your layout.


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Huw.


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Not anything to do with figures, but a very good source for ideas on the type of railroad that you want to build, is a new book, just out, called "Sonora Narrow Gauge" written by one of the Freerails group Duane Ericson. He posts here as Elminero 67. PM him for details. I have no connection money-wise with Duane, but just got a copy of his book, and think that it is great.

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It isn't too hard to use available figures and put sombreros and ponchos on them. I get my inspiration from old Clint Eastwood movies. There was a line of metal 1:48 Mexican figures available some years back, a buddy of mine bought some and when he went back for more, he was told they were out of production. I believe these were made for wargamers. Military figures are great to whack up, and when you put a poncho on one, the military stuff is hidden, a sombrero hides helmets also. And many of the 1:48 military kits have guns & bandoleers full of bullets. These look really cool draped across the shoulders. My dos centavos.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 31st, 2011 03:16 pm
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Thanks for your feedback Hue. I have had a look at your links but there is nothing costom made,  I will have to adapt something.

I have not come accross any model shops in Northumberland stocking 1:48 scale so it looks like mail order for me.

I will try the war gaming shops in Newcastle.

 

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Thanks for the information Herb. I looked for the book on amazon but it is not listed but I will contact Duane Ericson

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Thanks for the information Woody. I think a trip to the war games shop may be my best option. What do you use for the sombraro and poncho, plastercene? Modeling clay?

Mike

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Michael-here's what I use..NOTE: THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO DO THIS, I WILL BE TOLD! I use coffee filter paper to make ponchos, I just cut the paper like a real poncho would be cut and glue it to the figure with a diluted white glue & water mix. Then paint it whatever or leave it off white (natural color). I may put a belt around the poncho like Eastwood had. The sombrero can be made from a piece of thin cardboard or paper for a brim and some body putty to make the top part. There is no one way to make a sombrero, I have seen photos with 30 Mexican dudes sporting 30 different sombreros. I will look to see if I can find a photo of one I did and post it.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 31st, 2011 06:46 pm
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Michael: Woodie is right, you can modify many figures with a sombrero and pncho, alot easier to than you think. Most of the figures in the Torres y Prietas write up were Homie figures that were available at the local burrito stand for $0.25. I think you can pick them up on Ebay real cheap too, as most Homie figures are not suited 1:48 use. The one I use alot is the mariachi (violin) player. I removed the violin and gently melted the arm to make him look a little more natural:

 

You can see from this angle that I had to remove his ankles and feet as he was a little too tall(around scale 6'6")

 




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 Posted: Mon Jan 31st, 2011 07:49 pm
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Duane-besides the Homies, there are some great toy cowboy figures that can be useful for hats, etc. I found some great close to 1:35 scale cowboys and indians that could be used as is or maybe some Frankenstien (Frranken-steen) work. It pays to look at toy stores, drug stores, grocery stores, and the like for possible "fodder" Here's one such figure made from a 1:35 scale military guy with the mentioned coffee filter poncho and while not a sombrero, a funky hat like the one worn by Curt Russell in "The Thing" movie...



BTW-the ore cars are (1) HOn30 Silver City ore car (2) Grandt Line On2 Gilpin Tram car (3) 1:35n2 Silver city car. Behind them is #4 Garratt.

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