O.K., Here goes... I thought I'd better get round to posting something to prove I, too, once glued the bits together and am in fact a “has been” rather than a “wannabe”!
Many years ago when the world was young and Grenadier hadn't gone to the wall I purchased from them one of these: a couple of these: these two fellows: (not to mention another figure from another defunct manufacturer), added some plastic rod, strip, and scraps, a couple of staples, mixed vigorously and this came out:
The hardest bit was replacing the spare wheel; actually, removing the cast-on item – the resin used was a sort best used for reproducing stone buildings. The replacement was produced by rolling some warm Plasticine flat, dusting it with talcum powder, and pressing one of the big wheels on the replacement axles in several times to a bit more than it's half-way mark. The mould so formed was consigned to the refrigerator for a while until it became rather hard. It was then possible to stuff Milliput into the holes. The results were crude but adequate for my purposes, the two best were selected, sanded down to the half-way depth and glued back-to-back. As the machine was a bit further off the ground, I added a couple of driveshafts and a tie-rod to the axles, and staples for steps below the cab doors. I used some plastic rod for rails round the bed and for the frame for the “hood ornament”. Job done...
The photographs were only taken a couple of years ago, so by that time the thing was well dusty, and despite a good brushing some of the dust was well ingrained (it's also in the base flock, which is why it's an odd colour).
P.S. Sorry, I can't seem to get the pictures to come out full size... P.P.S. It appears they're click-on thumbnails; this new technology is too clever for me! P.P.P.S. That last one appears still to be b******d though...
Last Edit: Apr 4, 2014 18:52:43 GMT -5 by moramarth
There's a bit of a saga relating to the figures. They were sculpted for Grenadier by Mark Copplestone, and after that company went to the wall some moulds passed through various hands. The two blokes on the truck are now available again here: www.em4miniatures.com/acatalog/Future_Skirmish.html (they're in the “Savages” section). Meanwhile Copplestone had been working for Wargames Foundry, but was part of the Great Exodus which led to the Perry twins setting up their own brand, and he did likewise. He still had the masters from some of the Grenadier “Future Warriors” range, and modified these as the basis of his “Future Wars” figures (unfortunately these don't include the PA Punks). This means there are quite a few compatible figures out there for anyone who fancies trying a diorama or the like in this smaller scale. www.copplestonecastings.co.uk/range.php?range=FW
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2014 22:48:01 GMT -5 by moramarth
Nice. I like the figures and the vehicle but I wouldn't use these wheels. They seem rather odd to my eyes. Perhaps if their axles were shorter and they were not protruding so much, they would look finer.Anyway, great build.