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A plea for figures over kits

Dear Strelets,

This is a follow-on from the Friday teaser thread which morphed into head swaps and such.

I'd like to make a plea that, if you do go the line of providing extra heads (and anything else) that you please, please do not change your current format of figures that are ready to use straight from the sprue. I hate it when figure manufacturers give us 1/72 figures in kit form. If I wish to assemble a model kit that is what I will buy.

I find that extra heads, arms, equipment provided on a sprue are always really useful for conversions that I may undertake later on. To me this is a completely different exercise from having to glue on heads, arms, half-bodies or whatever, that invariably leave a larger or small gap compared with a moulded figure. Sticking in the odd sword or lance works well, but a pseudo model kit does not.

I guess I'll find out if I am alone in this or not...!

Regards, James

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I too believe that Strelets should mould figures as they are doing, if that means a longer list of sets in pipeline awaiting their turn, so be it, at least we would know that they are indeed getting made.
Not everyone is interested or perhaps capable of engaging in such fiddly work.

But if Strelets are insistant on doing figures with seperate heads to move sets along where head dress is the only real difference in uniform, then the Napoleonic Waterloo Dutch/Belgian carabiniers are a example of where this could work.

However a good hole and peg system would still be preferable over simply lobbing off one head and then trying stick on another without any such system already in place.
Carefully removing unwanted heads, drilling out holes, making wire pegs etc and then gluing would definately put a lot of people off.

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I agree with James & Roger.

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Agreed...no interest in gluing on body parts, or doing head swaps. My historical efforts have resembled Frankenstein's monster.

Regards,
Andrew

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I agree with the other posters, I buy large numbers of each set and the thought of cutting off lots of heads is a big no for me, I am also getting on a bit and have a health condition that has left me with limited mobility in my hands.

However If this is what strelets decides to do then I would support the heads being separate with a plug in format, that way the heads that are removed are all usable.

bfn
Allan

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thats a no to. agree with allan above

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I am surprised, thought I was the only one who did not like the process of having to glue figures together. Guess not. For those that do it though, total respect for your skills. :sunglasses:

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We have done it in the past out of necessity, it is a chore and some plastics glue less well than others. The Caesar sets of multi part figures were a nightmare, but a great source of spare parts. Others have had a go with heads and arms etc, rarely has the result been satisfactory, but it does get around two part mould issues. Spare heads, if done with peg and socket ,easy we can all do that, and providing it`s a tight fit ,no need for glue,great. I have probably avoided multi part figures in resent years, but bought the Pegasus D-Day set recently, I don`t have any other WW2 Americans ,but thought if I was going to do one set,that had to be it, just wish they would make a set of Brits/Canadians for D-Day too.

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I like the motto: KISS - Keep It Simple Son (or a variation thereof). I've said numerous times (to what often appears a deaf audience) if I wanted to do a lot of assembly I'd have stuck with model kits. I don't mind hole and peg heads and such. Plug arms are okay to provide variety - but the plugs HAVE to be deep and fit tightly. I've yet to find a glue that holds a poorly engineered figure and get tired of having to re-assemble my troops each time I pull them out to set them up.

I've done some conversions - some with satisfactory results; but those are my ideas. I am pleased the majority here seems to be in agreement with me thusfar.

Well, it depends....

I certainly respect the views of others. And I have memories of the Zvevda SYW Prussian grenadiers that are not pleasant.

But....for a unit I'd really like, I'd buy it if each figure came in 6 parts.

There is one strong argument in favour of multi-part sets: by slightly adjusting the arms, head etc, you get slightly different figures which adds to the realism.

donald

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For a change I agree, snap together maybe but having to assemble and glue is a No No

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I would like figures as they are now, but with extra heads included for those sets where a different bit of headgear would be helpful.

So WWII Germans wearing helmets and a few extra heads with caps, or WWII Americans with helmets but a few extra heads with Jeep caps.

I certainly don't want to have to glue heads on every figure in the box if not necessary.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

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And what about an entire set of germans with caps,nobody have done them!!!!

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Germans with caps
Preiser did/do them in 1/72nd scale. Like a lot of good stuff probably hard to get hold of now. Christian Florescu's site WWII Germans in 1/72 scale is the first place to go.

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Preiser....not available here
By the way, how many of them?
It's a massive subject hardly covered...it's sad to see Afrika Korps soldiers painted feldgrau all around,so the demand exists

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Spanish Erik
Preiser....not available here
By the way, how many of them?
It's a massive subject hardly covered...it's sad to see Afrika Korps soldiers painted feldgrau all around,so the demand exists
Would it be better to have a company like Caesar miniatures produce such products as they specialise in Third Reich subjects for continuity?
Strelet have produced very few Third Reich subjects - Police battalion (something that any third reich modeller needs for his Eastern front army) and the Stalingrad set come to mind.

As for separate heads no thank you.

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Caesar seems over.....