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Old 02-12-2007, 01:51 PM   #1
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British Royal Tank Regiment trooper , late 1944 .

Ever since the arrival of DML's " Douglas Kay "figure , I've been fiddling about with his "Oversuit, Tank Crews " , popularly known at the time as the "Pixie suit ", after a popular forties style of childrens' clothing . These blanket-lined outfits were widely issued to AFV crews from September 1944 , and proved very popular through what turned out to be a very cold European winter .
Having recently also made an RAC steel helmet , I thought it about time I set to and finished the figure . This is the result :



The DML suit is rather small , so I've used a Medicom body , which come out about 5'6" , and are very slender , allowing the Battledress to fit underneath without the suit looking impossibly tight : I've used up my " Harry Collins" cotton BD for this .
To fit DML or BBI hands to a Medicom body , you have to fit plastic tubing sleeves into the forearms : in this case I've used my own Fimo hands , mounted on DML pins .



The helmet is the DML airborne one , relined and strapped .

The main modification to the suit is to replace the plastic buttons with brass snaps : these are sold as button caps by various suppliers : I have to be honest and say I can't remember where I got mine ! The buttons were removed and saved ( come in very useful for other bashes ) and the button caps glued in their place .

I also resewed the top of the central gusset ( between the two front zips ) , since mine was too short , using the spare fabric turned back inside : unpick , open out and resew to proper length .



The goggles are made by carefully carving of the actual lenses from the BBI Douglas Caldwell ones , then mounting them on a grey Fimo ( or Sculpey )" rubber " base , lined with washleather. The strap is grey elastic .

The hood was sewn from a fine khaki drill shirt ( charity shop ), with a lining from a darker , heavier shirt . I'm not absolutely sure what the seams do at the back , but I worked out a pattern that seemed probable , given that there are three seams visible at the top front in the pics I have .
I gave it a wash of colour to improve the match with the suit .



The beret was made for me ages ago by Royoboy : I like it's large size , seemingly more typical of the period .

The scarf was cut from a khaki sock .
The boots are 21stCentury : small , which suits the body .

The tear in the left knee was accidental : a shelf dive ! It looked so good I left it alone . The suit has been stained with washes of acrylic paint .



The head is one of my own ( No.22 ) and proves that not all my figures look cheerful . Thanks to Royoboy for the beret , and Richie Elbourne for the matchbox .


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Old 02-12-2007, 02:19 PM   #2
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Wow....... steel helmet! First seen RAC helmet in 1/6 scale, looks fantastic!
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:28 PM   #3
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Wow, that's a fantastic figure! All the little details you've made really makes it stand out.
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:28 PM   #4
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Nice poses and presentation. I love all your work. I like the ripped hole in the pants around the right knee. Nice touch. Now he just needs a Firefly or Churchill.
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:31 PM   #5
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Absolutely eye-catching figure. TKS for sharing, Tony.
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:34 PM   #6
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very nice figure!!!!
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:15 PM   #7
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Another winner, Tony! Please, please make some of those hands to sell
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:32 PM   #8
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Let me echo Daniel's sentiments...especially the part about the hands-

Thanks for invigorating us lazy figure types with you outstanding work, Tony!
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:35 PM   #9
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your figures are the best. a master of art.
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Old 02-12-2007, 05:14 PM   #10
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Another winner, Tony! Please, please make some of those hands to sell
I agree!!! Mr. Barton, so when are you planning on making some "hand sculpts" for sale? But other than that, as usual, your talented work is always admired by many!!! I'm one of them.
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Old 02-12-2007, 05:19 PM   #11
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Fan-freaking-tastic, Tony! The modifications to the suit are amazing. Good tip on using a smaller body; I suspect he fits in your M5A1 better too. Great stuff, I hope DML releases this suit to the general public soon...and they include a hood as nice as your's.
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Old 02-12-2007, 06:32 PM   #12
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Old 02-12-2007, 06:41 PM   #13
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As I said over at OSS... another excellent outcome. And you have achieved what is an appropriate pose for a tanker, since normally when they are engaging the enemy they are inside a tank and my guess is you can't quite squeeze into one at this scale to take an appropriate photo.
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Old 02-12-2007, 06:43 PM   #14
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He looks like a sad fellow, great expression on this one Tony! Have you ever thought on making a screaming or "talking" HS? I also like your custom webbing, looks very realistic.
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Old 02-12-2007, 07:45 PM   #15
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Excellent work Tony He certainly does'nt look happy, despite his beautiful kit - he must be waiting on a nice new Firefly!
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Old 02-12-2007, 08:17 PM   #16
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Beautiful and inspirational work!

I was going to start a new thread about the pixie suit since I had a question on the manufactures coloring. Aside from the washes you gave , it appears to be correct in color, yes?

I have a Douglas Kay enroute to me and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive so I can get my grubby little paws on the pixie and thrash it up a bit.
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:39 PM   #17
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Tony,

just a fantastic over the top job!



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Old 02-13-2007, 06:52 AM   #18
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Once again, you've outdone yourself - great job!

Now you just need one of those plasticpanzer M3's...
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:49 AM   #19
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Wow, that's a fantastic figure!!!!

All the little details you've made really makes it stand out!
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:38 AM   #20
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Wonderful work!
An amazing miniature.
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