Making a 1/12 scale horse - part 2

by brae  

A few years ago, I bought a 1:12 scale Breyer Thoroughbred with the intent to flock and hair the model.  You can see that introductory post here.  I've been battling the plague this week, but now that the cold meds have worn off I can get to work.  :D  Since this will be a sculpt then wait, paint then wait and glue then wait project, I figured it would be a good thing to do while working on the small scale model A-frame.

In the time since I bought the horse, the plastic mane has lifted from the neck.  In all honesty, it could have been like this all along and I just didn't notice it.  It made it easier to wedge in some pliers to pry off the mane.

One thing I didn't like about the plastic mane from the beginning was that it was formed on the side away from the direction of the horse's gaze.  Removing it for a mohair mane means I can style the hair toward the front.

The nostrils might benefit from drilling in a deeper hole and the mouth could use some fine-tuning.  I'll need to sand the mold line on the tip of the snout.

The eyes are great, so I will take care not to paint over those.  The front mane has come detached from the small contact points as well.

I cleaned up the spine with a utility blade and will fine tune by sanding.  The gap will need to be filled, though it might be a good way to add the mane more securely.  I'll think on that a bit.  I need to replace the putty I bought three years ago since I don't want to take the chance that it has gone bad.

The tail was easy enough to lift and break off since it has no contact points with the legs.  I'll need the Dremel to cut away the remaining excess, but that's for another day.

16 comments

Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
I’m excited to see how this goes for you!
02/04/19 @ 12:09
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]  
This will be another one of your 'revisit time and again' posts that I bookmark and study for my own mini making. Looking forward to seeing how the model turns out
02/04/19 @ 12:33
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
I've always loved the Breyer horses, so this is a very interesting project. They really aren't very sturdy; my granddaughters seem to be able to easily ruin them, breaking legs and tails, but never removing the mane. Le't see how you do.
02/04/19 @ 16:06
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
I am sorry to hear you've been so sick; glad to hear you are on the mend. I can't wait to see the progress on this project! I really admire how you problem-solve as you go along, both by researching what other miniaturists have done, and by adapting other techniques as needed.
02/04/19 @ 18:11
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Oh this is going to be an exciting project! Can't wait to see more of it. Horse has such beautiful eyes. We're battling the plague down here too. Not helped by the seesaw weather we're getting. Glad you're feeling better.
02/05/19 @ 06:57
Comment from: Irene McCulloch [Visitor]
I'm also looking forward to your progress with this. I've not seen anything done like this before.
02/05/19 @ 12:10
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
I'm very intrested in the progress... :)
02/05/19 @ 13:07
Comment from: Samantha [Visitor]
I'll be watching this project with interest.. so I can steal all your tips and tricks for mine. :D
02/05/19 @ 16:52
Comment from: Gayle Taylor [Visitor]
I'm glad to hear that you're on the mend. You are absolutely fearless when it comes to bashing and altering miniatures. I love it! Makes life so much more interesting to see what you do with your projects. Keep up the great work!
02/06/19 @ 10:39
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you for the encouragement! :>>
02/06/19 @ 13:22
Comment from: marilyn [Visitor]  
He has a fine face so with some Brae magic he will be a beauty
02/07/19 @ 09:51
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! :>>
02/07/19 @ 18:58
Comment from: June Vaughan [Visitor]  
Really interested on how it turns out!! I am a horse nut myself and still ride at 60! It is great that you can take on a form and improve on it!
02/11/19 @ 10:37
Comment from: brae [Member]
I hope to do it justice! :yes:
02/11/19 @ 11:15
Comment from: Jeannette T [Visitor]
I am so happy to see you are working on the horse. This is going to be interesting. :)
02/18/19 @ 15:56
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
02/27/19 @ 22:00


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