Category: "Animals"

Making a 1/12 scale horse - recap

by brae  

Here is a recap post on the transformation of a plastic 1:12 scale Breyer Thoroughbred with links to the past posts below.

My horse's name is Jebediah McCants. I looked up the meaning of Jebediah, and it means "beloved friend." McCants is some distant ancestral name, and I thought the names sounded good together. I'm figuring our RFD carrier is Mr. McCants, since the carriers were charged with supplying their own transportation, therefore caring for their own horses.

Part 1 - introduction

Part 2 - removing the plastic mane and tail

Part 3 - removing excess plastic and correcting imperfections, altering nose

Part 4 - forming the new tail base, working with putty

Part 5 - priming

Part 6 - fine-tuning imperfections, final primer and painted details

Part 7 - adding mohair mane and tail

I might redo this part since the color isn't exactly what I wanted, but I do like how it turned out for my first time adding hair to a model horse.

Modeled with a driving harness by Tiki from Kulp Model Horse Store. I plan to make my own harness now that time isn't as tight for the deadline.

Ivy Hollow - tiny stamps and a postal cat

by brae  

As I was building, the delightfully talented Anna sent me some mini stamps she made. She included real life size prints of the original inspirations as well.

One has a biplane in honor of The Aero Squadron Lounge.

Another has an RFD wagon.

There's even a book to keep them organized for the postmaster. :D

Thank you, Anna, for your wonderful and generous gift!

I've set a few on the ledger from Looking Glass Miniatures. There's also a cat food jar by Jane Graber for when Chester gets the munchies.

And, you know cats do! :D Chester was made by 2014erok. I had so much fun playing in the mini dirt this time around - the landscaping got to be a lot less manicured.

Ivy Hollow, Rural Free Delivery Post Office - HBS Creatin' Contest 2019

by brae  

Rural Free Delivery has come to the village of Ivy Hollow! Mr. McCants and his trusty equine companion Jebediah will make sure your mail arrives at your home safely and in a timely manner. Register your address at the local post office today!
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RFD - Rural Free Delivery - transformed the landscape of rural towns by removing the arduous chore of traveling long miles to the post office as well as providing greater access to goods and services. Mail order increased purchasing options for individuals and fueled business. Mail carriers were responsible for providing their own wagons and horses, having to traverse poor roads in all types of weather. RFD eventually led to the Rural Post Roads Act, which further developed rural communities by improving roads.

I set my post office in 1917, a number of years after the advent of RFD. The mail wagon passenger cabin was scratch built and fitted over a doctor's buggy kit chassis. Jebediah the horse started as a plastic Breyer model.

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These are the final photos I narrowed down to, and I had to pick four to submit. I love how the wagon turned out. :D I'll finish up the how-to posts on it in the weeks to come.

I packed a lot into this tiny building.

Postal cat! :D

I didn't get to making my own harness, but Tiki from Kulp Model Horse Store saved me at the last minute. I do still plan to make my own.

The tiny postcard is a replica of the original inspiration.

I'm thoroughly exhausted, so the long recap post will have to wait. Thank you to HBS, and thanks to everyone for all the support and encouragement! :D

Making a 1/12 scale horse - part 7

by brae  

Continuing work on the 1/12 scale model horse. As a reminder, this is where I started - a 1:12 scale Breyer Thoroughbred.

I've completed Jebediah for pictures today, but I do plan to redo the mane and tail. This was my first time hairing a horse, but I think it turned out pretty well. :]  I'm not a fan of the purple hue of the hair (here I've color corrected in PhotoShop, which is a pain), and I think a darker hair would look better overall, but this is what I had on hand.

The fibers curled a little when I wet them for styling and cutting, but they flattened out as it dried. It's less wispy and artificial than it looked out of the package. Here's what he looked like right after the hair was applied.

Making a 1/12 scale horse - part 6

by brae  

Continuing work on the 1/12 scale model horse. After the initial primer coat, I fine-tuned the body and then did a final primer coat.

I started the final paint with some shadowing. I thought he looked like Batman right here.

The hair was accomplished with multiple layers of paint using small and large brushes. I made a lot of it up as I went.

Some areas on the body turned out better than others, and I can always rework later...but I was pleased enough to move on. I do really like the face.

I had planned to complete the mane and tail today, but the mohair I bought photographs as muted purple. It looks charcoal grey in person. Even with the mismatched color, I can see just how having the mane will transform the look overall.

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