Category: "Ivy Hollow, RFD Post Office - HBS Creatin' Contest 2019"

Making a 1/12 scale horse - part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the 1/12 scale model horse.  Once I removed the mane last time and saw the slit in the neck, I thought it might be easier to leave the slit to add the mane.  I could glue the hair deeper into the body for a more secure bond.  The slit does go to the top of the head, so I've cleaned it out and widened it to the withers.

I used the Dremel to remove the tail nub left behind from breaking it off.

I then sanded the tail area.  I'll be repairing the area when I attach the tail support so I didn't worry about the exact shape.

Here are the three bits I used in the process.  The Dremel did melt the plastic as I worked, so I was sure to use protective glasses and a mask.  I also made quick cuts and pulled the melted plastic as I worked.

I drilled holes in the nostrils with a pin vise.

The one on the left has been drilled and the one on the right is original.  You can already see a difference in the realism.

I fine-tuned the mouth with an X-Acto blade.

I sanded the few bad places from the deconstruction and then wet sanded the whole horse by hand with 320 grit.  The finish on the plastic was very smooth and I wanted to make sure I had a good grip for the primer.  I also removed the molded copyright from the inner thigh, random mold lines, and any other imperfections in the manufacturing process.

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.

Making a 1/12 scale horse - part 1

by brae  

I've made a burrowing owl, chicks, hens and fish, but I've always left the more complex animals to the artisans.  I have wanted to add a 1:12 scale horse to my collection for some time now, and I figured a break in between projects would be a good time to do so.

I'll be starting with a 1:12 scale Breyer Thoroughbred.  Adding flocking or fur adds bulk, so I thought I would start with the leanest horse model available.  Of course, you can scrape down a model before flocking as well but I'd rather keep it as simple as possible.

The barn find shed at Milo Valley Farm was never meant to be a stable, which is a good thing since my horse clearly isn't going to fit comfortably.  :D

Outside is good, though.

Baslow Ranch also works well for a backdrop.

My plan is to remove the plastic tail and molded mane to add mohair instead.  This entire process has the keen ability to end in disaster anywhere along the line, but the materials are all relatively inexpensive so therefore worth the effort even if I end up having to trash one model to get to the better, final result.

I picked up a set of diamond burrs for my Dremel to help with the deconstruction.

I found a great tutorial about removing the tail and building up with Apoxie Sculpt, so I picked that up as well even though I plan on having a mohair mane and tail.

After the deconstruction and any necessary remodeling, I will begin with painting.  I've always had a fondness for roan horses, so I might give that a go.  April sent me a fabulous set of brushes and clay tools called a Bundle Monster that will be invaluable here.  :D

There are a few methods for furring plastic animals, and one of the more in depth tutorials is this one from Paizley Pawz (be sure to look through the before & after gallery).  There is also a tutorial for making a furred fox, but I don't have the two magazines listed.  I will be on the lookout for them before I start that part of the transformation so I can see both methods in full and make an informed decision on how to proceed.  I've just started researching, but Soft Flock seems a possibility as well; they have a how-to on their website, too.

I haven't yet found a tutorial for both flocking and adding a mohair mane and tail to the same horse.  While there are a lot of fantastic painted models out there, I just think the flocking on the body sets it apart as in this example.  The challenge is in shaping the mane without ruining the flocking, I would imagine.

I personally have been on a horse twice.  The first time was when I was young and away at camp.  My horse decided it wanted to turn around on the trail, which happened to have a slight drop off to one side.  The counselors were yelling at me to get the horse under control, but it wasn't listening to me at all.  I weighed maybe 60 pounds, so that horse figured the seat was empty and wanted to head back for a snooze.  :D

The second time was about five years ago for less than five minutes, just to pose for this photo.  This horse was very responsive and well behaved.  Dude is an American Quarter Horse.  :]

Now, time to let things stew while I gather more info on techniques.

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