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Australian Soldier Conversion

[PARSEHTML]I started to build an Australian Matilda tank model a few years ago, it's one of those projects that I have sitting on one of my "back burners" that I do a little work on between paying projects. I will need a few Australian Infantry figures to go with the finished tank, as well as a few tank riders.<br /><br />So with DML's release of their Commonwealth Infantry Italy 1943-44 set, I had an easy and quick way to convert figures to use in my diorama.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.harpercastings.com/images/image_posts/Aussie-1a.jpg" alt="alt" width="65%" /> <img src="http://www.harpercastings.com/images/image_posts/Aussie-1b.jpg" alt="alt" width="65%" /><br />I had already sculpted a set of Aussie style leggings and shoes for use in the future if I needed to sculpt the complete figures from scratch. Dave Harper had molded them up and made me a bunch of resin castings for me. So I simply added these to the DML figures and I was on my way.

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<br /><br /><img src="http://www.harpercastings.com/images/image_posts/Aussie-1f.jpg" alt="alt" /> <img src="http://www.harpercastings.com/images/image_posts/Aussie-1g.jpg" alt="alt" /><br /><br />Next I replaced the DML hands holding the rifle by sculpting new ones that look more like they are actually holding the weapon. I also sculpted new ammo pouches that were better detailed than the DML part and I added a back pack with its webbing and a bed roll. I added some wear and tear to the uniform a bit of hair detail on his head and of course a Slouch hat.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.harpercastings.com/images/image_posts/Aussie9.jpg" alt="alt" /> <img src="http://www.harpercastings.com/images/image_posts/Aussie8.jpg" alt="alt" /><br /><br />A quick coat of gray primer was applied (spray can) and any minor problems could be found and cleaned up, now he's ready to paint!<br /><br />One down, and about seven more to go! I plan on having three or four tank riders on the Matilda and three or four walking infantrymen around the tank.<br /><br />Till next time......<br /><br />Bill[/PARSEHTML]
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