1⁄35Delta Force Operator - Somalia,1993
When I first started out to look for a subject to write an article about, I
was looking for something that I knew something about, that I had done before.
Then I went on a trip to Minnesota, where I found a local hobby shop and I saw
this figure DML’s Delta Force Figure in 120mm. So I thought to my self...well, I
kind of like it and I have never done a modern US figure so I thought it would
be a good challenge to paint the modern camo patterns.
Assembling The Figure
So over to the modeling part, this is the first plastic figure that I have done in forever (well since like ‘98-’99) so I had a few surprises coming to me.
The plastic figure(s) details aren't as crisp as they are in metal or resin;
I'm not sure if it is the molding technique or if it’s the casting. So I decided
to fix up a couple of things with some epoxy putty. The putty I used was green
stuff, from Games Workshop (Also known as Duro Putty). I mixed equal parts of
yellow and blue, which made a nice green color, I put this inside of a plastic
Zip Lock bag that I had cut the sides off of so I could unfold it, and I
prepared it with small amount of Vaseline so that when I rolled out the putty it
would not stick to the bag. After I rolled it out to a satisfactory thickness, I
cut it into the size of the elbow reinforcements and pressed it onto the figure
and with a scalpel I made the seam lines. There were quite a few things that
really needed the same treatment but I wanted to get the figure done, so I just
did this as I thought it was the most major one. The figure required very little
filler after the seams were sanded and filed with a round file. I decided to
divide it up in a few sub assemblies, the head, right arm, M16A2 carbine, and
the rest of the body. The reason for leaving off the right arm was so that I
could paint the M16 and attach it to the right arm before I glued the right arm
on the body.
After all the assemblies was cleaned up and washed in soapy warm water I primed the figure with a flat white.
Now we are ready for the painting!
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