Friday, 7 July 2017

Waving plastic swords ... a repair job!

Another unit of 12 horse has arrived from Ian Hind, when I spotted this one I was aware of the fact that few swords were missing, but the unit as a whole was irresistible! Once again after a good clean they came up a treat, I just needed to touch up cracked paint here and there of scabbards, match up a few saddle blankets and then repair a few swords. After a search through my tool box I remembered that I had a box of plectrums of different thicknesses and decided that the .60mm one's were perfect for swords being easy to cut but thick enough to look just right. Having cut down some thin strips I pointed the ends and then drilled out the sword hilt on the four figures before inserting the new swords into a bed of superglue. I'm very pleased and they have the advantage of being able to 'ping' rather than snap off when touched.

This unit will be designated as Prince Ruperts Regiment of Horse, they carry the appropriate flag and look rather fashionable and wealthy chaps. They are ready for a satin varnish and basing texture, the swords of course also need painting. Should be all finished by the weekend.

I'm now working on a Blue coated regiment of foot and have taken the plunge and bought a couple of painted foot units from Ian Hind that look like they will also fit in very well, more on these in due course.








8 comments:

  1. What a brilliant idea! I've got a few swords to replace too and was contemplating hammering flat a few dress-making pins, but this is genius.

    A lovely unit, 'Lee. Suitably blue coated and blue blooded too, no doubt.

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    1. Thank you Matt :) Since posting this I have acquired a unit with wire pikes that have been flattened at the point and they look very good indeed.

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  2. Another great looking unit Lee!

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  3. Another excellent find. The repairs are a great idea and far less dangerous than the classic soldered pins.

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    1. I have been lucky with my finds, and at such a fair price too!

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  4. Lovely looking unit and a great idea for the repairs.
    Best Iain

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    1. Cheers Iain, I'm sticking at it!

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