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Hi, Finding cars to build is relatively easy. There's a big range available on the net and in shops. But if it comes to suitable figures to put into the cars, that's an other question. The ones I've been using until now are actually leftovers from plastic model aircraft re sculpted with Tamiya Putty. Our sponsor also produced a few that are suitable " http://www.pendleslotracing.co.uk/html/bod...lopepitlane.htm ". But here again in my opinion you can't use the same figure over and over again.
My question is where do you keep getting your figures from? Tips and Ideas welcome.
 

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Hi Nuv, one of the best sources are made by airfix.
These are 1/32 scale multi pose fugues.
These come in the form of American and German troops, they have
have several torso,s various arms and leg in different positions.
With a little work in filling off there non wanted bits they work up
into fine drivers.
One guy that uses these to great effect is Dave Lawson, have a look
at his cars and you will see where im coming from.
Cheers
Mac P
 

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Pendle hav MRRC packs of ten different figures from drivers to TV crew, all of which modify really easily with solvent glue and Milliput. Dirt cheap. Five pounds a pack. They are the old Airfix Racing figures repackaged.
I had a commission to make 9 modern window cleaners for a magazine ad. They worked beautifully. I had only 7 days to order them, modify the and paint them, make "harnesses" and pose them with a Britain's transit Van. their adaptability made it easy.

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I agree with the above that airfix figures and MRRC figures are a great source from which to make drivers. I made a James Bond driver from a seated MRRC specator and a another driver with short sleeves from the Airfix military figures. If David Lawson sees this he may be able to post pictures of some of his modifiactions and the helmets he makes for his drivers using milliput.
 

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QUOTE (mac p @ 23 Feb 2011, 11:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Nuv, one of the best sources are made by airfix.
These are 1/32 scale multi pose fugues.
These come in the form of American and German troops, they have
have several torso,s various arms and leg in different positions.
With a little work in filling off there non wanted bits they work up
into fine drivers.
One guy that uses these to great effect is Dave Lawson, have a look
at his cars and you will see where im coming from.
Cheers
Mac P

Hi Mac,

are these figures from Polystyrene ? I had bought a few bags with Airfix soldiers some years ago, they are still lying around until today because they are polyetylene, and this is really hard to work on - chemically resistant, soft and bendable, hard to glue or to sculpt etc.

I would by all means advise to check that the figurines are polystyrene first.

Roland
 

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Shakel, i have no idea as to what there are made, maybe Dave could shed
some light on that.
I do know thay file and sand very well, take adhesive and paint with no
problems.
He sent me a couple of boxes to try and all was well =



Following Daves instructions i used them in the pictures above.
Mac P
 

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I built them myself.

therfor i use normal military figures and create them like i want. Cost for 5-7 fig, approx. 8€. When i take slotcar driver than only their heads.

these one´s i created with driver heads with some modifications on their bodies

 

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Direct link to the driver figure post from Early Birds thread is here

Got a couple of car projects on hold waiting for drivers to appear. Certainly nothing as amazing as what I've seen produced here.

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QUOTE (mac p @ 23 Feb 2011, 16:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Shakel, i have no idea as to what there are made, maybe Dave could shed
some light on that.
I do know thay file and sand very well, take adhesive and paint with no
problems.

Mac P

Thanks Mac, that´s what I wanted to know. If they file and sand well and take the plastic cement ( are even be solved a bit at the joint when being glued ) then it is polystyrene - the same plastic almost all static models are made from.

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Hi
I was wondering if bending arms and legs of some repeated figures with a hot air pistol would work... I haven't tested yet but I think it may work just fine.
 

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I have found that simply bending the arms and legs does not work as well as cutting and filling.the joints look more realistic if they are cut.
 

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I've used Tamiya Military figures as well. These are easily modified to suit most purposes.







I've also used MRRC drivers and whatever comes to hand.

in this case I used the driver that came with the Revellogram `Vett but replaced the driver's face with an MRRC spectator's face.

One of my favorites is the Lemans Miniatures full figure driver. The realism is striking

In this case I just used the head which transforms the as issued driver in this Pioneer Mustang.
In another instance I used the LM body and borrowed the head from a newer Fly driver to represent the current vintage race driver.


IMHO one of the best out there for early post war cars is Proto's driver figure. It's just the head and shoulders but what's there is phenomenal




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ZITATIt's just the head and shoulders but what's there is phenomenal
..and the result of your diver too!
greenman62 slotcars are real looking cars because of the perfect built AND best driver figurines!
 

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QUOTE greenman62 slotcars are real looking cars because of the perfect built AND best driver figurines!

Thank you! Part of the enjoyment of slot racing for me is the "moment of suspended disbelief"... when the "toy" car on the track becomes real in my mind. That's why I try so hard to make the cars as realistic as I can.

Greenman62
 
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