SPECIAL THANKS. I would like to thank Paul Watson for his sponsorship of several lead figure collections on this blog. Having decided to clear his spare/surplus figures, he generously forwarded them on with no other requirement than they deserved to be restored.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

MY JAPANESE 1930-45 ADDITIONS

Have just completed some additions to my 1930-45 Japanese army.

I had a number of Airfix figures with broken or badly moulded rifles. Decided to repair these with drilled lead additions, and see if they could form something interesting. Here they are representing a Japanese naval landing party. Milliput and a sharp knife did the work. Have taken a slight liberty by adding some special forces armbands.



Next up is a scratch-built 50mm TYPE 11 mortar with two converted crew.

I had a few charging figures and decided to raise an independent company with white fatigue/garrison uniforms.
Finally, some spares were brought together to furnish a supply horse, not quite a mule.
MGB

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    1. Cheers Ross, I am rather pleased with the Naval landing party, a blue unit in the Japanese army adds a lot to the collection, and to think I came close to dumping them! Think its time to muster this collection for a photo shoot. Still planning on making an actual 1930s Japanese-made toy armoured car I have on file, keeping in with the 'toy look'.
      Michael

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  2. Great work MGB - the landing party are particularly nice

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    1. Thanks MJT, not a difficult conversion but a useful/colourful addition to the largely khaki Japanese infantry.
      Michael

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  3. I really like the Japanese landing party in blue Michael! They will really stand out on your table and the armbands are such a neat detail, making them very unique! Your mortar is just perfect, right down to the most minute detail, well done! I would love to see a new armoured car, you make them look like they were just purchased out of a 1930's toy store!

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    1. Cheers Brad, I need to order some plasticard before I can start on the toy armoured car. But had some success recently in a charity shop. Bought a rubbish Chinese-made modern toy which had four very acceptable wheels. Cost £3. So thats the main hurdle sorted for my repro 1930s toy!
      Michael

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  4. As ever they're magnificent, mon ami. Expert painting and research and incomparable conversion skills make for a varied colourful and infinitely interesting army. Long may it continue :D

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    1. Thanks Paul, it is good to restore something for the gaming table...... presently repairing my garden fence, damaged in the recent storm.
      Michael

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  5. Just amazing and inspirational! Makes me want to get my painting and sculpting stuff sorted out. It would be awesome to see how you did the sailors with Milliput. I haven't done any conversions of that kind.

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