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    Cool Bushcraft Betty as a 3D figurine

    I think it was last year, maybe even the year before, I was on a job up near Honfleur and spotted a flea market there, so during my lunchbreak had a browse. One seller had a box full of resin figurines based on artwork of an artist name Milo Manara. I had a rummage and bought a couple and got them for dirt cheap prices. In fact it was such a bargain that I went back later in the afternoon and nabbed some more for future project just like this. I htnk I got about 8 in total.

    I like tinkering with resin and epoxy putty as well as wood.

    So I stashed these figurines in a box under my bench and sometime last year made a start on one of them adapting her from the regular Erika figurine that rolled out of the factory to someone a bit closer to this forum's heart. Betty.

    Here's the before and after collage.
    Betty's wearing her signature paraboots and sports a sheath knife (in a PUBLIC place!! ) as well as a small possibles pouch on her belt. She also has a small daysack at her feet. The John Fenna's here will notice I also increased her lung capacity a bit.

    I made all of these modifications out of a product called Miliput. It's a two pack epoxy resin/putty and pretty nice to use too. Leaves you some time to model it before gradually setting harder. Something like 20mins working time I'd guess, maybe less. I had my wannabe Dremel tool ready to use but it never got out of the case. Gave the whole thing a lick of acrylic paint and Bob's yer uncle.




    And something for scale. She stands just a tad over 6 inches tall (150mm)



    Here's just a small sample of the figurines available.

    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/MickyVs/Res...&_fsub=2671975

    The seller on ebay's flogging them for £20 plus £6 P&P. I paid just under £2.50 for mine. See what I mean about them being a bargain?

    The long term plan was to make a series of bookends for eventual sale. Who knows, maybe I will get around to actually doing another, it only took me two years to do this one!

    Thanks for reading.

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    Yep, it looks like her, doesnt it?

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    any chance of making one life size?

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    OMG!
    WANT,WANT,WANT!
    I notice that she is missing her paracord braclet... is that the one I have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Fenna View Post
    OMG!
    WANT,WANT,WANT!
    I notice that she is missing her paracord braclet... is that the one I have?
    Oh dear.... you better go read the PM I just sent you John...

    Aaron... I think you just created the perfect 'name your price' item for the moot
    Mad Dave... When I see lovers' names carved into a tree, I don't think it's cute, I just think it's strange how so many people take knives on a date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mesquite View Post
    Oh dear.... you better go read the PM I just sent you John...

    Aaron... I think you just created the perfect 'name your price' item for the moot
    Oh yeah - I like you thinking Steve!
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    Shwiiinnng :thumbup:

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    You didn't mention the boob job & tan. Great work there Biker, what a transformation, much more interesting than the original figurine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Fenna View Post
    Oh yeah - I like you thinking Steve!
    ... you might not once Aaron names his price
    Mad Dave... When I see lovers' names carved into a tree, I don't think it's cute, I just think it's strange how so many people take knives on a date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Fenna View Post
    OMG!
    WANT,WANT,WANT!
    I notice that she is missing her paracord braclet... is that the one I have?
    Can you imagine the shrieking that would come from Wales direction if this ever got put up for grabs in the Gift it On thread and John didn't nab it?
    Wel spotted about her bracelet. I remembered my plan was to actually weave one out of cotton and tie it on her left wrist as a bit of authenticity. Might do that still.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mesquite View Post
    Oh dear.... you better go read the PM I just sent you John...

    Aaron... I think you just created the perfect 'name your price' item for the moot
    Yup, you could be right Steve. And just like you said in the PM to me

    Thanks for the comments folks

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    Quote Originally Posted by lou1661 View Post
    any chance of making one life size?
    'fraid not. It took me long enough to make this mannequin for an artist a couple of years ago, the stress of making an accurate Betty would put me into catatonic shock!


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    Excellent work Aaron.
    She has a great deal of charm and all that bushcrafting certainly seems to have paid off.
    She looks very trim and healthy!
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    That is just so cool! Really well done.
    A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. - William Blake

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    Is that newel post ball caps you have used for the waist and hip joints if so top idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAG009 View Post
    Is that newel post ball caps you have used for the waist and hip joints if so top idea
    Well spotted. Yes there are, and the shoulder and neck ball joints are curtain pole ball ends. I tried to buy them made in beech but all I could get was pine in the end. I don't have a lathe so couldn't turn them out myself. By tightening the clamps that sandwich the ball joints you can set "Knothead" (that's his name) into a pose and have him stay there.

    Bertrand, the artist who commissioned Knothead gave him two coats of linseed oil soon after delivery and he looks great now. I really must get over there and take some newer photos.

    I owuld point out that the only thing I didn't make were the hands. I bought those from an artshop in the UK and tenoned them onto the forearms.

    Tools I used on this mannequin were my electric chainsaw, rasps, drawknife and spokeshave. He stands about 4' 6"

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    Next stop, the Bushcraft Betty 3-D animation...



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    As a carpenter and bit of a doodler i really appreciate what it takes to make a life sized mannequin to scale ....top job


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    hi biker great job on the figurines i see your a fan of clan of the cave bear books I'm trying to get them all so i can start reading them I've got a few i see you have the first one i can't find it anywhere if you want to part with it let me know by pm best regards dave
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    That Betty-figure is really neet!
    Maybe I should give it a try, too. Stopped doing scale models a little over 2 years, but still have all the equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvestman View Post
    Next stop, the Bushcraft Betty 3-D animation...



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    Quote Originally Posted by dave53 View Post
    ... i see your a fan of clan of the cave bear books ...
    Until you mentioned it I hadn't even noticed there were books on the shelf let alone who wrote them...
    Mad Dave... When I see lovers' names carved into a tree, I don't think it's cute, I just think it's strange how so many people take knives on a date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mesquite View Post
    Until you mentioned it I hadn't even noticed there were books on the shelf let alone who wrote them...

    My cunning plan worked poyfectly.

    Harvestman. 3D animation? Hmmmm I know a few people that could probably take that little project on. At least a short cartoony movie clip. We'll see.

    JAG009. Thanks mate, you being a carpenter makes your feedback even more appreciated. The whole thing's made out of softwood so working it wasn't too difficult but getting the right proportions was. Luckily I had access to a 11 year old boy - My nephew. So I had my brother measure him extensively at cardinal points and I replicated those onto a diagram which is what I used as the scale plan for Knothead.

    dave53. Clan of the cave bear. Sorry that book's nt mine. I read it then gave it back to my (soon to be ex) partner However if you hit enough charity shops you can always find a copy of it. It's always see a copy on the shelves when I'm in the UK. Failing that, there's always ebay

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Books-Comi...20bear&_sop=15

    RonW - Got pix of what you made? I'd love to see 'em. It's still very much a DIY project. I did find that my eye wasn't as sharp nor my hand quite as steady as I remembered, but I put it down to being out of practice holding a paint brush rather than early senility.

    Shambling Shamen - Yeah I could be a producer of that film. I'd even pay to go to the cinema to see it

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    So I guess there's no chance of a life sized AND squishy version???



    nothing wrong with extra lung capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mousey View Post
    So I guess there's no chance of a life sized AND squishy version???



    nothing wrong with extra lung capacity.

    Sorry, not this side of christmas. Unless I find myself a living breathing Betty clone and nab her before anyone else does. Slim chance I know, but I live in hope.

    Lung capacity doubles as natural bouyancy aids. Call it a win/win scenario.

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    Great work Biker. The shot of the tinder pouch lights my fire a treat.

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    I used to make 54mm scale models of soldiers of all periods - I used to sell my excess to a shop in StAlbans - most were conversions from Airfix or Historex kits (I never did make up a straight model from the kit....)
    I used an awful lot of Milliput in the conversions and found the white porcelain the best.
    I never realy got on with bigger figures - but I am learning to love them




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    this head is smaller than my little finger nail...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lou1661 View Post
    any chance of making one life size?
    Inflatable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillBill View Post
    Inflatable?
    Nah - that would not be nice!
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    I bow to your experience John...
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