Monday, 21 November 2016

Stripping Model Horses... A Quick Guide

I used to hate, hate HATE stripping model horses of their paint. It used to be a common issue when I was starting out in the customising world, where if I went wrong and the paint grew thicker, I had to try and get it off. I tried everything, from nail varnish remover (NOT a good idea, it melts the models!) to even a paint stripper I bought from a local Homebase store, which although it worked, it still required a great deal of scrubbing and hard work.

Stripping is never fun, although with this new stuff I have tried, it seems much more simple. It is literally Cellulose Thinners. You can buy this in many places, in the UK it is available in Wilko, Halfords and even online.

Image taken off the internet!

I must warn you though, the stuff STINKS. Do NOT breathe it in, or you may not be able to breathe again (figuratively speaking, of course)!

It can be fairly pricey, but it works incredibly quickly and is effortless. The other day, a fellow hobbyist Holly came to mine and we had a bit of a model horse hobby day, where we tried prepping our Copperfox models. These models we purchased as 'blanks' where they were sprayed with a white paint all over them. Unfortunately this paint, although not applied thickly to the models at all, does not react well with the primer and the primer bubbles over the top of it, which means it needs to come off. Luckily, these Cellulose Thinners work a treat.

All we did was grab a bucket, the model in question and we poured the Thinners over the top and left it for all but a few seconds. The paint them seemed to just lift off effortlessly.

The paint has 'bubbled' or blistered off
 When it looks like this, the paint has lifted from the model plastic itself and then you can literally just wipe it away. I this instance, we used scouring pads and we also had warm soapy water on standby. It also seemed that dampening kitchen towel with the Thinners seemed to help get the difficult bits off, and even using something small like a toothbrush to help get in any nooks and crannies would be a good idea.

The paint literally wipes off!

This stuff also works fine on Breyer horses and others. This Welsh in the photos then turned into this flaxen chestnut commission that I was painting for someone.

Photo by owner.
 However, I am wondering if it works well on enamel paints... I have a Copperfox Welsh blank that is a 'Bertie' when you see underneath. Bertie is a Special Run CF model that seems to have risen white patches on him, and I am having great difficulty removing the raised areas. I am going to persevere and keep sanding and stripping and will see how I get on.

I will be sure to update you!

I hope you find this useful.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Idocus Custom Commission

This is the second commission I took on after a couple of year's break from painting, a gorgeous resculpted Idocus with a cute tongue sticking out! The owner wanted him a dark bay and specified the facial markings.

The owner took the photos and said I could have permission to use them in order to show you!

The new mane and tail, as well as the twitched back ear, makes a huge difference to the character of the OF form.

My books are still currently open and I am slowly getting through the current waiting list that I have of people wanting slots from me. If you are interested, please contact me by using the form on the right of the website!

Many thanks


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Copperfox Welsh Commission

These photos were taken by the new owner, which she has kindly let me use with permission to show you here. Unfortunately I was unable to take good photos myself of this model due to the late nights closing in, and not having the ideal lighting conditions. It was a bit manic getting him painted in time for the European Live I took him too at the weekend as well!

This model was given to me as a blank Copperfox Canvas which I had to strip down completely and re-prep. I might do a future blog post about this ordeal! Unfortunately the primer refused to stick upon the white spray paint that was used on the canvases, which is why the stripping of them is essential. It is worthwhile though, otherwise beautiful repaints cannot be achieved.

I cannot wait to paint more Copperfox models up now, such wonderful sculptures!


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Live Show Wins

On Saturday, 12th November, I held the MHL European Live in Rothersthorpe, Northampton. It was a great, relaxed show and we finished in good time around 4pm, which was ideal seeing as the nights are closing in earlier as we get ready for winter.

I would also like to quickly say a Thank You to Holly Mason who took some of these photos for me.

I showed some of my recent customs, as well as some attendees had models I had painted with them, and they also did well. My best win was this Idocus commission I recently completed, who won his class and then went on to gain reserve breed champion. I showed him as a Trakehner. I didn't do the resculpting, and although I don't know who did it was lovely work!

Needless to say, his owner was very pleased with the results. This Idocus remake that is Breyer's OF Brunello I painted to a bright bay with some minimal dapples came second as a Hanoverian in a fairly large class of Other European Warmbloods. This one is still for sale. 

The Copperfix Connemara painted to a rose dapple grey also won her class, in Other British Native. Again, she is also still for sale!

This Breyer Cortes C to a heavily dappled bright bay also won his class that consisted of other Thoroughbreds. 

I cannot actually confirm what class this one was shown in, but I painted this one a couple of years ago and has always been a favourite of mine. I loved seeing him again at the weekend and, of course, felt so happy to see that he had placed second in his class and BMECS qualified!

I painted and resculpted this one's mane back in the summer, as well as giving her a roman nose and also painting her foal. I sold the pair and I saw this one at the show, where she also did well.

The last photo I have to show you is the Copperfox Welsh Cob custom I painted as another commission. I was so pleased to see this one placing second in the British Native CM class, despite me picking up on a couple of flaws that I had to touch up on when I returned home with him. This delayed the time it took for him to be reunited with his owner but it was certainly worth the wait for her.

Of course, there were other customs of mine at the show and they all placed differently, for example thirds and fourths, and one fifth off the top of my head, but I thought I would just show you the ones I had recently completed and those that had BMECS qualified, as I feel that is a great achievement!