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Death on Call” 1:6 Scale OOAK figure AAR

Part I. What went wrong:

  1. Monkey Depot http://www.monkeydepot.com/ Nothing they really did wrong, I just need to verify next time that the M-4 that I order comes with the appropriate rail system for mounting the PAQ-4, Surefire Light, and handle.



  1. M-9 Holster: Make sure the leg isn't sculpted too big for the upper strap on the holster.



  1. Arms: Need to be sculpted from the beginning with the 1/16” diameter copper armature wire with a 90 degree bend at the shoulder. Current figure uses 24 gauge coper wire braided with drill, fine for elbows, a pain to reposition too many times in the shoulder especially when the shirt must be put on with arms fed through sleeves first and then arms attached to torso one at a time (all while wrestling with the shirt!). Also, Arms need to be posed and completed before attachment to torso. Elbow needs bent and completed before feeding arms through shirt.


  1. Feet: Boots need to be filled in with Epoxy sculpting compound to provide a solid foundation!

  2. Legs: Need to be posed in Armature stage first with the rest of the body and all one piece. Right now figure is off balance and very close to being unrealistically static!

  3. Torso: Needs better, less static posing, once again armature needs to be completed first.

  4. Head: Concept went through a couple variations. More research and practice sculpting faces is needed before any production can be carried out! Painting needs work!




Part II. What went right:

1. Head: Second sculpt of head was the biggest boost this project had! I'm surprised I was able to learn to sculpt a skull in such a short time!

2. Uniform: After market uniform and body armor came out looking really good, quite unique on the sculpted body. PRC-148 IMBTR kicks butt!

3. Free standing! No supports necessary!


Part III. What could be done better:

1. Concept sketch! Need to get a scale concept sketch to assist with armature posing phase and to assist in keeping scale! Not to mention research material! Once I had the material gathered to sculpt the skull, it just came together. Need to have research all in one place to start with!

2. Shop around more, make sure I get exactly what I want next time! ACUs and good M-4 with an Aimpoint or EO Tech!

3. Choose terrain, build a base that fits! Next time, I'll try to build a base with a couple walls, or a mountainside...

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