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RLK88
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posted 09-28-2012 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RLK88   Click Here to Email RLK88     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just bought these on eBay as I had never seen these before and would like anyone with more info to advise me on their history and such. I can't wait to get them on display in my office.

RLK88
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posted 09-28-2012 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RLK88   Click Here to Email RLK88     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

spaceman1953
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posted 10-01-2012 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Way too cool!

Seems like some plaster mold craftsman/craftswoman could make a fortune making these for us.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-01-2012 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unusually... each bust is a very good likeness.

SpaceCadet1983
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posted 10-03-2012 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great find!

spacerace776
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posted 08-01-2013 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacerace776   Click Here to Email spacerace776     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone seen the Apollo 11 busts on eBay. There is a set of three busts. They look good. Has anyone bought a set?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

history in miniature
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posted 08-03-2013 07:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have and they are indeed nice.

Daugherty54
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posted 08-04-2013 07:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve do you intend to paint these or just leave as a classical bust? I understand these are about 4" tall?

history in miniature
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posted 08-05-2013 06:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will be painting them.

GACspaceguy
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posted 08-05-2013 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did not see that it was you Steve that have these. Your figure work is outstanding and I am looking forward to seeing the final results. Keep us posted!

apolloprojeckt
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posted 08-05-2013 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original bust are not of plaster, they are from polystone little harder and sharper.

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posted 08-07-2013 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
Your figure work is outstanding and I am looking forward to seeing the final results.
Yes, I'm certain Steve will do a brilliant job of painting them and really looking forward to adding them to my collection.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 08-13-2013 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have try my first resin version bust in a bronze look. Not bad at all, an older look.

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posted 08-14-2013 02:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Phase II is done for molding.

Tykeanaut
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posted 08-14-2013 05:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did you use an air-brush for the bronze effect and what type of paint did you use please?

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posted 08-14-2013 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have use a few colors and spraying with spray can, as follow first primer layer, sanding light.
  • one layer glossy black, before it was dry
  • one layer vermilion red before it was dry
  • one layer ocher brown metallic before it was dry
  • one matt dark green and right behind thin layer of gold.
Time between it was dry is 2 minutes than the colors mix them nice to as in the end result.

You can buy also a ready bronze look color but I find it more gold and not bronze and see not the little touch green in it.

Tykeanaut
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posted 08-18-2013 03:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just picked a set up for £60. Can't wait to start work on them.

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posted 08-23-2013 04:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could I just lightly spray these without a primer?

apolloprojeckt
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posted 08-23-2013 05:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can, better use a thin layer primer, otherwise it will come off the paint later and a sanding before primer is als handy it give more grip for the primer.

Philip
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posted 08-24-2013 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pascal, superb work... how's the progress, did you paint the neck ring of the spacesuit, etc.?

Lou Chinal
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posted 09-02-2013 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My first thought would be not to paint them but I have to admit they look good in bronze.

history in miniature
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posted 09-12-2013 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are the busts painted with oil paints.

Norman.King
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posted 09-12-2013 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Steve. It's been said before but when it comes to figure painting you are "The Man." I can't wait to see them in person.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 09-12-2013 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very very nice Stevie!!!!! Looks great.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-12-2013 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed, Steve you did a great job, though I do have to ask, did you purposely set out to change Armstrong's expression?

Perhaps it is just the lighting or angle of the photo, but in the other shots of the Armstrong bust, he is clearly happy and smiling. There's something about your version that seems to have turned the smile into a smirk or even grimace. Did you reshape the mouth?

Tykeanaut
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posted 09-12-2013 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think there is more than one version of these busts as the expressions on all mine are different to these, painted or otherwise.

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posted 09-12-2013 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone. Robert I didn't change anything, once the highlights and shadows are applied this changes his gesture.

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posted 09-12-2013 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Norman.King:
It's been said before but when it comes to figure painting you are "The Man."

I agree, great work Steve!

Tykeanaut
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posted 09-13-2013 05:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, great artwork. But unless I'm mistaken these do look different to ones pictured at the start of this thread? Perhaps you've painted the names over, but I can't see those for example?

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posted 09-13-2013 06:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These are the same busts as the originals pictured in the beginning of this thread. The only modification I made to them was filling in their Iris' and removing their names. Looking at the sculpture from above Neil does indeed look like he is smiling, the sculpting of his mouth is asymmetrical with the right side being open more.

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posted 09-13-2013 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacerace776   Click Here to Email spacerace776     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent work Steve, they look great.

Are you doing the same with the other set? These are got be worth at least £300 for a set.

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posted 09-16-2013 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful work Steve!!! I particularly noticed the highlights on the eyes and the white clouds in the tiny earth on the patch. It's little details like these that make the overall presentation so life-like. Figures are so difficult to nail the colors, but you've done it. Well done!!!

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