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Old Jun 22, 2007, 11:10 AM
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Figures..what the heck!

Billionaire John Getty,when asked how to make alot of money said,"find a need and fill it."Well, I have a 1/144th scale battleship,a 1/48th scale tug,1/8th scale runabout,1/20th scale yacht,etc,etc, and in every case,if I want a crew I've had to either modify something or do without. Why doesnt someone make a range of figures SPECIFICALLY FOR model civilian and warships???I dont have to tell you folks how much a crew adds to a model.Im tired of converting model railroad figures,I did it with my Vac u tug(S scale),my 1/144th Bismarck(N scale),and my runabout(barbies little sister.The static modellers(1/700 and 1/350) have some to chose from,but not the R/C comunity.With all the R/C models built every year I think there would be a suffient market.

A good start would be;

1/96,1/144,1/128th sailors for warships
1/24,1/32,1/48th tugboat crew
1/8,1/20 civilians for pleasure craft

Any opinions?
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 11:40 AM
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You know that is a very good idea. To me each craft should have a person on board. A few years ago a line of figures were made for the Happy Days TV show. They were a perfect 1/8th scale for the Dumas CC series. You just do not find much out there to support RC boats that need a figure to complete the model. A CC running along without a driver just does not look right.
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 11:54 AM
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I was just going to post a thread asking if anyone knows where I can find 1/24 or 1/25 navy figures...Vietnam era would be way cool!
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 01:41 PM
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For some figures in larger scales, look at 1/35 & 1/32 military ( usally feild artillary units) for posable figures and 1/24 & 1/35th scale car figures work well. Just have to be creative. If there were more boats people doing crew/drivers on their models someone could have a small business on the side. Just hard to find maritime figures in any scale to compliment a vessel. Who wants to start the figure business ( don't look to me either)
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 04:07 PM
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Guys, I've been doing R/C boats for well over 30 years, mostly in 1/32 scale, and I have to say that it remains a mystery as to why someone hasn't come out with sailor figures.

I've never seen them in ANY scale---.

The best I've come up with is the Preiser figures in the Walthers catalog, available usually in model train shops. They have a good variety that can be easily modified.
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 06:12 PM
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Karl,

Marx made blue & white plastic sailors in approx. 1/24 scale.
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 07:43 PM
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Hummm, the guys in the upper right photo aren't trying to spell out Y M C A, are they?

Marx... wonder if the tools for those are still around? @1/24 would be a useful scale...
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 08:51 PM
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LOL, somebody else said that about those little guys a couple years ago!
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 09:16 PM
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If someone made just a few of the most needed figures in the most popular scales, I have no doubt they'd sell a bunch.Start with tug crewmen in 1/32nd and 1/48th scale,then maybe people for the 1/8th Chris Crafts.Something I forgot to mention in my earlier post,I think it would be nice if the larger scale figures were posable.After looking at some of what is available,I think theres probably a fairly large profit margin in figures.Come on,somebody start a little side job, I'll be your first customer.
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 10:42 PM
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I love the YMCA guys. Haha.
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Old Jun 23, 2007, 03:35 AM
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Hi

Try here for a good range of figures in most of the scales that have been mentioned. I've used a few and they are very good.

HTH
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Old Jun 23, 2007, 05:24 AM
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George Turner also does some rather nice boats to go with the figures, follow VO70's link.
His figures also tend to be people shaped, rather than shop window dummy shaped.
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Old Jun 23, 2007, 07:23 AM
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does anyone do 1/200th scale ones?
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Old Jun 23, 2007, 11:57 AM
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You know that is a very good idea. To me each craft should have a person on board. A few years ago a line of figures were made for the Happy Days TV show. They were a perfect 1/8th scale for the Dumas CC series. You just do not find much out there to support RC boats that need a figure to complete the model. A CC running along without a driver just does not look right.
I have a "Fonzie" figure from many years ago that fits my Sterling Century Seamaid. I have had some success making my own deck figures in smaller scale from separate pieces of balsa or soft wood, i.e. head, upper body, lower body legs arms, hands. feet. I use Dremel tool, knife, files, sand paper glued to sticks, and testors enamels or craft paints.
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 03:04 PM
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I checked out the link provided by VO70, and theres some nice figures there. These figures take care of the most of the tug crew.I think the most commercially viable remaining product would be the 1/8th scale figures for the wooden Dumas pleasure boats.Someone mentioned Breyer dolls,and Ive looked into it and I think if you could make some different clothing for them, they would look very nice.Unfortunetly, Im not very good with a sewing machine(even though I have a 1919 Singer in great condition).I emailled George Turner letting him know that I thought his products looked nice and of the need for 1/8th scale figures.Ill let you know what the reply is.
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