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Building a 1:16 Figure


In this workshop I want to explain how I built this figure. It is not a good figure for beginners, but a figure for the more advanced modellers (due mainly to the amount of parts). First the price for this particular figure is not too expensive. About 20 euro's, so that's reasonable . What do you need to build this model? Glue (of course),  paint, brushes, and patience. First I check if all the parts are in the bags in the box. Then wash the sprues in warm water with some soap en lat them dry. When you have done this you can read the manual and figure out which colors of paint you need.

Painting the Head


I started building with the head. But before I started painting I wanted to know for sure that the helmet properly fit over the head. I concluded that the head was too big for the helmet so this was the first alteration I had to make. When I had finished this I started to add the base color ( Hum # 61 ) to the face and hands. I let it dry overnight so that I'd get the best results. When it was dry I added the eyes. Using (Hum # 5 and Rembrand 533 indigo). To prevent the eyes getting dirty while painting the face, I added some acrylic varnish over the eyes. Then if any oils get over the eyes I can easily remove it with a small  brush ( 000 ) tipped in turpentine. I painted the face in the "Gino Poppe" way . For me it is the simplest way to use oils on facial elements.

Copyright ©2002 - Text and Photos by Eric Sikkema. All Rights Reserved.

Project Photos


About the Author

About H.L.Sikkema (demodelbouwer)

hello i'm eric and i live in the Netherlands. I'm married with ilona and have three daugters. for the last year i am a very active modeller. Before that the hobby was only a time distraction. I'm a modeller for over 35 years now and i like to share my knowledge with others in any way i can.


thanks for posting Jim... But where can i find it ??? #:-) #:-) #:-) #:-) Eric
SEP 19, 2002 - 01:47 AM
sorry i'm to fast WOESHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH found it already........ Eric
SEP 19, 2002 - 01:53 AM
Eric, Lol...yes and for the benefit of others who PMed me, I have to first post a message in the forum (to get it's ID number) so I can then upload the story to the site. There is always a few minute delay in this process. Thanks, Jim
SEP 19, 2002 - 01:55 AM
Jim, I saw the article.. You've done a great job........ As usual.... cheers Eric
SEP 19, 2002 - 02:00 AM
Great job Eric. I like the addition of the arrows in the pictures to point out the what's and where's of your corrections to the kit. It really helps out. Now that's a size figure I could paint.
SEP 19, 2002 - 04:19 AM
Eric, very weldone article, concise and well written. keep up the excellent work. Cheers
SEP 19, 2002 - 07:58 AM
Eric, I love the figure! It certainly seems that 1:16 scale can carry great amount of details. It´s nice that you put all the paint numbers in the article. The colour balance works very well! Thanks for sharing and giving inspiration to try one of those! Good job Toni
SEP 22, 2002 - 02:15 PM
Toni " Envar " It is a real pleassure to build and paint these figures . And i gave me a thrill to write this article . Because i want it to make it so complete as possible . I'm glad you liked it . Cheers Eric
SEP 22, 2002 - 02:40 PM
The magnificent technics of painting is show by you...it is admired it.Thanks!
FEB 17, 2007 - 02:37 PM