Like most figure
kits, George was an easy build. The instruction sheet consisted of two
exploded view drawings clearly showing part placement along with a painting
guide and Beatle Bio:
|"George, a Liverpool
lad, has always had a flair for the arts, which meant anything that allowed
freedom of expression. (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.)"
went together easily with no filling needed. Part fit was excellent. Not
only were there no gaps but most glue seams perfectly matched the seams
of George's suit. The finely detailed hands were each molded in one piece,
each attached to an arm half. Mold parting lines were easily scraped off
with a hobby knife. The left arm attaches to the body at the left elbow;
the right arm (with hand holding a teeny little guitar pick!) at the shoulder.
Only the left elbow needed puttying. The right arm attached cleanly at
the suit's shoulder seam.
one of the two assembled parts was glued with a considerable offset which
would require some work to fix. The seam was puttied and the hair was reshaped
with a needle file and re-textured with a hobby knife as were the backs
of both ears. Any seams or blemishes visible after misting with Bond Tite
automotive primer were filled with Model Master enamel primer (liquid,
in a jar). The head was finished when the skin was smooth and there was
no remaining trace of the seam.
"Chet Atkins Country Gentleman" electric guitar was originally glued together
with a wide gap with a location tab holding the gap open. It was necessary
to cut through the tab with a razor saw in order to close up the guitar
body. A piece of .015" thick sheet styrene was laminated against the side
to repair a slight offset. This was blended in with putty and sandpaper.
A coat of primer brought out the beautiful molded-in detail of this part
including screws on the pick-ups and excess strings hanging off the tuning
PAINTING AND FINISHING
Using my trusty
Badger 200 airbrush and Tamiya acrylic paint, a 1:1 mix of (gloss) White
and Flat Flesh was sprayed onto the face and hands as a base coat.
Then, from below the face, I sprayed a darker 5:3:1 mix of Flat Flesh,
White and Flat Brown and from above, a lighter 12:6:1 mix of White, Flat
Flesh and Red. This brought out light and shadows, highlighting facial
contours. The ears, nose and knuckles were lightly dry-brushed
with a 4:2:1 mix of White, Flat Flesh and Red for added realism. Clear
acrylic mixed with a little Flat Base was airbrushed on to give the skin
tones a satin finish.