by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
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The Lorry Driver Raymond
Series: O Scale figures
The Lorry Driver RaymondMK35 Editions includes The Lorry Driver Raymond in their extensive O Scale figure series. This kit is packed in a zip-lock baggie containing a photo of the completed model as 'box art', plus a painting guide.
Raymond is sharply cast with separate arms and dressed suitable for many eras and areas. The three parts are cast on the same pour block in a pastel lime colored resin. There are no air bubbles. The casting is high quality with sharply detailed clothes and facial features. I see one potential flaw on the right side of the face and down the neck that looks as though a thin layer of resin peeled away. Paint will expose whether this is a molding problem or simply an oddity of resin uniformity.
Raymond is posed in a convincing relaxed manner with one leg raised to rest on the fender of his truck. His right forearm lies across his thigh while his left arm hangs down his side, holding a rag. He is dressed in soft hat, overalls, a collared shirt and sturdy shoes. This garb is ubiquitous for both sides of the Atlantic.
ScaleRaymond is 1/43, European O scale. He will be over 6 feet tall next to 1/48 O scale figures. Not a problem in my view. In a 1/35 scene Raymond is well scaled for a 4-foot 9-inch youngster.
PaintingMK35 includes a painting guide. Humbrol paint is the sole hobby brand referenced. However, MK35 presents special painting ideas by including the mixing of special effects using Winsor & Newton oils. They also list a mix for the flesh tones.
ConCLUsionThis figure is one of several dozen models in the O Scale figures series. He is nicely cast with a convincing pose. The clothing spans generations and continents and makes this model very versatile.
That area on the right side of the face is a concern that will hopefully disappear under paint.
I appreciate this model and look forward to painting and displaying it, and recommend it.
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