October 8, 2015

WIP - Commissioned work - Napoléon 1er Empereur des Français (part 1)

(box)
Another commisionned work has been started and for the first time I have to deal with a Napoleonic subject. Napoléon 1er, Empereur des Français himself in 54 mm offered by the reknowed French manufacturer Metal Modeles.

I could not think of a better piece to start with, because without Napoléon that magnificent Grande Arméé would never have existed at all.

When I opened the box I really was stunned by the quality of the parts. Abundant detail, and all this represented by a flawless casting with no or minimal casting seams, and the complete absence of any pitting.

An even greater surprise is the fact that Napoléon is practically cast in one piece with only the right arm, the hilt/guard of the sabre and the end of the sabre's sheath to add. This is really a grand testemony of the craftmanship of Mr Bruno Leibovitz, créateur and entrepreneur of Metal Modeles. 

Through a cut in the front piece of the box a leaflet is joined with on one side a few colour photos of the finished piece, and on the other side a detailled painting guide.   


(frontside of the leaflet)

(backside of the leaflet)

PARTS


(The horse halves and the tail. All pieces almost fall together
with the slightest possible gaps.)

(Close up of the detail on the right horse half)

(Frontside of Napoléon Bonaparte)
(Close up. The facial features are well rendered)
(Backside. Both tails of the redingote
are clearly visible and sculpted hanging
in a life like manner.)
(A piece of leadfoil to make the reins and the smaller parts,
all well packed and protected against loss in a small zipper bag.)
(A simple base plate)

MY PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS

I think I said it all above: this is really a kit superb in all its ways, simply stated and without hesitation at the pinacle in miniature casting.

I am sure it will be a blast to construct and paint.


ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Photos are copied from the Metal Models website.

(Painted by Daniel Ipperti)

(Painted by Daniel Ipperti)

(Painted by Daniel Ipperti)

(Painted by Daniel Ipperti)


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