This is a box set containing three vulcanised black rubber moulds that cast 54mm scale fully round metal miniatures of toy soldiers.
The great European powers dominated the world in the period of 1900 to 1914 and this mould set includes German line infantry and 1st Foot Guards Regiments. These are parade ground uniforms.
The Prussian army formed the core of the Imperial German army after unification in 1870, and the first foot guards regiment was a Prussian unit, first raised in 1688. On parade it wore, as a mark of its special place in the army establishment, a MITRE cap instead of the otherwise ubiquitous Pickelhaube. This cap was an echo of army headwear from the eighteenth century.
The Line regiments all wore the Picklehaube, albeit with some variations in the helmet plates from one state to another. Parade uniforms were invariably Prussian blue and trousers white for summer. A horsehair plume was worn on the helmet as part of the parade uniform.
These moulds are suitable for casting in all three alloys, if you use the Prince August Solder Pot to aid you. You can also find the Digital Thermometer very useful for making sure you have the metal at the right temperature.
There are PTFE rods included to allow you to make the neck hole to attach the head later. Just place the small rods in the body cavity where the head would be after you have applied the talcum powder and before assembling the mould. Take it out after casting and keep safe for reuse. If you loose the PTFE rod, more are available online.
Assembly of the casted figures is required so you may wish to acquire some superglue suitable for metal. Scratch the areas a little in a crosshatch pattern before attaching to give more grip for the glue.
Colours for painting these uniforms are recommended as follows:
Line Infantry: White, Gloss Black, Red, Silver, Black, Dark Brown and Prussian Blue.
Foot Guards: White, Silver, Brass, Black, Pale Orange, Red, Gold and Prussian Blue.
More detailed painting instructions available as PDF.
This product is not suitable for children under the age of 14.