Hi all. I'm a long-time lurker and first-time poster.
I build a TON of kits back when I was a kid, of various manufacturers, but Airfix and Matchbox were the most easily available (from our local Post Office, of all places!), but I haven't built any in decades, though I have played a fair bit of Warhammer 40K, so have fair building and painting skills.
Anyhoo, I'm in my fifties now, and whilst some mens' midlife crisis involves getting a divorce, buying a Harley Davidson and dating inappropriately-aged young ladies, mine seems to involve rediscovering Airfix kits.
I'm fairly certain I've made the right life choice there...
So perusing eBay for some classics from my youth, I dropped upon a reasonably-priced Grenadier from the American Revolution. Revolutions in America being somewhat topical, at the moment, I grabbed one. Also, having more money (than sense) than I had as a child, and following the 40K maxim of "leave no model unconverted," I bought a slack handful of Historex heads and some etched brass straps with (god help me) 54mm spectacles.
I always seemed to remember the Airfix faces were a little disappointing. "MisterE," you may be crying, "you've gone slightly OTT with the heads there, fella!" and you may be right, except I also have some English Civil War 54mm on the way, so as time goes on they will be used.
So opening the box, the mouldings look...well, actually pretty good for a kit of its age! A head swap may not be quite so simple as I'd initially envisaged, as the head and - I want to say busby, but that may not be the correct term - busy are moulded together in a kind of a clamshell arrangement. I was also forgetting that a powdered wig was part of the uniform.
As such, I may just leave the head as it is, because the face isn't dreadful, but as the Historex heads are just STUNNING I am considering being foolhardy, separating the kit's head from its busy and either leaving the curls of the wig attached to the headgear, Milliputting a replacement or leaving off the wig altogether, as one of the Historex heads has a rather fetching pony-tail with a wee ribbon.
I may also look into whether or not Grenadiers wore any other kind of headgear on campaign. It's possible they may have sported a nice tricorn hat, which should be a breeze to mould from a sheet of putty, or I may look for an alternative (the American soldier from the corresponding period has one...)
Then to decide on a bog-standard redcoat, an officer, NCO or standard-bearer. I can't believe the officers' uniforms were so similar to the enlisted men, but I could be wrong - some research required there - and the standard-bearer is tempting though the Union Flag is rather worse for wear, colour-wise, as you'd expect from something untouched for so many years. It's a simple enough design to freehand though.
So I'm planning a kind of build diary, if anyone may be interested?