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    Found a new figure source on eBay a while back. It's an outfit called "Outland Models". Here's a listing of some of their offerings on eBay:

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...s&_sacat=19128

    I decided to purchase this set for a look-see:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Outland-Mod...4AAOSwyd1ecEcI

    The package came yesterday and today I had a chance to sit down and look them over. Here's what I found...

    * There's a total of 19 figures in the 3D printed set linked above. (Not all are pictured.) A breakdown of what's in the set:

    Male (all standing)

    Figure 1 x 1

    Figure 2 x 2

    Figure 3 x 2

    Figure 4 x 4

    Figure 5 x 4

    Female:

    Figure 1 x 4 Standing in hoop dress

    Figure 2 x 2 Walking in petticoat (lady of the evening?)

    * The men measure about 6', the ladies about 5'6".

    * Being they're 3D printed, there is some "texture" to them. That is, they aren't slick finish like modeled plastic. I didn't find it objectionable, and it may be an advantage in that once painted it will add some texture to the cloths so it doesn't look so much like painted plastic?

    * The 3D compound is quite brittle. Care will need to be taken to remove them from the printing base without breaking. I immediately broke the legs of the first figure I started cutting free.

    * You will have to leave some of the printed base material to use for the boots on males and shoes on the females.

    Here's a couple close ups of the figures I received:





    In all, I thought it a good value, and the quality for the price is in above average. Proportionally they look "natural". The brims of the hats on the men are surprisingly thin. When seen in the typical viewing distance, they'll be great. (To me, no figure looks good close up.)

    So, there you have it!

    Andre

  • #2
    Andre,

    Do they have feet? Other than that, they do look pretty good.

    Scott

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    • #3
      They look good.

      The guys just seem to be standing around, hands in pockets. You need figures who are working because there’s a layout to build.

      Mike
      _________________________________________________

      Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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      • #4
        Andre,

        Thanks for the closeup view of this collection. and the links.

        Jim
        Take the red pill

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        • #5
          Scott:

          As I mentioned above, you'll have to use the base for the feet. On the male's, there's a shoe outline on the base to go by. The ladies won't need feet. I will be using a circle/piece of styrene centered/attached as a base. The hoop dress will hide it. I purchased them because they're different than what is currently available (Bachmann, Presier, Knucklebuster's, etc), FAR more "cost effective", and they aren't "gun totein' cowboys", instead, representing the more common folk seen in my rail history books.

          Mike:

          LOL! That is true! However, their sedentary/relaxed/natural state is what caught my eye. To me, "action" figures look okay in static pics, but really odd when viewed in person, or in videos. (Suspended animation.) Example: I'd rather have a figure with a shovel taking a break by standing and leaning on a shovel (static), than in the process of using it (suspended animation).

          Jim:

          You're welcome!

          Andre

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          • #6
            quote:


            Originally posted by OK Hogger


            LOL! That is true! However, their sedentary/relaxed/natural state is what caught my eye. To me, "action" figures look okay in static pics, but really odd when viewed in person, or in videos. (Suspended animation.) Example: I'd rather have a figure with a shovel taking a break by standing and leaning on a shovel (static), than in the process of using it (suspended animation).


            You mean like City/County/State crews watching orange cones grow, on taxpayer $$$ ?
            Jim
            Take the red pill

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            • #7
              Jim said:

              "You mean like City/County/State crews watching orange cones grow, on taxpayer $$$ ?"

              LOL!! You got it! Stationary figures just looks mo' bettuh to me. I'm weird like that.

              Andre

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              • #8
                quote:


                Originally posted by OK Hogger



                To me, "action" figures look okay in static pics, but really odd when viewed in person, or in videos. (Suspended animation.) Example: I'd rather have a figure with a shovel taking a break by standing and leaning on a shovel (static), than in the process of using it (suspended animation).


                You're right. And the poses for the ones you bought are realistic .
                _________________________________________________

                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                • #9
                  Interesting line of things that seller offers.
                  Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                  Cedar Swamp
                  SW of Manistique, MI

                  Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022

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                  • #10
                    They look cool but sadly if you care for accuracy, they are better suited for the set of a John Wayne western movie than an actual 19th century environment. The stereotypical ten gallon hats with indented crowns and curved brims did not come into common use until the 1920s, and many of the men have unbuttoned top buttons on their collared shirts which is a taboo in Victorian dress. The womens' dresses are too form fitting in the top, unless they are French saloon dancers. They're cool, but not something I'd use.

                    Considering they are shipping from China, I imagine that some Chinese designer watched some American westerns and copied the styles.

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                    • #11
                      I must echo Josh's comments. The women wearing hats rather than bonnets and everybody has their hands in their pockets. I'll pass on these.

                      Bob
                      It's only make-believe

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                      • #12
                        Ah well, I thought I'd share it you. At least now you know!

                        As for me, it's obvious (though I'll repeat), these are within my GnC* threshold. (*Gnats I gag at vs camels I'll swallow.)

                        I'm still fine with them and will likely paint the ladies attire to reflect mountain women wearing brimmed hats or whatever I want to modify them into. I've seen period pics of ladies so adorned. Though buxom, they can be painted (using subdued colors, or earth tones like tans/etc) as if wearing high neck work dresses/etc. As for the men's hats, I was going to file some to reflect bowler hats and what have you, and I intend to leave some alone. Again, I think I've seen big brimmed hats in my Colorado pics.

                        You see, I'm not as much of a rivet counter with figures and their attire as long as they look "good enough" for me, and so far these do.

                        Perhaps now would be a good time to remind one and all...

                        Might as well get ready for it: "MY" Colorado boom towns may not look accurate enough to suit some of you!

                        I have no intention of religiously trying to reflect history, instead, I intend to create my own romanticized version of a Colorado Gold/Silver town.



                        Andre

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                        • #13
                          quote:


                          Originally posted by OK Hogger


                          Ah well,...

                          Might as well get ready for it: "MY" Colorado boom towns may not look accurate enough to suit some of you!

                          I have no intention of religiously trying to reflect history, instead, I intend to create my own romanticized version of a Colorado Gold/Silver town.


                          And as long as you enjoy it, Bravo!! That's the bottom line. It's YOUR railroad.

                          Bob
                          It's only make-believe

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                          • #14
                            In defense of the male figures hats, curved brims did exist and with the low crowns of the men's hats they look very much like the Stetson Boss of The Plains which came out in 1866 so at least they did not go for the crazy post 1900s 20 gallon Tom Mix hat look. With some detail and sculpting work those figures could be kitbashed into some passable folks. There are some excellent 1850s-1900 (mid Victorian to Edwardian) figures available from the UK (look up 4MM for close to HO, and 7MM for O scale). There are some pretty big changes in both women and mens fashion from the 50's to the late 1890s. I've done 19th century living history and historic interpretation for California State Parks and the NPS for 30+ years so I get kind of picky on clothing but that is just me.
                            "there is nothing in it but cornstalks and beanpoles" A. Lincoln

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                            • #15
                              Also meant to say thanks for doing the review and sharing the figures, if I ever dig out my HO stuff again I could see using them as a base for some custom figures. It's your railroad and towns so have fun with it!

                              Ted
                              "there is nothing in it but cornstalks and beanpoles" A. Lincoln

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