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54mm
Rearing Horse
Horse (In Rearing Pose)
  • sr540071

by: Al LaFleche [ AJLAFLECHE ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Introduction

Here is a new release from the VLS line Streets of Laredo called Rearing Horse #2, product code SR54007. The sculptor is listed as Douglas Lee.

The Kit

The kit comes packed in a single zip-lock bag inside an acetate clamshell box with a photo of the painted and assembled kit on the front. The kit consists of 7 cream colored resin parts. There are no instructions, but assembly is very intuitive.

The head/neck has a partial harness and no bits are included (Picture 1). The builder will have to scratchbuild these or get a set of photoetched ones from Nimix. There is a considerable pour plug with a brace connecting under the chin. This will require careful sawing to avoid damaging the chin. There is also a flash of resin between the ears crossing the forelock (Picture 2). My sample's right ear was broken off when I opened the box. The mane has both good texture and presents a nice feeling of action.

The left body half (Picture 3) has three pour plugs and a breace betweenthe hoof and shoulder to clean up. There is a major mold alignment problem running from the shoulder, across the cinch and down the rear leg (Picture 4). In general, the anatomy seems pretty good.

The right body half (Picture 5) has three pour plugs and the same type mold misalignment to correct (Picture 6).

The inside of the body have tabs and slots to produce a very good match (Picture 7). The rump will need minimal attention to hide the seam.

The builder will have to do a little work to blend the neck to the chest as only minor gaps are evident (Picture 8).

The tail has good texture and no immediately apparent issues once the pour plug and brace are removed (Picture 9).

The saddle has a large pour plug with a brace to the pommel (Picture 10). Cleaning this will be something of a challenge.

The stirrups have their pour plugs at the base of the stirrup with a film of resin in the center. This will require careful clean up again (Picture 11).

Conclusion

My overall impression is that this is a pretty good sculpt that is marred by poor casting quality and excessive pour plugs. Adding the kit to a base will require rod be placed up the rear feet to provide strength and stability. While this is a simple kit, cleanup issues will make it a product for the more experienced builder.

SUMMARY
Highs: Generally good anatomy and a dynamic pose
Lows: many heavy pour plugs and several mold allignmnet problems, broken part in the review sample
Verdict: With TLC, this can be a decent looking horse. The builder should have some experience with correcting poor alignmnet issues.
Percentage Rating
65%
  Scale: 54mm
  Mfg. ID: SR5007
  Suggested Retail: 17.98 USD
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 19, 2007
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 79.25%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 73.46%

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About Al LaFleche (AJLaFleche)
FROM: MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES

Copyright 2019 text by Al LaFleche [ AJLAFLECHE ]. All rights reserved.



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