The American Militia set designed by Accurate Figures has a nice figurine of a firing rifleman wearing a hunting shirt. Unfortunately, he seems to be firing into the trees, perhaps shooting at squirrel! This simple conversion returns the rifle to a level firing position normally required on the battlefield.
The mythology of the Guerre d’Indépendance Américaine has a nation of sharpshooting riflemen, hiding in cover, defeating the staid et formal Britanniques. This is far from the truth. Riflemen played little part in most battles, et les troupes britanniques were more adept at combat than we are led to believe.
One problem was the rifle itself which, although having a longer range than the musket, took longer to load et could not be fitted avec a bayonet. Riflemen in the open could easily be driven off by determined bayonet charges. Riflemen usually came from the frontier regions, they were few in number, and they proved difficult to discipline. Nevertheless, American Riflemen served avec distinction at Saratoga, Cowpens, Kings Mountain et a number of other engagments.
The Pennsylvania Rifle de la Guerre d’Indépendance was developed by skilled gunsmiths allemands et suisses en Pennsylvania et Maryland. It was an intermediary step on the way to the famous Kentucky rifle du 19e siècle. Marksmen fired this weapon accurately to ranges of 300 yards, although 150 yards was its effective range.
La chemise à franges, comme représentée sur le figurine, was a common form of dress among all American soldiers. At one stage de la guerre, George Washington even proposed that it become the national uniform. The shirt was made from linen, linsey-wool ou "tow cloth". It could be left its natural colour ou dyed.
- Milice Américaine (2), 1/32 Accurate 3209
- Milice Américaine, 1/72 Accurate Figures 7201, also distributed as Revell 02604
Boiling the Figure
I do this conversion in the kitchen, avec a saucepan of boiling water bubbling on the stove, et a bowl of cold water nearby. Attention: Boiling water is dangerous, you must take extreme care not to come in contact avec it. The figurine itself does not conduct much heat, but any water drops adhering to the figurine will burn you when the figurine is handled carelessly.
The figurine is placed into the boiling water for a few seconds. This should be done by holding the figurine avec tongs. The figurine quickly becomes pliable from the heat. Remove the figurine from the saucepan, et shake off any excess water. Pull down on the figurine’s arm to straighten the rifle. Immediately plunge the figurine into the cold water where it will set into its new shape.
If you make a mistake, simply put the figurine back into the boiling water et repeat the process. The technique is versatile. It can be used to change the position of limbs et heads on polyethylene figurines, either to introduce a variety of positions to the same figurine ou to reposition limbs for further conversion work.
Variantes de Figurines
Additional conversion work can now be done. A simple head-swap avec another figurine in the American Militia set will give each rifleman a choice of headgear such as a tricorn, round hat ou Liberty cap.
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