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Hello again, haven't logged on for a while and as usual I'm after advice. I'm at the point now with my layout that I want to put some people on it. I've been looking at the modelscene people in my local shop and to be honest I don't like them. The Bachmann and Hornby people are better but the range isn't wide enough and I think they are expensive.
The Dapol, (ex Airfix?) people look good, but my painting skills are not great and I know I'll make a hash of trying to paint them.
Can anyone suggest a source of good quality painted people for OO guage. I'm modelling a preserved steam line so anything goes with regard to passengers but railway staff should not be too modern image.
Thanks for any help offered.
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Have a look at the Noch range - although HO it's a fact that people do come in various sizes in real life. They only look a little "small" when next to OO figures.

As it happens we sell more Noch figures to OO modelers that HO modelers.

Prieser (also in HO) do a nice range & some good value unpaited ones for the areas that require less detail.

Both ranges do very good "doing something" poses & also animals (including cats & dogs).
 

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I am afraid, if you are looking for REALISTIC figures the only adress is PREISER. However, as Brian puts it, is in HO scale.

We have discussed this topic sometime ago:

http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...t=0&start=0

..and just to refresh our memories:



Judge for yourself and see if the scale difference bothers you or not.

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As has been said before figure use comes down to positioning and availability, I have alwys used Preiser figures as I find that they tend to have the best "action" figures. In all honesty the height difference beteen HO and OO figures is negligible. (I have often found OO figures to be oversize.)

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Thanks for all the advice, I've looked a the Noch and Preiser ranges and yes they look very good. However I can't help thinking they look very european. I'm especially thinking of the railway staff, I can't see any of them being at home on a preserved railway in the U.K.

Guess it will have to be the Dapol figures and I'll have to find someone to do a paint job on them.

Thanks

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QUOTE (Mike Button @ 4 Jul 2008, 19:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks for all the advice, I've looked a the Noch and Preiser ranges and yes they look very good. However I can't help thinking they look very european. I'm especially thinking of the railway staff, I can't see any of them being at home on a preserved railway in the U.K.

Mike,

Preiser do a set of 6 figures, in BR uniform. They are available from Gaugemaster, and others, the reference number is 10410.

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QUOTE (Mike Button @ 4 Jul 2008, 20:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks for all the advice, I've looked a the Noch and Preiser ranges and yes they look very good. However I can't help thinking they look very european. I'm especially thinking of the railway staff, I can't see any of them being at home on a preserved railway in the U.K.

Preiser also do the same range of people, but unpainted, so you can always buy these (at a lower price!) and paint in your own 'more British' colouring. Incidentally, Preiser also do a very good range of 1900's period people, for those of us into the more 'Victorian' style railways. These again come painted or plain and I find it a very easy task (even at 70!) to paint these - including little boys in sailor suits! The only tip is to paint them while still on the spru! Their railway staff, as someone said, now includes a U.K. style set, but their others are easily adapted, both by paintwork and by the odd 'adjustment'. You could always use someone else's railway staff but use the Preiser public !
 

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Hi

I find the Preiser range excellent and ho size for OO the best. As stated OO looks too big! As for looking to European its up to you how you paint them to suit the period you model.

This is one coach load....... only 40 more to go. These are all from Railway Personnel & Passengers (120) by Preiser PRE 16325.



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Hope that helps.

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QUOTE (David Todd @ 9 May 2012, 09:10) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Morning...Dredged up an old post.......

Found these yesterday,I don't need any yet, but others may do, comments please.....


http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?item=2906...28Gauge%2529=OO

25 figures for £3.00p + pp.

Good value but the colours are a bit too vivid and need toned down.

Also depends upon the era, I remember even in the very late 1950s many people still wore suits to go on holiday and the colours especially men were subdued, nearly all men wore white or blue shirts and kids wore pullovers knitted by their mums! Women's colours were mainly blues, greens, and primrose - red was restricted to skirts and pink was mainly for young girls. Polka dots were fashionable but I don't have the eyesight to paint those !
 

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Bachmann (and Woodland Scenics) figures are excellent. I populated our station with them. A few points:

a - Before planting them give them a wash of dilute black. This will highlight facial features and creases.
b - For street scenes avoid figures in action poses.
c - To ensure the figures don't go walkies, drill a hole either in the leg or, ahem, the nether regions, and insert a fine wire. Fix to the layout with cyano.

Martin, those figures of yours are superb. I really must gird up my loins and get some done.

John
 
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