THE CONSTABLESThe backbone and very effective part of the Scotland Yard Company are perhaps the trickiest of all the models to make and paint. Mike Owen has sculpted some very lively and attractive models, with a good period look, the Metropolitan Police helmet is particularly well realised, however their weapon of choice, the English All Electric
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"The most famous police force in the world are the Metropolitan Police based in Scotland Yard, London. In these troubled time their ‘Special Branch’ has a number of companies deployed around the capital to investigate and foil dastardly foreign plots against the city, Parliament and Her Majesty.
Below. Examine the models paying particular attention to the separate parts.
Truncheon, presents some interesting modelling challenges. The trick with the painting is getting that blue right.MODELLING CHALLENGESOn two of the models the connecting cabling and power pack for the truncheon are provided as separate castings, which need to be attached to your model. These parts are slightly fragile and need careful handling and modelling to get the best out of them, so I will describe the assembly of one of the Constables in detail. You will need; modellingside cutters, a small file and a very sharp modelling knifeor scalpel.EXAMINE THE MODELSAs you would do with any model you are about to work on, but paying particular attention to the separate parts. You will see the connecting cable has quite a few sprues or runners (these help in the casting of a fine piece like the cable and pack). All these will have to be removed and the cable cleaned up. The first thing I did was to carefully straighten the cable (I will be saying carefully quite a lot in this article!) CLEANING THE CABLEI then removed the sprues by snipping them off with a pair of side-cutters, being extra careful not to cut the cable itself. The next problem is the mould line running along