Forgotten Heroes, Pt 1

I’m jumping the gun a bit, as this challenge doesn’tt officially kick off until next month. But… When I have an idea I need to act on it before it flits out my tiny brain.

My choice for the miniature challenge was from a tv series I barely remembered until I was looking through Artizan’s Thrilling Tales minis and wanted to buy the whole lot. The minis triggered a long lost memory and the show resurfaced.

Tales from the Golden Monkey was a single season show about an American pilot in the South Pacific in 1938, before the US entry into WW2. I remember it vaguely, enjoying the sets, locations, the Grumman Goose amphibian plane, and the adventure.

When Roger and Jez invited me to participate in the Fogottem Heroes 2018 competition, I had a bit of a think. I’m not that into comic books to know about some forgotten hero or villain. Plus, I have zero use for a hero mini like that.

What, you say? No need for a mini? Who are You and what did you do with Borderguy190?

Seriously, I might have a slight overabundance of miniatures. But each was purchased with a plan. A role to play. Nothing “just because its cool”. Maybe. I do have minis I forgot about.

Regardless. I was stumped. Didn’t want a hero or villain. I might get into 60-70s spy stuff someday, but I’m not getting into new areas until I paint stuff for SAGA, Muskets & Tomahawks, Bolt Action, Triumph! and Warhammer Fantasy. Then ACW. THEN… Maybe I’ll get some movie minis and try 7TV. But that is years away.

So, who can I paint? Lightning bolt. Jake Cutter from TFTGM. A bush pilot hero. Perfect for my WW2 pulp stuff. He can be Indiana Jones’ pilot friend. A daring pilot flying OSS and Jedburghs and Commmandos into hostile places. Pistol on his hip and a crazy attitude. Hero found.


Off to find a model. Easy. Artizan had a rougish fellow in a bomber jacket and pilots cap. With a pistol even.

The model is wearing long pants, though.  Hmmm. How to fix that? In many of the stills I found on the interwebz Jake is wearing form-fitting,  laced knee boots. Trousers tucked in. And carrying a Webley revolver. Pants I can fix. My Jake lost the Webley and replaced it with a Colt 1911.

The boots. At first I had the dumb idea to add them with green stuff. Huh? Over baggy pants?  What was I thinking?

Then, the epifany. Carve the trousers into boots. Ah ha! Diwn to the work bench I hustled, the finished product fixed in my mind. 20 minutes later, some razor knife carving and sanding stick sanding, I had a transformed model! Here are the before and after pics:



Can you see the difference?

I cut a cleft chin, and started work on the cap. Jake’s is well-worn and the sides are sagging. The model had a crisp, new cap. I sanded and carved to remove the sides, now I need to get some Green Stuff and make the sides say. Easy. I carved off the cap device as well. I think the chin cleft and the cuts marking the top of the boots need to be bigger to catch washes, but basically I have a Jake Cutter model.

The back of the jacket has a box molded in. Was there amything on Jake’s jacket? More interwebz searching and I found the answer. On the show Jake was supposed to be a veteran of Claire Lee Chennault’s American Volunteer Group. The famed Flying Tigers. If you know your history, you will notice a problem with this… Nonetheless, Jake had a Chinese blood chit on his jacket like the AVG pilots wore. It tokd the peasants the pilot was a good guy, and promised a reward for assistance in event the pilot was shot down. Could I find a picture? Of course!


Not terribly difficult to paint in a 1/4″ or so square.

Now to find a 28mm Jack Russell Terrier…

22 thoughts on “Forgotten Heroes, Pt 1

  1. Carrion Crow May 22, 2018 / 5:24 am

    I have to say that I’m not familiar with “Tales of the Gold Monkey” although, according to my research, it was shown on the BBC in the UK. Must have miised that one…

    A good start on your figure, even if you are a bit previous…June doesn’t start for another week! I don’t know why I bother making up these rules…lol

    Good luck in finding your one-eyed Jack Russell.

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    • borderguy190 May 22, 2018 / 12:29 pm

      So sorry! As soon as I posted I realized I should probably check the rules… Ill take it down if you want.

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      • Carrion Crow May 22, 2018 / 12:37 pm

        Relax, Harry. The whole idea behind Forgotten Heroes is that it’s a bit of fun and not to be taken TOO seriously. It’s not a competition and you won’t get disqualified for starting early. The “rules” are more like guidelines, so everyone knows roughly what’s expected. I’m not a despot, so don’t worry about it.

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      • borderguy190 May 22, 2018 / 12:42 pm

        Whew!! Lol. I got the fun. I got the model and got REALLY excited to start the conversion. No paint until June. Promise!


  2. Hils May 22, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Woweee, that`s an old one, and made me smile as I recalled it from my childhood (Saturday matinee cinema for kids.. Saturday Dreadfuls” as they were known,.. a bag of sweets and a fizzy orange drink, Aaah those happy innocent days of youth).Stevie and I collect these old series, and you can get many of them at inexpensive prices, on DVD, from a company called “Serial Captain”

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    • borderguy190 May 22, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Ohh, thanks for that link Hils! I know I watched most of that first season, but it sorta faded from my memory. DVD to the rescue!


  3. imperialrebelork May 22, 2018 / 6:54 am

    Never heard of the show but it sounds like my cup of tea. Can’t wait to see the sculpt painted.

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    • borderguy190 May 22, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks IRO. I just reread the contest rules and first post wasn’t supposed to be until after June 1st…. Sorry Jez!

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  4. rantingsfromunder May 28, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    Hi Harry love your choice, and as Jez is fine with the early start so am I, I will cross post this to the FH site on the 1st (I play by the rules you see!) 😉

    What would you like to be know as on the FH site by the way? e.g. Harry xxx (sorry don’t know your second name) or “War through the ages” either of these is OK and will be you category on the FH site. please let me know.

    Cheers Roger


  5. borderguy190 May 28, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Thanks Roger! Rules… Yeah. Oops. 🙂

    Harry is fine. Or Borderguy190. I don’t care. Not like many people know either name!


  6. angrypiper May 31, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Hi there Borderguy, I was just over at Roger’s blog and saw that you’re doing a Jake Cutter for Forgotten Heroes. Thumbs up! I love Tales of the Gold Monkey; in fact I received the entire series on DVD for Christmas a couple of years ago. It still holds up quite well (although some episodes are much better than others). I watched the whole series over the course of a month or so while I was painting miniatures.

    FYI, there is a company called DRAW Decal that makes decals for Cutter’s Goose. I think they’re for a specific model kit, but they’re supposedly 1:48. I got a 1:48 Grumman Goose model recently and I was going to bite the bullet and buy the decals in the hopes they’d fit my model too…

    Good luck finding a Jack. I know Mega Minis made almost every dog breed at one point, but since the sell-off I have no idea who would now have the mold. Worth investigation, right?

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    • borderguy190 May 31, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      Thanks angrypiper! I haven’t started my search for a Goose yet, but thanks for the heads up on the decals.
      So far ive been unsuccessful in my search for Jack. I thought I had a decent stand in, but that model had been retired. I wouldn’t even know how to start looking into the mega minis molds. I would say my contact list in the gaming world is a bit shy of a full hand. Thanks though, that dies give me a new search item. Maybe one of their models will show up somewhere.
      Good luck with your Goose!


    • borderguy190 May 31, 2018 / 7:29 pm

      Edit: I believe I found the buyers of mega minis molds. Alas, not a Jack to be found. The search continues!


      • rantingsfromunder June 1, 2018 / 4:35 am

        I always find a good place to start a search is to post a thread on the TMP, is there isn’t someone out there who can help, no one can!

        Oh , and I’ve posted this to the FH site.

        Cheers Roger.

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      • borderguy190 June 1, 2018 / 10:55 am

        Thanks Roger! I found a possible on eBay. Its a porcelain figurine, possibly the right size. If its ok, I’m good if not I’m going to give it a sculpting go. Fingers crossed.


  7. rantingsfromunder June 10, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    Hi Harry are you still interested in a terrier dog? if so I might have found a couple of likely candidates over at sally 4th…..

    This pack also has a Jake lookalike as well, though not a patch on your TBH, or…

    Hope they are of help, Cheers Roger.


    • borderguy190 June 10, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      I like that second pack! Geez, where were those when I was looking? Lol. I will send off for them and hope it shows in time. I have some oven curevclay, and I will give it a go on my own, but adding an eyepatch is way more in my area of capable!
      Thanks Roger!


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