Forgotten Heroes- Finished!

June ended up being a bit busier than I expected. And my hunt for a suitable model to represent a Jack Russel Terrier took a bit longer than I hoped. So, despite jumping the gun before June arrived, I just finished modeling and painting my two models on Thursday, the 28th.

From the beginning my plan was to model and paint Jake Cutter and his best pal Jack from the TV show Tales of the Gold Monkey. Jake the pilot was oft depicted in a Flying Tigers leather jacket. And wouldn’t you know, I found a model in a Flying Tigers jacket. Or a least a jacket with a modeled area on the back to paint the blood chit.

The before:


This model is wearing trousers and shoes. And his hat is bit spiffy and new. Plus, there is no dog in sight. Alas, I failed to take a picture of the pre-Jack the dog model. Here is the pic from Sally 4th’s site, where i ordered him form:


Funny thing… I ordered these from Sally 4th. I’m pretty sure Pulp Alley is in the U.S. Unnecessary international postage anyone?

Anyways, the little guy sitting down seemed like a suitable Jack.

Here is the after pics:



And the two pals together:



I shaved and sanded Jake’s trousers into boots. Then I shaped his cap by shaving and sanding it to flatten the cap some, and added the floppy sides of a well-used pilot’s cap. It doesn’t show well in my crummy photos, but it looks floppy up close.

Jack just need his ears sanded a bit pointier and his famous eye patch added.

Once the sculpting, the little i could manage, was done, they were painted in my usual way. Primed grey. Painted using Vallejo Model and Game colors. Army Painter Soft Tone wash was applied. A few highlights were brought back up after the wash on Jake. Jack looked fine to me.

And complete!  My first Forgotten Heroes Challenge. I appreciate the invitation from Jez and Roger. This was a fun way to stretch and add a couple minis I might never have built and painted. I think Jake and Jack might have escaped the Japanese advance in the Pacific in time to fly for the OSS in Europe. Now to find a 1:56 scale Grumman Goose…

BG out!


13 thoughts on “Forgotten Heroes- Finished!

  1. angrypiper June 29, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Nice work! Great to see you were able to find a Jack model, too. I really like what you did with his cap. I wouldn’t have thought to distress it, and it looks really good and broken in.
    I have a Goose model I have yet to put together and I think it’s the scale you’re looking for. I got it for Christmas last year, but I think it was pretty inexpensive. It’s not a super-highly detailed kit. I’ll look for a link to it and send it your way.


  2. Carrion Crow June 29, 2018 / 11:33 am

    Whilst a relatively simple conversion (compared to sculpting a figure from scratch, for example), I always think that the end result is more important than how you got there. You knew what you wanted and you got exactly what you planned. Briilliant work, Harry and you now have something no-one else has, which is another bonus.


    • borderguy190 June 29, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Thanks Jez. The challenge was cool in that I got a model I can use, that I had never considered buying. And ill never be sculpting a whole fig, the skills some people have… Wow. Thanks again for the invite!


      • Carrion Crow June 29, 2018 / 11:45 am

        No problem, Harry. Glad you enjoyed your foray into the swirling maelstrom I have unleashed upon the World. Next year will see a few changes to the rules to make it even more fun!

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