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Set IND03

Hunting Party with Stag and Canoe

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2002
Contents 2 figures and 2 animals
Poses 2 poses
Material Resin
Colours Black
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)


Naturally hunting was an important part of the life of all natives in America, and this resin set depicts two hunters in their canoe looking for something for the cooking pot.

The two hunters are kneeling in their canoe, and are dressed in typical fashion for the eighteenth century. They do not 'attach' to the canoe by means of pegs or similar device, so they can be placed anywhere, though clearly they should be at each end. The sculpting is excellent, with good anatomical detail and natural-looking poses. Each man comes as two parts, with the two arms, grasping the paddle, being a separate piece that must be glued to the shoulders. There are no guiding pegs for this, which means the arms can be glued at any angle, but it also means care must be taken to ensure the arms are supported at that angle until the glue dries. Either 'arm set' seems to work with either figure, though we found this assembly to be somewhat fiddly. Also the resulting figure has a noticable edge round the shoulder which purists may wish to trim down and fill.

The canoe itself is very nice, with all the necessary framework clearly visible, and the men sit in it comfortably.

Finally the set includes two animals. First there is a small creature, perhaps a young deer, that has already been caught and killed, perhaps with the separate musket also supplied. More impressive though is the stag with its fine set of antlers. This creature comes in two parts, with the head separate from the body, which allows the antlers to be properly carved and gives some flexibility in the animal's pose. The fit is good and a little trimming and filling makes the seam disappear completely. Note that the animal does not come with a base, and though it can stand without one we have added our own here to allow support while it was painted.

A small set on an interesting subject. Beautifully sculpted as always, with very little flash (which is more easily removed than with plastic), our only gripe was the tricky assembly. Nonetheless the result is a fine collection of figures that justify the effort.

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