Round Massive Tin Figure

Ger­man poet Goethe speaks in poet­ry and sto­ry about a boy and a girl play­ing with some tin sol­diers “round, mas­sive and metic­u­lous­ly done”. It is the ear­li­est known lit­er­ary ref­er­ence to round mass fig­ures and there­fore of great impor­tance. It is known that French tin fig­urine pro­duc­er Lucotte began to work before 1789, but vir­tu­al­ly none of his fig­ures were made before 1850, of these, on the oth­er hand, there is a unique col­lec­tion at the Duke of Marl­bor­ough’s Cas­tle Blenheim.

They are still unsur­passed among the actu­al toy sol­diers and are cast from a mix­ture of lead and anti­mo­ny and sol­dered to a tin­plate foot­plate. The foot­men are 6–7 cm tall with rid­ers and hors­es of sim­i­lar size. The equip­ment is sol­dered to each fig­ure. Rid­ers and sad­dle rugs are loose and stuck at the man’s seat. The sol­diers have been to the British states­man Sir Win­ston Churchill, who describes them in his auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal work “The Young Years”

The round-shaped fig­ure is cast in con­trast to the flat fig­ure in sev­er­al parts which one has to put togeth­er for the final fig­ure.


The parts before assem­bly

The shape of a round mass fig­ure is made in a dif­fer­ent way than the shape of the flat shape. When you have to make a shape for a cir­cu­lar mass fig­ure, you put your “mas­ter fig­ure” in a wax plate. This gives the advan­tage that you can cre­ate a form divi­sion that is not plan, but can fol­low the shape of the fig­ure. After that, put a high frame around and pour heat-resis­tant sil­i­cone rub­ber into the mold so that the fig­ure is cov­ered by at least 1 cm of mate­r­i­al. Once hard­ened, turn the case over and care­ful­ly wax the wax. The last residue wax can be removed with a stiff brush and gaso­line. Then the whole sur­face is lubri­cat­ed with petro­le­um jel­ly and the oth­er half of the mold can now be filled with sil­i­cone rub­ber. After cur­ing — often about 8 hours, the mold frame can be removed and the mold sep­a­rat­ed. Now you just have to cut an inlet cone for the liq­uid tin and pos­si­bly. thin air ducts.

The Soci­ety’s mem­bers each have a fan­tas­tic knowl­edge in many areas also with­in mod­el­ing and paint­ing and over time, sev­er­al mem­bers have cho­sen to share this knowl­edge with the Soci­ety’s oth­er mem­bers through arti­cles in the Soci­ety’s Mag­a­zine. The fol­low­ing links con­tain exam­ples of this:

To make your own char­ac­ters … I can’t! —  Yes you can!

How to cast a round-shaped tin fig­ure

Resin mold­ing