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Old 02-05-2020, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default Aurora "Scotch Lad" plastic assembly model

In the late 1950's. the Aurora Model Company released a series a models of figures representing various nationalities. The "Scotch Lad" is playing bagpipes, the Scotch Lass is in a dancing pose, of sorts.


Years ago, I painstakingly assembled and painted this model (painting a good tartan takes patience!); here are some pictures:














I included the picture of the box contents (a spare kit) to give some idea of how it all starts out.
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Old 02-05-2020, 04:30 PM   #2
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Nice work! Looks like a fun project.
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Old 02-05-2020, 06:37 PM   #3
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I have to say that is one of the most accurate and good looking models of a piper I have ever seen although the actual pipes still look a bit 'wonky'. Might I ask what size it is? I think I would be tempted to scratch build a new set of pipes though if I happened to find a copy of the model.
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Awesome detail! That's neat, thanks for sharing.

Unfortunate about the drones not being proportioned. Seems like each of the drones should have stopped where the top projecting mounts are.
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Old 02-05-2020, 08:21 PM   #5
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Awesome detail! That's neat, thanks for sharing.

Unfortunate about the drones not being proportioned. Seems like each of the drones should have stopped where the top projecting mounts are.
That depends how big the lad is Seriously though, excellent work finishing and painting the model.

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Old 02-06-2020, 01:25 PM   #6
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Thanks all for the kind words!


Mac - the piper is a little less than 9 inches to the top of his hat. (Not counting drones here). The base is 3 in. by 4.75 in., about 0.5 inch high.


Yeah, the drones are odd. -)


I'll include a picture of the Scotch Lass model (I'm not as happy at my result, but that's OK.)





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Old 02-06-2020, 03:47 PM   #7
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As someone also said, quite possibly the best looking examples ever seen?
Although, possibly the hair could've been a bit more red?
I have a couple of figurines that are a hand-me-down from my Great Grandfather ( now deceased) who was originally from Dundee, but they look like crap in comparison.They were put inside small glass tumblers, a long time ago and when they were passed on to me I was told in strict terms to, not take them oot of the glass's as they've been in there so long it's their wee homes!
Maybe they're cursed?....they sure look like they are!
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Old 02-06-2020, 05:18 PM   #8
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I have to say that is one of the most accurate and good looking models of a piper I have ever seen although the actual pipes still look a bit 'wonky'. Might I ask what size it is? I think I would be tempted to scratch build a new set of pipes though if I happened to find a copy of the model.
The drone stocks are all out of proportion- much too long.
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Your paint job is superb!

But the Lad's pipes and doublet have issues.

With the pipes all the drone bottom sections are too long, especially the tenors.

The tenor and bass top sections would be about right, but the bass midsection is way too short. Obviously the sculptor didn't know that the three bass sections are more or less the same length.

About the doublet, the gauntlet cuffs have the point in the front instead of in the back where it ought to be.

And there are only the front two Inverness tashes; the rears ones are missing.
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The drone stocks are all out of proportion- much too long.
An overstated representation of PM Robert Reid who famously used three Bass drone stocks😀
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