Saturday, January 26, 2008

Men with dolls...

"1:6 scale modeling (aka Playscale Miniaturism) is a hobby focusing on the customization of commercially produced 1:6 scale action figures, accessories and, even, dollhouse furniture, frequently, for use in dioramas.

Playscale miniaturism originally represented the domestic, urban or civilian expressions of the scale, especially when coed, and not, usually, exterior genres, like military and adventure themes. As such, it came to represent cross-genre miniaturism, as well, which routinely includes elements from the former. Miniaturists who focus exclusively on exterior themes tend to prefer the protologism sixthscale. The terms playscale and sixthscale are better received by text-based search engines, like Google, Yahoo & MSN, than numbers and punctuation are, such as "1:6" or "1/6."

This scale is fairly new to the modeling world, having been standardized in the early 1960s through Barbie and G.I. Joe. Most of this style of miniaturism is constructed around posable figures made of plastic. The average 1:6 figure stands roughly 30 cm (12 in) tall, representing a 1.8 m (6 ft) tall human, but they can be as short as 20 cm (8 in) representing a scale 1.2 m (4 ft) tall adult. Figures can be outfitted in a wide variety of mass produced, limited production, and custom clothing and items. Some people undertake vehicle projects ranging from tanks, helicopters, jeeps-and of course motorcycles.

Talented "customizers", miniaturists specializing in construction of one-off and limited production items or the extensive modification of stock products, are limited only by their imagination.

A significant focus of these miniaturists is military subjects of many different eras, but some focus on science fiction, fantasy, pop culture, or civilian topics."

like we see below...

Isis from MGBB's action figures.

1907 Isle of man T.T. rider from by Greg3 from The U.K. 1/6 scale collectors club
(The overall winner of the first T.T. was Charlie Collier riding a single cylinder Matchless and the twin cylinder class was won by Rem Fowler on a Norton -he also set the overall lap record despite having crashed twice and having to stop ten times to make various repairs- You can read Rem's own account of the race here)
Steve McQueen in 1/6 scale from Outlaws Movie Figure

Max Turn has created this pair of bad girls.

Hiba (above) and Trinity from Dawgstyle

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