Continental Garden Trains
Guests can read but log in to post
Continental Garden Trains

For the average enthusiast of trains in garden scale.
 
PortalPortal  HomeHome  RegisterRegister  Log in  

Share
 

 YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...

Go down 
AuthorMessage
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyMon Feb 02, 2009 12:27 am

Here's the second figure I am doing for Brian, as alluded to in the YAF Pt 1 thread... an onion seller, complete with rickety old push-bike. The bike comes from a Pola bike shelter kit, the figure is sourced, as by now you will all be sick of hearing, from the now legendary Preiser track-gang set:

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_1

I felt that as an absolute minimum he had to be holding the handle bars with at least one hand. Fortunately, the Preiser bits box came up trumps:

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_2

Just trying the figure for size against the bike, it occurred to me that it might be possible to actually get the guy to 'ride' it - or at least have just one foot on the ground (as you do when stationary for example). So I set to cutting and reshaping the leg appropriately:

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_3

It was a bit tricky to arrange the 'pedal' leg appropriately, so that the centre of gravity was in balance, thus allowing the figure to stand freely. But once done, I was able to apply some Milliput to the rather unsightly open wounds:

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_4

I then tried out the head and another arm for size (again using blu-tak for a temporary fixative), to see how the overall pose would look:

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_5

It wasn't long, though, before our messing about attracted the unwelcome attention of the local 'leeu':

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_5b

The intention was to allow for the option of having the two figures interact, or be standing separately. I think these two will look quite good together. Quite what the offence is that our Johnny is being written-up for, I know not!

Obviously still a lot of work to do on the onion seller though - Per Brian's request, he'll need a beer gut, a beret, a bottle of wine, a stripey shirt, a cravat, a cigarette... oh, and possibly several strings of onions! Although I shall continue this figure as a separate thread, it is possible that there will be further 'guest appearances' 'twixt threads...

A bientot!

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 1:25 pm

Obviously you are a stickler for detail but I am wondering how even you will do the wheelspokes. (Hides behind sofa)
Back to top Go down
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 3:01 pm

Laughing I guess some details are best left to the imagination... for that reason the onions (when I get around to doing 'em) will be devoid of roots! tongue

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
GWhizz

GWhizz

Location : Charente, France

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 3:37 pm

I think the onion seller is being cautioned for being drunk in charge of a bicycle with no spokes whilst selling onions which don't meet the EU directive (i.e. no roots )

Chuckle; chuckle !

Brian
Back to top Go down
http://www.frenchgardenrailways.com
Carl Hibbs
Admin
Carl Hibbs

Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 5:22 pm

Just a suggestion but what about turning the bycicle into a 'velo solex'.

solex

Now that would be really typically French.
Back to top Go down
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 6:09 pm

carl hibbs wrote:
Just a suggestion but what about turning the bycicle into a 'velo solex'....
Now that would be really typically French.
I've heard of these, but I've not come across any pics of them in use by onion johnnies - unless someone else knows different?

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
GWhizz

GWhizz

Location : Charente, France

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 8:46 pm

Clive I don't want to pile more onto your wonderful creative efforts but I quite like the idea of the Solex. I guess you'd need to remove the crossbar and fit a dummy engine in front of the front forks.

I'm quite into two wheeled French transport - this is a Mobylette "sans moteur" that I rescued from the local decheterie. And yes that is our garlic crop drying above!

Cheers Brian

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Mobyle10
Back to top Go down
http://www.frenchgardenrailways.com
GWhizz

GWhizz

Location : Charente, France

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 8:48 pm

ten out of ten for observation Brian

There isn't a crossbar !!!
Back to top Go down
http://www.frenchgardenrailways.com
Carl Hibbs
Admin
Carl Hibbs

Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 8:52 pm

Eh voila !
Vendeur ou vendeuse des onions express
Laughing
Back to top Go down
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 9:05 pm

I'll see what I can do... The bike has not been 'glued' yet anyway, so as long as I can get away with keeping the pedal positions the same, the body of the bike can be whatever we want it to be... I shall try and turn it into a representation of one of these 'Solex' jobs


Thank you Carl.... Mad

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Carl Hibbs
Admin
Carl Hibbs

Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 03, 2009 10:36 pm

S-o-r-r-r-y.....

or. Je suis désolé...vraiment. Very Happy
Back to top Go down
Carl Hibbs
Admin
Carl Hibbs

Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyWed Feb 04, 2009 9:35 am

That's a Mobylette Brian....Not the same as a Solex (but just as French).

Here's a Solex for sale.

http://thouars.olx.fr/a-vendre-solex-en-bon-etat-annee-1962-iid-6589226
Back to top Go down
GWhizz

GWhizz

Location : Charente, France

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyWed Feb 04, 2009 10:17 am

carl hibbs wrote:
That's a Mobylette Brian....Not the same as a Solex (but just as French).

Here's a Solex for sale.

http://thouars.olx.fr/a-vendre-solex-en-bon-etat-annee-1962-iid-6589226

Hi Carl - have another go at reading my post Mad
Back to top Go down
http://www.frenchgardenrailways.com
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyThu Feb 05, 2009 1:40 am

Most of this evening's effort has been spent on this fella - needed to lose the dungarees and at the same time gain a few pounds:

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_6

Also spent some time making up an impression of a 'Solex' motor for the bike - oh, and some G-scale onions! The copper noticed them scattered all over the table, and has come over to 'have a word'...

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_7

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Carl Hibbs
Admin
Carl Hibbs

Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyThu Feb 05, 2009 2:10 pm

"Sont ces vos oignons la....m-o-n-s-i-e-u-r ?"
Back to top Go down
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyFri Feb 06, 2009 5:31 pm

An interesting aside to this particular figure - in the course of my searching for suitable reference images, I found a couple of very informative web-sites:

This one is a 'History' page from the Onion Johnny Restaurant:
http://www.onionjohnny.com/history.cfm

Of particular note is the revelation that Brittany Ferries (which I have had occasion to use when I took a caravan to Brittany some years back) was started by a group of Breton onion farmers in the 1970's!

Some other interesting links:
http://www.documentography.com/issue/5/ph/magali_delporte/1.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onion_Johnny

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Carl Hibbs
Admin
Carl Hibbs

Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyFri Feb 06, 2009 9:10 pm

Thanks Clive.
I shall use the first link about Onion Johnny for a lesson for students. Good stuff.
Back to top Go down
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptySat Feb 07, 2009 11:11 am

Progress continues:

Beret, cravat, and a bit of string for a belt!

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_8

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptySat Feb 07, 2009 1:54 pm

C'm'ere, there's more.... Primer applied, dremeled and a fag applied - sorry Patrick!

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_9

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptySat Feb 07, 2009 2:16 pm

Yes well as long he only smokes outside public places. Errr does that make sense. BTW that Solex motor makes such a difference to the appearance, but is it prototypical , would it pull 1 bike + 1 fat Breton (oops did I say that ?) + 150kgs of onions. That much weight on the front wheel would surely collapse the spokes, OH I see it has . jocolor
Back to top Go down
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptySun Feb 08, 2009 4:46 pm

Well here he is....

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_10

Trying to knock out his last bunch before toddling off to the local cafe for some liquid sustenance...

Weather outside is garbage at the moment, will hopefully get a better pic later in the week.

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... EmptyTue Feb 10, 2009 2:23 pm

Finally, here's the outside shot I had to wait 2 days to take...

YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... BB_Onion_Johnny_10b

Our hero is about to enter the ticket office to obtain a one-way ticket to Le Lindois - he looks more than a little concerned as he believes himself to be under surveillance by Interpol...

_________________
Cheers,

Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Back to top Go down
http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
Sponsored content




YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty
PostSubject: Re: YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...   YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'... Empty

Back to top Go down
 
YAF (Yet Another Figure) - Part 2 - An Onion 'Johnny'...
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Continental Garden Trains :: Continental Garden Trains index :: Trackwork, Model figures, buildings and accessories-
Jump to: