by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
Amateur figure sculptors as well as modelers converting and upgrading plastic figures love to use replacement resin heads and hands. Resin heads offers superior detail to plastic, enhancing facial features of the figure and providing character with various expressions. Likewise, resin hands are superior to plastic in terms of anatomy and detail, but they are also formed to hold a weapon or a tool, flash hand signal and, of course… point. 😊
This review covers three sets of replacement hands in 1/35 scale released under Royal Model label: Assorted Hand Set No1 (839), Assorted Hand Set No2 (840) and Assorted Hand Set No3 (841).
The sets come in plastic bags secured to hard cardboard backings. The hands are cast in grey resin and closer inspection reveals no casting imperfections whatsoever, with all the details impressively delivered in resin. Some of the fingers feature resin projections which were added to facilitate casting process and these protrusions need to be cleaned before use.
Each set consists of 7 pairs of hands, quite a variety suitable for many different scenarios. Fitting the hands to figure’s arms is done by drilling out the sleeves, removing the hand from its carrier block and fixing the hand to the arm. The process is facilitated by long wrists which allow easy modification for achieving perfect fit. As with the replacement heads, it takes a couple of minutes of precise work to take a simple plastic figure to the next level of realism.
Check the photos and observe the quality of the assorted hands from Royal Model. The sculpting is great and the cast very impressive. With 7 pairs of hands, there is a nice variety in each set.
Altogether, these sets provide a very useful addition for all those converting and detailing plastic figures, as well as for sculptors creating their own miniature masterpieces.
A big thanks to Roberto from Royal Model for these review samples.