DML Boot Removal Ricky Foster Boots
Charles Winstone Boots
Corbin Black Boots Polished Boots
DML Boot Removal
One of the things that I have had to do with some
of the DML boxed figures I have bought, is remove the plastic boots from a
figure. And this used to be a real pain doing this, because I was always
worrying in case I snapped a foot joint while I tried to get the boot off. So I
have made this page up about how to remove the plastic boots from figures, these
are not my original ideas. But some that I have come across during my travels
through the forums. So that fellow modellers can read of the various tips that
have been used to get the boots off. An alternative idea of using a hairdryer comes from the Sixth Army
The one that I personally use to get the boots
off, is with the hot water. As I have found this to work very well when I have
used it. Of course care must be taken with the water, especially if you have
children in the house.
As the children only have to see you do this once, and if they collect figures
as well, they may try this trick if you are not looking. So please be careful
about doing this with the little one's about.
Removing boots from the figure
For the hot water trick, I just boiled a kettle
and then poured some water into a cup, rolled up the trouser leg of the figure
and ducked the boot into the water. I made sure that a little of the water got
inside the boot, as I think it helps to speed up the softening process.
I left the boot in the water for about 30 seconds
and then removed it to check if it had softened up. What did surprise me was how
quickly the heat disappeared from the boot. So I only had a short time to try to
remove the boot, and rather try to get this boot off in one go. I got it about
halfway off as shown below left, I put it back into the hot water for another 30
seconds, took it out and then removed it fully.
I found this technique quite easy to do with these
DML US boots, as they are made of quite soft rubber. But some of the others are
made of a harder type, and may take more than one or two soakings in the water
to get them off. The important thing I have found to remember is to take your
time, as you don't want to end up breaking the foot off.
Fitting Boots to the figure
For this I have read of many different tips that
figure modellers use to sort of 'Grease' the inside of the boot, before it is
fitted to the foot of the figure. I have heard of washing up liquid being spread
around the inside, talcum powder or a thin oil. But with the oil, there is a
problem that it might react with the plastic or rubber over time.
So the easiest way I have found is to do the
reverse of the boot removal with the hot water. Remembering to bend the toes
upwards slightly before you insert the foot, as this makes it easier to slide
the foot into the boot.
DiD Boots Changes
These pictures show the comparisons between a pair
of Newline corrocan boots with a DiD pair.
Ricky Foster Boots Repaint
These boots are the ones
that came with the DiD Ricky Foster figure, and although they are very nice
boots I felt that they could be improved on. Because after thinking about it
something had to be done about the colour of them. Plus the buckles and straps
could have done with being tighter as they just do not seem to look right when
they are fastened up.
With the colour of the
boots I used some brown acrylic paint to re-colour them, this was first painted
on neat to colour the stitching and then with just water and a wet paintbrush
they were scrubbed to rub the colour into the material.
In the picture below left
I have re-painted the right hand boot but not the left one, so that I can show
the comparison between the two. In the next picture below I have re-painted both
boots and then gone over them again with some neat brown paint to further add
the colour to them, and while this was drying off I then used the wet paintbrush
again to scrub them to mix the colour up a bit more. In the final picture below
right, I have used some grout and pastels to add a dusty effect to the boots.
This to me has improved on the look of the boots, but I do
recommend painting them with some Model Colour No 540 Matt Medium first, because
I found that even after adding the brown paint the grout had a hard job to stick
to the smooth surface of the boots because of the type of material used.
Tighter Boot Buckles
These boots with the way that they stay loose at the buckles,
even after trying to fasten the straps as far I can have annoyed me a little in
the past. And these changes are something that I have thought about doing
before, but I kept putting it off. So after seeing the improvement that a little
paint can make to the boots, I decided to see if I can make the buckles tighter. The first thing I did was to cut off the buckles themselves as
shown above right, these were then moved backwards and sewn back onto the boot
with the plastic buckles above where they were originally sewn in place.
Once the straps are fastened together as shown above left, you
can see nothing of the changes that have been made but the boot is a lot
tighter. Compare this to the original buckle positions in the picture above
right on the other boot. With the repositioning of the buckles I moved them so
the boot would be very tight on the leg as shown, but for blousing the trousers
over the boots I would loosen the buckles a bit.
Note: Be careful with tightening the
straps as the thin vinyl can break easily.
Charles Winstone Boots Repaint
The short boots I have used in another kitbash are again from
DiD, these were first roughed up
with some fine sandpaper to make them look older. A
benefit of using the sandpaper is that it helps the acrylic paint to adhere
better to the type of vinyl that these boots are made from. I then repainted
them black and gave them a drybrushing with some Mud weathering powders; they
were then given a grout treatment to make them look old.
Ageing the Corbin Black Boots
Here I am applying the grout to the boots of my
figure, and when compared to the first picture above left. To me it has added a dusty
appearance to them and brought out the detail. Another tip I found out by
accident is with Dullcote, and if you want to add scuff marks to the boots. The
picture above right, shows a pair of the Corbin Black boots and the toe cap was painted with
Dullcote. Once dry it was dusted with the grout to make it look dusty, which
helped to make the scuff mark stand out.
This was a big experiment that I have done
recently with a pair of boots from the Albert Ross figure, because to me the
grout technique above made the boots look old and dusty. But I wanted to see if
I could age them any better than this, so I painted the pair below with some
Dullcote. Note: Makes sure the bottle has
been shaken properly to mix the contents.
I then just painted the boots with enough Dullcote
to cover them, this was then left aside to dry fully. Once fully dry I
'scrunched' the boots slightly to add the creases into the vinyl material. The
boots in the pictures below are the one's I did this treatment too and I am very
happy with the old look that they now have.
Polishing the Albert Ross Boots
The boots for my Class A figure did not look the part to
me, so I tried to see what they would look like if I used some dark brown shoe
polish on them. This has added a flat even overall colour to the boots covering
both the stitching and the laces, the boots were then polished to get a shine
with my Dremel drill with a polishing cloth attachment.
To show a comparison between the newly polished
type of boots and the Dullcote painted pair, I have taken the picture on the
right of the boots I used on my Military Policeman figure, alongside a pair that
would give a Sergeant a heart attack.
So with a little work I can get three different
stages of wear shown on the DiD corrocan boots.
Repainting DiD Corrocan Boots
In the picture on the right it shows a pair of the
DiD boots I have repainted straight from the box, a brand new boot is between
them for comparison.
I did this as an experiment and gave the boots a
wash of thinned Matt Brown acrylic paint which I scrubbed in and left to dry.
This first coat gave the subsequent one's a key to stick to the vinyl.
I did this second and a third time with slightly
more paint each time, letting it dry in between each coat and the paint has
taken to the boots well.
I then gave them a drybrush of some brown pastel
chalk to add some more colour to them. Since the pastel chalk will stick to the
boots better now because of the paint.
With the blousing of trousers on my figures, this is another idea
that I use that I sort of found out about by accident. Because my son was being
treated by an orthodontist and he had to use some braces on his teeth, and in
the course of this treatment he had to use some tiny rubber rings to hold the
brace in place. And it was only when I found yet another one of the rings on the
floor whilst I was kitbashing, did the thought occur to me about a use for them.
The order in which I do this is the rings go on the leg first, the trousers as
normal over them and then the boots are put on. The pictures above are the rings
as they came from the packet; the middle picture shows them for a size
comparison with my tweezers. With these rings I put three of them on the leg in
case one breaks.
In the picture above I have pulled the trouser leg down so it is
inside out on the leg, I then put two of the rings over the trouser and then
pull the trousers back up as normal. Once that is done the trousers now look
like the middle picture, the final picture above shows the trousers bloused out
over the boot top.