A while back I had the idea of using Britain's West Point figures for making 1800s American militia units. The cost of original Britain's figures made using them beyond my means. I did make a mold of the body, with the idea of swopping heads. Most of the heads I got didn't look right on the body. The idea petered out and I moved on to other projects.
A few weeks ago I was on an auction website looking for a particular toy soldier mold. I came across an old mold from A.C.Gilbert Kasting of a marching West Point cadet. The mold looked to be in good shape, but it was quite pricey. I resisted for a couple of weeks, before breaking down and buying it.
I just received it, along with one casting of it. I also found a couple of bars of casting metal that I didn't know I had. Unfortunately the basement was flooded by a leak and many boxes stacked in front of my casting area, putting a hold on trying out the new mold.
|The new Gilbert West Point mold.|
|The casting that came with it|
|My earlier attempt at using a Britain's West Point figure to make an 1800s American militiaman.|