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Rust-Oleum Products Experiment

Rust-Oleum has been one of my go-to brands of supplies over the years. I use the 2X Ultra Cover white primer on almost every model I customize, plus one of my favorite sprays—Testors Dullcoat —is made by Rust-Oleum.


So I thought I'd do a little experiment and try some other Rust-Oleum products for two different phases of pastelling customs: first, for the basecoat color under the pastels, and second for the fixative spray between the layers and/or final coat.

The two basecoat colors I chose were Satin Ivory Silk and Satin Fossil.

PROS: The paint can be applied directly to a well-sanded, prepped Breyer or over primer.
I think the colors of these paints were lovely places to start a horsey-toned paint job. The Ivory Silk color seems like it would be great for buckskins, palominos, sorrels and bays, whereas the Fossil was less warm/yellow and more of a neutral brown for grullas and some bays and buckskins.
They were affordable, about $4.00 each, and easy to find at Home Depot.

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Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress II

The second Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress in Battle Creek, Michigan was like going back in time to a model horse show of yesteryear—a small, friendly group of showers with some serious competition... custom models sporting soft mohair manes (or RRH as we might have called them.) Many were traditional Lady Phases, Stock Horse Stallions and Trakehner molds, but the minis were inspiring! Here are a few:







Many thanks to Ardith Carlton for hosting the show

My First Stablemate Custom

I am going to the Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress this weekend, so I have been dusting off my “shelf models” of old and making them tags. Most of them haven’t been to a show in 15 or 20 years, and most of them are traditionals. (I switched to minis after many of my traditional models suffered damage from the heat during a move—I was heartbroken. Stablemates fit inside my cooler when traveling in warm weather and also have solid bodies that don’t swell and contract with temperature changes.)


In my search I found this gem: a warmblood stallion custom from a G1 Citation model which may very well be my first Stablemate custom. I think I did him c. 1991. He is painted in oils, of which I may of only had two colors: white and black; and haired with sewing thread (mane) and mohair (tail). I had made him bulkier with Gapoxio—which has separated from the plastic and oozed yellow stain over time.

Sanding the epoxy smooth eluded me, as did blending the paint without tornados of brushstrokes…

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National Model Tack Month Begins Today!

There's another challenge for DIY hobbyists and it is National Model Tack Month! Hanna Bear is hosting it on Facebook. Like National Model Painting Month, this is an opportunity for artists of all levels to work on a project with the support of an online community. I am loving these challenges and the positive vibes they bring to our hobby.

More about the group can be found here: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1864585590421445/permalink/2041827066030629/ It isn't too late to join and start your own tack project.

Personally, I enjoy showing in showmanship and in-hand classes with my Stablemate models. (Less tack and no rider dolls to make hold the reins, just a handler and judge.) Another western halter would come in handy—so that will be my goal for the month.