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One Hundred Horses: Number Twenty-Three

I hope all of you are safe and healthy, and I hope the model horse hobby is filling your time at home with a little joy.

I've been working on finishing models that I've been meaning to get to for months or years. This is one of two models that I purchased to paint. She is a Hagen-Renaker Shetland foal. She is a little smaller than most Stablemate foals so she was a fun challenge to paint... plus she put a little "mini" into "custom minis."

Meet Cupcake, a pintaloosa Miniature Horse filly!
Cold Painted Hagen-Renaker Filly

I couldn't resist this heart-shaped snip on this little girl.

She's a baby silver dapple with both an blanket and pinto markings.

QHICK TIP: Prepping china models for cold-painting is quite easy.

This one came on a paper card. I carefully tore the paper away, then soaked her in rubbing alcohol. The glue on her feet rubbed off.

Next, I filled any air-holes with epoxy. When that is cured (about 24-hours), I washed the model with soap and water. I let mine air dry so I don't get fuzzies from a towel on them.

Then I sprayed with primer. This one was primed in white.

Unlike Breyers and Stones, there are rarely any seams to fix on Hagen-Renakers.


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