I’ve finished customizing a Connemara Pony from the jumper mold (with a G1 Morgan Stallion head), but before I paint her, I’ll focus on tack, doll and jump to complete the picture.
|Bits and pieces of my project.|
My first project to tackle is the plants that will decorate my jump. Today’s hunter fences have lots of “fill.” For this I purchased a bouquet of fake flowers with small-scale components. I’ve trimmed off some pieces to use—and found that some unraveled completely!
|Fake flower bouquet with small components.|
For my flower boxes, I began with 1/4 inch square dowels and cut them to about 4 inches long. I painted them with craft acrylic paint and sprayed with matte finish. For the greenery, I used coarse turf that’s used in model railroads. Coating one side of the dowel in glue, I dipped it in the turf.
|Stablemate scale flower boxes.|
|Flowering trees before and after a trim. Dab of glue needed so it won’t unwind.|
|Stablemate flowerpots in progress.|
|A miter box held in a vice works well for small woodworking projects.|
(I did some striped poles here: https://customminimodelhorses.blogspot.com/2018/03/painting-poles-for-performance.html)
|Still deciding on jump standard design...|
|Wishing well, regular standard, and a pillar all in process.|
|Make your own model horse jump cups in seven steps.|
|Testing the horse and the jump together with base.|
|Plexiglass rod is holding the Stablemate in position.|
|Stablemate ornament jockey customized to a hunt seat rider.|
|Stablemate rider in blue hunt coat and greenish khaki britches.|
|Stablemate scale etched items from Rio Rondo.|