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American Cowboy , 1865
American Cowboy , 1865
  • 54083a

by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

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Historicus Forma

about the figure

The word Cowboy finds its origin for the first time in Ireland around the year 1000 a.C. In 1604 Irish prisoners were deported to New England by Oliver Cromwell, here in 1655 the term appears again since the shepherds wearing leather jackets and coats that escorted cattle from Springfield to Boston were called cowboys. In 1750, the word was used for those men who escorted cattle in Virginia, Carolina and Georgia. One needs to wait until 1830 to find the first examples of cattlemen specialized under the Mexican model of Vaqueros and this all lasted until the year 1863 during the turbulent period that preceded the foundation of the State of Texas. The Cowboys are presented by modern films as rough drunken brawlers, in reality this was not true. The real Cowboy had a code of honour that he respected, and identified himself solely with his own sense of power and pride. Disputes were not solved by fist fighting but the ritual imposed a loyal duel by gun. The Cowboy despised richness, deeply respected women and children and was also religious. The heroic era of the Cowboy started at the end of the secession war (1865) because after the devastations of the conflict, the request for leather and meat rose enormously. In this period, the Cowboy became the most emblematic figure of the national myths. The time of the Cowboy finished when the railroad civilization took over, people had no more fear of travelling the West and millions of settlers invaded the lands and erected fences which prevented the Cowboy from continuing to rove the immense plains on his horse.

This paragraph is taken from the historical note provided in the kit.

The figure represents a Cowboy carefully riding his horse down the hill and holding a winchester rifle.

The figure comes in 210 x 155 x 40 mm.standard big size Romeo Models light blue cardboard box. The front cover shows a photo of the figure painted by Italian master painter Diego Ruina.

Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including brief information about Cowboys. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English. The research of this figure, preparation of the text and translation are made by Riccardo Carrabino.

Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and figure base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.

The figure is sculpted by Italian master sculptor Gianni La Rocca and made up of 23 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. There is no visible seamlines on the parts and a quick sanding and metal brushing will make the parts ready to prime.

The main part of the figure is body with head and legs. The face shows a very good expression for a dynamic pose. The facial details, long hair and moustache is well defined. He carries a Bandanna, a large cotton neckerchief that had a myriad of uses from mopping up sweat to masking the face from dust storms. He wears a cotton shirt and jeans. Over his shirt, he wears a long greatcoat with wide collars and a short cape. Over his jeans, he wears a Chaps, long leather leggings protect the rider's legs while on horseback, especially riding through heavy brush or during rough work with livestock. Chaps has two pockets on front and shows nice decoration with big metal studs on both sides. The straps of the stirrups are cast over the chaps inside the legs. He carries a wide leather gun weapon belt. Two holes on both sides are sculpted for the revolver and bowie assembly. He wears cowboy boots with high heels and spurs. Spurs are provided as separate parts and two holes on the back sides of boots make the assembly of spurs easier. Cloth folds, belt, buttons and straps are all well defined. The small pin at the bottom of figure make a very good fit to the saddle and helps on correct posing.

The arms are supplied as separate parts. Right arm is posed to carry a rifle. The sleeves of the greatcoat is folded and he wears leather gloves. The rifle is a Winchester lever action model and is sculpted in good details. The pin on the arm makes a good fit to the main part and is useful for correct fit. Left arm is posed to grap the bridle. Cloth folds and cape part is well defined. It makes a good fit to the hole on the left shoulder. A part of the bridle is sculpted over the hand.

The right and left sides of the greatcoat are supplied as separate parts. These parts need some attention during assembly but they make good fit to the main part. Cloth folds are well defined and a pocket cover is sculpted on the left side.

The body of the horse is provided in 4 parts; Head,Right and left halves of body and Tail. In the body halves; the muscles are well sculpted in details and very suitable to the posing. The saddle blanket, skirt part of the saddle, straps and rings are very well defined. Two parts make a good fit and there is almost no need for a filling process. The thick pins under the hoofs make a good and strong fit to the figure base. Facial details like ears, eyes, nose holes and mouth/teeth, crest and straps of the bridle are well represented. Tail shows nice texture and makes a good fit to the hole on the back.

Other parts are ;

  • Saddle : A typical western deep seat saddle with a high horn/pommel and cantle. There is a hole on the saddle for the figure assembly.

  • Rope & Blanket : A Lariat, from the Spanish word la riata, meaning the rope, sometimes called a Lasso is tied to the horn of the saddle. This is a tightly twisted stiff rope, originally of rawhide or leather, now often of nylon, made with a small loop at one end called a hondo. When the rope is run through the hondo, it creates a loop that slides easily, tightens quickly and can be thrown to catch animals. A blanket with leather straps and metal buckles is also attached to the horn. A metall mug is sculpted tied to the strap.

  • Saddle bags & Blanket : Leather saddle bags and a blanket secured with rope ties are supplied to attach to the cantle of the saddle.

  • Hat : He wears a typical cowboy hat with slightly upwards curled edges.

  • Knife : He carries a bowie style knife with a slighly curved handle in leather scabbard on the left side.

  • Revolver He carries a long barrel .45 caliber revolver in leather holder on the right side.

  • Spurs : He wears rowel style spurs. The holes on the back side of the boots make the spurs assembly easier.

  • Stirrups

  • Curb bit : Metal parts sculpted in nice details to attach the reins . Note that you will need some metal foil to make the reins.

  • Figure base : Nice ground texture and rocks in different sizes makes it a good base representing skirts of a hill. Very suitable for a dynamic pose mounted figure. Three holes fits well to the hoofs and makes the assembly easier and stronger.

    Top quality sculpting and casting, very nice posing and multiple painting options. A very unique figure to paint for all painters .

    Very Highly Recommended

    Highs: Excellent sculpting and casting. Very nicely posed figure with a nice base. Multiple painting options.
    Lows: A piece of metal foil supplied in kit to make the reins could be a good additon.
    Verdict: Absolutely a MUST to paint for all painters.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 54mm
      Mfg. ID: RM 54-083
      Suggested Retail: 75.00 EUR
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      PUBLISHED: Jul 10, 2008
      NATIONALITY: United States
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.18%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    i've seen the first cowboy model i ever wanted to paint lol! just love the animation in this... superb mark
    JUL 09, 2008 - 09:50 PM
    Excellent review. If I had any doubts the gray army would be recruiting this , you've allayed them.
    JUL 10, 2008 - 01:29 AM
    The "Golden West" isn't really my scene, but this looks like a nice kit. So when will we see you put some paint to it, brother? Thanks for the review, bro! Rudi
    JUL 16, 2008 - 11:52 PM
    I just received this kit in the mail today. In addition to what Engin had to say, the folks at Romeo had the good sense and foresight to add a steel rod in the right front leg where much of the weight will be supported. In white metal kits, this is a problem spot as the legs are likely to collapse over time, sometimes very short periods of time. Kudos to Romeo for thinking of their customers and improving the value of their kits!
    SEP 13, 2008 - 12:13 PM
    I agree. This is a wonderful figure and I'd love to try painting this one. Mario
    SEP 13, 2008 - 09:11 PM

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