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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT - Noch Unpainted Footballers

Stuart Jordan

STUART JORDAN looks at this new unpainted set from Noch in OO/HO.

You may remember my previous article on the new items that Noch are releasing this year. Included was a set of Unpainted Footballers and Fans, allowing you to customise the team colours if you didn't fancy any of the pre-painted European team colours. The set contains eleven players and six fans.

I thought it would be fun to paint up a team in Gaugemaster colours for the OO Layout in our shop, which has a small football pitch on it.

Noch Footballer Sprue

The figures come unassembled on sprues, so using my trusty Xuron Sprue Cutters I carefully snipped the figures and parts from the frame to form my Gaugemaster Five-a-Side team.

Noch Footballers Assembled

Using a sharp bladed knife, carefully trim away the mould lines around the edges of the figures (don't worry, that's paint on the knife handle, not blood!). Some of the figures have separate arms, so these were fixed on using Deluxe Materials Roket Max Cyano. I didn't want to try an ordinary plastic glue, just because the plastic these are moulded in is quite hard.

The figures were then attached to a piece of scrap balsa wood to allow handling while painting. I originally used double-sided tape but there wasn't enough hold, so small dabs of Roket Max were used.

Undercoating Noch Figures

I gave the whole lot an undercoat of Humbrol Matt Black spray, do this in a well ventilated area.

Painting Noch Figures

I'm going for a black and orange football kit, and because the orange paint won't show up too well on the black undercoat I have blocked out the areas that will be painted orange with white first. To differentiate between the other team members, the goalie's kit will be reversed. I use a 5/0 Revell brush, which holds a point well.

Unpainted Noch Figures

When the white paint is dry the orange is blocked in over it. This will all be tidied up later when other colours are painted on.

Noch Footballers

The rest of the colours are painted in, and a bit of detail added to the faces.

Model Railway Football Pitch

The Gaugemaster Five-a-Side team play their first match against England(!) next to the tracks on our Shop layout. The 'minnows' Gaugemaster currently lead England 2-1, and Joe Hart doesn't look very happy about it! The figures are held down with Tacky Wax.

Noch Football Pitch

N66830 Football Stadium with Clubhouse, Floodlights & Sound

Avaialble this year from Noch is this one-off limited edition set (order now to avoid disappointment!), which is a Football Pitch with Club House, and Stands, and even includes a sound module (which is not currently available elsewhere). Two teams are also included. The Stand and Goals are available separately.

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