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Casting around - May 2014
Paul Stocker looks at the latest castings to arrive on the market
Patrick Willis' most recent additions to his 'Wild West Show' range are three vignettes of prospectors at work during the 1849 California gold rush. Although many of those who joined the gold rush returned no richer than when they set out, the large numbers of hopefuls making their way to California contributed a great deal to the opening up of the West.
The three vignettes depict a prospector on the move with his mule (shown here), prospectors panning for gold in a stream and another group working their mine. Although the prospector with his mule is the smallest of the three, it had great charm and captures the very well the experience of some prospectors who made their lonely way from one claim to another. The prospector himself comes with separate arms, one carrying his rifle, to be fixed in place. The mule is in four parts, two body parts carrying a large pack, the head and the tail. The prospector's pan, shovel and blanket roll are separate items to fix in place. Prospector and mule fit onto a separate base. The castings are typically clean and nicely cast and assembly is quite straightforward.
The new castings measure 55mm approx. The prospector and mule kit costs £19.90 (£30 painted gloss). The two larger vignettes can be seen assembled and painted on Patrick's website and cost £45 each as kits (£95 painted gloss). Post and packing: UK 10%, EU 15%, Overseas 20%. There is a minimum value of £10 for orders.
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