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This vignette displays the uniform of the 1st Minnesota regiment as they charged headlong to stop the Confederate advance at the battle of Gettysburg.
These soldiers are home cast from molds. The molds are from The Dunken company which also sells the white metal in 1 pound ingots. These are cast as a lower and upper body, then assembled, primed and painted. The casting of the fine detail pieces of their equipment is difficult because this is a drop cast method. In drop casting I rely on gravity, the weight of the metal, to fill in the details. The metal is an alloy of lead antimony and tin. I usually figure that I can achieve a good detailed casting for every 3-4 pours, but if the casting doesn’t turn out I just remelt it and try again.

 

A six figure set with four charging soldiers, the standard bearer and bugler.

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