Submitted by Al LaFleche
term “Buffalo Soldiers” refers to the segregated
regiments of the US Army raised after the Civil War.
They were the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the24th and 25th
Infantry. They were employed in the west during the
Indian wars from 1866 to the 1890’s. They were active in
the Spanish American War, fighting with Teddy
Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in Cuba. While there were
“colored” units in WW I and WW II, the cavalry units
were not involved in combat though the Infantry saw
action in the Pacific.
subject of this review is Minuteman Models 1/10 bust of
a Buffalo Soldier. It was sculpted by Ken Farrar and the
box art painted by Dan Capuano. The kit is in a sturdy
cardboard box with a single 8 ˝ X 11 reference sheet.
consists of four parts: Hat, head, torso and plinth. It
is molded in creamy white resin. The main parts have a
pour plug which will need to be removed. As seen in the
accompanying pictures, the hat’s is at the right side of
the brim, the head’s at the crown or the head and the
torso on the bottom. My plinth has big air bubble and
the casting is quite rough. That matters not to me,
since I pose my busts on nice bases from professional
hat has a light seam under the back of the brim and
along the base of the turned up front. There are seams
on both arms which run from the bottom to the shoulder
seam of the shirt, then vanish. The head is almost
perfectly cast except for a seam on the very back of the
neck. Clean up on these parts should only involve a bit
of sand paper or files and a couple minutes.
hat has the emblem of Company B, 10th Cavalry which
included the crossed swords. It appears to be a non
regulation issue item, which leaves the painter room for
creativity. The torso also wears a bandana which could
be any color or pattern of the 1880’s.The torso is clad
in Model 1882 blouse which should be dark blue with
yellow trim on the collar and to tops of the pockets.
There is a pair of suspenders which could be black or
off white cotton. The carbine sling is cast across the
figure with the buckle to the front, allowing a bit of
brass on the figure. Close up pictures show a small
bubble at the tip of the bandana.
face is sculpted with subdued African features. There is
no excessively flared nose or overly large lips. This
will not be seen as a racist, minstrel show caricature
by any means. The hair at the back of the head is cast
in a closely cropped manner suggesting tightly curled
locks. The face is adorned with a modest moustache and a
bit of chin beard. Of particular note is the excellent
musculature on the right rear neck.
folds and creases on the shirt look to be very well
only flaw seems to be unevenly sculpted eyes.
Assembly will be obvious and simple. Dry fitting the
head into the collar shows just about perfect fit. Even
before cleaning off the pour plugs, the hat looks like
it will fit very well on top of the head.
kit has a very reasonable price of $30 and is available
from the manufacturer or any of the usual figure dealers