Mrs. Emma Peel, the quintessential '60s woman--beautiful, intelligent, confident, and thoroughly Mod. A British television icon at the same time that Batman was dominately American TV, who better to make an appearance at the window during a Batrope climb?
Shown in her trademark zippered black leather jumpsuit, this is a 1/6 scale resin figure kit from Dimensional Designs. Overall, it's a good representation of Diana Rigg as Mrs. Peel--easily recognizable. That said, there are a couple of points to bring out: the face is a bit broad and perhaps a bit large for the scale, and the surface is a bit rough in a couple of areas--requiring a little extra attention before painting.
Consisting of 8 parts, including the base and nameplate, it's a simple kit to assemble. The shoulders come moulded with registration pins already cast for easy alignment. Making the kit stand requires inserting a brass rod into the heel of the left boot and then into the base--there isn't sufficient ground contact to simply glue the figure to the base without it braking free anytime the kit was handled. Seams are easily handled with a bit of epoxy putty and smoothed with water and a finger or your favorite sculpting tool.
The one problem with my kit involved the gun barrel in her right hand. The resin barrel was bent and broke easily while trying the clean and straighten the part. Trying to repair the part was clearly hopeless, so replacement was the only option. Choosing a piece of brass tubing from the spare parts box, I cut it to length and then removed the resin gun barrel with a hobby knife. The gun sights were duplicated from a scrap piece of styrene and attached with CA glue. The barrel was then attached to the gun with the same glue and the back was filled with a bit of epoxy putty. This gave the added benefit of having a perfectly round hollow barrel.
Painting was straightforward. The entire kit started with a coat of grey primer to show any problem areas with the puttywork. After some additional sanding and seam filling a second coat of primer was applied. The flesh tones came first--I used Model Master enamel Light Tint Base and Warm Tone flesh colors as a base and then accented the shadows with Shadow Tint and Warm Tone followed by highlights of Light Tint Base. I tried to keep the tones lighter for a more feminine appearance. The lips were a combination of Warm Tone and International Orange. The hair started with a dark brown base and highlighted by drybrushing a red/brown mix to try and achieve an auburn color. Deciding on a color was a bit difficult since her hair tone seemed to change with the lighting of any given episode--the auburn color seemed the best compromise.
The suit was a basic gloss black with a satin clear coat to give it a black leather look. I chose not to drybrush any highlights on the suit since they would have looked like worn leather. The zippers and buckles are Silver Chrome Trim and the gun is Flat Black with silver drybrushing.