Creator of the reduced world. Figures of Igor Ivanov


"The Battle of the Ice" performed by Igor Ivanov


Creators of the reduced world. Probably those who read my articles on modeling creativity, drew attention to the excellent color photographs given in two of them with the dioramas of the battle of Borodino. There were a lot of them: horses, people, powder smoke swirling. Although this can be seen, it seems unbelievable that all these figures, including horses, were molded from plasticine. At one time, someone sent them to me, sent along with a letter that I can use them, and I still have them - after all, such beauty! But who sent it was recorded somewhere and, over time, alas, was lost. And I had to give these photos in the hope that the author will go to VO, see them and respond. The first article passed by, but with the second I was lucky. The author saw his photos for dioramas, found my phone through the university and finally contacted me. And he didn’t just get in touch, but told me that he not only did not abandon his hobby, but developed it, and developed it to such perfection that looking at the photographs sent to him, you can only be amazed.

Creator of the reduced world. Figures of Igor Ivanov
"Our Warrior", a participant in the "Battle"

It is clear that there is nothing supernatural in them. There are figures cast from bronze, “white metal”, epoxy resin, stamped from polystyrene, which are much more “regular” and durable. And worth the big money! But the figures of Igor Ivanov bribe with their democracy. And, most importantly, you can do them together with the children! That is, to introduce children to creativity.


"Their Warrior", a participant in the "Battle"

Of course, I understand that the call to go to circles and teach something to today's children is, to put it mildly, akin to unscientific fiction. And yet. He was recently in one of the art schools of his city. One of the schools is a lot of them. And he marveled at the rush of crowds there. That is, there were many children! Each class was packed with them, which is called to the eyeballs. He looked into one of them, and the children there molded from plasticine who would you think? Hussar! 1812, only without a shako, and so with all its “deeds”, including a car! And they sculpted great, it seems ...

That is, an iPhone is an iPhone, but it is obvious that many are very interested in doing something with their own hands. That is, if there are those “who can and want” next to the children, then the children will go to them. It is only necessary that the technologies used by the head correspond to the mentality of modern children. So that even on purpose the product could not be done badly, and it would not require a lot of painstaking work. And it was just Igor Ivanov who developed the technology for children's capabilities. Simple and very effective. Here is what he himself wrote about this to me: “I make figures with which you can play, although they are made of plasticine. For strength and preservation of shape and proportions, I make a "skeleton" for the figure. I use nickel-chrome wire for the skeleton. It seemed to me that it is more resistant to repeated bends. I twist the two wires with a cross - we get a “skeleton”: arms, legs, the place of twisting - the spine. From aluminum foil I form the chest, pelvic bone, hips, lower leg, shoulders. Then - the highlight of the technology, I take a non-woven fabric, glue it, smear it on one side with plasticine with a very thin layer and then densely cover the skeleton with this fabric. Layer by layer on a wire frame. I tear off pieces of the fabric of the right size simply with my hands, and at the end, if necessary, cut off the excess “meat” with scissors. I cover the incision site with our tissue. Heads made of plastic, hair made of wool. The figure turns out to be strong, keeps its shape perfectly, bends along the joints - it is completely “alive”. The clothes are also made of fleecerin and colored plasticine, but can also be dyed. Hats are removed, swords, swords, sabers - all are sheathed and pulled out. That is, the figures are "very functional." That's all the secrets. ”


Someone who, and the children are delighted. They don’t need more! This is just for them in strength and in mind!

What does this ultimately give? It gives that the figure acquires, so to speak, a solid volume. After all, if you simply cover the wire frame with plasticine, then when you try to bend such a figure, the wire will simply crash into the plasticine, and it will be damaged. And here, thanks to the fabric, the figure bends easily. And at the same time, it is easy to attach to it purely decorative, plasticine details: shakos, pompons, epaulettes. That is, what children just like and allows you to make the figures bright and beautiful.


And this, as I understand it, is something like a Zeichhaus

The author sets the figures themselves on papier-mâché dioramas. Organizes exhibitions for children, which are called: "Plasticine game model." There he tells the children about them and shows how to make such figures.

That is, it is clear that these are not collectible figures, which are done by "cool companies" both here and abroad. But for children, this is exactly what is needed. Moreover, with this technology you can work both in circles, and again, if you want to establish mass production and enter the market with them.


Figures in this technique can be interesting not only for boys, but also for girls. They are already tired of Barbie. “Make yourself a beauty with your own hands!” - this is the slogan of the day

Imagine a set for the manufacture of figures with a height of 54 mm. This is, first of all, a “skeleton” soldered from wire, then pieces of fleece fabric and ... small sticks of multi-colored plasticine - white for trousers, a vest, blue for a uniform, red for epaulettes and its decoration, black - a “bear hat”. And this is how we get the French guard of the Napoleonic army. A saber and a gun, of course, a modern krivoruky child will not do, and he will not have enough patience for this. Because sculpting figures that are natural, like all people, can differ from each other. And it’s quite another thing to sculpt exactly the same guns. This is not just any adult can stand it. Therefore, all weapons should be embedded in the kit ready, cast in a vixint of epoxy. Since there should be (or maybe) not only one such soldier in the set, but, say, a dozen, headed by an officer, it will be necessary to attribute that paints for painting parts of weapons and tinting figures are not included in the set and are purchased separately.


"Cave of Aladdin"

Yes, except weapons the head, which is mounted on the “wire neck" of the skeleton of the figure, must also be cast separately. Again, a child with a face with a face on such a scale does not blind, but to color - completely. The game effect of the assembled figure is its mobility. That is, the pose of each of them can be changed, which, of course, the child is always interested. Moreover, since the positions of all the figures, in general, no one will have two different identical figures, which means that each child will have his own, completely unique collection, not similar to what others did.


But these are travelers at the walls of a medieval castle

Further in the instructions, you can write that, since the figures are movable, they can be used to create dioramas. Take photos from them, process using a computer and create interesting illustrations for your own descriptions historical battles! This is a hobby, as I understand it, it’s impossible to come up with a modern one! “Look, what a scene I made from the Battle of Borodino and like me!” “My picture of the battle scene of the Hundred Years War got a million likes! Cool!" Well and so on, everyone can continue this if they wish.


Popular at all times "Napoleonics"

Of course, that with such technology, no figure with the same quality can be made. Knights in "white armor" are not suitable, where color and anatomy are very important. But knights dressed in surcoats and gambizons can turn out to be quite successful. In any case, the experience of Igor Fedorovich shows that, yes, they work out well, just like the soldiers of the era of the Napoleonic Wars. And one more they have a wonderful advantage. They are easy to position and promote using PR and advertising. And that means a lot today. It is a pity that when I wrote my best-selling book PR Design, PR Promotion, I did not know about this project. I would certainly include a description of such soldiers and those PR tools that could provide them with effective market promotion.


Series: “Let's Blind a Tale!”

I just see articles in the Model Grefix and Military Modeling magazines about the prospects of using sets of such soldiers to develop the creative skills of a modern child. In Japan, by the way, everyone is obsessed with this, all that remains is to take a patent, develop a technology for infantrymen and horsemen with horses, and trade not even sets themselves, but franchises for their production with full PR support. Moreover, the best PR-technique could be the release of children's books-magazines telling about various historical battles, illustrated with photographs of dioramas with these figures. And in the end: "If you want to join in and do something similar with your own hands, then contact ..."


And here are the model figures from the Army Museum in Paris. They can be used to make their excellent plasticine analogues and sell, again, as training aids and ... souvenirs. The main thing is to photograph them easily, easily and draw with all the details!


Well, we end with what we started with: “The Battle of the Ice”. This is a ready-made illustration for the school notebook-album "The Great Battles." As an experiment, you can launch a project through an agreement with some small-town ministry of education, where people are prone to "innovation" and to make themselves known. And that’s what we need. Say, 800 schools, let them buy 100 of these sets ...

Taking this opportunity, I want to once again express my most sincere gratitude to Igor Fedorovich Ivanov for sharing his technology with readers of the VO site and sending us a selection of photographs of his products.

To be continued ...
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  1. Hunter 2 1 February 2020 03: 31 New
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    Super Article good , Many thanks to the Author! My Son and I are also collecting Soldiers! Finished the subject of the Napoleonic Wars ... we are thinking of switching to the Great Patriotic War!
    The price tag really "bites" on high-quality miniatures! You can paint it yourself if you have talent and patience!
    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka 1 February 2020 06: 51 New
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      Plunged into childhood !!! I have Vyacheslav Olegovich in my head spinning only two words - "delight and amazement" !!! Thank!
      Sometimes I think that Vyacheslav (the Author) has some kind of “cock word”, he knows how to put it in the lines of his work, something that makes him want to take paper, glue and begin to sculpt Ferdinand on it (which, moreover, Elephant). Thanks sincerely !!!
      Best regards and all a good weekend, Your Vlad!
      1. kalibr 1 February 2020 07: 31 New
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        Quote: Kote Pan Kokhanka
        there is some kind of "cock's word"

        My wife says the same thing when I stand at the stove. Glad you liked it!
        1. Kote Pan Kokhanka 1 February 2020 07: 38 New
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          Seriously Vyacheslav Olegovich, I have known you in absentia since the distant Tank Master, then there were books about tanks and knight armament and armor. Just from the article about self-propelled gun Elephant! Since 2014, we correspond with each other. To be honest, I am glad to meet you and get sincere pleasure in communicating! Your Vlad!
          1. kalibr 1 February 2020 08: 18 New
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            Well, Vladislav! It's nice that you are pleased and interesting. After all, we all, including myself, are working not only for money, but also for public recognition, this is obvious. And ... I hope that when I am at the throne of the Most High, I will receive certain preferences haha, because he will take into account your opinion.
        2. Xnumx vis 1 February 2020 08: 58 New
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          At a school with a friend they read “War and Peace” by L. N. Tolstoy ... They were carried away by battle scenes ... They made a huge Russian and French army according to our concepts ... Plasticine, colored paper ... They built guns from cartridges from Romanian cartridges .. Fortunately, there were a lot of them lying around Sevastopol (straight-level cartridges) put up by the troops! The guns were loaded (sulfur from matches. Wads, finely chopped wire) And fire !! Parents then just bought Polish furniture sparkling with lacquer ... Yes, there is something to remember .... Mother’s horror, fatherly admiration with indignation ... The "powder" smoke of battle and a dent from the buckshot on soldiers and mother's furniture .... A friend died in Kursk ... I will remember him.
          1. Phil77 1 February 2020 13: 17 New
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            Thank you for the funny story! Honestly, I laughed heartily. A file cabinet on Polish furniture! Yes, this is possible only in the happy time of childhood. Well, sadness about a friend who left ...
  2. Phil77 1 February 2020 05: 33 New
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    Excellent !!!! Thanks for the amazing article about the excellent MASTER. The eyes of the guys in the window were especially struck.
    1. Hunter 2 1 February 2020 05: 43 New
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      Sergei hi Masters I forgot to thank, so I join your words.
      Master - send more photos of your work! Very interesting! good
      Well, good luck to you Igor Fedorovich! hi
      1. Phil77 1 February 2020 05: 49 New
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        I'm glad the company. But ... I'm going to work, alas! Good day!
        1. Kote Pan Kokhanka 1 February 2020 06: 55 New
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          My sincere sympathy! And then I think how Muscovites and St. Petersburg are ahead of me in the Saturday comments!
          I freebie - today is the first and last day off in February!
          hi
          1. Phil77 1 February 2020 13: 08 New
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            I greet you Vlad! Thank you for your sympathy. These Saturday job exits are very helpful in the financial plan. Thanks to the Labor Code, the double remuneration for leaving on non-working days has not yet been canceled! laughing
  3. midshipman 1 February 2020 06: 00 New
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    Thank. I remembered how I admired when my grandson Ratmir painted the soldiers, and then arranged them in battle formations. Now he has grown, he is already 26 years old.
    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka 1 February 2020 06: 57 New
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      Yes, after such an article, even a thought flashed about my grandchildren !!! winked
  4. 3x3zsave 1 February 2020 06: 10 New
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    In the 87th year, in the Ural Ranger, an article was published telling about a group of Sverdlovsk enthusiasts who made “Napoleonics” from plasticine and played “battles”.
    Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich! Special thanks to the Master!
    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka 1 February 2020 06: 59 New
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      Man - do you have a job today too?
      For the first time I felt like a sleepyhead!
      1. 3x3zsave 1 February 2020 07: 07 New
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        Yes, to work. But it’s normal, it’s good. It is much worse when on Monday - not to work, and this is not a vacation.
  5. Korsar4 1 February 2020 06: 52 New
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    What a joyful figures. One more beautiful.
    1. kalibr 1 February 2020 07: 34 New
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      I personally most admire the level of "childishness" in Igor’s works. He’s just right. It must be felt, But to feel such a talent from God is given!
  6. Ros 56 1 February 2020 09: 17 New
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    And if you dear learn what this complicated and most interesting hobby costs, you will take your head and still admire the master.
  7. The leader of the Redskins 1 February 2020 09: 35 New
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    I remembered. We in school, in the circle of creativity also sculpted "Borodino"! Probably, the year of that kind in 1987 ... There was a round plywood stand with a diameter of a little more than a meter, it was painted and “invoiced” to fit the terrain, and we, the boys, sculpted the figures ... I was not good at sculpting, but I also dazzled one French guard . The wounded. He was on his knees, leaning on a gun ... In total, 12 or 13 figures were created then. One of them is equestrian. And there was another gun with two gunners! All painted with nitro paints. We were then greatly praised for this diorama. True, no one guessed to take a picture, and then the figures who took home, who so ...
  8. IL-64 1 February 2020 10: 11 New
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    Awesome! Many thanks to the author for the story and to the Master for his talent! It’s a pity that there are no large exhibitions of such miniatures, or I just didn’t hear about them
  9. tanit 1 February 2020 11: 33 New
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    What does a person need so that a Saturday day is not dull? laughing
    And here is such an article. good
    1. kalibr 1 February 2020 11: 50 New
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      Dear Vadim! Yesterday I was looking for Ainu museums in Hokkaido. Found two museums. One does not have an email address. You can contact only by phone or fax. That is, it is postponed ... With the second, the same thing ... "We will look for ..." ways to communicate.
      1. tanit 1 February 2020 12: 04 New
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        Vyacheslav Olegovich, but will it cost much?
        1. tanit 1 February 2020 12: 06 New
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          I mean, the cost of communication (if they are not prohibitive laughing ) I could "shoulder" on myself.
          1. 3x3zsave 1 February 2020 12: 21 New
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            Vadim, I respect your noble impulse! But how do you imagine this?
            1. tanit 1 February 2020 12: 31 New
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              Simply and easily. The price of a minute of telephone conversation is not a military secret. The fax price is the same. The form like this I will pay - at the choice of Dear Vyacheslav Olegovich. Ready to do it in advance.
              While writing - below, Vyacheslav Olegovich himself unsubscribed ...
              1. tanit 1 February 2020 12: 36 New
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                And, yes ... The impulse is by no means noble. Rather - selfish. laughing
              2. kalibr 1 February 2020 13: 26 New
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                I also appreciate my kind attitude. But not yet needed. It's just that the process itself is troublesome, boring, that's what I mean. This is not so - opened, found, wrote, answered, wrote again, laid out - everyone reads. Although it happens. That was exactly the case with Baroness von Loringen of Graz.
                1. tanit 1 February 2020 13: 34 New
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                  Well. You are not interested in this topic yet. I understand and do not reproach, Vyacheslav Olegovich. laughing
                  Someday ... When you decide to write a book about Ainu - I will not forget, I remind you again. laughing
                  1. kalibr 1 February 2020 18: 51 New
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                    No ... Now you can’t get out! There will be an article for you! Will be. For nothing I crawled for two hours in Hokkaido. As a result, I found two museums (which are difficult to contact) and Viktor Nikolaevich found two (you can contact one). On Monday, I will contact him and the tourist center in Hokkaido, maybe they will help ...
        2. kalibr 1 February 2020 12: 21 New
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          Of course not. I can send a fax from the university, send a letter by mail. But how does it work?
          1. tanit 1 February 2020 12: 32 New
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            Anything better than a private person laughing .
            1. tanit 1 February 2020 12: 34 New
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              For some reason, I’m sure that your books have been read in Japan. laughing
              1. tanit 1 February 2020 12: 46 New
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                How will it work? Again easy. Open an account with a card. It is not expensive or even free, depending on where (not an expert on Penza banks). I will make a transfer there.
                For some reason, I’m sure that you won’t lie with the amount. laughing
                1. kalibr 1 February 2020 13: 27 New
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                  It’s not the sum. The fact is that often "from there" do not respond. Just do not answer and that's it. And when you prepare serious material, a lot of things are needed.
              2. kalibr 1 February 2020 13: 22 New
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                And why do they send me Model grafix and Armor modeling? Read, of course.
                1. tanit 1 February 2020 13: 28 New
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                  So exactly and that's it laughing
      2. Undecim 1 February 2020 14: 00 New
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        Yesterday I was looking for Hindu museums in Hokkaido. Found two museums.
        Vyacheslav Olegovich, one of the two, Ainu Museum - in the process of reconstruction and reorganization. In 2018, it was closed. Now there will be the National Ainu Museum, which is scheduled to open on April 24.
        The second, Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum, has a request page on its website http://www.town.biratori.hokkaido.jp/biratori/nibutani/contact/.
        Fill in English and wait for an answer.
        1. 3x3zsave 1 February 2020 18: 31 New
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          Bravo, Victor Nikolaevich !!!
  10. Uncle Izya 1 February 2020 12: 26 New
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    https://people.onliner.by/2020/01/30/golovko
    The master also does something similar.
    1. tanit 1 February 2020 12: 57 New
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      Followed the link ... Ahem .. Uncle Izya, you d ... to?
      1. tanit 1 February 2020 13: 04 New
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        Uncle Izya, but on which x..conneker did you drag this here? Not for the sake of the artist, obviously.
        1. Uncle Izya 1 February 2020 13: 08 New
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          An article about art and not politics does not need irony
          1. tanit 1 February 2020 13: 19 New
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            About art? Uncle, and without Chachvarkin, is it not art?
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  11. Grim Reaper 1 February 2020 14: 18 New
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    I was always a "techie" And even a point, a point, a cucumber came out somehow strange. A karaoke .. could have made a state of "hold
    1. tanit 1 February 2020 14: 50 New
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      But to all of us at the exit laughing
      Sumptuously. What would it be different Izi not Izi ... whether. laughing
      1. Grim Reaper 1 February 2020 20: 09 New
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        Two thirds of my commentary was lost. Anyway...
  12. Looking for 1 February 2020 16: 19 New
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    Quote: Kote Pan Kokhanka
    Since 2014, we correspond with each other.

    As possible since 2014. if you registered only in 2018 ??? Although. Judging by your posts, the fisherman sees the fisherman from afar.
    1. 3x3zsave 1 February 2020 20: 45 New
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      Can. The date of registration of the current account may not correspond to the time a person was present on the resource.
      1. tanit 1 February 2020 20: 55 New
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        Well, actually, you can.
      2. Korsar4 1 February 2020 22: 57 New
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        “He is Goga, he is Gosh, he is Yuri ...” (c).
        1. 3x3zsave 2 February 2020 18: 12 New
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          "How to spell," bond "or" ablation? "(C)
          1. Korsar4 2 February 2020 18: 17 New
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            “I am for the International” (c).
            1. 3x3zsave 2 February 2020 18: 41 New
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              "Where does the lad get Spanish sadness?" (WITH)
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                “I saw this Italy on the map — boot with boot” (c).
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                  "Italiano vero" (C) laughing
                  1. Korsar4 2 February 2020 19: 45 New
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                    “Felicita” (c).
  13. Anton Capucin 1 February 2020 17: 30 New
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    Good evening. The technology that you presented is interesting in itself, and certainly worthy of attention. Definitely worth a try. The question is only in mass ?. At the moment, in my hobby, I come across that it’s easier for me to make a figure or project, and print it on a 3D printer. Or it’s corny to order a layout for freelancers, so that you can print it later when necessary. And there, depending on what I want next. You can make a mold for bronze, gypsum or porcelain. I understand it is important to do everything with your own hands, and here's how to assemble (glue), paint and so on. But it is equally important to give a modeling skill. That is, modeling on a computer a layout, and then bringing it by hand. Something like this.
    1. kalibr 1 February 2020 17: 38 New
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      It is important for children to start somewhere ... And this is just a good option for them.
      1. 3x3zsave 1 February 2020 18: 21 New
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        For children, this, by the way, is a difficult option if we are talking about modern children. The boundaries of "scattering attention" have shifted very much in early adolescence.
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      Bravo, namesake!
  14. Vadim T. 2 February 2020 10: 18 New
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    Vyacheslav Olegovich, good afternoon. Thank you very much for the article. I have always looked for a theme for children's creativity that can be used in history lessons and in extracurricular activities. It seems that in this article I have found what is needed. If you have such an opportunity, please give a link to the video of the master I.F. Ivanova. I would be very grateful.
    1. kalibr 2 February 2020 19: 18 New
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      In PM look ...
  15. Edward Vashchenko 2 February 2020 14: 53 New
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    Very interesting! Thank you very much!