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Vladimir Demchenko - Interview with a master

Q: Do you remember the first time miniatures (figures) appealed to you?

A: When I was little boy I had collection of Soviet plastic and metal soldiers.I can not call it “miniature”,but there were no another and I liked to play with it.


Sometime I hear rumors from boys that “somewhere in USA (like somewhere over the rainbow)” there are absolutely nice figures of modern foreign soldiers (couriosity,we called all of them “mercenaries”) and even Nazi Germans!!!

Perhaps you know that USSR had interdiction about Nazi Germans for children toys and assembly models. We had figures of Soviet soldiers,but had no enemy figures for games!

First “real” miniature that I met in my life was 1:72 ESCI figures. I was teenager and a boy from my school get gift from his dad, who brought them from France.Green-colored “US Elite Force.Vietnam” looked just fantastic! I`d never saw anything like it! It was indeed shock for me.I never thought that somewhere in the world such figures were able!!! So detailed,so quality and so small!!!

Second shock for me was Verlinden catalogue.I understood that it`s another planet,another world and I want to live on this planet.:-)

My first 1:35 miniature was Soviet Infantry from “Zvezda”,I bought it in newspaper store,but really I didn`t like it. I saw enough ugly “wooden” figures,wrong anatomy and proportions.
I was waiting something another-more detaily,more volume,more expressive...while once saw Dragon catalogue.

In 1995 I stopped building airplane models and came to dioramas.

Q: Who or what inspires your figure modelling?

A: Books,photos and documental movies. People,real people what I see every day around me. I`m looking at faces,hands,foots and shoes,movement,poses,wrinkles.

And of course,creation of another nice sculptor,even “non-military”. For example,I`d got great inspiration with figures and portraits by Adam Beane.
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About the Author

About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...


Comments

Terrific read, Vladimirs figures are like a breath of fresh air in the figure modelling world,. if only he could be persuaded to do some British/Commonwealth figures.
NOV 13, 2009 - 10:39 AM
Great interview. It's always terrific to get to know a bit more about the folks that bring us all those great figures. Fantastic to see Kitmaker's original Artist Q&A back again Rudi
NOV 13, 2009 - 06:57 PM
What a great interview! Even with his not super English he conveyed exactly what he was meaning with each response. Good stuff Brad
NOV 19, 2009 - 07:17 PM
Excellent interview. Over the years I've seen quite a bit of Vladimir Demchenko's work online and I had often wondered who he was and where his diorama talent came from. Reading his philosophy on sculpting and motivations make viewing his work all the more interesting. Thanks for posting the interview and thank you Vladimir Demchenko for providing us with your insight into your niche of this hobby. Cheers, Charles
NOV 20, 2009 - 02:52 AM