Wee Kilts for Wee Heroes
It's been more than 35 years since the first GI Joe changed the face of toys. Since then, Joe has been a soldier, an adventurer, a pilot, President and everything in between. He's even been German, Russian, Japanese and English. But Joe has never been a Scottish highlander.
In 1999, Scotland convened its first parliament since the 1707 union with England. That historic event, and the American broadcast of the brilliant BBC series "Hamish MacBeth," piqued my interest in all things Scottish. And, like all of my interests, I looked for a way to reflect my latest passion in my hobby of collecting GI Joe figures.
Alas, nobody seemed to make figures or outfits in the distinctive Highland style that defines our image of Scotland. In particular, I couldn't find a kilt for my 12" action figures. So I began a quest to make a 1:6 scale kilt.
I researched the kilt, its history and how it is made. I sketched out how to translate the traditional kilt form to 1:6 scale. Then I looked for fabric. That proved to be a stumbling block; the only suitable patterns I could find were in the fabrics of shirts.
And, after a long period of trial, error, remeasuring and repeated trial, I succeeded in assembling what I think is a perfect kilt for 12" action figures. My kilts fit all majore 1:6 figures: Vintage and Classic Collection Joes, 21st Century Ultimate Soldiers and Dragon figures.
In the column to the left you'll find links to detailed information on my 1:6 kilts. You'll find instructions on how to buy one from me. All kilts are handcrafted in the USA by me and made to order. I charge $10 to make a kilt, plus postage. Soon I will also offer an old-fashioned Feileadh Mor, or great kilt.
And you'll also find all the information you should need to make your own kilt, and instructions on how to make your Joe wear his kilt in the proper Scottish style.
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