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A model figure is a scale model that represents a person, either a generic figure of a type (such as "World War II Luftwaffe pilot"), a historical personage (such as "King Henry VIII"), or a fictional character (such as "Conan").
Model figures are sold both as kits for the enthusiast to construct and paint and as pre-built, pre-painted collectable figurines. Model kits may be made in plastic, resin, or metal (including white metal); collectables are usually made of plastic, porcelain, or (rarely) bronze.
Enthusiasts may pursue figure modeling in its own right or as an adjunct to military modeling.
There is also overlap with miniature figures (minis) used in wargames and role-playing games: minis are usually less than 54mm scale; model figures usually 54mm/1:35 or greater. (Model aircraft and vehicle kits at smaller scales will often include "model figures", of course.)
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