In the Te Papa exhibition, eight real New Zealanders who served in World War I were selected to be modelled two-and-a-half times real size. The models' fibreglass bodies were sculpted and milled in separate parts, and dressed in replica large-scale uniforms. Silicon skin was then added, and this was painted by hand and finished with hair over the eight month-long project.
Both The Great War Exhibition (which from next Saturday will also include our diorama) and Gallipoli: the Scale of our War are Weta Workshop projects. The former's creative lead is Sir Peter Jackson, the latter's is Sir Richard Taylor.