Role Model

I’m going to use this month’s Collectors Corner to introduce the subject of models. I’ve asked my long time friend and colleague Gary  Maini, who is himself  a modeler and a judge at modeling exhibitions, to write a few introductory words on the subject.

       Modeling has come a long way since the early 70’s when I first was introduced to this hobby.  The greatest advances have come from the different materials and methods that are available today enabling one to create a higher level of detail.  Early on, many modeling kits were made out of styrene with the parts laid out on sprues.  That same process is utilized today, but with the ability to create more complicated parts, giving a greater level of detail.  Some kits are created in resin, which gives a more crisp level of detail, but the drawback is the possibility of warpage of the larger pieces.  One of the greatest advances has been the introduction of photoetch parts.  These are flat sheets of metal whereby the parts are bent into shape.

These pieces give a more scale effect, especially with scales of 1/24th, 1/35th to 1/72nd, as seen with automobile and military subjects.  One of the latest materials used is a resin labeled polystone.  This material can be seen in WETA-Sideshow's line of pre-painted figurines and busts.

With Gary's introduction, let me say, though I don’t collect models avidly, I have some select pieces which I enjoy very much. When one starts collecting models, assuming you want to display them, (remember the 40 year old bachelor, didn’t he have stuff to die for, but much of which was in their original boxes) you need to consider the size of the space you have available for display. This may influence the size or scale model you purchase.

In keeping with this month’s article of the month’s Creature from the Black Lagoon, I do have one Gill-Man collectible that I am very fond of. It’s a 1/6 scale resin model. I have seen many similar ones for sale over the years, but not on this particular base. Though I suspect it’s not unique it might be. Of course once hand painted it is unique. The rendition of Kay and the creature are excellent. The pose juxtaposes Kay swimming and the creature’s desire for her. It captures the essence of the movie.

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Now as regards choosing a model, especially a pricey one, you should do your homework and shop around before making a purchase. For example, some years ago I wanted to buy a Godzilla statue. I was disappointed with what I was finding in stores. I wanted a zilla with a certain facial appearance that would epitomize the creature for me. I contacted Sean Linkenback now a partner in moveposterexchange.com, an expert on horror posters and everything Godzilla. Even wrote the definitive book on Godzilla collectibles. Sean suggested I check out the ‘2000 zilla . I loved it (see below). My wife didn't love me posing the statue on her fine Asian furniture, but cool effect.

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Well though the Creature from the Black Lagoon is my favorite monster it's not my favorite model. That honor falls to the Sideshow 1/4 scale Green Goblin. Made of polystone, fabric and metal, in a limited edition of 1200, the detail on this piece is magnificent (see below). Your unlikely to find one in a perfect condition for less than $400. I did actually see one in England for $375.

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Anyway if you have the room to display it, it's money well spent. There is a companion spiderman piece, but the goblin blows spidey away.

Until next time true believers, happy hunting and keep on collecting.