Halloween Hobbies: Monster ModelsPosted: August 22, 2015
I do NOT need a new hobby. That said, I am lusting after a monster model kit or two. A fellow blogger hooked me on this idea a while back, with a post titled: Aurora Monster Models and Prehistoric Scenes Kits. Ever since I read his piece, I’ve been resisting the pull of these beauties. What saves me is the fact that I really just want to HAVE the models, not so much spend the time MAKING them. (I did ask Ogre last night if he missed model making. Perhaps there is a trip to a hobby store in my near future.)
NOTE: It appears that any given model might be available from any number of sources. I’ve linked to the ones I found, but if the suggested site goes out of stock, just google the proper name of the creature and see what comes up. Click around a little to find your favorite monster – many different designs are available. Be careful, though. Some listings are for reproduction boxes only. Others are for more expensive models in vinyl or resin. Some models might be available at your local hobby store. I’ve gathered a selection that shows a cross-section of the available plastic (styrene) model kits.
MONSTER SCENES SNAP-TOGETHER MODELS
If even the level 2 kits I’ve spotlighted above are a little too intimidating, there is another option. Monster Scenes models are snap-together, rather than glue-dependent. The scale of these models is 1/13, and each kit is intended to work with all the other kits in the collection.
SEX & SADISM IN A KIT
Yes. That does mean “The Victim” fits inside “The Hanging Cage” … and in every other torture and restraint device in the dungeon diorama pieces.
The Monster Scenes line was created by Aurora, who had enjoyed massive success in the 60s, with classic Universal Monsters models. In the early 70s, they introduced this set, which quickly attracted the ire of religious and feminist groups. (And probably most parents.) Remember, the suggested age on these “toys” was 10 and up.
You can see how the pieces can be used to create multiple scenes in the following video, and get a glimpse of some additional pieces that may be available if you’re good with a search engine.
Get The Victim, The Hanging Cage & Gruesome Goodies at Moebius Models. ($25 – $30 each.) Try MegaHobby for: The Feral Cat, Sabre Tooth Rabbit, The Skeleton. Amazon is another resource which currently stocks The Pendulum, and Dr. Deadly himself.
Having never been a model builder, I had to do some poking around to even begin to understand what to do.
I found this:
A beginner’s guide to making plastic models. (This is a general site, that talks about model vehicles,)
How to Make (Plastic) Monster Models by Dex Robinson. Where Dex shows various stages in the process resulting in this masterpiece:
— just to get an idea of how expensive (outside of the cost of the models themselves) this hobby is.
Megahobby Modelers Pack Set 4
“Great for getting started in Modeling”
You get the Testors Hobby Knife, Liquid cement with applicator, Special Value paint set and Testors sandpaper.
Approximate Price: $19.79
Megahobby Tool Pack
This set includes Testors liquid cement, a three-pack of fine sable paint brushes, a Model Expo sprue cutter, a Testors assorted sand paper pack with three different grits, and a Testors standard hobby knife.
Approximate price: $22.99 0r, if you want a Mega Hobby tee, $29.99.
I know, of course, that the actual supplies to complete a model would be far higher.
Especially because, of course, I want to do this:
Photo credit: Wolfman link image, on the Halloween Index page, is by Parlor of Horror