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Sunday, 2 January 2011
"FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET..."
Aurora Superman kit - built and painted by me
Well, we've had THE
BATMAN, so we might
as well have his good pal
SUPERMAN. In an earlier
post, I featured the 1964
version of this fabulous kit
by AURORA, so this time
around let's have the 1974
version, which had a few
differences. Mainly, the
nameplate was omitted
and, instead of the "S"
emblem being moulded
on the costume & cape, a
couple of adhesive labels
were supplied. Also, the
copyright details on the
base were updated.
Box art by James Bama or
Because of the contours of Supe's
manly physique, the chest emblem didn't
really adhere too well - in subsequent re-
leases of the kit by MONOGRAM, MPC,
and REVELL-MONOGRAM (the two
companies merged in 1986), this was over-
come by the supply of waterslide decals in
place of stickers. For my own kit, I simply
hand-painted the"S" emblem in the ap-
propriate places. I also affixed a spare
'64 nameplate because, to my eyes, the
kit didn't seem complete without it.
Aurora really were the "bees' knees"
when it came to model figure kits. The WORLD'S FINEST, you might say.
Incidentally, the box to your right is
the one from 1964, not the 1970s - simply
because I think it's better. However, as I'm
known far and wide for my generosity and
consideration for others, for completists,
the '70s one is presented below.
The British version didn't have the
8 page comic, alas