Friday, 19 August 2016
KID'S AWESOME AURORA MODELS...
I've shown my AURORA models before on this blog, but now comes
the time to show them again in an 'omnibus' post, mainly 'cos I can't think
of anything better to write about. Don't despair 'though, 'cos if you haven't
seen them before then they're all new to you, and if you have, then what the
hell - they're well-worth seeing again anyway. All built and painted by my-
self, it should go without saying (but I said it anyway, so sue me).
First up, above, is the FRANKENSTEIN kit from 1961. I've got
four of them, but this is the only one I assembled, back in 1983 or '84.
Below is the SUPERMAN kit from 1964. I've got an un-built one still
tucked away in its box, which I really must build and paint one day.
Below is the GIGANTIC FRANKENSTEIN kit from 1965,
also known as BIG FRANKIE. This is a superb kit, and I want
to have its babies. In an abstract, figurative manner of speaking
of course. You think I'm some kind of weirdo?
Next up (below) is the BATMAN kit from 1965, just in time
to meet the demand generated by the '66 TV show. The camera-
flash has slightly washed-out the colours, but don't let that deter
you from swooning in awe and envy at my modelling skills.
From 1966 comes The FORGOTTEN PRISONER of CASTEL
MARE (which means 'Castle by the sea'). See what happens when
you put GROUP 4 in charge of prisoners?
Next (below) is the 1974 reissue of SUPERMAN. The 'S'
emblem outline of the first version had been removed from the
costume and cape, and stickers (water-slide decals in subsequent
reissues) supplied - but I painted them on by hand for a superior
finish, 'cos I'm a perfectionist I am. Also, the nameplate was
omitted from this version, so I used a spare '65 one.
Below is the 1974 reissue of the BATMAN kit, which was
slightly modified. First, the name was deleted from the tree, as
was the circular 'bat' emblem, which was replaced with an oval
sticker. The little owl was also omitted, but I acquired a spare
one from a '65 kit to complete the model. Bought, built and
painted in 1983, owl obtained, painted and added in 2007.
Finally, the SUPERBOY and KRYPTO kit, reissued in 1974.
This didn't come with the nameplate of the original '65 release, so I
supplied one of my own. (A half-hearted one admittedly - so much
for being a perfectionist, eh?) The 'S' emblems are reduced copies
of the ones from the 1984 MPC reissue of the Superman kit, as I
acquired the model without its original stickers.
I've got other Aurora kits (some of which are POLAR LIGHTS,
MOEBIUS, MONOGRAM or REVELL reissues), but I haven't got
'round to building and painting them yet. Maybe one day, I hope. Now,
I know you're all dying to tell me how wonderful I am, so I won't hold
you back from expressing your admiration for a moment longer.
Posted by Kid at Friday, August 19, 2016