OTHER AURORA MODELS
Aurora was the principal figure model kit manufacturer from the 1950s until the end of the '70s.
In that time they released dozens of kits, not all monsters. This page is devoted to those other models, reissued as noted in the captions.
Alfred E. Neuman
James Bond 007 and Oddjob
...And He Never Misses.
I posed the James Bond 007 and Oddjob figures on a single base as a vignette. The idea came from a similar pairing of two military models I saw at the 2001 IPMS Nationals. These are the 1999 reissues by Polar Lights/Playing Mantis.
The hat that came with the kit looked nothing like the bowler worn by Oddjob in GOLDFINGER (1964). I scratchbuilt a new hat and repositioned the hand holding it for a better throwing grip. In the film, the hat had a steel lining in the brim that made it a deadly weapon.
Although the Aurora figure didn't look too much like Harold Sakata, the actor who played Oddjob, it was still a menacing character. I drybrushed his hair over the lighter scalp color for a buzzed hair cut look.
Showing Bond's predicament. But the title of the piece is ambiguous - just WHO "never misses"...?
Both models were built pretty much out of the box. However, I did drill out the trigger guard and the end of Bond's pistol.
I think the Aurora kit captures Sean Connery's features very well. By referring to photos of him in GOLDFINGER, I was able to enhance the resemblance using artists oil paints. That characteristic lock of hair was made with Elmer's white glue.
The Incredible Hulk
The Robot from Lost in Space
The Robot from Lost in Space
I built this model, a Polar Lights/Playing Mantis reissue from 1998, straight out of the box. The paint scheme represents the Robot as it appeared on set during the TV series' first season, which was filmed in black and white. The base was painted to match the box art.
LiS Robot Full Left, High Angle
I tried to paint the lights on the Robots front panels to look lit. Color stills from the first season of LOST IN SPACE weren't very helpful, as the suits' power was rarely turned on during the photo sessions. So I sometimes had to guess what color to paint the lights.
LiS Robot Full Front
Look carefully in these high-angle shots and you'll see the signature of Bob May on the base. It was Mr. May who performed within the Robot suit for the run of the series. He signed the base at the 2003 Frightvision Convention, and the model appeared in the KITBUILDERS magazine number 35 coverage of the show.
LiS Robot Full Right
The seams between the front and back upper body halves were difficult to conceal. The upper body is a smooth and featureless cylinder - and the silver paint highlights every flaw. In some light, a "ghost" of the seam still appears. >:-(
LiS Robot Full Left, Low Angle
Smoothing the seams of the corrugated arm halves isn't really very hard. It does require a triangle hobby file, lots of fine grit sandpaper, and plenty of patience, though.