Monogram reissue of Aurora model
This is the model that started the Aurora monster mania. Back in the late
50's, the local TV stations were faced with the problem of what to show in
their Friday night time slots after the local news. Eventually they hit on
spooky movie shows with such names as "Chiller Theatre", and some local yahoo
was hired to dress up as a vampire or zombie and play host (Elvira got her
start on this kind of show). Well, Universal dusted off their old movies
from the 30's and 40's, and sold them cheap to the stations. We kids went
bonkers for the monsters, and a craze was born.
First issued in 1961, this kit was an instant hit. Zillions of them were
sold around the world, and Aurora followed up with models of the other monsters.
The one I built was a Monogram reissue, last put out in 1994. There was another
reissue exclusive to the Toys R Us stores in 2002 that came in a nice repro long box. One
problem with the reissued models, both the box art and the final drawing
in the instructions of the Monogram reissue show a piece of rope knotted
in front of Frankie's waist, but the instructions ignore this and the piece
is not included with the model. Apparently the Glow in Dark issue by Aurora
included this piece, and it's identical to the Wolf Man part. I made
my own replacement, some people feel it's not needed. You decide.
The assembly is pretty simple. I filled in around the front grave markers and otherwise just took my time to do a good putty and paint job. I found a Dremel tool great for going in and restoring the texture of the clothing after smoothing the putty lines, but another tip is to use a texture medium like Gesso and dabbing with something like a damp sponge. The rest was just a simple drybrush job. One note about Frankie's skin color; he's supposed to be green but you see every shade used on him from lime to leaf green. I used a Forest Green mixed with a lot of white, what looks most like the old monster to me. After all, he is a Zombie when all is said.
Tip: That seam on the back of Frankie's jacket is a killer. Tthe problem
is it just won't line up correctly. I've found if you cut off the locater
tabs you can align it perfectly. In fact, you can also glue the jacket
together first, then fit it over the chest piece.
This is maybe the third or forth one of these I've built over the years, and probably not the last. Frankenstein never dies.
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