Sun Demon

from The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)


Earthbound Studios

Sculptor: Steve West

Material: Resin

Scale: 3/4


This is one of Earthbound Studios “Big Head” series. They are a must for any fan of the classic “B Movie” monsters of the ‘50s and ‘60s. I saw this film when I was young and it helped me to get hooked on the rubber suit monster movies.


This was a great kit to do especially if you are in the mood to paint. There is no build-up time at all and the part fit is perfect. It comes in 6 resin pieces: a 2 part base, head, teeth, 2 horns and stands 16” tall. The base is a clear resin that gives a great opportunity for lighting. As with all the Big Heads, they are connected to the base by a ball and socket joint. This allows the head to be positioned or tilted to give the model that little extra attitude.  Mark’s casting is perfect. I had to scrape a couple of faint seams lines that took about 5 minutes. After that I gave her a bath, a quick coat of primer and I’m ready to paint.


Since the film was black and white it leaves a lot of room for interpretation. It’s obviously a dark colored creature and Robert Clarke has said his make up was actually green. So I guess the concept was a lizardy type of monster. I figured I have enough green monsters in my collection so I wanted to go with a more burnt and crispy approach. I chose the brown, orange and red spectrum to render him. Starting with a brownish base I worked my up through 13 layers of acrylic colors to get the final finish.


I decided to light the clear base so I built up layers of Tamiya clear red until I got the desired density of color. The rocks were hand painted and dry brushed.   I think my paint time on this was a little less than usual. It just seemed to come together. I’m usually kinda slow when I paint. I’m real happy with the way this kit turned out though. It’s one of my favorites.







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