(from Hellraiser - 1987)
Manufacturer: Screamin’ Models
Sculptor: Thomas Kuntz
The Pinhead Cenobite has become one
of the most iconic figures in the horror genre. The Cenobites first
appeared in a short story conceived in the twisted mind of Clive
Barker. The story was developed into the film Hellraiser and
once on the silver screen, they captured the fear that walks the
fine line between pleasure and pain. Pinhead, in particular,
embodies the ultimate evil.
This kit is one of the first models I built when I got back into
model building in the late ‘80s. At the time, Screamin’ was one of
the leading kit producers of licensed products. This gave them the
opportunity to do large, mass production runs of kits and sell them
on the open market. Unfortunately they no longer exist but they had
a great line of kits.
Pinhead was a 2 piece vinyl kit that
stands a whopping 18” tall when assembled. The casting was clean and
neat, no air bubbles or pinholes. The parts joined at the waist and
the fit was good requiring very little putty work. Kuntz captured
the likeness very effectively and the overall sculpt is good. The
pose is a bit static but let’s face it, Pinhead didn’t exactly dance
around in the film so there’s not a lot of action associated with
the character anyway. This is his classic pose.
The one issue I had with the kit was
the area between the hands and the body. The mold was solid in that
area leaving a large, triangular shaped space that shouldn’t be
there. I’m sure it was done for ease of casting which in turn leads
to cost effectiveness. But for me it was a bother. I didn’t want it
there so I proceeded to cut and remove the vinyl which left a gaping
hole that had to be filled and puttied. It was not a huge task and
now the arms and hands are separated from the body as they should
be. I filled the bottom half of the kit with plaster of Paris to
give it some weight.
The other things I wanted to change
on this kit were the tools of torture that were provided. These were
shapes that you had to punch out of thin cardboard. These were
extremely cheesy to me so I decided to make some of my own out of
miscellaneous pieces of wood, metal, hooks, old x-acto blades, etc.
Once completed these were strung around his waist.
In an effort to detail the kit as
much as possible I added small fish hooks to the wounds on his chest
as they were in the film. The pins for his head were provided by
the manufacturer and worked well. The only trick is to get them in
at the right angle to keep the spread of the pins consist. I heated
the tips a bit so they would push into the vinyl a little easier.
I painted the entire kit by hand with
acrylics. I used a few washes and dry brushing to pull out some
detail. Because of Pinhead’s costume there is only so much you can
do with in color spectrum. Rendering the head, face and wounds was
where you get to have some fun.
The box was a plain, plastic cube
with stickers. Nothing elaborate but it gets the job done.
Considering how long ago I painted
this kit, I think it turned out pretty well. I often kick around the
idea of repainting it but considering all of the models I have
waiting to be built, I don’t think I ever will.