SHOCK WAVES

(from Shock Waves, 1977)

Manufacturer: Resin From The Grave

Sculptor: William Paquet

Material: Resin

Scale: 1/6

 

This is a great little kit! But I’m biased. I love the movie. It’s got Peter Cushing as a German scientist who turned SS soldiers into zombies to create the Totenkorp. How cool is that! If you’ve never seen it, check it out. It’s also got Brooke Adams and John Carradine.

 

Anyway, the kit is a nice, early sculpt of Bill Paquet. I really like it. He hates it. But then artists are their own worst critics. The proportions are great and pose is excellent. It also has a nice swampy base. When assembled, it stands 14.5” tall. RFTG says it comes with 2 different bases but it didn’t. I only got the dirt base and not the water base.  The biggest problem I had with this kit was the quality of the casting. For you veterans of the GK industry, this comes as no surprise to you being it is a RFTG kit. For you newbies, RFTG was one of the first kit companies and had great sculptors and great designs. They just had horrible castings littered with air bubbles or pinholes, and bad joints. While the actual assembly fairly easy, this caused the paint prep to be very time consuming. A great deal of putty work was required. The kit originally had the film title carved into the base but I didnít like it. It looked a little cheesy to me (sorry Bill), so I puttied it over. Once completed it was fun to paint.

 

In the film Cushing explains the history of the soldiers that became the zombie super soldiers. With this info you can do a little internet research and find some good reference material on the uniform styles. I tried to be as historically accurate as possible so I used Tamiya acrylics and I airbrushed the uniform. The rest of the kit was brush painted using acrylics. I added some Woodland Scenics water to create some puddles at our boy’s feet. Between each layer I painted in some muck to give it depth.

 

The 3Ē high pedestal base was scratch built using a regular wood base like you get at the craft store. I jacked it up by building sides for it out of poplar wood strips from Lowes. I then cut molding to trim out the bottom. It was all glued, tacked, puttied, sanded and painted satin black. I went to all of this trouble because I wanted to have a place to mount the name of the kit since I had done away with the original nameplate. The letters were cut out of plastic from a sign shop. I also wanted a place to put an SS medal. The medal and ribbon is an exact replica of those worn by an SS Stormtrooper Division from a company the makes German uniforms for the film industry.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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