(from: The Monster That
Challenged the World - 1957)
Manufacturer: Resin From The Grave
Sculptor: Joe Tomasini
Material: Resin Scale: Unknown
I love the big bug and atomic mutant
movies of the ‘50s and ‘60s. This little slug falls neatly into that
category. The Monster is basically a snail that got zapped by
radioactivity, grew huge and terrorized the surrounding area. What
more do you need for a fun bug movie?
There are 2 versions of this kit. I
obviously have the version of the creature coming out his vat in the
laboratory. I liked the this version best because of the dead lab
bunnies and it’s more a less a composite scene from the film. The
other version is of the creature raising up out of his shell. You
really never see this clearly in the film.
This kit is a honker. The creature
and the base are all solid cast. That’s a lot of resin and it’s
fairly heavy when assembled. It came in 4 parts: the floor, the vat,
the creature and his head. The casting on this was pretty good
considering it was an old RFTG kit. They are notorious for poor
quality casts. Assembly was easy and stands 10” tall when completed.
The sculpt is excellent. It has nice detail and proportion.
As with all the big bug movies, it is
in black and white so you have free reign to paint this guy up any
way you like. I tried to keep with the wormy, snaily, slimy aspect
and went with greens and browns. The goo dripping from the mouth is
Rendering the liquid inside the vat
was a bit of a challenge as I find to be the case whenever painting
liquid. After completing the liquid I gave it a thick coat of
Liquitex clear gel medium. This gives the surface a clear, wet look
with the color just below. I then brushed the tips of each gel wave
to give it a “breaking” effect.
I painted the entire kit in acrylics
using my airbrush, hand painting and washes. This isn’t one of my
favorite kits but I had a lot of fun doing it.