(from Matinee - 1993)
Manufacturer: Resin Relics
In the film Matinee,
John Goodman plays Lawrence Woolsey, a film writer/producer/
director, circa 1962, that makes “B” grade sci-fi films and travels
the country promoting them. The movie Woolsey is promoting is his
newest sci-fi thriller, “Mant!”
He’s half man, half ant, all terror!!
Woolsey uses cheap exploitation
tricks to get people in the doors. It’s an obvious homage to
the great budget filmmakers of that time; such as Roger Corman, Sam
Arkoff, William Castle and Dave Friedman. So if you grew up with
the great “B”s of the 50s and 60s, then you’ll really enjoy this
film. It was directed by Joe Dante and it is chock full of little
nods to classic monster stuff of the era.
This kit is a sculpt of the atomic
mutant from the film within the film. It came in about 10 solid
resin parts. The castings were very clean with no pinholes or seam
problems so the build up was very easy. I scraped off a few areas of
flash, cleaned up a few spots and it was ready for a wash and prime.
The hardest part of the kit was the separate name plate. There was
no obvious place to put it on the base so I added it as a projection
to the front. I puttied and sculpted the area to look like it was
all one piece.
The paint scheme was strictly
personal preference. In the film, since it was set in the early 60s
and was meant to be low budget, it was shot in black and white – as
all good atomic bug movies are. Therefore it’s up to the modeler to
decide what to do. What color do you think a mutated half man/half
ant would be?
I rendered the entire kit in acrylic
paints with airbrush and hand painted details. The base has several
different layers of washes and dry brushing.
This was a fun, easy kit to do and
makes a nice addition to the collection.