Polar Lights re-issued the vintage Godzilla model in 2000. The model was taken from the original Aurora molds and in my opinion is one of their more unique kits. I have built several original Aurora Godzilla kits and the base is a lot of fun to assemble. The destroyed city at the monster's feet really adds to the potential of this model. Getting the right look of the carnage really accents the assembled kit. But after all your hard work on the base, there is just no getting around that head! No matter how good a model builder you are, there is little that can transform the original style Godzilla head into anything that even closely resembles the "Terror of Tokyo."
Tom Parker was not going to sit back and watch, as a new generation of builders had to resort to building this style of Godzilla. After studying the creature he was able to come up with a new improved head for this kit. His head (sculpted by Henry Frickel) features the original movie version of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, with a subway car clinched within his snarling teeth and another subway car gripped in it's left hand. This head really accents the original model nicely. The pieces are molded in white resin and required very little prepping prior to adding them to the kit. There is some cutting that has to be made on the neck of the monster to get the head to fit correctly on the monster's shoulders. I found that if you remove the molded lower jaw from the original kit (at roughly a 45-degree angle) the head would rest squarely on the neck. Filler putty will be required to hide the transition between the resin and the styrene. Once painted, it is hard to tell that this is even the same kit.
It is amazing how the addition of these two pieces can transform the over all display of this kit. I highly recommend it to any die-hard Godzilla fan. At $35 (delivered) this includes the resin replacement parts and also the Polar Lights Godzilla kit! You can't beat that. I spoke briefly with Tom and he related that a new version of Godzilla is currently in the works and this (his original Godzilla head) will no longer be available. Currently Tom has very few of these on hand so do not delay in contacting him if you want to purchase one of these!
Another head Tom offered in the past is from my favorite childhood cartoon, Space Ghost. (sculpted by Jay Harless) With the new found popularity of Space Ghost through the syndicated "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" (seen on Cartoon Network) Cult of Personality saw fit to honor this forgotten hero in white resin. Using a Revell Superman kit, I easily made my conversion.
First, I covered the base with modeling clay and sculpted a lunar type landscape. I covered it with model railroad "Talus" and threw in a few sprigs of "Martian Weeds." (The tree branch is from an original Dracula model.) Once the base was completed I assembled the entire Superman figure sans the head and filled all the mold lines and seams. (This also held true for the wrists.) Once the figure was puttied and sanded I sprayed the completed figure with flat white. After the paint dried, I masked off the wrist areas and painted the red "Powerbands" onto the forearms. I then cut squares of sheet styrene for the yellow power switches. Another 1/2" strip of sheet styrene was wrapped around the waist to hide the original belt. Finally, an additional 2" was added to the cape length to achieve the desired length. I then cut out waves in the tail of the cape to replicate the one worn by this cartoon hero. Though no longer available, this head originally sold for $10 and was available for purchase via the "Cult of Personality" website.
Tom told me that the Cult of Personality website will eventually be back on line but was under going a lot of changes at this time. To contact Tom on any of these items, or future items, he can be e-mailed at Bwain@webtv.net. His mailing address is listed in the "Letters to the Editor" section in the August/September issue #41 of Modeler's Resource Magazine.
Easy to paint, and assemble, there is no better way to spruce up a tired kit than with some resin replacement parts. Special thanks to Tom for allowing me to showcase his parts in this article. Until next time, keep that glue bottle tightly closed and the shop well ventilated.