King Kong

Kit: GEOmetric Design/Max Factory Custom Craft "King Kong"
Size: 8 inches tall; 1/35 scale
Figure completed: April 6, 1997
Diorama completed, June 8, 1997
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From the 1933 movie, GEOmetric Design/Max Factory Custom Craft's vinyl figure kit in a scratch-built diorama.

Not just another pretty face
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   The archway was built out of sheet styrene and the doors are made of basswood with styrene detailing. The brick work and ground cover were textured with Gesso primer mixed with baking soda.

    The gong is heat-formed styrene and the pillars are vacuformed styrene with a quarter-inch wood dowel across the top. The Aztec-style carving above the gate was made from Ren-Shape polyurethane foam and hand-carved with a rotary tool.

   Kong and the rest of the diorama was painted with Tamiya acrylics and detailed with Model Master enamels. Foliage is made from Woodland Scenics foam-rubber turf.

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  The one and a half inch tall sailor was originally a 1/35 scale Italeri Russian Paratrooper which was molded in a walking position. One arm and one leg were re-positioned to give the figure the running pose. For the sailor hat, the top of the head was filed smooth and a short section of paper cone was glued on.

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