After finishing Captain America: Ultimate Soldier, I took the obligatory few days off from model-building. Cleaned up the workspace, washed out the paint bottles. Time to clear my head. There are a number of models waiting to be built. In particular I have a Galaxy Quest NTE-3120 N.S.E.A. Protector that’s been calling my name. I’m a bit scared of it, because it needs custom lighting. But the time is coming.
For the moment though, it’s going to be Moebius’ Conan the Barbarian resin model kit. First impression is that the box it came in is gigantic! The model is large, standing an impressive 12 inches tall, but the main reason the box is so large is the packaging. The model is held in two layers of form-fitted styrofoam, carved to hold each piece securely. I’ve never bought a model so safely packaged before!
With over 20 pieces, I categorized them as Conan, Girl, and Base. In broad scope, that’s the order they’ll be done. The base makes a wonderful stand to hold Conan while I work on him. Seems obvious, but not every kit has such a good working mount. While gluing and painting, Conan was mostly stable, but he wobbled a bit. A toothpick wedged uder the offending foot took care of it.
Piece by piece, they look good. The seams fit great. I like when a model is sculpted to join on obvious seams. Makes the painting so much easier. The detailing is very clean. I did some small touch-ups, but mainly running a polisher with a rotary device was sufficient. The biggest visible problem is the thumb on his sword hand. The sword itself need a tiny bit of rebuilding. Not much, just to cover a small missing chunk near the guard. But his thumb… seemed to be missing a lot of ‘meat’. It took several layers of Bondo (makes a good contour putty) applied with a toothpick in the crevice between hand and sword grip.
After applying a light gray base coat, a number of smaller blemishes became visible. I could have simply ignored them, but decided to smooth down as much as possible. Spent this evening just smoothing down the minor rough spots. I’ve read that this kit was originally slated to be a styrene kit like the majority of Moebius model kits. In midstream they switched to resin. Just to address the question, a couple of reviews state that the detailing suffered because of the change. One reviewer mentioned a lack of fingernails and toenails. There’s some truth to the loss of detail, though I couldn’t really tell until working with a magnifier on the small blemishes. But my kit, at least, came with fingernails and toenails properly sculpted.
The proportions are good. Very appropriate to the source material, which is a comic book cover. Conan #1, from the 1970’s series. I’ve worked on models with crisper detail, and models with softer detail. You’ll have to determine for yourself what’s acceptable and what’s not. As for myself, I like the work. It looks like Conan, the art is strong and dynamic, and it’s a good match for the original artwork he’s based on. As typical with Moebius, there’s a very nice color instruction sheet. Going to enjoy this model kit.