Apr 152014

1782089_10152350716160429_1555553431_nSome time ago, Monique expressed an interest in the resin model kit, Devonian Encounter.  She’s always built styrene kits up until now, but this one really caught her eye.  With good cause, it’s one of the coolest ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ kits out there.  Not just the monster, but a whole diorama… pretty girl snorkeling, sunken boat, some vicious fish and a whole underwater scene.

At the time I couldn’t find one, but eventually Monsters in Motion listed it as available.  We’ve both bought from them, and always been pleased.  So I ordered it, wrapped it, and surprised Monique with it.  Then it sat for a while.  That’s normal for us, both of us have a backlog of models to build.  It’s kind of fun, picking which one to do next.

The whole mystique of ‘resin kits’ may have intimidated her at first, but it didn’t take long for her to dive right in.  We’re both members of a Facebook page full of excellent modelers, so there was always good advice on hand when she got stuck.

Not that she got stuck all that often.  There were things she had to research, like the best way to attach the sunken boat, or the best way to provide support for all the integrated elements.  For instance, she wound up screwing the boat onto the base.  Glue or putty just wasn’t strong enough on it’s own.

As always, she pays exceedingly fine attention to detail.  Not just with the build, but with the painting.  I was very impressed with the detail on the girl’s mouth.  For as small as that area is, Monique managed to get the lips exquisitely edged, with the teeth and interior all perfect.  While she’s great with all aspects, I think her strongest point is in the painting.  Monique has a touch with the colors that’s on the verge of magical.  Right from when we first began this hobby together, her sense of color was always spot on.  She said it’s because painting models has a lot in common with putting make-up on.  She custom blends a lot of her colors.

It shows in all her kits, and this one is no exception.  When she finished, she posted final pictures on the Facebook page that helped her so much.  Someone asked if she was sure this was her first resin kit?

That’s an awesome compliment, and very well deserved.  Spectacular build-up.  Enjoy the gallery below:

Monster From the Black Lagoon Model Kit – Reissue of Original Aurora

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Mar 232012
Monster of the Movies Creature of the Black Lagoon

Not the same model, but as close as I can find

Still no Phantom.  I’m really feeling the need to work on it, but not going to happen this weekend.  Plans tonight.  Visiting with parents tomorrow.  Going to see Hunger Games Sunday.  Maybe somewhere in the middle we’ll find the time, but not counting on it.  I’ve nearly brought Monique’s modeling up to date; there’s still her Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Frankenstein yet to include.  You can tell from the posts, she’s been on a Universal Monsters kick, working her way through all the old Aurora kits that are being re-released.
(This particular kit doesn’t seem to be available at Amazon like the others.  The picture to the left is the closest I can find at Amazon for now.)
She really struggled with the Creature.  Monique’s come a long way from her first model kit, but trying to get an appealing blend of green on green for a underwater monster from a black and white movie was giving her fits.  Texture-wise, the kit had a lot to work with.  Plenty of detailing, nice sculpt.  Had a cool retro feel to the pose.  But she went back and forth with differing shades of green, and different shading styles.  Personally, I thought most of them looked pretty good, but she wanted better.
Eventually she found a good blend of dark greens and mid-lighter greens.  Then she topped it off with some yellow along the belly, and on some of the trim.  Gave his fins a nice ‘seaweed’ coloration.  The claws, mouth, and eyes added some needed contrast.
Painting the base went far easier.  Monique gave the water an attractive blend of blues.  I know, the movie showed a swampy look to the lagoon, but sometimes you get better results blazing your own trail.  In this case, that’s what happened.  With the water, and especially with the lizard.  Not wanting a stereotypically green lizard, she modeled her lizard after a Water Dragon (thanks to Nigel for the inspiration!)  It provided a good contrast to the overall model.
But my favorite part of this entire model… and maybe from all of her models… is the rock.  Not talking about the whole model, but specifically, the rock.  I had been thinking dark, mossy algae-covered rock.  Came home to find she’d gone an entirely different direction with it.  Monique chose to do a very light colored rock.  I’ll be honest here.  Not only would this never occurred to me, but I don’t think I could have matched that color even if I’d tried.  Seeing how well this turned out, I made note of it for future use.  She made a basecoat of Burnt Umber, then blended Cashmere, Mink, Ivory and off-white.  It’s hard to say exactly what proportions she used, because she just kept blending until she liked the mixture.
Out of all her models and all the great work she’s done, this rock is probably my favorite specific detail.  It’s incredibly realistic, and looks even better in person than it does in the pictures.  (I still think the Mummy is her best overall model.)  I can’t think of a higher compliment than to say, someday I’m going to need that color and I’ll know how to do it because of Monique.
Below is the box and original parts before painting.  In the 2nd picture you can see where the seams were puttied before painting.  The other 3 pics are of the finished model.  She did another great job, and it has a place of honor on our model display shelves!

I do wish I could find a link to Amazon for the same exact model.  We found this one as part of a group of 4 models on ebay.  If you want to find this particular one, try ebay (like we did), or maybe Monsters in Motion.  I’ve never ordered from Monsters in Motion, but they’ve got a very nice variety of models.

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