Review and Photos by:
Scott Buonanno (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Laura Ochiltree (email@example.com)
eptember 13 and 14 marked the return of he annual Modelfest in Boston Mass. Paul Antonelli and the crew from new England Resin and Vinyl / The Character Shop sponsored the annual show. This show was marked by a new and larger venue, and the 10 year reunion of cast of HellRaiser. There were plenty of kits to be had, including some very desirable and rare pieces.
Alternative Images had their new Paramour kit on hand. A limited run kit featuring the Creature from the Black Lagoon carrying his female victim, this was a real beauty. A really nice sculpt and excellent castings make this one to look for.
Morningstar Creations/ Central Casting were showing their new Rancor kit. Looks like a real winner for the Star Wars fans. They also had a new (to me anyway) Captain Kirk on Hand. Featuring Kirk in "The Trouble with Tribbles", it features a 1/6 scale Shatner holding a few tribbles (real puffy ones provided) with a wry smirk on his face. I was also treated to a few previews of whats to come from this up and coming company. They had a 1/6 scale Cheech Marin holding a microphone in From Dusk til Dawn. A strong likeness makes this an interesting piece from fans on the movie. I was also treated to a top secret preview. I was asked to be cryptic so as not to attract unwanted attention for the company. I was shown a 4x6" photo of a critter heretofore unseen in resin. A resident of an icy cave in a very popular sci-fi trilogy, the figure was said to stand in the 14" range and the ice cavern base was said to be nearly 18" tall. If it were solid cast, the piece would weigh nearly seven pounds! This one should be ready in time for Chiller.
I spent a fair amount of time and money at the Mike Burnett Productions booth! Burnett was debuting a wonderful new line of 1:2 scale busts, Bruce the shark reproductions, a cool female gray alien, and a snazzy 1:5 scale Apollo astronaut. Any of these pieces were a bargain, featuring excellent sculpting and a ton of solid resin. The biggest problem I had with the booth was choosing which kits to pick up!
Mike Cusanelli was there, debuting his new company, Foxfire. To those unfamiliar, a lot of Mikes kits have been released by Soldat. Mike does some of the nicest girl kits around. He has a distinctive style and you get good quality for your money. His new stuff is no exception. His newest kit features a beautiful alien girl with a strange little criter huddled at her feet. The sculpt was, as usual beautiful, and the castings were wonderful. Keep an eye out for this company.
Jim Deming (Kitboy33 to grems) and his Fantasy Creations were previewing a soon to be released kit. Titled Blind Date, this was an approximately 1/7 scale werewolf and semi clothed damsel in distress. I was very impressed with the sculpt on this one. It figures to be around 14 pieces and may retail around $175. I did get a pic of this one, but its unfortunately a little blurry so I'm hoping Jim will oblige us with one soon.
Screamin was taking preorders on thir new Pinhead kit. I thought this was a nicely done piece. Around 1/6 scale it features a sickle wielding Pinhead standing on the head of his victim. Very tasty! Screamin also had a preview of a new werewolf kit to be released soon. This again was around 1/6 scale featuring a nasty lycanthrope standing in what appears to be an abandoned building. I heard this was sculpted by Paul Komoda, but no confirmation on this. I'm not sure what the material will be. They also have a female recumbant in a bubble bath. Kind of nice if you're a girl kit collector. The rep told me this was vacuum formed?! Again, I didn't see the unbuilt kit, so I can't confirm this.
Lastly, Mike Hill was on hand from England. He had two surprises with him, although they were only available in very limited numbers. There was a really nice Lon Chaney tribute featuring Chaney and his alter ego; the lunging Wolfman together. A beautiful likeness of both characters. The second was a Karloff piece with Karloff and his alter ego; the Frankenstein Monster. Again, beautiful likenesses. These would be must haves if you're a fan of the classics but my impression is that they are very limited. Hope I'm wrong on this account.
Gordy Dutt and the Kitbuilders crew were there. Gordy was selling the new Kitbulder Cutey kit; a Mike James sculpt. A real bargain at $59. Fred and Sylva DeRuvo were present for Modelers resource. Their Sitting Pretty was on sale too. Again a must get for girl kit fans. I was surprised by the revelation that the kit was sculpted from a photo of Sylvia. Fred, you're a lucky man.
Mike James was on hand from England. In addition to the two tribute pieces, Mike had sculpted a commemorative base relief plaque feturing the Cenobites from HellRaiser for the occasion. Mike gave a class in sculpting that I was unfortunately unable to attend. My only disappointment was that Mike didn't have more of his own kits to sell.
Wlliam Paquet was on hand too. William is one of the best sculptors in the business. He was there selling some of his prefinshed, comic inspired kits. I usually don't like prefinished pieces, but I would buy these. William also related an interesting anecdote about his TurboBaby kit. It originally was to be a prefinshed piece for a greeting card company. When the company decided to change the scale of the piece, William turned it into the freakish little mutant that it now is.
Last but not least were the guests of honor, the HellRaiser cenobites. Led by Doug Pinhead Bradley, these three chaps were appoachable and friendly and signed anything put in front of them (including a couple of body parts... still attached of course). I was surprised to see that Simon Butterball Bamford was a sort of smallish fellow. Maybe 160lbs soaking wet. I kind of expected an obese fellow. Ah the wonders of foam appliances. Nicholas Chaterer Vince and I had an interesting chat. When I told him I was a dentist, he revealed that Clive Barker had essentially chosen him to play the part after he revealed a story about his own lengthy dental reconstruction. That Clive must be quite a character. The fellows also did a question and answer section replete with witty anecdotes about the HellRaiser movies.
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