Updated: April 11, 2004|
Creature from the Black Lagoon - By Chris Wauchop:
This is Horizon's vinyl figure model of the Gillman in "Creature
From The Black Lagoon", the cult 3D movie released in 1954. The
Horizon kit is no longer in production.
As discussed in the earlier article on Draco the Dragon, the
techniques for building a vinyl kit are not complicated, but they
are slightly different to a hard styrene model. Excess vinyl was
first removed using a hobby knife with a new blade. Seam lines were
then carefully pared from the kit.
Gillman's legs were filled with Plaster of Paris to add weight and
rigidity to the finished model. The Creature was then assembled
using super glue.
White Milliput (a fine grain two-part epoxy putty) was used to fill
the gaps at the joins. Construction of this model was quite
straightforward and trouble-free.
Chris based the Creature's coloring and details on movie posters. He
also spent plenty of time freezing frames from the video to achieve
The Testor Aztek A470 airbrush was used for the bulk of the paint
job. Most of the effects were obtained with the fine (tan colored)
tip. Brushwork was rare - even details like the warts, lumps and
bumps were picked out with the airbrush.
The base was scratchbuilt. It was populated with Woodlands Scenics