Picked up this kit at the Scalemodel World show in Telford last November and been keen to put it together, but the Viper Build has been the priority upto now. So picked up a small wooden base for it at the South Cheshire Militaire (thanks to Blitzspear for spotting them) for a quid as the final thing I wanted before getting going.
So here are a few pictures of the kit itself before getting going on it.
It is a simple bust about 3 inches high (I’m guessing, didn’t actually measure it), which looks to be around 1:6 scale. It is sold by MDC Models from a sculpt by Neil Roberts and is available from their website for £19.95.
I would guess (not knowing the sequence of release) that the Doctor Who episode “Silence in the Library” may have been the inspiration for the sculpt, where the people are eaten by the Vashta Nerada and the suits keep walking around with a skeleton inside. The details of the suit are very different though, so if it is the case it is inspiration only and not a copy (compare the picture below to the bust one further down).
The kit has just 4 parts. The main part of the bust, the top of the helmet, a vacuformed visor and the spaceman himself which is a skull (hence the similarity to the Doctor Who episode).
The quality of the casting is very high and there are no airbubbles or very much flash. Clean up was done in a couple of minutes.
The clear helmet part is on a large disk and not entirely clear where to trim this to for best fit. I went slowly cutting first the bottom part off and then a little more from the sides to get a good fit. There are a few indentations in the clear part which affect the surface (presumably dings in the master which these were formed over) but looks like there are sufficient undamaged sections that the front can be unblemished.
Assembly is dead easy and once the clear part was trimmed is a 5 second job.
Next up will be a couple of small modifications and then start painting. Thinking of Soviet looking at the moment but might well change in time.