Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Escape from Beneath the Planet of the Apes

This is my first attempt at scale modelling since I was a teen. My old pal John P gave me this kit a few years ago. I have quite a backlog of model kits, which I have acquired over the years, sitting in a cupboard waiting for the day when I would 'have the time'.

If you read my earliest posts you would know that I'm a bit of a Planet of the Apes fan. So I thought it would be fab to kick start my rekindled modelling interests by giving this kit a go.

The first thing that struck me about this model, after the initial wave of nostalgia, was how inaccurate it was. I can forgive this when you take into account it was originally produced in the seventies. The surface details were one thing, but the 'far-out' paint scheme recommended by the instructions were positively drug-induced bizarre.

Original box art

I had seen this kit finished with the cover art paint scheme at a local hobby and model show. I thought it was a real shame that the same care and attention to detail that was shown to a lot of the military models there didn't extend to the sci-fi kits. So I thought I would download a ton of reference and try to stick as closely as possible to the movie/TV series colours.

Original look of the kit

The base that the figure comes with I thought lacked a certain amount of detail. I love the production design of the second Apes film 'Beneath'. I wanted to convey the twisted/melted feel given to the environment of a nuclear war ravaged New York.

My darling wife let me buy a brand spanking new airbrush to add to my arsenal of modelling tools. I put it to use base coating the figure and then 'dusting' it with a bunch of different colours to blend it all in. A small paintbrush was used for details and the gorilla's face.

I used foam fill from a can to create the melted rock as well as girders from a train accessories kit to simulate bent steel. I added the hand painted subway sign to help sell the location of the diorama.

Overall I was pretty happy with the little fella. It sure was good fun putting him together!


Darling Wife said...

Did I really let you buy that thing? How much was it, darling? ;)

rassmguy said...

This model is fantastic! I'm really impressed with your work.

Rich Handley
Timeline of the Planet of the Apes:
The Definitive Chronology

Pete Mullins said...

Thank you so much, Rich!

Your book looks fantastic.

At last a detailed book that deals with the tangled conduits of ape future history. I'll be buying a copy most definitely!!

Pete M

Hunter said...

That really looks great! Want to do mine? ;-)


Passfield Games said...

Nice job Pete! The face detail is great. So, what's next?

Anonymous said...

This really looks great.
what colors did you use on his pants/shirt and his armor/helmet?

Pete Mullins said...

Thanks, once again, for the kind comments.
I mainly use Tamiya acrylics.
I tend to use an airbrush for the larger areas and a fine brush for details.

His tunic was a base coat of Royal Blue followed by a 'dusting' of NATO green.

I RARELY use the one base color and nothing else.

His pants and shirt were Red Brown with purple used lightly over the top.
I then sprayed a gloss clear over the helmet and leather for a shiny finish.
I sprayed a final layer of matte lacquer to 'hold' the flat finish areas and to knock back the shiny areas.
I hope this answers your question adequately.