Bernie Wrightson's "I'm back!"

The box art for this kit.

This a very old vinyl kit from 1997 I picked up on eBay featuring a re-animated corpse based on the macabre art of Bernie Wrightson. The 1/6 scale kit was put out by Sideshow Collectibles from a sculpt by Mat Falls.

The detail on this kit is excellent showing a snowy scene where our vengeful corpse is set on some chore no doubt involving mayhem of one kind or another. Prep work for this kit was pretty standard in that the modeler has to trim off the excess vinyl that presumably comes from the molding process. This is easily accomplished by heating up each component with a hair dryer or heat gun to soften the material which is then cut away with a sharp hobby knife. Due to this kit's age or possible not being stored properly, the vinyl had a very tough leathery characteristic which made the trimming process a bit more difficult than is typical. There was also a fair amount of distortion for the same reasons in some of the parts, primarily the grave stones and few of the body parts but this was remedied with the heat gun.

There is a very extensive description on how to paint this scene included with the assembly instructions so I won't go into it here. Suffice it to say, I half followed the advice and added my own touches as they suited me.

Partly to enhance the base along with hiding the intersection points of the headstones into the base, I added Woodland Scenics 'Snow' secured with watered down PVA glue to mask these defects. Though the base is nicely cast, the particulate nature of the artificial snow helps the scene a lot I think. But is the beauty of the hobby. You can do as much as you desire to get to a creative that you want to be. 7/7/20

  • Left side view, Click for a larger image.

  • Right side view, Click for a larger image.

Base detail.