The box art for this kit.
I purchased this “Mad Monster” 1/12 scale resin kit for something of a change of pace from what is generally seen in my collection. This 1997 Jimmy
Flintstone kit, called “Von Hitch's Rocket Rod” was sculpted by Ed Newton and owes it's overall theme as characterized by the work of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.
Ed Roth came into his own, as it were, in the 1960's where his grotesque subject matter of bizarre creatures driving equally bizarre hot rods soon became a national craze (for teen boys at least). During this period,
his famous Rat Fink creation, which up until that time, was generally seen on Tee shirts found itself in a series of plastic model kits from Revell. Aurora soon came out with their line of dragster models piloted by classic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein
and the Wolfman. None of these appealed to me in the least.
This kit has thirteen cast resin and zamak pieces of reasonable quality although
some had surprisingly large chunks of excess material that had to be removed. The instructions were fair though not really necessary. The figure had oodles of hair line seam lines which didn't become apparent until after a layer or two of paint was applied
which proved to be very irritating.