Mrs. Bates from Psycho (1960)

Psycho's "mommy dearest" before it became a thing.

I recently stumbled across this kit on eBay which was originally, from what I can determine, a limited run only available from the Monsters In Motion web page store. This 1/6 scale resin kit was sculpted by Chris Elizardo and is loaded with detail. This very nice cast had a total of six pieces and required next to no clean up, a pleasant change from what I've been encountering lately.

Mrs. Bates aka "Mother" in all her glory.

Since the film on which it is based was shot in black & white, I had a lot of latitude in my choice of colors. I went on the Goggle machine and did a search for “old woman's clothing” to get an idea of what would look appropriate for Mrs. Bates. I ended up choosing my own color scheme with a blue and pink knitted shawl and a medium gray skirt. For her flesh tones, I used the pretty much the standard mummy (pardon the pun) hues and her hair was silver gray. The base and chair were painted a flat medium gray & brown respectively.

  • Right side detail shot. Click for a larger image.

  • Rear shot of the model. Not much to see. Click for a larger image.

  • Left side detail shot. Click for a larger image.

This is a a very nice kit based on a film that really doesn't get that much exposure in the hobby and a welcome addition to my every growing collection. 9/3/22