Monday, February 11, 2013

I built this Revell RAT FINK model when the kit was reissued in '90. The plate around the teeth was removed and inner mouth and tounge was made from Sculpy Clay. The kit's plastic tale was replaced with another Sculpy Clay piece too. The body had to be raised slightly to let the tale come out between RF's feet. The snout was lengthened and the ball on the end was made slightly larger with automotive bondo and toothpick teeth were added. A"crooked toe" was made from plastic tubing. A narrow slot was cut in the top of the head where the ears meet and a narrow strip of craft fur was stuffed in after painting.

I chose water based acrylic craft paints to paint this kit. A slightly lighter shade of color was dry brushed over the skin to bring out the high point details ...then an oil based stain was used to bring up the lower details in the plastic. A final 2 coats of a Matte Varnish was applied for protection. The ever present bandage was added to his tail.

I was at a car show in Dallas, Texas with a model club. Big Daddy was there too. When he saw my RAT FINK model ...he asked if he could pick it up for a closer inspection as he had never seen a customized RAT FINK before. He whipped out his pen and autographed the back  ...TOO FREAKIN' COOL!!!

WOW! ...23 years ago and still looks this good!

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