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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Land of the Giants Snake-completed

So I finally pulled this Polar Lights repop out of the stash. It's been sitting in my closet since 2002 and I finally felt I could take on the snakeskin paint job. I had to repaint the snake's basecoat a couple of times because I just wasn't liking the results. I finally settled on grabbing 5 different bottles of brown shades and airbrushing them on starting from lightest to darkest.

I replaced the safety pin with a real one. This is a easy swap because there are safety pins that are the exact same size as the kit part.

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The mouth is a mixture of Tamiya pink with Tamiya Flesh and a touch of purple. A dark red wash was applied.



The body is basecoated with Tamiya Dark Yellow. Darker shades of Tamiya and Vallejo browns are airbrushed on top of the basecoat.




A teak colored wood stain was brushed on and wiped off to bring out the scale details.






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I had totally forgotten about that kit- great work!
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Good call on the real safety pin.
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Good call on the real safety pin.
Agree! It does an amazing job of really 'selling' the diorama!

I recall the original Aurora issue back in the day, the box was SOOOOO scary and dynamic! The kit was a bit of a letdown in comparison...

I always wondered if there was a 'deluxe' version planned ala the LIS Cyclops kit, with the rest of the castaways and maybe some campsite stuff or something.
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I always wondered if there was a 'deluxe' version planned ala the LIS Cyclops kit, with the rest of the castaways and maybe some campsite stuff or something.
That would have been a natural special edition for their Spindrift kit...
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Great work on the snake coloring and thanks for the WIP photos, they are very helpful. Makes me want to build/paint the kit myself.
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That would have been a natural special edition for their Spindrift kit...
I agree, but I don't recall Aurora doing things so much with vehicles. A vac-formed base and some figures would have been a prime (and cheap) way to 'refresh' the Spindrift, no doubt about it.

But the snake calls out for the other people. Mark with a razor blade hatchet and so on. I just can't imagine what the attaching/surrounding background could be, maybe the old 'fallen branch that's like a tree to them' or something.

Memory fails. Were the figures in this kit in scale to the Spindrift?
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If you want a larger base with other figures Thunderboy makes an add-on kit.
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If you want a larger base with other figures Thunderboy makes an add-on kit.
I thought I has seen something like that!

Thanks for the reminder!
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I wish we could get a larger scale Sindrift !
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That is really beautiful work. It's definitely one of the best I have seen.
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That's a fantastic job you did on that snake! It would freak me out if I saw it on the floor!!!
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That's a fantastic job you did on that snake! It would freak me out if I saw it on the floor!!!
Thanks phrankenstign! I wish I owned a dog or cat to see how they would react. I have a huge fear of snakes and this build just made it worse. Now, every branch or stick laying on the ground looks like a snake to me!
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Fantastic build and paint job! I love the realistic paint scheme on the snake. Most reptiles have pale pinkish/white mouths, but most modeler's paint the inside of the mouths red or bright pink. The seams on this kit are a nightmare, don't know if I will ever build mine.
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