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Original Kit Issued: 1964 - 1968

Re-Issued: 1969-1975, 1999

I remember helping my buddy Kerry build this kit back in the late '60's. I always thought it was cool, but never owned my own model. There is a sense of action in thepiece, and I think it does rather a good job of creating a freeze-frame effect of the Jekyll-to-Hyde transformation.
The wood and glass elements combined with the "morphing" Jekyll/Hide makes this kit a painter's challenge!
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"...and late one accursed night, I compounded the elements, watched them boil and smoke together in the glass, and when the ebullition had subsided, with a strong glow of courage, drank off the potion. The most racking pangs succeeded: a grinding in the bones, deadly nausea, and a horror of the spirit that cannot be exceeded at the hour of birth or death. Then these agonies began swiftly to subside, and I came to myself as if out of a great sickness.

There was something strange in my sensations, something indescribably new and, from its very novelty, incredibly sweet. I felt younger, lighter, happier in body; within I was conscious of a heady recklessness, a current of disordered sensual images running like a millrace in my fancy, a solution of the bonds of obligation, an unknown but not an innocent freedom of the soul. I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil; and the thought, in that moment, braced and delighted me like wine.

...I stole through the corridors, a stranger in my own house; and coming to my room, I saw for the first time the appearance of Edward Hyde."

Excerpt from Chapter 10 of R.L.Stevensons 1888 novella.
(Read entire Chapter)
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ORIGINAL SPECS:

KIT # 460
SCALE: 1/8
PLASTIC: White
BOX SIZE: 13"X5"X2"
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GLOW KIT SPECS:

KIT # 482
SCALE: 1/8
PLASTIC: Brown
& Luminous
BOX SIZE: 8.25"X8.25"X3.25"

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MY FINISHED KIT:

I had a helluva good time restoring an original 1964 built-up kit. I tore it down, sanded and sealed it, rearranged a few badly glued pieces, assembled it all and gave it a serious paint job.

The most difficult things about working this kit were choosing a good arrangement of the set pieces and giving the solid laboratory bottles and flasks the appearance of glass. For the pose, after trying numerous poses, I basically mimicked the longbox art pose as best I could. For the bottles and flasks I chose a neutral light gray base, painted in the fluids, then washed the whole thing in light blue, silver, and white. Finally, I sealed them in glosscoat laquer. Although they don't look exactly like glass, they do have a "wet" appearance and the lighter areas are very inobtrusive.

If you'd like, you can follow the stages of assembly of this kit here.
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1964 saw a heyday for monster kits with the release
of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Jekyll as Mr.
Hyde
, King Kong and Godzilla in the Long Box series.
...All the kits in the series featured a creepy diorama
which helped provide ghoulish haunts for the monsters.
The dioramas were sculptured as suitable environments
for each, with accessories such as bats, rats, lizards,
spiders and other eerie stuff.

Content courtesy of GLOWS in the DARK

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Read the Original
NEW YORK TIMES

Review of the 1920 film



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"Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" 1931

Studio: Universal

Click the projector
to see a clip
from the
original 1920 film.

Starring: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart.
Director: Rouben Mamoulian

Fredric March won an Oscar for his stunning work
in this film's title roles (Actually, the award was
shared with Wallace Beery for The Champ). What
makes his performance special isn't his ferocious
Mr. Hyde, but his Dr. Jekyll, a simmering kettle of
sexual frustration. Jekyll's healthy desires,
suppressed by Victorian morality, become twisted
and emerge as his deviant Hyde persona -- pretty
racy stuff for a 1931 picture! Pretty scary stuff, too,
especially during sequences in which Hyde torments
his helpless mistress. Perhaps because of its liberated
outlook, this picture holds up better than most films
from horror's Golden Age.

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CLICK the PHOTOS below for
The PROFESSOR'S PHOTO GALLERY

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Click the reel to see
Fredrich March's
transformation
sequence.
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Photos Courtesy of
Internet Movie Database
Review Courtesy of
Louisville Magazine
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Monster Mania
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