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The PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925 UNIVERSAL Studios version)

This is the late 70's Monogram GLOW IN THE DARK issue of the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

The original Aurora kit was released in 1963. I never bought the Universal Studios monster kits, because I was knee deep in hot rods and custom cars back then. This kit has been around the block a few times and this one is branded Monogram. (boiler plate)


Another kit I started this kit in 2009 but put away when I reached the 'time to paint it" stage. (I actually did that a lot in 2009 trying to get rid of my model funk I was in)

I've researched this kit a lot on line, and the recurring feeling I got was that kit is a favorite of the Aurora group of Universal Movies monster kits.


I understand why now. This kit is inpressive when assembled. I used a variety of paint sources for this. The rocks are gray primer washed with battlehip gray. Phantoms suit is Krylon Satin Black, and the brick cell is burgundy spray. Everything else was hand painted with Testors enamels and acrylics. In the end, spray matte clear brough every thing to a balanced finish.

I must admit, I have never seen the movie, but I'm pretty sure this is based on the 1925 silent version with Lon Chaney. The STORYLINE from IMDB reads: Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, and has his face etched with acid. Soon, mysterious crimes plague the Paris Opera House, blamed on a legendary "phantom" whom none can find in the mazes and catacombs. But both of Christine's lovers have plans to ferret him out..

I'm still struggling with brush painting figures, but I do think I'm improving a little. I used tan and grays and whites to do the faces and skins on both the Phantom and his prisoner. I had originally painted the mask in pure white, but it distracted from the focal point of the model, which to me is the surprised maniacal face of Claudin. So I went with a tan, which I think a crazed Parisian living in the catacombs of a watery opera house would use to hide his disfigurement. (waaaaay too much thought into that).

A couple of critisisms I have og the original kit is the eyebrows are humongous.. like Groucho Marx. So I painted only part of them. And as this guy supposedly had some awful facial accident, I assume he would have lost much of the eyebrows he had. (again, I'm probably overthinking details). I grayed his a hair a bit as well, as he looks to be in his late 40's early 50's..

This certainly was another enjoyable kit to build, but I seem to have forgotten how to take a picture, as these flash shots seem to not show the true 'feeling' of the flesh under natural light which makes the dry brush features distracting

This is yet another great kit that every modeler should build at least once in their life. The glow in dark versions of these Aurora kits typically run 25-50% less than non glow versions. 2 coats of primer tames them right down to a paintable version. Now, I have the movie queued up in my Netflix streaming account. Should be a nice night cap to watch while dozing off.

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