Dream Kits


What is a Dream Kit?

Courtesan-general3If I was to be granted super-powers by some omnipotent being,on my list right after the ability to fly and leap buildings in a single bound, would come the talent to sculpt.

I don’t have it and I envy those who do.

Good sculpting is really what this hobby is all about and it’s the number one reason that my heart beats a little faster when I see kits of the must-have variety.

A dream kit is either a magnificent bit of scratchbuilding that prompts the reaction: “if only someone produced that as a kit”. Or alternatively it’s the kit you’d commission yourself from a talented sculptor if you had the money to spend. Either way it’s bound to be a very individual choice.

Here are some of my fantasy kit choices in both those categories, and if you happen to be a talented sculptor looking for new ideas to work on . . .

The Time After Time Machine

The only machine model I own at this time is the Cinemodels Time Machine from the 1960’s George Pal film. It’s a pretty fine kit and the end of a personal quest for me. Prior to its release, the only other version available was a hand turned metal “working” model from two Scots guys at a thousand pounds a go (and they were back ordered a year).

I didn’t especially like the new version with Jeremy Irons but I really liked the 1970’s movie “Time After Time” which did a different take on the story: H.G. Wells chasing Jack The Ripper around a “modern” (i.e. 1970’s) San Francisco. I also thought the Time Machine designed for the film was equal to – and in some ways surpassed – the George Pal design.

Warner Bros being the money-grabbing corporation they are, I imagine it would expensive to obtain a license for this kit but that hasn’t stopped GK modellers in the past.



Why has nobody sculpted kits of these guys — or any of the heavyweights in their class ? I don’t mean a cheesy-Elvis-souvenir-type of figurine but one where you can smell the beer on the floor.

Good kits of musicians seem to be a rarity.

muddy waters bronze

The best sculpted figures I’ve seen so far are the plastic figures McFarlane released of 60’s heroes like Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia — but they’re kind of, well, plasticky.  I saw a brilliant sculpt in a Japanese model mag once of Jimi Hendrix sitting on a stool but it had long gone to kit heaven when I enquired.

I think it would be fantastic to have a series of kits done of the blues greats but this is one instance where the subjects should definitely be paid royalties — these guys have been ripped off enough in their lives.

Computer models and maquettes

The web is now full of brilliant digital sculptures and one-off maquettes that will never be cast as kits. I can see a future where 3D models are sold on their own to be cast or ‘printed’ by the modeller. Suddenly the detail on figures is amazing and the sculpting has achieved a standard that is only possible using a computer.

However the one thing that is still essential is the talent and imagination of the sculptor to make the figure ‘come alive’. That will never change. Here are some sculptures that caught my eye recently and which I would definitely buy if they became kits.

I want a kit of this . . .