The Drawing Room
all three figures: resin, 1/6th scale, XOFacto - sculpted by Jeff Yagher
mantelpiece: resin, sculpted by John Coates / wall: foamcore / trim: balsa wood / doll house rug
I feel like I died and went to heaven..... oh, man, what a diorama!
A beautiful sculpt by Yagher. I love the flow of the cape. I did it in moroccan red with a black wash to show off the folds.
Man, does she look like Gloria Holden in this shot! I re-did her eyes glancing off to the side and down as I remembered them from the film.
The model came with beautifully sculpted eyes looking upward, but I thought this resembled her better.
Nice little pit of flames as well!
1/4 scale, Kitkong, sculpted by Jeff Yagher
My God, what more can be said about garage kits. This model is incredible,
and it's a sculpt I've wanted someone to do for a long, long, time.
Just look at the flow of the cape! This sculpt is a work of art.
The hair and the lapels were finished in satin. It gives a great sheen to his crest, just like in the Univeral film.
The buttons, shoes, and pant stripes were finshed in gloss.
Here's the base. This is the first time I used browns and greens on rocks along with the greys.
I should've been doing this a long time ago.
The bat came from The Headless Hearseman (good old Fritz)!
It was part of the excellent armadillo and nameplate set that he sells.
I used that set in the deluxe Janus Dracula (see below), and didn't really need the bat for it.
I saved it for a model like this!
The rope was missing a piece, which I replaced with Alves. I'm so proud of myself -
it's almost not noticeable! I guess that was the case with all of the castings.
Hey, it was worth trying to fix - this is a beautiful model,
and if you're into garage kits, you've got to be prepared to do a bit of fixing up.
The ring is silver and bright red. I put a gloss varnish on the red gem.
Here's a side-by-side with the Aurora model. This thing's HUGE!
You need to get this model, but be prepared to find a spot for it in your house.
I've put the 1/4 scale figures in my living room on brackets, reserved for a very few classic horror icons like this.
Here's what the paint job looks like under outdoor lighting.
The damn bat fell off again:
"Dracula" and "Dracula's Bride" Deluxe kit
1/6 scale, solid and hollow-cast resin, Janus
This is the centerpiece of my model collection.
And it really is in the center - it's too big for a shelf, so it needs it's own table.
A spookier shot:
A shot of the base, including the nameplate and armadillo from The Headless Hearseman:
Even the back of the base is detailed:
I got this great email a long time ago from John Ulakovic, who ran Janus Company in his spare time during the glory days of the garage kit scene:
I am the owner of Janus Company, the maker of the Dracula, Bride and Hunchback you have on your site. All three of the kits were based upon my concept sketches and work that was sub-contracted out to four different sculptors. While I was not 100% responsible for sculpting the Dracula/Bride base you spoke so glowingly about, a sculptor from Palacious,Texas named John Garcia did the majority. I did the finishing work, or about 20% of it. He is really good at adding realism like the armor, baby skeleton and religious statue. I just developed the concept, let him run with it and then, at the tail end, "pointed it up" a bit.
In any case, I was and am still very impressed with your work and your website. Frankly, I think you did a better job of presenting our Dracula & Bride kit on the web than we did! Have you ever visited our website? It is: http://www.januscompany.com
Let me know if you are ever interested in other Janus kits.
All the best - John Ulakovic
Boy, I wish they were still around! I have his kit of Boris Karloff's "The Ghoul" as well.
And, of course, old faithful from Aurora: