MARIA ROBOT
1/4 scale, vinyl / scratch-built base of balsafoam, clay and wood
Produced by Masudaya, Japan, 1985




I finally bought one of these after being on the fence about it for years.
Once I opened the box and saw the figure, I knew it was the best Metropolis model out there.




The background is made of layers of balsafoam, glued together with two or three clay buildings between the layers.




The diamond top is a piece of birch plywood; the lettering is clay.
I printed it out, pushed the printout onto the rolled-flat clay, and cut it out with a sharp X-Acto knife.
That took multiple attempts....



Boy, did they nail the face on this one.
There's another, older 1/4 scale Maria that I had (pictues are below)
where the face unfortunately reminded us of my little daughter's best friend.
Now that was weird.....

MARIA FROM "METROPOLIS"

1/8th scale, cold cast porcelain from Toscano for real cheap!
Scratch-built base from balsafoam



Honest to God, I got this from Toscano. Hunt around for it - I think it was about $20.

 


I made the base out of a bunch of balsa foam; it's based on a still from the movie:


I also did a black wash over the whole statue and then wiped it off. It made it look so cool!


 


1/4 scale, resin, sculpted by Scott Whitworth, produced by KitKong Mansion.
Back wall scratch built by Tim and Tara Casey.


A thing of beauty to behold!
I originally spray-painted the whole robot metallic gold and lived with that for a week, during which time I noticed how much she looked like an Oscar.
So I did a few washes of black do give her more of a steampunk look.

 


We replaced the thin plexiglass platform with real glass. This is a large and heavy model, and we were afraid the platform would warp over time.
We also added a piece of balsafoam sprayed with one of those faux-texture spray cans,
and Tara graciously cut the plexiglass strips for the rear wall. They were then glued together and sprayed gold.

A detail of the original base:


 

 

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