This page was getting a bit unweildy, so I've broken it up into sub-pages. Click on the links below to get to models of the Universal Mummy series:

Boris Karloff

Lon Chaney Jr.

17/th scale, hollow-cast resin
Produced by Monster in Motion / Sculpted by Jeff Yagher / Nameplate by Nick DiRado

The box art for the original Aurora Mummy kit always scared me when I was a kid,
and I am so psyched to have this model now!

Here are some shots without the blue light, so you can see the actual paint job.


The background is a sheet of plexiglass that I primed and then painted.
The two colors are actually made by Deltas Ceramcoat right out of the bottle:
Passion (the dark purple) and Lotus Blossom (the violet/red).


A close-up shot - I lit the side of the model so you can see the paint job on the eye.
It's in shadow on all the other pictures.

I love the base! The kit doesn't come with a nameplate, though. I got one through a Clubhouse member.

Here's a 3D picture of it:



1/6th scale, produced by Rebel Resin, sculpted by Jeff Yagher
Scratch-built nameplate

A wonderful, wonderful sculpt. My only complaint was that the pegs in the bottom of the feet had nothing to do with the holes in the base.
I eventually cut off the pegs and tried to find a spot where this unwieldy figure could stand balanced on its own.

I decided to go with a gray Mummy instead of the brown Mummies I've been doing because the Lon Chaney Jr. Mummy always seemed gray to me.
At any rate, that's how James Bama painted him on the cover of the Aurora Mummy model box from the sixties, and since then it's been stuck that way.

I love the old rails - in the film, this is part of a huge quarry ramp.

Definitely the Chaney Mummy - a bit chunkier than what we're used to seeing!

I love the one-eyed Chaney! Grrrrrr!!!!

What's scarier than a Mummy in the moonlight? I had shut off the side lights and noticed how creepy the blue light looked by itself.

My scratch-built nameplate. It's balsafoam covered in resin. I don't know if I ever want to try and go through that again...


1/6th scale, Mummy and base produced by XO-Facto and sculpted by Jeff Yagher
George Zucco produced by Shadow Castings and sculpted by Terry Reynolds
Nameplate by Fritz, The Headless Hearseman

This is a kitbash of two models. I did the George Zucco model years ago but never had a base for him, and then I acquired the Tom Tyler mummy.
The two seemed to fit together on the base well!


I love the dead black eyes of the Tyler mummy.
They did that in post-production for "The Mummy's Hand" (1940), the first sequel to the original "The Mummy" film with Boris Karloff from 1932.
I re-watched the film before tackling this, and I realized that this model looks a lot better than the mummy in the film.
In the film, his bandages look like a cheaply-made rubber suit. You can almost see the zippers!


The base comes with this really nice statue, but you can't see it in the original XO-Facto photo of the built-up kit - you wouldn't even know it was there.


I found this nameplate in my whatnot drawer. I'm pretty sure it came from Fritz, The Headless Hearseman, awhile ago.



1/4th scale / sculpted by Jeff Yagher / Produced by Kit Kong


I re-sculpted the eyeballs. They were directed up to the heavens, which seemed weird because he's reading the scroll in front of him.
It was really hard to get them to look right for some reason - then I realized you never really see Karloff's eyes wide open during the fleeting seconds he actually appears as a Mummy in the movie.

The oil lamp is painted bronze, then I filled it with acrylic gloss coat. It took about a day to dry clear.

"The Scroll of Thoth, with which Isis raised Osiris from the dead......"

I actually used the scroll from XO-Facto's "Ardeth Bey" model (see below).
When I bought "Ardeth Bey", I immediately scanned the scroll because I'm the type who would ruin it trying to cut it up and I'd like to be able to reprint it if needed.
So I printed out the picture and it worked perfectly for this kit!



Janus Deluxe Mummy
1/6 scale / sculpted by Jeff Yagher / Janus Co.



The base looks great, but unfortunately you can't see much of it when the model is assembled.

The back of the base looks beautiful!

This is what the sarcophagus looked like before I dirtied it up (it needs to look like it's been buried for 3700 years).
Painting this took forever.....

This model actually came from the sculptor's collection; he autographed it for me before shipping it.
Jeff Yagher has sculpted many of the models you see on my site. I picked this up from him (unknown) on eBay. Imagine how I felt when I discovered the identity of the seller!
It's kind of like finding a mint mono LP of Sgt. Pepper's for a great price, and then finding out it's Paul McCartney's personal copy, and he autographed it!


Here's a shot of the very similar Moebius Model next to the Janus version, just so you can appreciate the size difference.

Ardeth Bey
1/6 scale, resin / sculpted by Jeff Yagher / XOFacto

Love those eyes! This guy creeps me out, especially when he makes his entrance at the door of Sir Joseph Wimple
and those eyes just GLOW. I put two little dots of white on them to match the effect.



I love this base. It doesn't look like much when you open up the box, but once you start painting it, it pops out at you.
I wasn't even aware there was a scroll involved until I took out all of the styrofoam peanuts!

"The Scroll of Thoth, which Isis used to raise Orisis from the dead!"
I don't know where XOFacto got it, but this is an exact copy of the one used in the black and white film.


1/8th scale, vinyl, Geometric
Sculpted by William Paquet
with Geometric's resin base

Is there anything scarier than a Mummy in the moonlight?


I finally broke down and bought the Geometric base, and it's a beauty!
I don't know why I waited so long.

I love this guy! He looks like he'll fall apart if you touch him!

I used to have this great wall diorama I built.
Unfortunately, that's when the kids began running around the house,
and I hadn't yet realized I needed to secure my models or they'd get broken.

1/8th scale, styrene, Moebius
Nameplate by The Headless Hearseman

This thing is a monster, and a worthy substitute for the long out-of-print Janus 1/6 scale deluxe resin sculpt.


I spray-painted the sarcophagus with gold enamel. It was really beautiful.
Then I painted it meticulously with transparent blues, reds, and greens.
Trouble was, the whole model looked too "new", not ancient.

After re-watching "The Mummy" (1932), I realized that this should all be dirty and dark.
So I did a black wash over the entire model and rubbed it off. Perfect! (Big leap of faith, though.)


Even the back of this thing is gorgeous!




I did the snake in browns insteads of greens and glossed it to make it look slimy.

And what a beautiful nameplate!


Im-Ho-Tep (Ardeth Bey)
1/6 scale, resin, Resin From The Grave

I've always loved Karloff in this role. This model's casting was too rough, though, so I sold it.


The Tom Tyler Mummy from the forties, before Lon Chaney Jr. took over the role.
1/6th scale, vinyl, Horizon




Older photos from the old Model Museum

This model was part of my diorama,
"Indiana Jones and The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb".

And of course, old faithful from Aurora. This model is great for drybrushing.

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