Here are my top secret tips to make lifelike skulls out of plastic models.
Over the last 45 years, there have been TWO (count 'em) skull models. The first is "Revell Life Size" it was cast in a glow in the dark plastic, and is out of print. It has individual teeth, a multi-part cranium and is fantastic. It is also hard to find 1977 originals for under $75. The second is the Lindberg/Skillcraft 1/1 scale anatomical model. In 1998, somebody decided these were not "real" enough to be called anatomical, and were reduced to "pirate skull models", same thing, different box.
|This version is not retarded, it is just from Canada.|
The set is pretty simple, face part, dome part, jaw part, nasal part and teeth parts. The teeth are grouped in threes and fours and will not allow as much mixing and matching as individual teeth. I cut these blocks up and mix them up. Always best to make your skulls look like third world savages, not aryans with ideal dentition.
|This doesn't look like Jack Sparrow..|
|Most modelers would crap their drawers if they saw this mess.|
|Note the way my retreating hairline gives me sanding power!|
|Yes, I over shot the nose socket. Don't shit your pants.|
|This is now halloween store cool.|
This is unacceptable.
Leave these to dry for an hour or so, then shake the skull vigorously. Do this in a place away from prying eyes. The UPS guy or random wandering Mormons don't need to see you shaking the ash off of a skull at this point. Short of some parts of Norway where this is encouraged and acceptable, it should be done in private.
If you want a clean look, try a light lemon fresh pledge. The oil will spread, soak into the ash, and attract bits. Spray heavily, roll across your yard and the garage floor to pick up natural flotsam.
|Plain ash on the left, furniture polish on the right.|
You can see where I scrambled the teeth on the right,
but also where I should have ground more on the cerebellum seam
of both models.
|Lemony fresh on the left and swamp rotten on the right. |
The one on the right will continue to gather dust
and airborne shmeg with age, making it look even more creepy.