REVIEW: Patrick Troughton Vinyl Model Kit

by Zepo
25 September 1999

_Patrick Troughton Vinyl Model Kit (1:8 scale)_, (London: Comet Miniatures,
1993), Kit #CM013(V).

[Image of Model Kit]

RATING: 5 (of 10)

     For fans of large scale modeling kits there are not many products on
the market that are related to Doctor Who.  England's Comet Miniatures did
produce a line of the kits in the early 1990s, which included both a TV and
a Film ("Mark III") Dalek and this unique offering, the Patrick Troughton
     The kit comes with the following items:  it's box (which serves as a
very good painting guide), the kit's actual model, and instructions on
assembly and painting.  The kit's model is cast in vinyl, the cheaper but
more durable of the two materials usually used in large scale modeling (the
other being resin).  Cast in one-eighth scale, the Troughton kit comes in a
total of six pieces.  The body and head (which are connected), the legs, and
two separately cast arms are all molded in dark yellow vinyl.  The other two
pieces are the Doctor's recorder and, separately, the recorder's tassel,
which are cast in metal (presumably lead).
     Large scale models require assembly, and this means that special
materials are required.  The use of an exacto knife is needed to trip the
vinyl of its excess molding.  For vinyl, one must use cyanoacrylate glue,
such as the Superglue Brand, to assemble it as other traditional polystyrene
cements will not work.  For painting, the model should have a suitable
primer base sprayed on it, and should then be painted.  Acrylic paints seem
to work best for the actual painting, though some modelers prefer oil based
model paints.  This obviously means that the kit in not designed for
children, and in fact, the side of the kit says it is not suitable for
anyone under eight years old, and supervision is recommended for anyone
under sixteen.
     The original sculptor of this model, David Pomeroy, did a fair job on
this kit.  The Troughton model does seem, when painted properly, to resemble
its TV counterpart.  The face of this model doesn't perhaps truly capture
Troughton's look, but then the proper reproduction of anyone's aspect is
very rare with most models.  My only complaint is that the model's right arm
seems to stretch out without purpose, almost as if to be reaching out for a
feel of Victoria's bum.
     This model definitely gives those interested in modeling a chance to
tackle a Doctor Who item.  However, even with an excellent detailed paint
job, this kit could not quite become the main conversation piece on a wall
full of models.  If combined with the Dalek models from Comet, this might
make an interesting part of a larger scale diorama.  In the kit's
instruction booklet kits of Tom Baker [#CM014(V)], William Harntell
[#CM015(V)], and Jon Pertwee [#CM016(V)] were all promised by January of
1994.  Whether these were produced or not I am not sure, but hopefully they
will be a bit better than this middle of the road, but not poor, offering.

(c) Copyright Zepo, 1999.

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