I’ve never met a Japanese kit that wasn’t top-quality, and the Tales From The Apocalypse series from Gecco Models is no exception.
This series of figures carries a 1980s-era B-Movie Horror theme. In what may be the most brilliant packaging of any models I’ve ever seen, these figures are packaged in look-alike VHS tape boxes.
Number 5 in the series, is a Diner waitress, wearing a Blue Dress, white smock, and pink Chuck Taylors. Like the Traffic guard, she has recently experienced some trauma. A broken arm, multiple leg wounds, and a gouged out right eye and a machete seems to have hacked her neck. She is carrying a very gruesome Blue-plate Special of severed arms. Tasty.
The kit is made of high-quality styrene with virtually zero mild lines or flash. The Pen she is holding in her twisted right arm, fits sort of crooked, but it really isn’t noticeable unless you are looking for it. No basing was included in the kit (an optional resin basing kit is available for each figure, sold separately) so I built my own bases. All parts fit well, as is expected from high-quality Japanese kits.
I could have kept painting details for days more, however I was out of time for the review. The figure was painted with Badger Minitaire and Vallejo acrylic paints, using a Badger Xtreme Patriot 105 airbrush and traditional brushes, and I utilized Vallejo Model Color Effects paints for the first time, specifically Dried Blood and Fresh Blood. No decals are included in the kit, none are needed.
I really enjoyed this kit, and only wish I’d had more time to really lavish on painting details, as these kits can really be made to look gruesome. Painting is really a balance between how much blood is realistic for that sort of trauma, versus how much looks “artistically” or “Hollywood” correct.