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Old October 15th, 2010, 10:55:54 PM   #1
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Default Atlantis ZORRO - Built & Painted

"Out of the night, when the full moon is bright..."
Yep, that meant that Disney's Zorro was on the boob tube. I was usually camped out in front of the TV a full half-hour earlier, not wanting to miss a second.
Zorro, my first experience with the concept of alter egos and masked heroics and the "Guy" who would set me off on a lifelong obsession.
This was not an easy kit to build. Much trimming and fitting of parts and lots of putty. Hours of touch up until it looked exactly as I imagined I would have built it in the 60s, if I'd had that much patience then.
Kudos to Atlantis models for ressurecting the molds from Aurora for this. I never thought I'd be able to build it again without paying hundreds of dollars for the original.



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That looks AWESOME!!!! Can you post a pic of the original Aurora box?


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Old October 15th, 2010, 11:22:41 PM   #3
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I wish I had an original box. I could probably get big bucks for it.
Here's the original...



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Old October 16th, 2010, 12:08:26 AM   #4
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VERY cool that they used the original box art! I MUST get a bigger image of that Lone Ranger painting!
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VERY cool that they used the original box art! I MUST get a bigger image of that Lone Ranger painting!
It's by Mort Kuntsler and it only took about 50 years for him to finally get credit on the box thanks to Atlantis. Most of the really classic Aurora box covers were done by James Bama, who also did the Bantam paperback covers to the Doc Savage reissues in the 60s.
I just managed to pick up limited & numbered prints of the covers to 3 of those Doc Savage books, "Red Snow", "The Monsters" & "The Mystic Mullah". Grafitti Press produced an entire set about the same time Randy did the Doc Savage bust for them.
I'd always loved those Doc Savage covers. I didn't find out until much later that Bama also had also had a hand in convincing me to buy the Aurora Monster Kits in the 60s with his great box art.
Bama's most recent paintings are of western themes and they are increadibly beautiful and priced to match.
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James Bama RULES!!!!
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Old October 28th, 2010, 08:00:24 AM   #7
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That's a cracking job you've done there TrueFaith. Great paintwork!

I remember watching Zorro (and Lone Ranger) on the old black and white TV when I was young. We used to love the shows from the USA because they were much more exciting than our very tame British kids shows.
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very nice!!


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Thanks guys! I love that Disney released all the old Zorro shows on DVD. The show holds up surprisingly well after all these years. It certainly had a lot of "style" and they obviously spent a ton of money on the wardrobe dept. Some of those outfits Guy Williams wore as Don Diego must've weighed 50 pounds with all the rhinestones and tassels.
When I was a kid we all had our favorite Disney heroes like Swamp Fox and Scarecrow. Those mini-series on Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights introduced a lot of us to the concept of masked heroes for the first time and they obviously made a lasting impression on many of us.
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