Model Kits – AMT Gigantics (1975 – 1979)
These are my AMT Gigantics kits, giant insects attacking cities in some really nice dioramas:
Colossal Mantis — Rampaging Scorpion — Huge Tarantula
There was a 4th in the series, a Wasp in a scene at an amusement park, but it is impossible to find. I had bought these in the early 90’s, long after they were discontinued, at a close-out warehouse. I held on to them until now.
In June, 2013, I built and painted them. I set them up together to make one huge scene.
Back in the late 1970’s I had won 3rd place in a model building contest at a local hobby shop using the Scorpion and the Tarantula. It was fun to rebuild these kits after all these years.
They were originally released by Fundimensions in 1975 but by 1978 they were taken over by AMT/Ertl.
Naturally, I liked these because they compared to the giant insect films of the 1950’s. Film Reviews here: Creature Features – Giant Bugs
Watch the video:
Very impressive! Those kits are surprisingly detailed. It’d be interesting if they’d do similar kits with classic movie monsters from different eras with a similar level of detail. That may already exist somewhere, though.
I think these are some of the best background dioramas to come with any kits. As far as different eras, there is really a model for almost every horror, sci-fi. fantasy film out there; from Ray Harryhausen to Freddy Kruger to Universal Monsters to Modern blockbusters. Some are made by small companies with limited runs so they are expensive. Check out this link from my post Aurora Monster Models – the second gallery is newer model kits and it is just the tip of the iceberg. From there check out Monsters in Motion.
Yeah, those backgrounds are brilliant. At first I thought you’d made them yourself, they’re so detailed.
Wow… very cool and impressive. I love the intricate details on these models.
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