What do you do with a
Silly Surfer kit that has been sitting around for years? Think out of the
box, of course! I realized that this figure was in the perfect pose for a
bungee jumper and set to work on making it happen.
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After assembling the
kit, I went to work on personalizing my bungee dude. Using epoxy putty, I
created the padding the goes around his ankles. A piece of nylon rope and
swivel ends make up the bungee cord. The "Dude" sports a gold
earring, tribal tattoo, friendship bracelet, and gold tooth. Styrene strip
and a Ford decal make up his belt.
You may also have noticed that he
has chest and underarm hair that I made by snipping the loop ends off of a piece
of velcro and then carefully glued to his body. It is hard to tell by the
photos but I detailed his eye ball by using very fine lint from a piece of
thread to represent the blood veins.
The Dude's sunburn was sprayed on using Model Master paints and the jump
platform was constructed from basswood, styrene square rod and a display base
from the parts bin.
I will have to admit, at this time, that I was crazy enough years ago to have
made three bungee jumps while I was in New Zealand. Not learning my
lesson, I then made one more jump in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Too old
for that kind of fun anymore.