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Re: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Tribute Thread!
« Reply #450 on: January 28, 2020, 11:27:03 PM »
Actually, Rob Mattison, who produces the Monster Model Review series, has that one.


Okay. I've corrected my post above.

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Re: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Tribute Thread!
« Reply #451 on: January 29, 2020, 11:00:07 PM »
Mark McGovern built this fabulous Scuz-Fink for model kit collector Mike Blanchard who owns The Core comic shop in Cedar Falls, Iowa:









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Re: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Tribute Thread!
« Reply #452 on: February 02, 2020, 06:50:15 PM »
Here are some pictures of a wildly colourful Mother's Worry kit built by our own rkoenn:











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Re: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Tribute Thread!
« Reply #453 on: February 16, 2020, 10:04:49 PM »
Here's a neat magazine ad for the Revell Brother Rat Fink model kit:



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Re: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Tribute Thread!
« Reply #454 on: February 24, 2020, 12:59:04 PM »
A close examination of the ads for other kits on the sides of the Revell "Big Daddy" Roth kit boxes reveals that unlike Hawk which released the Weird-Oh kits in groups, Revell released the "Big Daddy" Roth kits individually. Here is the order in which they were released:

Custom Hot Rods

1962
 
H-1282:198 Outlaw
 
1963
 
H1286:198 Tweedy Pie

H-1279:200 Beatnik Bandit

H-1277:200 Mysterion

H1274:200 Road Agent

1965

H-1240:200 Surfite

Finks

1963

H-1301-100 Mr. Gasser

H-1302:100 Mother's Worry

H-1303:100 Drag Nut

H-1305:70 Rat Fink

1964

H:1304:100 Brother Rat Fink
 
H-1306:100 Surfink

H 1307:100 Angel Fink

H-1308:100 Superfink

1965

H-1309:100 Scuz-Fink

H-1310:100 Fink Eliminator

H-1270:200 Outlaw with "Robbin Hood Fink"

H-1271:200 Tweedy Pie with Boss-Fink

Once again the last number indicates the suggested retail price of each kit, e.g. 198 translates to $1.98. Note the inconsistency in the format of the serial numbers from one kit to the next which also serves to indicate that the kits were released one at a time. Nor are the kits consecutively numbered by the apparent order of their release.

Now the final two kits listed, Outlaw with "Robbin Hood Fink" and Tweedy Pie with Boss-Fink, may have been released at the same time. The others though appear to have been released individually.

It's interesting that Revell released no more "Big Daddy" Roth kits after 1965. Part of the reason is that the whole Fink/Weird-Oh phenomenon had run its course. "Big Daddy" Roth's own T-shirt designs had by the late sixties evolved away from finks and more toward featuring a specific make and model of a car.

But custom show car kits remained very popular until the mid-1970's. After all Monogram released a whopping 77 model kits based on show car concepts by Tom Daniel between 1968 and 1975. The other reason that Revell stopped releasing "Big Daddy" Roth kits was that Roth started to do more custom motorcycle designs by the mid-1960's while Revell wanted cars. Moreover he then started to associate with the Hell's Angels. This didn't exactly jive with the kid friendly corporate image Revell was trying to present. A scruffy beatnik who designed wild show cars and even wilder fink T-shirts was fine with Revell; an outlaw biker was not.

Pity. Roth's Orbitron and Druid Princess custom cars would have made for great model kits.

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Re: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Tribute Thread!
« Reply #455 on: June 06, 2020, 01:45:25 PM »
Here's a pic of a great Robbin Hood Fink assembled by our own Jim Bertges:



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Re: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Tribute Thread!
« Reply #456 on: July 30, 2020, 04:04:32 PM »
It was Ed Newton who actually turned "Big Daddy" Roth's airbrushed ideas into the classic drawings that appeared on the T-shirts after he landed a gig as Roth's artist/designer in early 1964. The quantum leap in the quality of the T-shirt drawings after Ed Newton took on the design work on the shirts is very apparent. Here are ads for Roth T-shirts before the arrival of Ed Newton:



Car Model (April 1963)



Here now are ads for Roth T-shirts featuring Ed Newton's artwork:

Hot Rod (March 1964)



Drag Cartoons 8 (October 1964)



Drag Cartoons 9 (November 1964)



The T-shirts and sweat shirts came spray painted with fluorescent colour streaks as pictured in this ad:



The popularity of wild custom cars faded in the late 1960's due to cultural factors and Ed Roth himself made some questionable life choices which hurt his popularity. Therefore I'm not entirely sure whether Ed Newton continued with Roth Studios right to the end of the 1960's. In any event Roach Studios hired Ed Newton in 1971 to work with their commercial artists as the Creative Director for their custom car and other t-shirt designs. That's why so many of the Roach T-shirt designs advertised in hot rod magazines thereafter looked very much like those previously offered in "Big Daddy" Roth T-shirt ads:





Roach T-shirt ads were omnipresent in car mags through the 1970's and the company dominated the wild custom T-shirt market in this period. I bought two myself, one of a football player and this Dodge Charger one:



Here's a picture of Ed Newton in 2004:



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Re: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Tribute Thread!
« Reply #457 on: August 05, 2020, 01:33:47 PM »
Here are a couple of nifty "Big Daddy" Roth designs (likely executed by Ed Newton or else Robert Williams) for the Blue Fox nightclub in Tijuana, Mexico:





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Re: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Tribute Thread!
« Reply #458 on: August 18, 2020, 01:46:52 PM »
Here's a wild and crazy Mother's Worry model built and customized with "real" hair by Weldonmc:





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