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Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« on: January 17, 2012, 10:58:37 PM »
Back in the garage kit heydays of the '90s, I had the pleasure of meeting and befriending a brilliant sculptor and monster fan, Jim Fawkes. Not many of you may know him by name, but you may own a couple of his kits. He sculpted the Super-Deformed Scampirella and Boobira kits. He started the Aurora Monsters female companions line with Wolf Girl, Princess Ananka, and Madame Kwazimodo. Sadly, he took his own life just as he was really gaining amazing creative momentum and recognition.
 
So, it's been a long time, I know, but I never got a chance to say good-bye to Jim. Thought I'd start this thread so those that knew him, or just his kits, could have a say.
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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 11:26:06 PM »
I've never heard of him by name nor most of those kits.  But now I want to.

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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 11:49:40 PM »
Here's his Boobira SD kit.

And here's his Wolf Girl.

Princess Ananka

Madame Kwazimodo
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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 12:23:43 AM »
I'm startin' to like this guy's work.  And his Boobira is such a lifelike representation of the average girl next door (well, maybe not in my neighborhood)

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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 12:35:52 AM »
I'm startin' to like this guy's work.  And his Boobira is such a lifelike representation of the average girl next door (well, maybe not in my neighborhood).

Fortunately, all the Monster-Mate Kits are available from Jimmy Flintstone Studios.
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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 03:15:30 AM »
Jim's best-known Vampirella kits.
SD Scampirella and Reclining Vampi.

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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 08:11:16 AM »
Fortunately, all the Monster-Mate Kits are available from Jimmy Flintstone Studios.


Checked out the site and a lot of neat stuff.  I've never seen an Alice Cooper shifter knob before.  Makes me want to own a 4-speed again ;D

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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2012, 08:45:07 AM »
Jim was the first person I met at the first Wonderfest I attended.  Talented sculptor -- and a heck of a nice guy.  Glad to see someone remembers.

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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2012, 04:48:07 PM »
Talented sculptor -- and a heck of a nice guy.  Glad to see someone remembers.
He was such a nice guy, always smiling at shows, and he'd gab for hours. It was such a shock when John Dennett (another extremely talented sculptor & nice guy) told me Jim was gone.
 
There's a kit by Jim that I have, a partially nude female vampire called Lyssa, that I started painting and building, but never finished. I can't find any photos of it online, so I guess that's my incentive to finally dig her out and finish her.
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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2012, 01:29:03 AM »
Oops, the female vampire kit I have is called Lissa Monroe. Still can't seem to find any pix of it online, though.
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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2012, 01:50:40 AM »
White metal Vampirella figure by Jim. Not sure of the size.

"Fatal Kiss," Jim's first Lissa Monroe, Rock 'n' Roll Vampire kit. Painted and built by darcsyde001 at Deviant Art.

The kit I have was the 2nd (and final) kit in the series.
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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2012, 10:23:22 PM »
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Oops, the female vampire kit I have is called Lissa Monroe. Still can't seem to find any pix of it online, though.


Yeah...come to think of it, I have that 2nd Lissa Monroe kit too. If it is the one where she is wearing a torn t-shirt and in a running position. Just thought it was cool at the time (early 90's?). Still unbuilt in the box somewhere. Loved Lunar Models and Mr. Fawkes' work. He might be one of garage -kitdom's founding fathers...

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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2012, 10:55:11 PM »
I have that 2nd Lissa Monroe kit too. If it is the one where she is wearing a torn t-shirt and in a running position. Loved Lunar Models and Mr. Fawkes' work. He might be one of garage -kitdom's founding fathers...
Yes, that's the one. I really need to get it finished and photographed for posterity.

Lunar Models! Holy cow, I'd almost forgotten about them. A friend of mine has a drastically customized version of their Martian tripod war machine. I need to find the pix I took of it and scan them into my PC. He got that kit in '88, I think, and still has it.
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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2012, 08:12:53 PM »
all good looking models.... uh... if i get some others built first, they are on the radar.

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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2012, 05:28:14 PM »
I took the time to become a member of this forum simply to share some photos of these statues and pay tribute to this artist.  I was a huge KISS fan as a teenager when the band started in the 70's and have seen them a number of times in concert.  So when I came across these statues I just couldn't resist.

Jim did the band absolute justice, and Ken Kelly who was the artist for the Destroyer album cover.  It took me some time to figure out who this artist was back then, and I was greatly dissappointed to learn of his passing.  On the bottom of each piece are Jim's initials J.F. and dates handwritten in red maker.

Gene - 9/18/97, Paul - 9/20/97, Peter - 9/21/97, Ace - 9/22/97.  I figure Gene was his favorite since he painted him first  Zombie Razz

Enjoy, and thank you for this tribute to a great artist.




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Re: Jim Fawkes Appreciation Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2012, 05:28:14 PM »
Aurora Monsters DVD