Posted by:on January 31st, 2008
… are soon parted. While sifting through the surf and skate detritus at 4Q Conditioning the other day, I became obsessed with an old model of Rat Fink on a skateboard called Superfink. All of the sudden I needed one right away, despite the fact that I was completely not into monsters and hotrod stuff as a kid and preferred WWII airplane models. The original Superfink model came out in 1964, but was reissued by Revell in 2004. Ed Roth’s official site is out of stock, but I found one soon enough for $13 bucks. The vintage ones don’t appear to be showing up for sale anywhere, so I pulled the trigger and it showed up on my door step a few days later. As usual, I dissected and over-documented almost all the fun out of it. As a result, I’ve taken to adding the word “fink” to words whenever I can. “Fink” is such a cool word. Repeat it over and over in your head. If you don’t like it, then fink you!
Superfink model reissue -The Sidewalk Surfer
This detail is probably my favorite part of the whole box.
The original Superfink model kit from 1964, taken from 4Q Conditioning.
Chuck Kaparich has pictures of all the original kits assembled and painted like the boxes.
Original 1964 Revell Ed Roth Superfink model finished by Chuck Kaparich
Looks like they reworked the artwork slightly, aside from just adding different copy. For instance, the box dimensions are different and the “Superfink” title lettering has been redone. It’s hard to see unless you overlay one of them as a semitransparent layer, but they don’t match up.
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