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For a change of pace I decided to build a dinosaur diorama using a
couple of Lindberg Velociraptor kits.
The kit, priced at around $8 (US), came out shortly after the first
Jurassic Park movie back in the early 1990's. Compared to the dinosaur
kits I built as a kid 25 years ago, this model, as well as Lindberg's
Tyrannosaurus and Dilophosaurus, is excellent.
The biggest improvement over older dinosaur models is that the
animal is not molded with a stupified look on its face and with its
tail dragging like some lumbering sloth (hardly fitting for animals
that roamed the earth for around 150 million years!). Velociraptors
and their kin were Cretaceous therapods, relying on their agility,
intelligence (dare I say) and the rapier-like claw on each foot to
capture and eviscerate prey. The tail was more-or-less rigid and acted
as a counterbalance, much like a kangaroo's tail does.
The Lindberg model is molded in a rather static position with both
feet of the ground and forelimbs outstretched. I decided to create a
more animated diorama with two raptors chasing after (unseen) prey.
Repositioning limbs and head involved a lot of melting plastic with a
match, twisting, filling, and rebuilding using scraps of styrene. I
used drywall plaster (joint filling compound) in lieu of modeling
putty due to the magnitude of filling required.
References for dinosaur colors are more elusive than gaining
consensus on color schemes for late war Bf.109s. My preference is to
look to modern animals for inspiration, so I opted for a range of
greens befitting of a predatory reptile. If you must know, I
used Polly Scale RLM 70/71/83.
Prove me wrong!
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