Recently, I found some dinosaur model kits
at a hobby shop. I used to build dinos as a kid, but these days model dinosaurs seem to be a lot more scarce than they were
in the early 80s.
When I found these guys, I was elated. Most of the models I built as
a kid are in a landfill somewhere (I didn't quite get that you really weren't supposed to play with the models once
you built them).
I built the three I found at the hobby shop, then decided I'd like to
try and find the ones I built as a kid. I have since found a few of them.
This page is a gallery of all the dinosaur models I have built. As I
fiind more, more pics will be added...
Click for larger images...
Below is an Airfix Stegosaurus. Obviously, the same mold has been used
for him as was used for the AMT model. I built this one recently and gave him a whole different paint job...
The AMT and Airfix models are all
right except that a) they are a bit outdated (with the exception of the Dimetrodon) and b) the fit just isn't great.
The Stegosaurs' molds are from 1978, so this mold has been around forever, and obviously widely used by different
companies. It really is more of the classic portrayal of this animal--a lumbering, tail-dragging beast.
However, all in all they were fun to build, and for the price ($6-7.00
apiece) I can't really complain. I mostly did this for the sake of nostalgia anyhow; it isn't like I am planning on entering
them in any pro-modeling shows. They will do just fine for display in dioramas or just to set on a shelf (woohoo! More stuff
that will collect dust!).
I have to say the Corythosaurus is my least favorite of the three models
I have built thus far. But he turned out all right, I suppose.
Again, it's a mold that looks to have been around for some time. He's
in the old-school pose, bipedal and dragging his tail. Of course, the box has Jurassic Park stuff plastered all over it (it
apparently was re-released around the time of the movie). You'd think they could have updated it a little...
I tried to paint him somewhat like the Carnegie Safari Corythosaurus,
as I could not come up with an original color scheme (I know, I am lame).
Anyhow, here he is. Click the thumbnails for larger pictures.