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Papo Prehistoric Mammals New for 2017

Papo Prehistoric Mammals 2017

Amongst the dinosaur (and one pterosaur), models being introduced by Papo this year, there are two prehistoric mammals, both members of the Order Carnivora.  The Acrocanthosaurus, Ceratosaurus and the Cryolophosaurus might be getting all the attention, but we thought we would shed some light on the intriguing Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat and Cave Bear models that are also coming into stock over the next few months or so.

New for 2017 the Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat and Cave Bear

Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat model and Cave Bear

Papo Smilodon and the Cave Bear.

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Papo Smilodon (S. fatalis)

When we saw the first images of the new for 2017 Papo Smilodon, we have to say we were somewhat taken aback.  It looks very different from the Papo Smilodon model that is currently in the range, a model that was originally introduced in the second quarter of 2011.  The new figure is certainly more flamboyant than the 2011 replica, the pose is fascinating but it is the combination of a lion’s mane and those rear tiger stripes that gives this particular representation such an unusual look.  In the modern lion Panthera leo, the males have manes.  The mane is thought to have evolved under selection pressure caused as a result of this social cat needing to impress females/intimidate rivals.  The mane provides a degree of protection during intraspecific conflicts, but we at Everything Dinosaur are not sure what evidence there is, if any, for a mane being present in the sub-family Machairodontinae of which Smilodon is a member.

The Papo Smilodon Model Introduced in 2011

Papo Smilodon model.

Excellent model of a Sabre-Toothed Cat

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Cave paintings of male Cave Lions (Panthera leo spelaea) show these lions without manes.  Although, this does not mean the members of the Smilodon genus were not maned either.  They could have had manes, there is simply not enough evidence to determine this either way (as far as we know).  Many scientists have argued that the likes of Smilodon fatalis were social animals living in groups rather than solitary hunters.  A mane could have evolved, an example of convergent evolution as Smilodon species were subjected to the same selection pressure as their modern, African counterparts.

The Papo 2017 Smilodon Figure

Papo Smilodon (2017)

The Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat model (2017).

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Several palaeontologists and palaeobiologists have proposed that Sabre-Tooth Cats could have possessed a ruff of thick hair around the neck.  This would have protected the neck and provided insulation against the cold.  The scientific evidence remains incomplete, but for the moment Papo offers a maned and a maneless Sabre-Tooth cat model for collectors.

As for those tiger stripes, research has shown that Smilodon was very probably an ambush predator.  Limb and locomotion studies have ruled out long pursuits of prey.  It is likely that the likes of Smilodon fatalis, S. populator et al were camouflaged, perhaps some species did possess stripes reminiscent of a tiger.

 The Papo Cave Bear (Ursus spelaeus)

The Papo Cave Bear replica is a real delight.  There have not been that many Cave Bear models made by the mainstream manufacturers, Everything Dinosaur team members remember with fondness the Schleich Cave Bear, one of a series of prehistoric mammals that were once produced by that German company.  Papo’s interpretation of this Pleistocene beast (which although classified as a Carnivoran. (the collective term for a member of the Carnivora), might actually have been almost entirely herbivorous, certainly has attitude.  The thick, powerful frame is well-depicted and the beast is almost snarling at you, as if daring you to purchase it.

New for 2017 The Papo Cave Bear Model

Cave Bear model by Papo.

Papo Cave Bear.

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Looking like it has just been disturbed from its winter refuge, this Cave Bear model is very well painted and the sculpt shows lots of detail.  We congratulate Papo for introducing another prehistoric mammal into its “Les Dinosaures” model range.

A Skilfully Crafted Prehistoric Animal Model (Papo Cave Bear)

Papo Cave Bear.

The Papo Cave Bear model.

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The Smilodon and Cave Bear figures are scheduled to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur sometime towards the end of quarter 2 (June or early July), we will keep readers posted about new editions to the model range.

To view the current Papo model range available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

Schleich Models Have Arrived!

The First of the Schleich 2017 Prehistoric Animals are in Stock

The first of the new for 2017 prehistoric animal models by the German manufacturer Schleich have arrived at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse.  Three new Schleich models are available, the Allosaurus with its articulated jaw, the large, green Brachiosaurus figure (amazing textured skin) and the feathered Utahraptor complete with poseable arms and an articulated jaw.

The First of the New for 2017 Schleich Dinosaur Models Have Arrived

New for 2017 Schleich dinosaurs.

New Schleich dinosaur models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

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These models are the vanguard for a number of new figures that will be introduced by Schleich, including a couple of models that have yet to be officially announced (expect to hear more news about them in the spring).

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of large Schleich dinosaur models including the 2017 additions: Schleich World of History Prehistoric Animals and Dinosaurs

Schleich Utahraptor Dinosaur Model

The trend for producing feathered dinosaur models continues with the addition of the Utahraptor to the Schleich range.  This model has moveable forelimbs and an articulated lower jaw.  Like the other new models, the Utahraptor comes with a hang tag booklet entitled “Conquering the Earth”.  The models are very well painted and the textured skin and feathers on the Utahraptor replica give these dinosaur figures a very tactile quality.  Such features are bound to prove popular with very young dinosaur fans, as will the bright blue colouration on the “raptor”.

The Schleich Utahraptor Dinosaur Model

The Schleich Utahraptor model.

The Schleich Utahraptor dinosaur model.

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Look out for those grasping hands!

Upper Jurassic Dinosaurs – Allosaurus and Brachiosaurus

The other two models to arrive are the Allosaurus and the Brachiosaurus figures, both dinosaurs that Schleich has produced models of in previous years.  The Allosaurus has an articulated jaw and the skin texture of the larger Brachiosaurus replica has been very finely crafted.  The neck, back, the long tail, and the upper parts of the limb bones are covered in large, pebble-like scales.  This is a very intriguing interpretation of this long-necked, Late Jurassic herbivore.

The Schleich Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Model (2017)

Schleich Brachiosaurus dinosaur model.

The Schleich Brachiosaurus dinosaur model (2017).

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The carefully crafted skin texture on the dinosaur will prove very helpful to us at Everything Dinosaur.  We use several Schleich dinosaur models in our work in schools with children who have special needs.  Feeling the scaly rough skin and comparing how the model feels compared to other objects will help us in our “exploring materials and the wider world” dinosaur themed workshops.  These workshops are aimed at children at Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1 and we are often asked to spend a few minutes with a child and their one-to-one support after we have finished our main teaching session.  We are looking forward to adding the new Schleich Brachiosaurus to our range of school resources.  Its impressive size will also be a “wow” for young dinosaur fans no doubt.

The Schleich Allosaurus Model with Articulated Jaws

Schleich dinosaur model (Allosaurus).

The new for 2017 Schleich Allosaurus dinosaur model.

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Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 2)

New Papo Prehistoric Animals (Part 2)

Today, we feature the second part of our series of articles about new Papo prehistoric animal models being introduced this year.  Papo intends to add several new models to its “Dinosaures” range of figures in 2017, ironically not all of them are dinosaurs.  At the end of quarter two (June), Everything Dinosaur will be receiving stocks of the Ceratosaurus, Acrocanthosaurus the Pterosaur figure (Dimorphodon) and two prehistoric animal models, a Cave Bear (Ursus spelaeus) and a roaring Sabre-Toothed Cat (see, we told you it wasn’t just dinosaurs)!

To read our previous article about the first set of Papo figures to be released in 2017: Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 1)

Available in the Summer the Papo Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Figure

Papo Ceratosaurus.

The Papo Ceratosaurus dinosaur figure.

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Papo Ceratosaurus

We at Everything Dinosaur, are not sure what species of dinosaur this Ceratosaurus model represents but it certainly looks quite frightening.  This model will have an articulated lower jaw.  It is expected to be in stock at our warehouse sometime in the summer, perhaps June.

Papo Acrocanthosaurus

Joining the Ceratosaurus is this splendid model of yet another Theropod dinosaur, the mighty Acrocanthosaurus – and what a spectacular model this is!  It too, is due out in the summer and it will also have an articulated lower jaw, making it great for creative, imaginative play.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Acrocanthosaurus.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus.

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Papo Dimorphodon

The Papo Dimorphodon is posed in a terrestrial position, after all, these flying reptiles did not spend all their time in the air.  We expect this Pterosaur figure to be available at around the same time as the Papo Ceratosaurus and the Papo Acrocanthosaurus models.

New for 2017 a Dimorphodon Model from Papo

Papo Dimorphodon figure.

The Papo Dimorphodon model.

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This is the third flying reptile model to be added to the range.  It joins the Pteranodon and the beautiful Tupuxuara model, however, the Papo Dimorphodon will have an articulated lower jaw.

An Impressive Cave Bear Model (U. spelaeus)

The Papo Cave Bear Model.

A powerful looking Cave Bear model from Papo.

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It was the German anatomist J. Rosenmüller who named and described this species of bear in 1794.  The famous French scientist Georges Cuvier also published work on these Ice Age animals.

Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

Along with the Cave Bear model, Papo will be adding a roaring Smilodon figure to its model range.  The colouration and markings chosen for this particular replica are highly unusual.  The artists involved in the painting seem to have been inspired by lions and tigers when it came to sorting out the “look” for this replica.  Still, it’s good to see prehistoric animals added to a range and not just dinosaur models.

The Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

The Papo roaring Sabre-Tooth Cat.

The Papo roaring Smilodon model.

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Shortly, we will be posting up details on the last of the planned 2017 prehistoric animal model releases from Papo.

To view the range of Papo models and replicas in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 1)

New Prehistoric Animal Models from Papo (Part 1)

Lots of Everything Dinosaur customers have been contacting us recently to enquire about release dates for the new Papo prehistoric animal models.  Papo have held their cards to their chest for a while, but we can reveal that the first three, of what will be a total of nine new model introductions, are scheduled to arrive in just a few weeks’ time.  We are expecting the re-painted Velociraptor, the blue painted Oviraptor figure and the carefully crafted Polacanthus models to arrive prior to the end of March.  They could be with us sometime next month.

The Papo Blue Velociraptor is One of the First New Models to be Released

Papo dinosaur model - blue Velociraptor.

Papo Velociraptor dinosaur model.

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Papo Blue Velociraptor and “Oviraptor Bleu”

2017 sees another re-painted “raptor” entering the Papo “les dinosaures” range.  A green re-painted Velociraptor was introduced last year, the additional of this new replica will give model collectors the opportunity to build up their own “raptor pack”, something reminiscent of what was seen in the film “Jurassic World”.

A Re-paint of the Oviraptor Model is Due in Quarter One of 2017

Papo Oviraptor dinosaur model (2017).

Papo blue Oviraptor dinosaur model.

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The other re-paint coming in shortly is a very colourful variant of the existing Oviraptor model.  No feathers to be seen, but lots of vibrant colours including a stunning metallic blue flash along the body and a spectacular looking skull and neck.  “Oviraptor bleu” is one of our most eagerly anticipated new models for 2017.  A number of species of Oviraptor have been named and described, although scientists still debate the various classifications. As to what this bizarre dinosaur ate, that too is open to speculation and debate.  Oviraptor could have eaten fruit, nuts, shellfish or even crunched the bones of other dinosaurs.  This genus was erected by the famous the American palaeontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1924.

Papo Polacanthus Dinosaur Model

The first of the new sculpts to be introduced this year, is a wonderful replica of the armoured dinosaur Polacanthus.  It is great to see Papo introduce a model of this enigmatic member of the Thyreophora (shield bearers), especially as their model has a distinctive sacral shield.  The position of the head and the open beak of this dinosaur model gives the impression that this dinosaur is smiling.  It certainly looks quite content with life.

The New for 2017 Polacanthus Dinosaur Model from Papo

Papo Polacanthus model.

Papo Polacanthus dinosaur model.

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To view the current range of Papo prehistoric animal models stocked by Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

 Everything Dinosaur will shortly be posting up official pictures of the other six new models for 2017 to be introduced by Papo.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon Wins Award

Best Prehistoric Animal Toy Figure – Iguanodon

Congratulations to Safari Ltd as their recently introduced Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon dinosaur model has been voted the best prehistoric animal toy figure to be released in 2016.  Readers of “Prehistoric Times” magazine were asked to list their favourite dinosaur and prehistoric animal models out of all those that had been launched in 2016.  The competition was tough, but the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon figure came top in the survey.

Voted Best Prehistoric Animal Toy Figure for 2016

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon model.

Some very striking colours on this new replica.

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Safari Ltd figures have won this accolade before.   The model of the armoured dinosaur called Sauropelta, coincidentally, from the same replica range as the Iguanodon figure, triumphed in 2015.  This year it was a model of yet another plant-eating dinosaur that was voted number one by readers of “Prehistoric Times” magazine.

Iguanodon – A Very Popular Dinosaur

As most young dinosaur fans will gladly tell you, Iguanodon was only the second kind of dinosaur to be formally, scientifically described.  The genus was erected in 1825.  Together with the carnivorous dinosaur Megalosaurus and the armoured dinosaur Hylaeosaurus, it was one of three genera that together were grouped into the Dinosauria by Sir Richard Owen.

Well done to all the team at Safari Ltd.  A special acknowledgement of the efforts of the design team who worked very hard to develop an accurate interpretation of this Ornithischian dinosaur (bird-hipped member of the Dinosauria).

An appropriate gesture would be to give everyone at Safari Ltd a “big Iguanodon thumbs up”.  Congratulations!

To see the award-winning Iguanodon dinosaur model and the wide range of prehistoric animals that are included in the Wild Safari Prehistoric World model collection, simply click the link below:

Everything Dinosaur stocks: Purchase Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models and Replicas

An Ammonite Aquarium

An Ammonite Aquarium Model Display

At Everything Dinosaur, we get sent lots of pictures from customers of their prehistoric animal model collections.  We are always most impressed with the collections and also impressed with the remarkable and innovative ways that fans of prehistoric animals display their models.  For instance, model collector Paleo Paul recently emailed over to us some photographs of a couple of ammonites that he had set up to look as if these cephalopods had been photographed underwater.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life Ammonite on Display

Ammonite replica in an aquarium.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life Ammonite replica.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The photograph above shows the Wild Safari Prehistoric Life ammonite replica (a model that was introduced into the range in 2014), the shot has been carefully set up to make it look like the ammonite was photographed swimming just a few centimetres from the sea bed.  The use of a flash, mirrors the powerful glare of underwater search lights used by divers and the bright light helps to provide depth and shade to the image, enhancing the perspective.  It is a very clever way of showcasing a prehistoric animal replica, the ammonite model standing out and clearly defined against the sand representing the seabed and the light- coloured rock placed immediately behind the model.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s review of the Wild Safari Prehistoric Life ammonite replica: Ammonite Model Reviewed

Two Ammonite Replicas on Display

Two Ammonite models on display.

Ammonite models on display.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

In a second photograph, the Bullyland large ammonite model has been placed in the foreground and the two figures look really good together.  The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life replica might represent one species, whilst the Bullyland ammonite figure could represent a second species.  The hypernome on the underside of the Bullyland ammonite is clearly visible and the angle that the model has been placed at gives the impression that the mollusc is about to shoot backwards and speed out of the shot.   Once again, it is a cleverly composed photograph with the distinctive spiral shells of the models, framed in the picture.

Ammonite Models and Replicas

The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life ammonite is around thirteen centimetres long and the shell some six centimetres across, whereas, the rare, Bullyland ammonite is a little larger, measuring nineteen centimetres in length with a shell diameter of more than nine centimetres.  The size of these models makes placing them alongside other marine animal replicas quite tricky when creating dioramas.  Even if these models were to represent a very big ammonite genus, perhaps the Late Jurassic Titanites, whose fossil shells can be more than a metre across, they would still look very much out of proportion when displayed next to 1:40 scale marine reptile replicas.

We commend Paleo Paul for finding such a creative way of overcoming this problem, creating an ammonite aquarium.

Rebor Deinonychus Trio “Cerberus Clan” Arrives

Rebor Deinonychus Trio in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Yesterday, this blog site featured an article all about saying farewell to “Dippy” the Diplodocus cast at the Natural History Museum.  Today, we say hello to three, museum quality replicas as the Rebor Deinonychus Trio “Cerberus Clan” has arrived and is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur the Trio of “Raptors” Deinonychus antirrhopus

Cerberus Clan from Rebor

The trio of three “raptors” from Rebor.

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The view the Rebor range of replicas, including the “Cerberus Clan” Deinonychus Trio: Rebor Prehistoric Models and Replicas

Three Feathered Dromaeosaurids

The trio of Deinonychus dinosaur models have been named “Shoot”, “Tooth” and “Thrill” and these replicas make up the third component in the 1:35 scale Rebor Acrocanthosaurus/Tenontosaurus diorama.  The idea being that an Acrocanthosaurus is being challenged over a Tenontosaurus corpse by the plucky raptors (no feather pun intended).  The Deinonychus models, can of course be displayed separately, each one comes with its own base, but when put together with the other 1:35 scale replicas a spectacular diorama is created.

All Three Rebor Replicas Combine to Make a Most Impressive Dinosaur Diorama

A trio of Rebor replicas.

The Rebor Acrocanthosaurus, Tenontosaurus and Deinonychus diorama.

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“Shoot”, “Tooth” and “Thrill”

Each of the Deinonychus replicas has an articulated lower jaw.  Once the jaw is opened some nice detail in the mouth is revealed.  The forelimbs are also articulated and we found that with our models, some adjustment of the forelimbs was required in order to get the model to stand upright.  With only two toes on each foot to stand on, we recommend that each Deinonychus is tacked onto its base to help secure the model.  Discreet sticky tabs can be used or even blue tac if model makers want to avoid using glue to attach the models to their bases.

The Three Deinonychus Models – “Shoot”, “Thrill” and “Tooth”

Rebor Cerberus Clan "Raptors".

The Rebor “Cerberus Clan”.

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Each of the Deinonychus dinosaurs measures around thirteen centimetres in length, the heads are approximately six centimetres high when the model is on its base.  The tails are quite bendy and flexible, but we have not tried to re-position them much, we have been too busy playing with the articulated forelimbs and working out which “raptor” to put where in our own Rebor Acrocanthosaurus/Tenontosaurus/Deinonychus prehistoric scene.

Praise for the Paint Job

Each of the pack members has been painted differently, a nice touch, providing each of the Deinonychus replicas with a very individual look.  The patterning on the feathers is very well done and there is much to admire when it comes to the colouration and the paint job.

In Greek mythology, “Cerberus” was the huge, three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld.  The eleventh labour of Hercules involved the capture of this monstrous beast.  Rebor has continued its mythology motif with the three members of the “Cerberus clan”, joining “Hercules”, the Acrocanthosaurus replica and the “Ceryneian Hind”, a giant deer, represented in this case by the Tenontosaurus corpse in this prehistoric scene.  The addition of the three “raptor” models, to what is, an already very impressive diorama, certainly makes this an attractive centrepiece to any dinosaur fan’s model collection.

An Illustration of Coelophysis

A Drawing of Coelophysis

Time to reflect on the number of dinosaur and prehistoric animal fact sheets Everything Dinosaur has produced.  For virtually every named prehistoric animal we sell, our dedicated team members research and write a fact sheet on that animal.  From Acrocanthosaurus atokensis through to Yutyrannus huali and probably notes on Zuniceratops, Zalmoxes and Zephyrosaurus too!

It is not just new fact sheets that we have to sort out, we also have to re-write and update existing data when new dinosaur discoveries are made.  Take for example, the new Coelophysis fact sheet that we have been preparing.  We did have a fact sheet for this dinosaur on our files already, but with the introduction of the new for 2017 Wild Safari Prehistoric Life Coelophysis dinosaur model and with new research into the growth rate of this Triassic Theropod, we thought it was time to update it.

A New Illustration of Coelophysis has Been Commissioned by Everything Dinosaur

Coelophysis illustrated.

A scale drawing of the Triassic dinosaur Coelophysis.

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Coelophysis bauri “Hollow Form”

Named over a hundred and twenty-five years ago, Coelophysis (C. bauri) has become one of the most studied Theropod dinosaurs of all.  The genus name means “hollow form”, a reference to this dinosaur’s almost hollow limb bones.  Light bones would have made this dinosaur surprisingly light and assisted with the animal’s agility and speed.  Assets when hunting but also useful when you need to avoid much larger terrestrial predators such as rauisuchids.

To read the recently published article about a study into the growth rates (ontogeny) of this Triassic dinosaur: Sizing Up Early Dinosaurs

Everything Dinosaur has recently taken into stock all thirteen of the newly introduced Wild Safari Prehistoric Life models.  The additions to our warehouse include the wonderful Coelophysis replica.

To see the new for 2017 Wild Safari Prehistoric Life Coelophysis dinosaur model: Prehistoric Animal Models by Safari Ltd

Jurassic Park III Model Diorama Takes Shape

Working on a Prehistoric Landscape (Jurassic Park III)

Talented model maker and prehistoric animal model fan, Robert Townsend has embarked on an ambitious project to build a large prehistoric diorama, a project he has named “Jurassic Park III”.  Team members at Everything Dinosaur have been lucky enough to have received regular updates as the model begins to take shape.  The baseboard is made from a two-metre-long door blank, as with all projects such as this, a lot of planning and preparation has been undertaken before the construction phase can begin.

The Baseboard Accurately Marked Out

Dinosaur diorama building phase 1.

The dinosaur diorama base with the grid carefully inked in.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

Once Robert had finalised his design plans it was time to mark out the baseboard using an accurate scale so that the model can commence its transformation from the drawing board to three-dimensional reality.  The base was accurately marked out using a pen and a ruler into six inch squares.  This would enable the shapes of land formations and other features to be plotted onto the base.  Using this grid as a guide, Robert was then able to pencil in the various contours and features that he wanted.  A ruler was used for straight lines and a bendy plastic guide for curved areas.  Time and care taken at this stage would ensure that the finished landscape would look realistic.

Cladding the Prehistoric Landscape in Newspaper

Prehistoric landscape feature building.

Building up the features on the prehistoric landscape.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

After the model maker had built up a large collection of sturdy cardboard, landscape construction was begun.  The background and rear areas are normally the highest land formations, so these were built first, enabling the diorama to have an obvious “rear” and “front” to it.  Working to the nearest 1/16 of an inch, each piece of cardboard was measured accurately and then carefully glued into position.  When viewed from underneath, Robert describes these sections as “looking like giant, odd-shaped Lego bricks.”

The left-hand edge of the Jurassic Park III landscape has been made to exactly match the right-hand edge of Robert’s earlier, large-scale dinosaur diorama.  This will enable him to display them both together, should the need arise.  The entire model was then clad in layers of newspaper to help define the landscape features and in preparation for painting.  Extra strength wallpaper paste was used to ensure all the paper stays in place.

Waterhole Centrepiece

The central feature of the prehistoric landscape will be a substantial waterhole, a place for the various prehistoric animals that will feature in the diorama, to drink.

Robert explained:

“My original design was to have just a small ‘duck pond’ type feature with some small water plants growing around its’ edges, but when I saw the size of the three palm tree figures and the 12-inch Cycad tree model made by CollectA, (which I recently bought from Everything Dinosaur), it was obvious that this was far too small a feature with not enough shoreline for lots of exotic plants and drinking animals.  So, I re-drew it about four times larger and this was definitely the right thing to do.  It will dominate the entire middle third of the diorama, as I think it should.”

The Landscape Clad in Newspaper

A dinosaur landscape being prepared for painting.

The cardboard is covered in paper ready for painting.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

The Model Water Feature

The waterhole will make a natural centrepiece to the diorama and it will represent the lowest lying area of the landscape.  Producing a realistic water effect can be difficult, but a trip to a railway modelling shop enabled resourceful Mr Townsend to acquire a small jar of “model water feature”.  He has not used this substance before and care needs to be taken when brushing this material on, but there is still a lot to do before the water feature can be brought to life.

Applying the Undercoat to the Prehistoric Landscape

Undercoat painting on the prehistoric landscape.

Painting the undercoat on the dinosaur diorama.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

Applying the Undercoat

The entire surface, excluding the central waterhole feature was painted with a pale grey masonry paint.  Two undercoats of this water-based emulsion were applied. The aim was to smooth out and cover wrinkles, creases and imperfections in the newspaper cladding.  This renders the entire surface smooth and creates a solid looking piece of landscape.  Having two coats of paint, (and in some places three), makes for great strength and long lasting surfaces.  After a good 24-hours to allow the undercoating to dry fully, all the vertical rock faces were painted with a second coat of masonry paint, only this time, a brownish-clay colour was selected.   Robert recommends allowing at least a day to let the paint dry completely.

Painting the Edges of the Prehistoric Landscape

Painting the sides of the prehistoric landscape.

Painting the black edging along the sides of the model.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

The next stage saw the upper surfaces painted with a sandstone colour and a couple of coats of a matt black paint was applied to the edges of the model to provide a professional looking finish to the sides of the landscape. In the picture above, the landscape with its central water feature can be seen to be really coming together.  All Robert’s careful planning and preparation is beginning to pay off.  Robert has promised to send us more photographs and updates on his dinosaur themed diorama.  We look forward to seeing how this prehistoric scene looks when it is finished.

Robert enjoys creating prehistoric themed dioramas that show dinosaurs and other extinct creatures that lived during specific periods of the Mesozoic.  Everything Dinosaur blog readers can view several of Robert’s prehistoric scenes:

Giants of South America

The Jurassic of Europe

A Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Diorama

Updating the Deinocheirus Fact Sheet

Deinocheirus Fact Sheet is Updated

One of the wonderful things about vertebrate palaeontology is that ideas about prehistoric animals are changing all the time.  Fossil discoveries and new research often challenges existing assumptions leading to a revision of data.  Model making companies often reflect the changing views about a long extinct animal by introducing a new version of that animal to their prehistoric animal model portfolio.  CollectA for example, recently introduced a new model of the bizarre Late Cretaceous Theropod Deinocheirus (D. mirificus).  In addition, CollectA will be bringing out a new Deluxe version of Deinocheirus in 2017.  This means, that for Everything Dinosaur team members, there is a need to update and revise the company’s Deinocheirus fact sheet.

The New Scale Drawing of Deinocheirus from Everything Dinosaur

Deinocheirus mirificus scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Deinocheirus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Deinocheirus – Taller than a Lamppost!

Thanks to two new fossil discoveries (a sub-adult found in 2006 and the fossils of a much larger individual discovered in 2009), palaeontologists have a much better idea about what this giant ornithomimid looked like.  As a result, further changes to the Everything Dinosaur fact sheet have been made.  In the original data sheet, prepared in 2012, prior to the scientific paper providing the new description, it was stated that the known fossils ascribed to Deinocheirus represented one of the largest Theropods from Asia.  This remains true, however, an assessment of the fossilised bones of the individual found in 2009, including a humerus six centimetres longer than the holotype, indicate that Deinocheirus reached a length of around eleven metres.  Subsequent study of the strongly reinforced pelvis and the robust hind limbs have led palaeontologists to reconsider how heavy this animal might have been.  It probably had a narrower stance than the pot-bellied Therizinosaurs, but scientists estimate that Deinocheirus might have weighed as much as six tonnes and it would have stood around five metres tall.

The New for 2017 CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Deinocheirus Replica

The CollectA 1:40 scale Deluxe Deinocheirus model.

The CollectA 1:40 scale Deluxe Deinocheirus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We look forward to the arrival of the new CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Deinocheirus replica and the other exciting new models to be added to CollectA’s “Prehistoric Life” model range.

To read more about the new CollectA Deluxe Deinocheirus: New CollectA Models for 2017 (part 2)

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