CollectA Fukuisaurus and CollectA Mantellisaurus Get Makeovers

A very big thank you to dinosaur model collector Elizabeth who sent us pics of the CollectA 1:40 scale Fukuisaurus and the CollectA drinking Mantellisaurus that had been customised by the very talented Martin Garratt so that they represent the same species.  Elizabeth had commissioned the model maker to create a diorama featuring a pair of ornithopods, one female and one male.  With the addition of the 1:40 scale Fukuisaurus into the CollectA range this year, her plan to use two similar models to represent a male and a female of the same species came into fruition.

A Stunning Dinosaur Diorama Created by Martin Garratt

Two customised dinosaur models.

A beautiful pair of CollectA dinosaur models that have been customised on behalf of a client by the very talented model maker Martin Garratt.

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

Two Herbivorous Dinosaurs at a Watering Hole

This beautiful diorama features the two CollectA figures and model maker Martin has placed them on the margins of a small pond, thereby taking advantage of the head down pose of the CollectA Mantellisaurus figure.

A Close-up View of the Two Dinosaur Figures

CollectA Fukuisaurus and Mantellisaurus have been customised by a model maker.

Customised Fukuisaurus and Mantellisaurus.  A model maker has created a superb diorama featuring two different dinosaur replicas but portraying them as one species of ornithopod.

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

Fukuisaurus and Mantellisaurus

Although these two figures work exceptionally well in the diorama and they may have been contemporaneous, in reality Fukuisaurus and Mantellisaurus were separated by thousands of miles when these two herbivorous dinosaurs lived in the Early Cretaceous.  Mantellisaurus (M. atherfieldensis), is known from the Vectis Formation (Isle of Wight and Dorset in southern England), as well as equivalent level beds from western Europe).  In contrast, Fukuisaurus (F. tetoriensis), comes from exposures of the Kitadani Formation on the Japanese island of Honshu.

Customised Dinosaur Models – Fukuisaurus and Mantellisaurus

Customised CollectA Mantellisaurus and Fukuisaurus.

A pair or ornithopods customised by Martin Garratt.  The CollectA Mantellisaurus (left) and the CollectA Fukuisaurus (right).

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

In addition, although the size of Mantellisaurus is not known, it was considerably bigger and heavier than Fukuisaurus.  Although, it was more gracile than other Hadrosauriformes, palaeontologists have estimated that this dinosaur could have exceeded seven metres in length and weighed more than 1,000 kilograms.  Fukuisaurus, which is known from many more fossil specimens, the majority of which come from a single horizon, is estimated to have measured around 4.5 metres in length.  Fukuisaurus is estimated to have weighed around 400 kilograms.

The CollectA Models Next to Their Customised Counterparts

Customised CollectA dinosaur models (Fukuisaurus and Mantellisaurus).

The CollectA Fukuisaurus and Mantellisaurus compared to the customised figures.  Clockwise from left to right – customised CollectA Mantellisaurus, the CollectA Fukuisaurus in the manufacturer’s colour scheme, customised CollectA Fukuisaurus figure and finally, the CollectA Mantellisaurus in the factory livery.

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

In her email to Everything Dinosaur, Elizabeth stated:

“CollectA models of Fukuisaurus and Mantellisaurus, repainted and based by Martin Garratt [UMF Models] to create a diorama of two dinosaurs of the same species at a pond – take your pick as to whether to call them Fukuisaurus or Mantellisaurus.”

A Pair of Customised Ornithopods

Customised dinosaur models.

Ornithopod pair (CollectA Fukuisaurus and CollectA Mantellisaurus).  A pair of stunning customised figures on a small pond diorama.

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

Our thanks once again to Elizabeth for sharing her superb photographs with Everything Dinosaur.

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