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Tamiya triceratops

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    June, 2017
Tamiya triceratops
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:42 PM

Feeling a need for some change, I decided to pull out a Tamiya triceratops kit from the stash. Something different than the aircraft, no canopy to mask, no camo to fuss over, and my favorite dinosaur! 

The kit is very simple, something like fifteen parts. I thought about doing a diorama with all kinds of new (to me) techniques to fool with. Looking at the kit I saw that while the anatomy seems right, the surface shows the tool marks from when the artist sculpted the original clay figure:

I kind of liked the tool marks, it reminded me of the bronze dinosaur statue outside the Carnegie museum in Pittsburgh. So, I decided to run with it. But first a few tweaks were needed. The figure has an open mouth, the opening clear into the body cavity. I used some apoxie sculpt to make a mouth and tongue. 

If I were going for a life like look, I would redo the eyes. The way the head was molded in two halves, it would be easy to drill out the original eye, and replace it with a painted bead or something similar. Then just sculpt the eylids with epoxy. 

The little guy went together nicely, nothing to worry about with fit and seams were easy to fill. 

I then gave him an overall coat of paynes gray, then a coat of bronze spray paint from the hardware store. After that dried I used a gold Shiva paint stick to drybrush highlights. 

I'm pleased with how he turned out. Now, what to do with him! I'm thinking about putting him on a base and adding a desk clock or pen and pencil holder. Other ideas?

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    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:22 AM


That turned out really nice.  I really like the Bronze effect that you did.


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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:33 AM

Wow, looks awesome! I've never thought of going with the bronze statue look - it's pretty friggin' cool! 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton



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