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

Hi,

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

Pat

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  • 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! 

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Posted by grumpyoldmodeler on Sunday, October 29, 2017 7:02 AM

He looks gret, you mention the Carnegie Museum, why don't you have some children climbing on him? They do at every outdoor dino statue I've seen!

 

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Posted by templar1099 on Sunday, October 29, 2017 7:14 AM

Great thinking outside the box. For some reason I see it on shale or slate base, no additions to detract from it.

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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, October 29, 2017 1:28 PM
Might just be one of my first stops given a time machine.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, October 30, 2017 11:17 AM

UnwaryPaladin

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?

This looks very nice. A nice base without anything else, well, maybe a small girl figure like the Wall Street bull statue!

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Monday, October 30, 2017 11:31 AM

That's a great finish for that kit!  I like either idea-your original one about mounting it on a base with a clock or a pen set, or about making a little vignette in front of a museum.  Tamiya bills this kit as 1/35, and you should be able to find some appropriate figures for something like that.

Tamiya released a newer Triceratops kit, too, taking into account newer interpretations of the fossil records and newer finds.  That one comes with a diorama base, if I remember correctly.

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Saturday, November 04, 2017 5:57 PM

templar1099

Great thinking outside the box. For some reason I see it on shale or slate base, no additions to detract from it.

 

Thank you. Funny you should mention the slate. I was cleaning the garage today and came across a slate shingle I picked up for a turkey call project. I thought about using it as a base for the tricerotops. 

I picked up a small clock from Rocklers, but I can't settle on a way to make it work with the dinosaur and base. 

I also thought about getting another one and making a set of bookends. Hmmm...

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, November 05, 2017 1:32 PM

What fun! How could you not like a Triceratops? Good job, I like the bronze. Slate would be good.

Max

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 6:01 PM

Hey !!

What happened to your Avatar?  I kinda liked that " goofy guy" !

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 7:50 PM

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Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Sunday, November 12, 2017 6:36 PM

littletimmy

Hey !!

What happened to your Avatar?  I kinda liked that " goofy guy" !

 



Ha! That was Fregley, from the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. I thought the avatar needed to look more appropriate for a model site, hence the jet. I liked him too, he was unique. He's coming back!

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, November 12, 2017 7:14 PM

UnwaryPaladin
Ha! That was Fregley, from the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. I thought the avatar needed to look more appropriate for a model site, hence the jet. I liked him too, he was unique. He's coming back!

 You dont have to change him  just because I said so. You use whatever Avatar you want.

I just thought he looked "EXACTLY" like a guy I went to highschool with. Every time I saw Fregley I thought of my "Goofy" friend.  Good time's. 

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

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