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Hi folks,

 

This is my first dinosaur since I was little, I think, when I have fuzzy memories of painting Airfix dinosaurs with enamels? 

 

I picked up the Lindberg "spitter" Dilophosaurus on a trip a couple of weeks ago at a bargain price and built it pretty much straight away. It's a simple kit with nice surface details. The seams close up pretty well and most of the construction work is in restoring or sculpting lost detail across the seams and where the mould horizons mean a lack of relief.

 

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I painted it with Tamiya rattle cans decanted and airbrushed - the main colours are Medium Blue and Dark Earth from the AS range (I think?) and Chrome Oxide Yellow from the TS range. After airbrushing a basic pattern I did a lot of work with a paintbrush to refine it, both sharpening and breaking up the colour transitions.

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Lots of drybrushing, washes and glazes of acrylics helped define and tone the skin, and I sprayed some thin blotchy filters with Smoke, Clear Green and Clear Red before varnishing.

 

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While I did pick out some scales individually on the body, I mostly left that kind of fiddly work for the face which was more-or-less entirely repainted by brush over the airbrushed base.

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I made a base by sanding a slight profile into the upturned base of a fancy hipster table salt bowl and building a little relief on the top with scraps of torn up foamcard before adding stones, dried twigs and textured putty to create damp ground. Again I painted this up with acrylics and applied "moss" putty mixed from Woodland Scenics ground foam plus various kinds of foliage (Silflor, Heki, Kamizukuri) fixed with matt medium. The dino itself is pinned in place with scraps of 1/16" brass rod as I thought that paperclips weren't substantial enough at this scale.

 

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I had a scare when the tail seam cracked open on one side (not sure why) but the join was so exact that it vanished when closed up with thin CA and varnished :)

 

Overall a fun little project and not bad at under two weeks from shop shelf to my cabinet shelf!

 

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Thanks for the various suggestions on the WIP thread and sorry I chickened out (ha!) from adding feathers.

 

Cheers,

 

Will

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awesome work. 

 

I picked up the kit recently for a song as I built it when Jurassic Park first came out and the nostalgia hit me, I will have to save a couple of pics as reference as I love what you did with the jaw and the eyes looks fantastic

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Thanks for the kind words! 

@Phas3e I thought originally the I'd made a mistake in doing the jaw changes after assembly, but it probably made some kind of sense that way as there's no real way to sculpt the tendons otherwise. I guess you could remove the teeth beforehand, that would help a bit.


Cheers,


Will

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Superb Will! Such a cool paint job, love the colours. Just  had a flick through the wip, yeah that jaw change made all the difference :yes: 

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Hi Will, this is a really lovely creation - you've done a fantastic paint job and the base is wonderful too! 🦖

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Handsome critter you have there Will.👍

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8 hours ago, Hunter Rose said:

jaw change made all the difference :yes: 

 

Cheers, I wouldn't have thought of the jaw on my own so credit and thanks for that one to Bonehammer :)
 

8 hours ago, Mrs PlaStix said:

Hi Will, this is a really lovely creation - you've done a fantastic paint job and the base is wonderful too! 🦖


Thanks, and thank-you for providing such a treasure trove of dinosaur inspiration with your various builds. I must give some of the smaller Tamiya dinos a try at some point.

Cheers,

 

Will

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Fantastic work Will. I'm amazed at how natural and integrated that jaw mod looks. It really does look like it was part of the original sculpt.

 

Andy:cat:

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I love it, Will. Beautifully painted and such a cheerful subject!

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One of the most pleasingly different and creative things I have seen on here.  Really enjoyed the build and the end result.

:goodjob:

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Thanks so much for the kind words everyone. You've put a smile on the face of my dino :)

 

On 5/18/2021 at 7:38 AM, Andy Moore said:

 It really does look like it was part of the original sculpt.


I will never cease to be amazed at how a coat of paint hides the problems in all kinds of sculpted detail! It has integrated well despite the difficulty in tapering/feathering the stiffer Tamiya putty.

 

Will

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