When I was young, my dad & I bought about 4 different dinosaur skeleton kits: Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, T-Rex and a Mastodon/Mammoth. The 3 saurian skeletons were later re-released by Glencoe. I think the ones I had in the late 1970s were by ITC. I don't recall much about the Mastodon/Mammoth, except that it didn't build up as nicely and didn't look nearly as impressive without flesh and fur. I don't think it was from the same kitmaker as the first three.
I picked up this vintage built & broken Palmer Brontosaurus Skeleton a few weeks ago. The kit's sculpt is really, really bad. But it was less than $10 shipped, and the vintage box is in really good shape and displays nicely. Maybe someday I'll try to restore the buildup. Does anyone know if these were re-issued more recently? I'd thought it might be an earlier edition of the Brontosaurus skeleton I built as a kid, but it unfortunately isn't.
Post by becdecorbin on Aug 27, 2012 7:03:52 GMT -5
From the "Alignment Nightmares" file. Glencoe's name was on the box when I bought this Brontosaurus skeleton years ago. But names aside, it's a struggle. A long wire is provided to string the vertebrae, which is a good idea.
Forget ordinary glues and get out the epoxy. "Bronty" will likely split somewhere when you take the final step: getting his bony feet to line up on the flat spots of the base. Judicious use of the hot-air gun may soften the overall frame and permit you to bend the model this way and that so that some positioning is possible.
I painted "Bronty" a deep gray/brown color, suggesting that the skeleton is a stony fossil mounted in a museum. I didn't want white.
Post by becdecorbin on Aug 27, 2012 7:13:41 GMT -5
Brontosaurus was a cake walk compared to Glencoe's stegosaurus. His back is broken in this photo, and I have made no attempt to fix it. Thinking back, epoxy would have been the way to go, but I used superglue. Despite Cyanoacrylate's legendary holding power, it proved less than adequate against a kit that wasn't designed and executed well.
Any two of "Steggy's" feet can be glued into place once it is completed. If you get three, take a drink. If you get all four feet bound securely to the base without his spine splitting asunder, call the press.
As with the Brontosaurus, I painted the model a mineral gray to imply Stegosaurus was a museum specimen.
Beautiful builds! (Although your pictures are really small!)
I remember my dad & I building earlier editions of these when I was small, and they wound up with excessive glue and huge gaps everywhere because of the poor fit of he bones. Bronto had a long rod in his neck, which was a good idea for the kit and kind of neat because it was rather like how the real museum displays were supported... at least to my mind as a child.
Post by artdecovampire on Aug 15, 2014 12:28:58 GMT -5
I just bought a Glencoe stegosaurus skeleton (£6.95). I have seen theses around on E bay mostly in the USA so I was tempted because this was in the UK. The box is red and looks pretty average with none of the vintage charm of the original manufacturers with its cool illustration. Having read this I might just leave it sealed and collect the others to satisfy my desire for completism. The Trex looks good though?
Post by prescenes2 on Aug 15, 2014 21:02:51 GMT -5
Never been a fan of building skeletons of things but when done right, I love looking at them. Especially when done in the style that museums do with the brown bones. I'm lucky to live in an area that has a love and collection of dino bones and skeletons. Here's some links to what's in my neighborhood: Over 60 full sized skeletons: www.thanksgivingpoint.org/visit/museumofancientlife The Jurassic Wall: www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm No skeletons but lots of full size dino sculpts: www.dinosaurpark.org/ Plus 3 universities with Dino Skeletons!