Post by artdecovampire on Feb 22, 2013 3:40:13 GMT -5
Thanks. I'm really pleased with it. My dad, sadly deceased, would have been very pleased with the way I updated his original idea. I still have the original T Rex, Brontosaurus and Protoceratops to update to complete my updating of Pyro Lindberg set.
Post by artdecovampire on Feb 22, 2013 3:43:40 GMT -5
Not a brilliant picture but it shows the updated paint on my Lindberg sail back. The idea is from a DK book on prehistoric life. This kit never stuck together right, The sail was forever falling off when I was a kid. The Bronto is next. There's very little detail for dry brushing.
man. What a series to read. Sorry bout your dad, artdecovamp. The good die sooner don't they.
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I only got introduced to "Pyro" in the mid 70's through LIFELIKE dino kits. This very Stego kit gifted by my grandmother (later to gift the Aurora Styraco kit!) is utterly FANTASTIC - due to to the Diorama items that are included. Excuse me, I hope I didn't post this here before, but I will say it again - I cannot trace WHO owns the extra moulds! I had phoned Lindburgh about 10 yrs ago, and the current owner of the Pyro moulds had NO IDEA that there was a kit that had anything more. not that he cared upon learning this.
I have found absolutely NO TRex kits, and the only Tric kit I can find available is damaged and unrealistically priced. Sure wish to hell I could find the backgrounds to that Trex and Tric kit - anyone hav a lead on em? I have pix of SOME of the extras if any1 is interested...
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Post by artdecovampire on Feb 23, 2013 5:29:51 GMT -5
Hi Grimlock. I remember seeing those world of Kits around the late 70s in a toy shop in Rhyl, North Wales (Welsh is a wacky language, pronounced Rill). There is a bit about them somewhere on the site. They were way more expensive than the standard kits and I remember pestering my dad who said no, reluctantly. We bought a runner powered spitfire instead. A good choice for a beach holiday. I believe the bases are made of foam? I thought as a kid they were probably vacuum formed but I never saw one out of the box. I suppose you could make a copy this way if you wanted one to paint up.
Post by artdecovampire on Feb 23, 2013 5:48:08 GMT -5
Post the extras Pics. I'm interested.
Cost of these kits is difficult, as in the early 70s, British coinage changed to Decimal. Back in the mid seventies, a Lindberg kit was around 40 new pence, that's eight British shillings (old coinage) as we still occasionally call silver five new pence coins. There were a bout two american dollars to the pound, so they were just under a US dollar. Canadian dollars were always stronger I seem to remember so about 60/80c Canadian. The Pyro kits my dad bought between 1968 to seventy were just under 2 shillings, which is the equivalent of 10 new pence. That was my whole pocket money back then. Dad was a car worker so he was paid well. We were always broke though!
Now of course they vary from £5.99 to £8.99 depending for the original moulds. The ex JP kits are a lot more. That 'World of kit'was around fiver (£5) I remember. The big 1/15th rubber powered spitfire was £3.99. So you can see American kits on sale in Britain were always at a premium.. Airfix, Frog and Revel were cheap. Monogram, Aurora and Lindberg were expensive. PS weren't pocket money over here. I had to save up for them for weeks and then only if you could find them. The Pyro Lindberg kits were in a lot of small toy shops. In that toy shop in Wales there was a Steg in the window and a Triceratops on the shelf 'World of 'Kit. I too never saw the T Rex box. I suppose if I had nagged, dad would have given in but I knew he'd be happier with the plane and we'd get to play together. So I suppose even as a kid I knew that was more important.
Post by artdecovampire on Mar 3, 2013 13:32:43 GMT -5
Here is my Brontosaurus, originally a dark gloss purple plastic, now under-coated dark grey. It was a Pyro Life-like model and it originally had both a base and a caveman. I think he was holding a rock above his head. Its a long time ago. Im going to dry brush it with a lighter grey and add detail. Initially a lighter blue grey underside.
Post by artdecovampire on Mar 3, 2013 13:44:51 GMT -5
Here is the Protoceratops from my collection. In terms of accuracy, despite its lack of texture, this isn't a bad sculpt. Its original colour was a light purple with a few oily looking swirls in it. I have given it an undercoat of dark brown. Like the Dimetrodon its way out of scale with the others kits in this range. Like the Corythosaurus, I think this is also from a famous painting by ZB. Amore modern version would be easier to paint if Lindberg had upped the texture like they did on the Steg. Sadly its not on the Lindberg production list any more, even though the very poor Bronto is still in production.
Post by artdecovampire on Mar 12, 2013 1:26:27 GMT -5
Thanks Andy. Yep! The late sixties, early seventies. It really was the land that time forgot!
As you can see from the filler, this kit has taken a lot of abuse being used as a toy. If I sanded some of it any more it would have fallen apart. When I've done the Bronto and repaired my Steg I'm going to take a group shot of my whole updated collection. Then on to the PS I have. Especially that Allosaurus! Plus I have some Lindberg trikes to convert.
Post by artdecovampire on Apr 6, 2013 8:21:00 GMT -5
Here it is. The whole herd painted, repaired and improved. Each one has and a coat of paint, a bit of filler and all the broken bits glued back on. The kit bashes are updated and even the original Steg, which was pretty well on its last legs is in one piece. I dare say one day I'll strip them all back and do it all again.
Post by artdecovampire on Apr 6, 2013 8:25:01 GMT -5
Here is the one exception. My absolutely archaic T Rex, still untouched for purely sentimental reasons. My late Father did this for me when I was too young to even understand what it was! Its been to school with me for show and tell, all the way around Holland, Germany and France in a packing case when I worked abroad. I'm never going to touch it, despite it being worse for wear.