Post by monstermodelreview on Jun 13, 2010 20:50:27 GMT -5
Your right Trevor, the three new kits seen below are my old build ups. I have a 30 minute video showing me paint my Dilophosaurus back when I was producing Model Citizen (you can read more on Model Citizen in Modeler's Resource magazine #41). I think I painted the kit in real time with maybe a edit here or there. I'll try to dig that out of the archives. The Hadrosuar and Steg were from the old pyro set, they could have been tweaked but I'm still looking to confirm.
Yeah, I know the old Lifelike/Pyro steg was smooth and shiney, no texture at all. Not sure about the hadrosaur.
I myself, never did finish the rex. And I want to someday do another build of the dilophosaurus. I didn't counter-weight mine well enough and it fell over enough time to break claws off (not to mention having to re-glue the head on a half dozen times) I want to actually try to recreate my original paint job, as I still like it very much. www.tylisaari.com/models/dino/jp/spitter.htm
A close-out store in my area ("Ollie's") is stocking cases of Lindberg kits, and they got about a dozen of the recent Ankylosaurus kit for $4.99 each. No other dinosaurs, unfortunately.
Anky is the one I've seen most often as the shelf-warmer from this run. It's not a very good kit. Certainly more detailed and lively looking than some of the other Pyro kits, but a difficult build and an ugly characterization of the dino. I might pick one up, maybe. Without the old Pyro/LifeLike packaging and plastic colors, it loses a lot of its charm even for $5.
The "Ollie's" store near me got some stock of the Triceratops and Stegosaurus, also for $4.99 each. I picked up the Triceratops, and it doesn't seem to differ in any way from the earlier versions, except that it's molded in light gray. The original had skin texture, and this one doesn't seem changed at all.
Post by becdecorbin on Jan 24, 2012 12:58:47 GMT -5
Skeletal Stegosaurus. Missing a backplate nowaways and his spine broke midway. Lindberg kits need a lot of reshaping because of the strange plastic they use. I was trying to get all four of its feet to match the prearranged spaces on the base and he did the splits.
I bought Lindberg's most-recent repop of Pyro's Stegosaurus today, and compared it to an older one from LifeLike's 1970s edition.
The tooling is the same, just with the additional new hide textures added, and the channels re-cut in the longer supply areas. New numbers have been stamped into some of the parts (like the legs), and the Pyro legal line now is Lindberg of course. The cave man has also been gated-off. I suspect his cavity is still in the tool, but that his supply channel has just been filled-in.
It is nice to see that the kit is made in the USA, that the tooling for this cultural classic hasn't migrated away.
I bought the kit at a clearance store for $4.99. It's still got all of the awful fit problems that the previous editions did - like the bad fit at the end of the tail, messy leg fits, etc. Given the quality, I think $5 is an adequate price for the kit.