Mat Irvine: This latest Glencoe Stegosaurus is a reissue of an ITC kit, issued in the late 1950s. But being a skeleton of a dinosaur, that model timespan pales into insignificance, given the age of the original creature.
Parts layout (below). The small disks attached to most parts are there for identification, and have the part number embossed.
Model kits of dinosaurs are actually quite common. They hardly match the number of aircraft kits, but most major model companies have issued dinosaurs over the years. But kits of their skeletons? Well, these are the only ones. Ironically though, we can be certain of what the dinosaur skeletons look like, as we have many examples, but how the creatures looked when they were alive millions of years ago, well, that is a bit more uncertain.
The assembled but unpainted model (below).
The kit is already moulded in a suitably ‘bone coloured’ styrene, though here I sprayed the Stegosaurus with Testors desert sand, which matches a bone shade closely. I used darker washes to bring out the details. The base was painted with Humbrol matt 70 with grey 160 dry-brushed over to give texture.
There is a descriptive plate built into the base, and here, assuming you want it to be readable, the best way is to apply a reasonably thick paint layer over the plaque, allow it to dry thoroughly, then gently sand off the tops of the letters using a piece of glasspaper attached to something flat. If you don’t have that flat ‘something’ you’ll sand off the gaps between the letters. An alternative way of display would be to spread the bones apart out over a base, and pretend you are a palaeontologist!
Glencoe Models: Stegosaurus Skeleton
Assembled length: 330 mm (13 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 05905
My usual disclaimer that I have connection with Glencoe Models and act as the webmaster at www.glencoemodels.com. Otherwise this is just a review of the reissued kit, and the build will mean some more images for the website.