Pegasus 1/24th

scale T-Rex

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Pegasus 1/24th scale Tyrannosaurus-Rex

Quick-build for my daughter

Model built between July 2015 to November 2015

 

My daughter and I had built the 1/35th scale Tamiya T-Rex the year before but it was disappointing because the skin texture was so unrealistic. Tamiya had mastered the mould in what looked like plasticine. When painted the end result looked like poo. Whilst watching "Walking with Dinosaurs" my daughter & I discussed the skin texture and agreed we would have another go.

 

So for her birthday in 2015 I gave her the Pegasus kit (purchased in the UK from Everything Dinosaur). It wasn't cheap but the moulding is beautiful. It is moulded in only a few pieces - they are made of solid vinyl so the result is pretty solid and tough - like a child's toy. It has to be glued together with Superglue. The only disappointment was the fact that the fit of the parts was so appalling. You end up having to cut away a lot of vinyl to get the legs to fit closely. Even then you get a massive and ugly seam. I ended up dabbing superglue gel all over it and attacking it with a rotary power tool ball-reamer to get it looking decent. Nice painted result though.

Pegasus 35th scale T-Rex
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  I planned to fill the seam with soft Milliput. To reproduce the skin texture I casted rubber moulds.    
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    Unfortunately the Milliput was not very responsive to having the rubber moulds pressed into them and the skin texture was hard to reproduce. A lot of filler is required!
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I sprayed on a little primer to see how bad the seam problem was. They were dreadful. I used a lot of Superglue Gel on the seams. Then I used a ball reamer in a rotary tool to try and get back the skin detail in blend in those seams. Rubbing with a stiff wire brush worked some wonders too.
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You can still see the seams if you know where to look but they are blended enough not to be too noticeable to the casual observer. Next problem, how to make him stand-up? Solution: engineering! I drilled out the leg and inserted a brass square section hollow rod that I then bent into an "L" shape. I drilled a matching hole in the base so that the bottom of the "L" laid flush inside the profile of the base.
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  Two part epoxy resin was then used to secure the brass rod to the base. My daughter and I had fun decorating the base with JoeFix grass tufts which I then blended together with the Airbrush. I had a lot of fun painting with the airbrush using Tamiya acrylics with my daughter watching.
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The hardest job was painting the mouth. It took a lot of paint and experimentation to get it looking realistic. Let's not forget the baby Triceratops which was a mini-bonus model all in it own right. What fun. Final touches with a Humbrol Matt coat. Everybody ROAR!
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I have to say I was really very please with the result on this. Although a quick/fun build it really does belong amongst the Small Wonder "canon"! The best trick in the end was to douse the skin texture with Mig Black Night Panel Line Wash as it really made the details pop.    
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