T. rex Half-Skull painted ... My Jurassic Park "museum" begins....

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  1. artbypaul

    artbypaul Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Here is a lifesize half-skull cast I recently painted. I'm putting together a "Jurassic Park" museum of sorts in my home office. I'm just getting started and will be adding memorabilia and props from the films.

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    Here are pics of the rest of my dino collection...

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    Paul
     
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  2. Wes R

    Wes R Legendary Member

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    It looks great and i love the office museum.
     
  3. artbypaul

    artbypaul Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks Wes!! :)
     
  4. Leon Kowalski

    Leon Kowalski New Member

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    awesome! my 5y/o son wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up.
    I bury cow bones in our back ditch for him to dig up :)

    those full size skulls are very very cool (where did you source them, or did you build them?) and love the office.
     
  5. artbypaul

    artbypaul Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Your son sounds like he has a bright future, and you're a great dad for encouraging him! :)

    I purchased my fossils and fossil cast skulls from Taylor Made Fossils. They supply museums, universities and private collectors. The T. rex skulls are huge and weigh several hundred pounds each... Very cool to own, I just wish I had more space! :)
     
  6. darb

    darb Active Member

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    where did you get the replica skeletons at? great dino collection if i could i would have the same thing:thumbsup
     
  7. Go Flight

    Go Flight Active Member

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    Awesome collection! I would be in heaven just having one 1:1 skull! ;-)
     
  8. asemblyrequired

    asemblyrequired Well-Known Member

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    That Taylor Made Fossils is a great looking place. I would love to just get a few items for my sons room. thanks for the site info.

    -James
     
  9. artbypaul

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    The Tyrannosaurus 1:10 and 1:18 scale models were made by GeoSafari and GeoWorld. They are marketed at children, but both are very detailed and with my own paint work, they look pretty nice alongside my fossils and casts. :)

    James- You're welcome! Scott, the owner of Taylor Made Fossils is a great guy to deal with! :)

    Go Flight- Thanks! Yeah, after I got my first 1:1 skull, I knew I had to have another... I dream of owning several more as I love looking at the variations between the different specimens. :)
     
  10. R4WK1LL

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    Awesome collection, Paul! :thumbsup :thumbsup I love dinos & JP movies, especially the Triceratops! (why only the horn?)

    Are these only for your own views, or prolly open for public?
     
  11. ONEYE

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    Truly awesome!
     
  12. Leon Kowalski

    Leon Kowalski New Member

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    Huge thanks Paul ! I just ordered the 4' T Rex skeleton from imaginetoys for an upcoming father and son project. Also ordered a v.cool T Rex vinyl wall decal that's 6'+ ($10!) that will help when we revamp his bedroom this Spring (going w/an adventure, dino look).

    Would you mind listing what materials, technique you used for the dark bronzed look on yours?

    Once again, thank you.
     
  13. artbypaul

    artbypaul Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks! My collection is mainly for my enjoyment, but plenty of friends and family come by to visit the dinos! :)
     
  14. artbypaul

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    Leon- I simply used acrylic paints (umber, nutmeg brown and black) starting with the lightest nutmeg, letting that dry, then applying light washes of umber brown and black into the grooves and cracks to give it that antiqued museum look. I then sprayed a crystal clear acrylic lacquer to protect the finished pieces. :)

    ONEYE- THANKS! :)
     
  15. REL

    REL Sr Member

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    That's one of the coolest display's I've ever seen! Fantastic job.
     
  16. Underworld54

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    You sir have a great eye for dinosaur stuff. It is an amazing collection that anyone would be proud to have. Thanks for sharing the pictures of it.
     
  17. artbypaul

    artbypaul Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you, REL and Underwood54! I appreciate the kind words! :)
     
  18. artbypaul

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    Here's my attempt at a "2011" version of Nedry's desk... AKA, my messy computer table. ;)

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  19. DanielS

    DanielS Well-Known Member

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    Those are some huge props :p if I'd even have one of those my gf would kick my * >.<
     
  20. MooCriket

    MooCriket Master Member

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    Truly an awesome collection:)
     
  21. artbypaul

    artbypaul Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Haha!! I'm fortunate to have a very tolerant wife! :)

    MooCriket- Thanks! I appreciate it! :)
     
  22. artbypaul

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    I finally got my lifesize "raptor"!! It is really cool in person. I call it a "Utahraptor" because it's way too large to be a velociraptor. I have a velociraptor adult skull cast and it is tiny!

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    Paul
     
  23. feek61

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    Now THAT'S pretty frickin' awesome!!! Very cool!
     
  24. MooCriket

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    That raptor looks fantastic! Where did you get it from?
     
  25. artbypaul

    artbypaul Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks Feek61! :)

    Anthony- I found it on ebay. I had seen a few online (and even here on the forums) and always wanted one and just happened upon one last week on ebay. :)
     
  26. vetteboy1982

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    That is truly an awesome collection ! Ever since Jurassic Park came out I've wanted to make a cast just like yours to have exposed in the garden outside ...I just think that would look so cool !Like there was a fossil burried there! Someday I will attempt to make a resin one for just that purpose.
     
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  27. artbypaul

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    Thanks so much! And I think your fossil idea is great!! :)
     
  28. Tyranneix

    Tyranneix New Member

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    I love your collection.

    You have a cast of the T-Rex Stan skull in your collection? A very nice specimen even compared to the T-Rex Sue skull. Thanks for sharing!
     
  29. trekriffic

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    Make no bones about it...

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    (sorry, I couldn't resist)

    ...you have a magnificent collection!

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    Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.


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  30. artbypaul

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    Not yet... But Stan is DEFINITELY on my list. That is hands-down the best specimen, not to mention those giant teeth. It's just an amazing skull! :)
     
  31. artbypaul

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    Hahaha! Thanks! :)
     
  32. IanC

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    I've been looking for one of these for quite awhile. If you ever come across another one, would REALLY appreciate a heads up. Also, really neat collection you've got there!
     

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