I first saw Charles R. Knight's painting in a black and white print in
a World Book Encyclopedia at the age of five. I was then convinced that
these creatures lived in Canarsie Park, less than a half-mile away from
my family's apartment in Brooklyn and that the picture depicted a happy
encounter. (The T-Rex is smiling.)
This is Lunar Models' resin kit is based on Knight's famous mural in Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History which he painted in the 1930s.
Knight's original painting
Both Dinosaurs were re-worked slightly. The Triceratops' frill spikes were
rounded over and its mouth, which was way too wide was shortened.
The Tyrannosaurus was re-worked even more. The head was tilted up slightly
and the snout, which was shaped like an old shoe, was made narrower and
re-sculpted with epoxy putty to more closely resemble T-Rex depictions
in other Knight paintings
The T-Rex's skin was originally wrinkled like an elephant's, similar to the appearance of the skin on the Triceratops. The wrinkles were filled in with putty and smoothed out. The skin was then re-textured with primer to more closely resemble the Tyrannosaurus in Knight's painting.