Kit: Lunar Models
Diorama Size: 18"
Completed: October 12, 1997


Life Restoration

   This is  Lunar Models' resin kit is based on Charles R. Knight's famous mural in Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History which was painted in the 1930s.

Knight's original artwork
Knight's original painting

Knight's Triceratops
Both Dinosaurs were re-worked slightly. The Triceratops' frill spikes were
rounded over and its mouth, which was way too wide was shortened.

Knight's classic Tyrannosaurus Rex

   As designed, the kit made the T-Rex appear to be looking down instead of at the Triceratops. To fix this, the head and neck were cut off with a band saw and glued back on, higher up on the shoulders. The neck-shoulder joint was blended with 2-part epoxy putty.

   The snout had a very rounded shape that made the face look like an old shoe with teeth. The upper jaw was made narrower and the snout was 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.