Thursday, August 2, 2012
How to Build a Dinosaur part III
Links to the other posts in this series:
Because you can't sculpt something in the round without a way to hold it up, I made a stand from scrap plywood and 2x4s, and some threaded rod and nuts. I drilled a hole in the the chest of Mr. Deinonychus so he could be propped up tripod-like on the stand.
Next, I set about making the tail. Because I had cut them to fit into the car, I didn't have any sheets of foam long enough for the tail, so I knew it would have to be spliced together from shorter pieces. It's hard to see here, but the finger/splice joint is in the center.
To attach the tail to the body I used two lengths of PVC pipe like dowels and drilled holes in both the body and tail to stick 'em together. The reason I used two and not one is I didn't want the tail rotating/spinning at the joint before the glue dried.
Only after the tail was attached did I really begin shaping it, as I wanted to make sure it matched to contours of the body well.
All the while I was also working on shaping the neck:
The head is not permanently attached yet because I know I'm going to have to add teeth and acrylic eyes, and paint the inside of the mouth, so I need to be able to get into all those spaces easily.
Oh yeah. Arms! He'll need those.
Pinned in place with wooden barbecue skewers:
There are no claws at this point either, because I will be making them later from polymer clay.
Check out Part IV.