Thursday, 12 April 2012

1/35 Corythosaurus, sculpted by Max Salas

More old photos of my earliest dinosaur models...

No alterations were made to this one-piece resin casting, just the usual "clean-up" - traces of moulding seams were carefully scraped off, de-gassing holes were filled with putty, the casting was washed in warm, soapy water to remove any remaining mould-release. Then it was sprayed with a base-coat of grey primer to prepare it for painting before mounting it on a stone (which co-incidentally had the shape of a tridactyl ornithopod foot-print).

The simple black colouring ... is due to a  more complex "giraffe" pattern not working out satisfactorily. After my tribulations with the paint-varnish chemical reactions on the previous Salas 1/35th Iguanodon, I found myself  too fed-up to persist with anything complicated again. So, an understated "melanistic" look with a simple face pattern and spinal stripe was the final option. Colouration like this may have facilitated "warming up" in more northerly latitudes. [Here in Denmark, Black Adders are more common than further south, and our snakes are generally darker than their European relatives]. During painting a little brown, flesh or blue was mixed into the base-colouring to prevent the monotone black from looking overly flat. Some tones lightened with grey or buff were then randomly dry-brushed on. The very rough dirtying up was applied with both paint and chalks after seeing some extremely muddy rhino´s at a wild-life park. Corythosaurus is often depicted with a colourfully patterned cranial crest. I went the opposite way and chose to make it look like the plain keratin-covered structure of a Cassowary, applying semi-gloss blacks with some grey-buff streaks to represent flaking. Blue throat wattles also have something of the Cassowary about them. Those yellow "tail-flashes" were added to liven things up a bit as well as implying that Corythosaurus may have used it´s tail in intra- and inter-specific communication. Not only could it proclaim "I´m a Corythosaurus female", but it might be something for youngsters to follow after under a shadowy forest-canopy, or provide a highly visible warning signal when taking flight.

Finished July 2003.


  1. Nice paint up! Salas was very talented but his kits were always rather static IMHO.

  2. Good point, Kev, that´s exactly why I chose to alter his Iguanodon in the previous blog from walking on all fours to rearing up in a more "aggressive" threat-display pose.