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Welcome to DinoKits Ã¢ÂÂ the home of large wooden dinosaur construction kits.
Our kit models are more cost effective because we supply them in flat-pack form leaving you free to build and customise as you require. We can supply pre-built models Ã¢ÂÂ please contact us if you require this service.
For each dinosaur model kit sold we will donate ÃÂ£10 towards preventing the extinction of the worlds current flora & fauna.
Customising your Dinosaur
The possibilities are endless - starting with simply which colour(s) to paint your completed dinosaur all the way to using it as a skeleton as the basis for a fleshed out model.
Fleshing it out
By using the kit to give you the basic structure and shape you can then use this as the framework for a fleshed out model. By using something like 'Chicken Wire' stapled to the framework and then covered with fibreglass you can create a fully 'flesh and bone' dino.
If your dino is going to live indoors Ã¢ÂÂ then a good option for the kids is to use paper-mache on top of the chicken wire Ã¢ÂÂ it is then easy to paint in a variety of styles and colours.
This is a little more complex Ã¢ÂÂ but using simple stepper-motors and a programmable controller Ã¢ÂÂ such as the Raspberry PI Ã¢ÂÂ you should be able to create a moving dinosaur Ã¢ÂÂ at least so that its head moves Ã¢ÂÂ possibly by reacting to sound or movement.
Here at DinoKits we are keen to see and hear how you have customised your kit Ã¢ÂÂ and if you want we can share your ideas with like minded kit builders Ã¢ÂÂ please send pictures/details and let us know if you are happy for us to share your ideas to inspire others.
Designing a Dinosaur Kit
Once the dinosaur has been selected it is then a matter of finding a suitable photograph of ideally the skeleton, failing that an artists impression of what the dinosaur would have looked like. Care has to be taken as over time the understanding of what the dinosaur looked like and how it stood can change.
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Spinosaurus (SPY-nuh-SAWR-us) Ã¢ÂÂ meaning 'spine lizard' this carnivorous dinosaur had a large spiny sail on its back. It stood around 4.3m in height and weighed in at over 6 tonnes. Found in North Africa during the late Cretaceous period it is thought this dinosaur ate fish as well as other dinosaurs.
Parasaurolophus (par-ah-SAWR-OL-uh-fus)ÃÂ - meaning 'near crested lizard' this dinosaur lived in North America during the late Cretaceous period around 75 million years ago. This herbivore is thought to have been able to walk both on two and four legs. It is estimated to have been around 9m in length and weighed around 2.5 tonnes.
Velociraptor (veh-loss-ih-RAP-tor) Ã¢ÂÂ this bipedal carnivore lived around 75 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous period in what is now China. The Velociraptor was not very large with adults around 2m in length and only 0.5m in height weighing around 15kg.
Iguanodon (ig-WAH-na-don) Ã¢ÂÂ meaning 'iguana-tooth' this dinosaur existed in Early Cretaceous period around 125 million years ago in what is today Europe. Iguanodon are herbivores with distinctive large thumb spikes, possibly used for defence. The first Iguanodon was named by Gideon Mantell who was from Lewis in East Sussex. An adult would have weighed around 3 tonnes and been around 10m in length.
Stegosaurus (STEG-uh-SAWR-us) Ã¢ÂÂ This distinctive herbivore from the late Jurassic period 155 to 150 million years ago) roamed was is now North America as well as Europe. Its name means 'roof lizard' after its bony plates running down its back and tail. These plates and spikes were used for defence. A fully grown adult would have reached 4m in height and 9m in length (nose to tail) and it is thought to have weighed 4.5 tonnes.
Tyrannosaurus Rex (tye-RAN-uh-SAWR-us Rex) Ã¢ÂÂ Probably the most famous of all the Dinosaurs the Tyrannosaurus Rex lived in the late Cretaceous period. Its name means Tyrant Lizard King. This dinosaur lived in what is now North America about 66 million years ago. A fully grown adult would have reached about 13m in length, 4m in height and weighed around 7 tonnes.
Triceratops (tri-SERRA-tops) Ã¢ÂÂ Everyone's favourite herbivore from the late Cretaceous period. The name Triceratops means 'three-horned-face' Ã¢ÂÂ this dinosaur roamed what is now North America about 68 million years ago. A fully grown adult would have reached about 8-9m in length and 3m high, weighing in at around 8 tonnes with strong sturdy limbs.
Our Triceratops is a little smaller Ã¢ÂÂ the standard model being just over 2.2m in length and 0.8m high and weighing less than 25kg. The kit comprises of 17 separate components Ã¢ÂÂ clear and concise instructions are provided with each kit on how to assemble and look after your dinosaur. The kit can be put together in around half to one hour with just the use of a small mallet and some suitable glue.
The Triceratops kit is available in the following sizes: -
- Standard (1:4 scale) - approx.sizes are L=2.2m, H=87cm, W=50cm
- Large (1:2.6 scale) - approx. sizes are L=3.2m, H=1.2m, W=75cm
- Life Size (1:1 scale) - approx. sizes are L=8m, H=3.25m, W=2m
Building the TriceratopsClick here to download a PDF of the build instructions.
Click here to view a video of a triceratops being built (hosted on YouTube).
How to build a Dinosaur
Our large kits work in the same way as those small balsa wood models you can buy (see opposite) - however on a much larger scale - including life-size if you dare.
The kits are made from exterior plywood and provided the instructions are followed the model should last for many years Ã¢ÂÂ even if left outside during the winter. A water proof adhesive is used both to seal the cut edges and the join the model together.
Stegosaurus balsa wood model.
The build itselfWhen the kit arrives it is best to sort it into the various parts - ribs, head bones, legs etc. You don't need many tools to build the kit Ã¢ÂÂ just a wooden mallet, some sandpaper (or sanding block) and some suitable exterior wood glue.
Pre-built kitsWe also intend to supply pre-built models - please get in touch for a quote stating the size you require and your location. Delivery of pre-build items is restricted to mainland UK only at present.
Cascamite is a waterproof, synthetic resin adhesive for use on general joinery - especially outside woodwork and boat building.
Powdered resin wood glue - one shot for durability with total weather and water resistance
Specifically formulated for exterior joinery exposed to weather. This adhesive produces a bond stronger than the timber itself. The powder system gives extremely good gap filling properties, ensuring rain does not enter the joint. Use externally where a high bond strength/gap filling is required.
Exterior PlywoodWBP Exterior Birch PlywoodÃÂ is one the most commonly used wood for many projects. It is made from layers of thin sheets of wood veneer which is then glued using WBP adhesive and compacted together. WBP Plywood offers a great quality finish with a knot free surface finish. The plywood gives you value for money without compromising the quality. It is resistant to shrinkage, splitting, crackling, twisting and warping. Due to the way the veneer sheets are layered and glued it has reduced splitting quality and is also less likely to split when screwing or nailing. WBP plywood has a very low expansion and shrinkage rate, making it very stable in any dimension where it is used. The way the grains of the WBP Plywood are bonded and staggered together which makes it very hard to bend, therefore making it suitable for project where strength is of importance.
- WBP (Water and boil proof)
- Wide range of uses
- Hard wearing
DinoKits on KickstarterWe have launched on Kickstarter - with the goal of producing a set of large slot together dinosaur models. Please visit and support our project.
Kickstarter KitsOur Kickstarter plan involves creating an additional five dinosaurs - with the plan of allowing the investors to vote for their favourite - with the top five being selected for manufacture. Also depending upon the level of investment a discount will be applied to any investor who wants to purchase one or more of the models.
If you have built any of our Dinosaurs we would be very interested to see pictures of them Ã¢ÂÂ Let us know if you are happy for us to show them in our gallery so others can be inspired.