Velociraptor Statue and T-Rex Head


Introduction: Velociraptor Statue and T-Rex Head

About: I've been making movies as a hobby for nearly 8 years now, and I've always enjoyed the fantastical and imaginative. I occasionally take on the challenge of trying to construct some recreations.

This is a full-size Velociraptor statue (modeled after the Jurassic Park version) I made mostly out of foam boards, plaster strips, and spray paint. I had first made a T-rex head with a similar method. It was with this rex head that I began to experiment and refine how to make statues like this.

The process of making a statue like this is exhibited in another instructable (an Alien Queen), but in short, this is the process:

I made a skeleton/frame out of foam boards, cut up into various shapes and hot-glued together to fill out the basic shape. That frame was then covered with tape to fill out the shape. I then put on a layer or two of plaster strips, dipped in water and then laid on top. After it dried, I smoothed it out a bit with some plaster (of Paris) mixed with water to a thick milky consistency painted on top.

A few extra details: the areas around the eyes were shaped with some clay on top, the claws and teeth made out of clay, and the eyeballs a half of a ping pong ball. Then spray painted the whole thing. A support stand was made out of foam board.

The whole thing was 6 feet long and weighed about 12 pounds. Estimated budget of about $25 (most of that going to plaster strips and foam boards).

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1 year ago

Ok so I'm working on a similar project inspired by this.i have more coating to do and painting. There are games and the lights change colors and the Dino talks through a speaker. This was requested by a grandma for her grand son to me:)

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Did you think about adding weights into the tail to make it stand upright or putting it on a stand so it didn't appear supported?

I love this work, I might one day try making my own and I just have to add my favorit quote.

Clever girl...

This is soooooooooooooooo cool!!!!!! Could you possibly make some kind of templates for the skeleton???

Great job!
It's such a pleasant surprise to see this as I currently have an Allosaurus on the go.
I'm impressed with how light you were able to make it. I wouldn't have thought the foam core would be enough to support the tail and neck (which is why my dino has a pvc pipe frame).

Cool. Looks good. My only criticism would be the support block placed under the chest. Seems like putting it on some kind of base or a simple skeleton of pvc or something similar that would support it would look better in the long run. All in all though a fantastic model.

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I had initially put some small dowels off of the elbows (you can see them in the pics of the earlier stages), but they weren't strong enough. Had I reinforced them, or used thicker dowels, it would have worked better.

ive always wanted to make something similar to the velociraptor. using a cardboard skeleton type design and then fleshing it out. seeing how well yours came out is encouraging. might just have to make something for halloween now :)

i'm a pedant, so i have to say this....Velociraptors were about the size of beagles (give or take a few centimeters)

other than that...good job!

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LOL! The Velociraptor in that pose is the scariest thing in Jurassic Park and I used to harass my ex by doing a "raptor attack"... cos you know... that's what you do in loving relationships... Ahhh, memories...