Papercrafts are not the usual type of collectible models, nevertheless there`s quite a number of models out there made from that versatile but often underestimated material. A few already have reviews here on the blog and it`s about time for a new one.
Forum member Dinoreplicas recently provided a free template to make your own Dimorphodon. Since this pterosaur has quite a reputation (ouside of the JW world) I guess we can skip an introduction to the species. For those interested anyway, the template comes with a short text of the species` history.
Dinoreplicas made an effort to provide the best of experiences with building the Dimorphodon. The instructions are clear and include advices and tips for all levels. Nevertheless, the assembly is nothing for the faint hearted, after all, a pterosaur is a delicate creature and the assembly is naturally more difficult than the assembly of, let`s say a sauropod. Take your time, work patiently and concentrate, then the challenge will be an enjoyable experience.
As you can see in the photos, I did not fully go along the line I just did advise. For example I used usual printing paper, while I am fully aware, that paper of a bit heavier quality may have been better. But I had nothing other at hand but wanted to build this, but I will make another one, also probably a bit bigger as also suggested by Dinoreplicas. Now, if you decide to go for all that effort, will it be worth it?
Definetly yes! Printed on A4 the final model will have a wingspan of around 47 cm and is 37.5 cm long. While the texture depth is not as deep as in Johan Scherft`s models , it is deeper and much more natural looking than for example in the Canon prehistoric models. The color scheme is attractive and plausible. The underside decked in a sandy yellow, while the upper side is colored in hues of orange brown. Black markings run along the wings, the eyes are bright blue. The flying pose is just perfect, wings wide spread, head and tail slightly directed to the left side. The uropatagium is not connected to the tail. While most scientists reconstruct this feature otherwise, it is to my knowledge still under debate or may even vary within the order. The fifth toe, supporting the uropatagium is not sculpted, but printed. Overall the extent of the membrane as a whole aswell as the rounded tips of the wings are up to recent science, just the pteroid on the protatagium is missing. The head is thick and high as it should for this early pterosaur, the body is short and breast robust.
Overall I highly recommend this papercraft model and want to thank Dinoreplicas to have provided such a great Dimorphodon.