So I was contacted by this dealer who convinced me to offer up a version of my small Silurian diorama as a kit, it sounds like a cool idea to meas these dioramas are a lot of work to assemble and paint and seem to costly for collectors to have me do it, so they can choose to make one for themselves using the parts I have available-like a 16 to 20 piece kit- it will not be exactly as seen here but close- once I have the pieces chosen, I will post a photo of a kit with all the parts laid out for a photo-various elements would be put together in a bag or box that the collector./ modeler could assemble and paint as they saw fit- kit would include a landform , most of the various corals and brachiopods seen here, and will have the snail, trilobite, and probably a smaller eurypterus remipes than shown here- I probably will not offer a crinoid as they are a real pain in the butt to make for the cost I want to keep these kits at-
Beautiful diorama. Please tell us how tall is the crinoid, crown to holdfast? Thanks.
The crinoid in the photo measures approx. 14 inches tall - I have made different types of crinoids, they are all a lot of work to make- this one in the photo is the simplest one of the types I have made-
Here is a photo (not a very good one sorry) showing what a basic silurian diorama kit comes with- it has 28 pieces including the base piece- I found it would be too costly to have the eurypterid or the cephalapod included, I guess those would be accessory pieces to this basic kit- there is a trilobite and a snail in this basic kit- three horn corals (with a separate open top piece for one) assorted other pieces- I will try to get a better photo taken if anyone is interested let me know-
The Silurian diorama kit by Fauna Casts can be adapted to represent the preceding Ordovician, before 443 MYA. Minnesota has Ordovician fossils but not Silurian. The most obvious distinction between the two periods is the trend toward larger sized fauna. Downsizing the diorama required curtailing some of the larger pieces. The orthocone was the dominate predator before the eurypterid usurped its reign. A customized belemnite by Bullyland serves as an orthocone.
An instruction sheet came with the kit. I chose not to glue the base to a piece of wood. Creating an extension of the base upon the wood would create more space to include large pieces. Epoxy putty is handy to fit the figures to the base. The trilobite is shipped in two parts. The legs can be heated to bend them into position before attaching the top piece. Clever!
Lacking the funds for a display case, I used a 5 gallon aquarium, about 8” X 13” and 9” high, with a mirror behind and a Plexiglas lid. Dustproof, yet elegant. In the future I would like to add a crinoid, bryozoan, stromatoporoid, and the algae Ischadites. It’s nice to see invertebrates getting some attention.
Very cool! Did you paint all of the pieces? I like the idea of displaying them inside a small aquarium. How much is the kit, btw?
Bokisaurus, I painted the pieces with acrylics based largely on Malcolm’s photos, who uses oils and acrylics. Reefs tend to have loud colors. I bought the kit from Fauna Casts. Since then, Dan’s Dinosaurs will be carrying the figures. You can email Malclom at email@example.com to inquire about the price. Thanks for your comments.
Correction: Dan's Dinosaurs is carrying only 1/40 figures so far. Contact Faunacasts to order the Silurian kit.
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2011 21:25:34 GMT by stemturtle
Very cool base! It's in 1/1 scale? How big is it? I need something like this in 35th scale.
Yes, the kit is life scale. The landform has a base diameter of about 7 ½”. The Bullyland belemnite has a cone of 5”, total length of 6”. In the 1/35 scale, the orthocone would be close to 18 feet total length, and the other figures would need to be tiny to fit that scale. You have my sympathy while attempting a compromise.
Last Edit: Nov 13, 2011 22:14:53 GMT by stemturtle