Having said that, I would regard this kit as being average in quality (the reissue MIGHT be better) since it needed quite a bit of attention to get rid of seams lines and the like. The display is simplicity itself with a undersized (in my view) base
roughly five inches on a side and 3/8” thick. Because this kit is so tall, it has the tendency to tip over so I decided to make modifications to stabilize the display and make it a little more interesting. With this in mind, I came up with the idea of
copying the scene where the mother pteradon is about to drop Loana into the nest to feed her young. I'm sure I'm not the first person to come up with idea and I'd like to see how others managed it.
Starting out with a 9” by 12” wooden plaque,
I built up a plateau roughly four inches high with several layers of 1” thick insulation foam board. I randomly scored the foam board with a hobby knife and took away chunks to simulate eroded stone with a screwdriver. If you're not making a mess, you're
not doing it right.
Once I was happy with the general appearance, I gave it a coating of Mod Podge to seal the foam board because I was coming back with a layer of gray primer from a rattle can. If you don't seal the foam, the solvents in the paint
WILL dissolve the foam making a gooey mess.
I then made a roughly circular nest on top with small twigs I had gathered from my back yard and then added various in scale plant life from my foliage stash. In the nesting area, I placed some real egg shell
fragments that I tinted a light blue green along with some mouse bones (really) to represent the remains of earlier pteradon brood feedings. I got the mouse bones on eBay in case you are wondering.