When I was little, in the middle part of the 1970s, I received a number of dinosaur kits from the Life Like hobby company. The first couple came from the gift shop of the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Others came from K-Mart's then-overflowing hobby department. Some were very realistic. Others more cartoon-like. They all came to me just before Aurora's incredible Prehistoric Scenes kits.
Triceratops was one of the very first. He was molded in black, and looked like he was on a wild rampage. Lots of fun! I built him myself, and poorly added some paint like the instructions suggested. My childhood Triceratops is still with me, but missing a leg.
It's from 2006, almost 50 years after the model was originally made by Pyro. He's molded in grey this time, rather than black or purple. All the dinosaurs in this Lindberg release are grey. Other than that, though, everything is the same as my childhood one, even the sprues holding the parts. I think a couple of part numbers might be a little different, and the Pyro name is no longer present.
Anyhow, I built him! There were a lot of bad seams that needed to be filled and some of the parts are difficult to align well with the existing guidepins - exactly like its older sibling from my childhood collection. Other than that, it's a pretty simple kit with only 14 parts.
The Last Dinosaur.
Do you have any similar memories or experiences with these "American Classic" models? Have any old junked ones or parts you'd like to pass along to an appreciative home? Please leave a comment or e-mail me!