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Larry Dunn wrote:
> JAdamek390@aol.com wrote:
> >In a message dated Sat, 28 Feb 1998 01:49:58 EST, Dinogeorge@aol.com
> ><<Metriacanthosaurus is known from only a couple of vertebrae and
> >miscellaneous elements. It's beyond me why anyone would attempt a life
> >restoration of this dinosaur.>>
> >How about so they can feed off the public's interest in dinosaurs by
> >kits for assembly? The kit lists for $110.
> The misnaming of the kit aside (apparently it is actually
> Yangchuanosaurus), admittedly not a minor problem, that's actually a
> totally fair and quite good price for an excellent sculpture in resin.
> Bob Morales isn't Revell-Monogram, which affects both his overhead
> (higher) and what he's offering (how many mainstream kits do you know of
> representing EITHER M. or Y.?). If it's true and it is in fact
> Yangchuanosaurus, fine. I'll change the name plate and buy that for a
> dollar (or $110).
> Bob Morales isn't "feeding off of" the public's interest in dinosaurs
> any more than Greg or Brian do by selling paintings of dinosaurs, or the
> paleontologists by selling their books.
> I mean, were it a sculpture of Allosaurus fragilis and it were marketed
> as Tyrannosaurus rex (or even better "T-Rex"), you'd have more of a
> point. But I don't think there's a huge hunger out there for kits of
> Metriocanthosaurus, even in the dinosaur modeling hobby (one of mine, so
> I know what I'm talking about).
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If you want a really cheap Yangchuanosaurus, the Safari Company offers one
in their Dinosaurs of China series. It's a pretty good piece considering its
price of less than $10. It is 1/40 scale.