Hello! I’m here to bring Compsognathus to life, also known as Compy it’s a small dinosaur hugely popular thanks to it’s cute yet mischievous and ultimately devilish portrayals in Jurassic Park films. Compys are the little green nippy dinosaurs that quite enjoy ganging up on strays out of their depth.
I am part of Triassica.com, a little family business in central England, UK. We make amazing, affordable replicas of dinosaurs for enthusiasts young and old, private collectors, museums, and television. We make whole skeletons (our latest is a huge baby T.Rex), we produce skulls, claws and teeth too. We have been producing replicas for almost 5 years, Michael (my dad) started Triassica in 2003, he traded genuine fossils and prepared real skeletons for clients across the world.
I joined the business 3 years ago and in that time my mum Linda, and wife Nikola have become involved too. We’re a small, straightforward, flexible, meticulous business working out of two workshop spaces, one at each of our homes.
We chose Compsognathus because of it’s likeable character on the big screen, it’s perfect size (small enough to display at home, big enough to make an impression), and low material cost for production making it affordable for most enthusiasts.
About our Compy
Compy is a collaboration with digital paleoartist Justin VL of Inhuman Species, it is our first digitally sculpted model and our first 3D print. The Compy you’ll see photographed is our master model used to develop the Compy concept. This model is grey purely for prototyping purposes, it highlights detail, and photographs better which helps us to show it off here on Kickstarter.
As with all our projects we sourced as much information as possible including academic papers, descriptions, drawings, artists impressions, photographs, videos etc. The first-class attention to detail has resulted in an anatomically correct, life size skeleton with extraordinary surface texture.
All bones feature holes or notches designed to make assembly a breeze, these features can be filled in/sanded down if the skeleton isn’t going to be mounted.
An assembly guide (not the picture below) will take you through the mounting process. Apart from paper towels and a cover/mat to protect your work surface, any skeletons requiring tools for assembly will be included. All wire, poles, glue are also included where required.
All model kits and skeletons articulated by us are 100% adjustable, with the flexible yet sturdy armature you can form any pose!
Unless painted Compys will be white, pieces painted by us will be ivory featuring shades/tones/texture effects to create a realistic appearance.
Please note that dimensions may vary a little.
Ordinary pose (L x W x H);
110cm x 11.5cm x 36cm | 43" x 4.5" x 14"
95cm x 11.5cm x 54cm | 37" x 4.5" x 21"
What the funding is for
We have funded everything up to where we are now which is an impressive, functional master model. Ordinarily we would make moulds of a master model, however, this conventional production method is unsuitable for Compy. Numerous tiny features such as the hands, neck vertebrae, teeth and more cannot be replicated reliably even with our professional equipment.
3D printing on high resolution SLA/DLP machines is the solution that will ensure even the smallest details are consistently reproduced.
Our plan is to convert an area of workshop space in to a 3D printing and post-processing station. Funds will be used to purchase 3 to 4 3D printers, 2 ultrasonic cleaners, 1 ultraviolet curing chamber plus materials for the conversion, work surface protection, secure fluid storage cabinets, general storage, 3D printer consumables, a small selection of necessary sundries, and electricity costs.
After paying for all of the above, Kickstarter fees, and VAT (sales tax) there will be around £300-£400 spare, this is our margin for error, in the event that we encounter an unexpected cost we will be covered.
The final assembly!
Note: This Compy is grey for prototyping purposes only. Production Compys will be white/ivory/painted depending on your choice of reward.
We want to keep it simple, so some things may happen sooner than they appear here, but in the main this is what we expect to be doing over the coming months after a successful campaign.
September – Our campaign is a success! We will buy all the kit we need and start the conversion of the work area.
October – Conversion completed and first production pieces made starting with rewards expected in time for Christmas.
November – Continued production of hands, feet, skulls. Moving on to unmounted skeletons, possibly followed by model kits.
December – Remaining skeletons printed, ready for painting and assembly by us where required.
January – Articulation of mounted skeletons, commence custom poses/paintwork.
February – Final skeletons completed with (hopefully) only custom work outstanding.
March – All rewards fulfilled!
All model kits and skeletons articulated by us are 100% adjustable, with the flexible armature you can form any pose you like!
Every little helps, we sure appreciate it. We’ll add your name to a new supporters page on our website.
Compy hand with display case.
Compy foot mounted on a solid oak base.
Compy skull mounted on a solid oak base.
*First week only* – Skull, foot, hand combo.
£300 - *£250 exclusive deal for launch week*
A complete Compy skeleton freshly prepared after production. Unassembled and unpainted, complete freedom for you to do whatever you desire.
Modeller’s choice kit. Contains all pieces of a Compy skeleton printed in white. Choose your base from oak, mahogany, or black (stained oak). All the tools you need to assemble your Compy are included as are full instructions. The pose of Compy is fully and easily customised.
Triassica mounted Compy skeleton. Mounted in your choice base and pose; either standard or upright.
We’ll make a customised skeleton, choose from a range of colours, even transparent! Describe your ideal Compy pose and we’ll articulate your skeleton accordingly so long as Compy can actually bend/stretch in the ways you wish!
A pair of Compy skeletons mounted in either standard/upright poses, or one of each. Painted and ready for display beside each other. They’ll be a match made in heaven.
Mega multi Compy – no less than 5 fully customised skeletons, articulated however you wish (within the realms of possibility once again).
A crazy limited edition Compy covered from tooth to tail in either 24gt gold or superior platinum leaf. Sorry we haven’t got a picture ready, you can forgive us right? We only wish we had the gold laying around to play with!
Risks and challenges
Our main challenge is getting to grips with 3D printing. We are technically minded and in no way technophobic so we do not anticipate any permanent hold ups so long as we have access to people who understand the kit and associated software. We are fortunate enough to have such people to call on, and who can see us in person for one-on-one guidance.
From now until Christmas we become much busier than usual. We have been prudent with our reward expected by dates in the hope that we can deliver well in time for those dates. We have altered our fulfilment strategy this year which will see some operations outsourced which will reduce how busy we are. Another benefit to 3D printing Compy is that the machines can be left to print whilst we keep on top of our other work. The 3D printers will be the equivalent of a new employee so managing demand should not be an issue.
Our final risk is more a fear if anything, a fear that Compy could easily be broken due to it's small size. Having said this we are confident that we're part of the problem, sometimes a little too eager and heavy handed, but in any case we plan on including a few spare of the more fragile pieces. We may also include some 3D printed samples for you to bend, flex, and break deliberately so that you get a feel for the material before working on your skeleton. In the end however, if all else fails, superglue will overcome all!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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