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Corythosaurus (helmet lizard) was a duck-billed dinosaur genus from the  Upper Cretaceous Period, about 80 million years ago. It lived in what is now North America. The first specimen was discovered in 1912 by Barnum  Brown in Red Deer River, Alberta, Canada . As well as an almost complete skeleton, much of the creature's fossilized skin also survived. The  beak was toothless, but the back of the jaws contained a dental battery  composed of hundreds of small, interlocking teeth. These were used to  crush and grind plant matter and were continually replaced as they wore  away. The nasal passages extended into the frill and probably allowed it to act as a sounding device. Corythosaurus weighed about 4 tones and  measured roughly 35 ft from nose to tail.


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Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty (officially known as Liberty  Enlightening the World) is a statue given to the United States by France in 1885. She stands at Liberty Island in the mouth of the Hudson River  in New York Harbor as a welcome to all visitors, immigrants, and  returning Americans. The copper statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886,  commemorates the centennial of the United States and is a gesture of  friendship between the two nations. The sculptor was Frederic Auguste  Bartholdi. Gustave Eiffel engineered the internal structure. The Statue  of Liberty is the most recognizable icons of the U.S. worldwide.

Liberty holds a torch in her right hand and a tablet in her left showing the inscription JULY IV  MDCCLXXVI. One of her feet stands on chains, symbolizing freedom. The  seven spikes in the crown represent the seven seas and seven continents. The height from ground to the top of the torch is 305 ft. The height of the statue itself from the top of the base to the torch, is 151 ft. The statue weighs 204 tons and the pedestal weighs 24,500 tons. The statue  was built from thin copper plates hammered into wooden forms. The formed plates were then mounted onto a steel skeleton. The pedestal is built  from stone and Rosendale natural cement. A museum is located on the  second floor of the pedestal. Inside the statue a spiral stairway winds  up to the observation deck in the crown. From 1886 to 1902 the torch  held a light that could be seen for 24 miles and until 1916 the ladder  in the right arm holding the torch was open to the public.

In 1916 an explosion aboard a munitions ship caused extensive damage to the statue. The repairs,  especially to the torch, were poorly done and allowed rainwater and  snowmelt to leak in causing corrosion inside the statue. In 1984 the  statue was closed for a $62 million renovation. All of the damage and  corrosion was repaired and the structure of the statue was restored to  its original design. Because of the poor 1916 repairs a new torch had to be had to be made. The Statue of Liberty was reopened to the public on  July 5, 1986. The statue of Liberty has been closed to the public since  September 11, 2001.

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This is another fun project. I found this pair of medieval looking knights at the 99 cent store and thought they would make a nice painting project.



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Mars Liner

The year is 1995 and space travel is routine using von Braun designed rocket ships. The Marsliner class starships ply the spaceways to and from Mars every week…. At least that’s the way it was supposed to be in the 1950s. The Disneyland Moonliner was an attraction in Tomorrowland. Designed by Disneyland imaginer John Hench with assistance from Wernher von Braun the Moonliner would stand outside of the Rocket to the Moon attraction. In the 1950s a rocked had to look like a rocket and this meant the V-2, it had to have landing legs and take off and land vertically. You had to be able to see out and this meant portholes all around the rocket. And naturally it had to have a cockpit. When Disneyland opened the full sized rocket was the centerpiece of Tomorrowland. At 80 feet tall it was the highest point in the whole park, almost 8 feet taller than the Sleeping Beauty Castle. In 1960 TWA pulled its sponsorship of the attraction and Douglas became the sponsor. In 1965 the rocket was removed when they renovated Tomorrowland. Today a much smaller version is back at Disneyland. This model is a what if of a what if of a theme park attraction. I thought that is these things ever flew they would operate a lot like a tramp steamer used to. Hauling passengers and cargo across space. To help keep costs down the logo of the company booking space could be sold for advertising. So here we have Marsliner #2 hauling passengers for TWA and cargo for Union Pacific, Shell, Texaco and NASA.


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USS Enterprise NCC-1701

The USS Enterprise NCC-1701 is a starship from the first Star Trek TV show. With a mission to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before and commanded by Captain James T. Kirk, the ship’s design formed the basis for one of sci-fi's most iconic images. Enterprise is not only the name of several Star Trek starships but has a long history on Earth. The first was the French frigate L'Entreprise, captured by the British in 1705 and rechristened HMS Enterprise. There were nine other Royal Navy warships that were also named Enterprise. The first US ship named Enterprise was a Revolutionary War sloop-of-war. Then came a schooner (also during the Revolutionary War) which was followed by a 14 gun brig, a 10 gun schooner, a barque rigged screw sloop, a motor yacht, a Yorktown class aircraft carrier (CV-6) and finally CVN-65 an Enterprise class aircraft carrier. The first Space Shuttle orbiter was also named Enterprise becoming the first spacecraft named Enterprise. This model shows the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 from the original TV show. Also see the Enterprise A, B & D.

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Space:1999 Eagle Transporter

The Eagle Transporter is a spacecraft from the TV show Space:1999. The Eagle was the primary spacecraft used by Moonbase Alpha on the show. The Eagle was a modular design, divided into 3 sections. The first section was the command module containing the controls to operate the ship. The second module was the superstructure section. This contained the landing gear, access corridor, galley, aft compartment, fuel tanks and the main engines. The last module was the passenger / service pod. This was usually a large rectangular box that could be configured to support a variety of missions. There were passenger, reconnaissance, VIP transport, rescue, transport / supply, freighter, laboratory, winch and combat pods. In addition the Eagle could carry winches, docking tubes, top and side boosters, vertical grab and horizontal grabs, a harness, a reentry glider, refueling boom, top mounted laser cannon and a Moonbuggy. The Eagles were powered by four nuclear fusion rockets and carry fuel for 48 hours of flight. Artificial gravity force fields built into the Eagle enable it to accelerate up to 15% of the speed of light, giving it a maximum range (with extra fuel reserves) of several light days. Designed by Brian Johnson and clearly influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Eagle influenced the spaceship designs of Star Wars and other science fiction films and television series.

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USS Enterprise NCC-1701 A & D

USS Enterprise NCC-1701, A & D

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