Things to Make and Do, part 4: brachiosaurid cervical
December 29, 2009
Yes, you too can have your very own brachiosaurid cervical! Specifically, “Cervical P” of the as-yet unnamed brachiosaur NHM R5937, informally known as “The Archbishop”. Here is is!
(All images of the vertebra are copyright the NHM.)
All you need is scissors, glue, and this handy cut-out-and-keep schematic. You’ll want to click through to the full-resolution version (which if I say it myself is a thing of some beauty.)
Print this out, then cut around the black lines to make the template:
Then fold downwards along all the grey lines:
Now, just glue the tabs, fold the lines at right angles, and stick the box together.
The very last tab you glue will be the most difficult to get right, because you won’t be able to press the two parts together once the box is closed. So make sure that you glue the long side of the blank base last, as it doesn’t matter so much if that’s not don’t cleanly.
And there is the final result, this time in the opposite view:
And that’s all there is to it!