Richard Dery and his Terrible Lizards
I received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut in 1983, but I've been drawing, painting and building models of all kinds for as long as I can remember. With cardboard, paper and glue my brother Paul and I started making airplanes, tanks, spaceships, and what ever, back when I was in grade school.
Our homemade toys probably outnumbered our store bought ones by about 10-1.When I was 8 years old my father bought me my first balsa airplane kit. It was a WWI SPAD 13. It took my dad and I over a year to finish it, but I was hooked. I haven't stopped building model airplanes since. I still build and fly RC airplanes today.
Growing up in Connecticut, My family made the hour-long pilgrimage to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome to see Cole Palin's air show almost every year. Seeing his amazing collection of WWI birds take to the air every summer inspired many of the models I've built over the years. I did some hang-gliding in my college days but never got my pilots licence. No regrets though, because I've been able to fly every airplane I ever dreamed of... Just not full-scale...
| Surprisingly, my involvement with Fiddlers Green did not begin with airplanes, but rather WWI tanks. I created my first FG model September of 2010. It was a French Renault tank. That was the beginning of an 8 tank collection. When I began that project I didn't even know that many different tanks were built during the 'Great War'. But that's the neat thing about Fiddlers Green! You always get an education while building these interesting models.
I have had the privilege of creating a handful of pioneer aircraft for FG and hope to do many more, but currently I seem to have returned to a different part of my childhood. My first love. Dinosaurs... Seriously though, do you know any 5 year old boy that doesn't love dinosaurs?
I live in Torrington, CT with my wife, Cindy, and children, Benjamin and Rebekah. I am a prepress operator at Eastwood Printing, and along with various free-lance jobs hope to one day publish a children's book.
(The Tyrant Lizard King)Judging by the look (and feel) of his teeth, Tyrannosaurus Rex was most probably a meat eater (carnivorous) but it's hard to tell if he was killing stuff or just eating things that were already dead. Either way, you wouldn't want to get in a fight with him. He was bigger than a bus (smellier too) and he could run 200 times faster than the average ground speed of a three-toed sloth. That's 0.0068 times the speed of a Lockheed SR-71A!
I asked a 65 million year old paleontologist what T. Rex liked to eat for dinner, and he told me he was afraid to get close enough to find out! He took samples of T. Rex dung and found crushed up Triceratops bones, which is a meal that requires a pretty big appetite to finish. "That's like eighty thousand hamburgers!" I exclaimed, but the old dinosaur man just smiled and told me that he might have had a few friends over for dinner that night.
If you're not afraid of nightmares, you could watch these two videos from The Discovery Channel:
Scott Fyn - If you are a student or a teacher I will put this educational model in your folder for free.
Richard Dery - Greetings from the Dery Family!