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« Reply #90 on: March 27, 2012, 11:00:55 AM »

Katie, that is a really NICE caribou mount!
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« Reply #91 on: March 27, 2012, 02:35:19 PM »

Nice mount Katie!  Don't see many of those.  Can you do 8 more for me so I can put them in front of the sleigh at Christmas.....LOL!
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« Reply #92 on: March 27, 2012, 07:48:12 PM »

74 lbs Michigan beaver. It got hit by a car on US 12 in St. Joseph county.


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« Reply #93 on: March 27, 2012, 07:52:55 PM »

Nice job Brian I really like it
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« Reply #94 on: March 27, 2012, 09:24:12 PM »


X2,that is huge,excellent job !!!!
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« Reply #95 on: March 28, 2012, 02:49:22 AM »

Sumatran Tiger
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Assembled sculptured, molded, and mounted in 3 weeks last month
Forms for sale for those who want genuine tiger models , lean and hippy


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« Reply #96 on: March 28, 2012, 02:59:51 AM »

Beautiful cat!
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« Reply #97 on: March 28, 2012, 07:47:54 AM »

Thanks , it was a hasty project, 17 years in the freezer, 2 weeks out and gone,,,


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« Reply #98 on: March 28, 2012, 08:26:36 AM »


X2 on the cat,what is the blue covering the form ??
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« Reply #99 on: March 28, 2012, 09:27:56 AM »

Look under the picture ... it says "first layer for creating the mould".  It is the clay model, not the form.  That looks like the first coat of PVA (Poly Vinyl Alcohol) ... a thin film separator that is sprayed or brushed on before the gel coat - first coat when making a fiberglass mold - is applied.

Excellent looking model and a nice Tiger mount.  Well done! 

Those Sumatran Tigers are a bit on the goofy looking side ... especially with their large 'staring' eyes.  And they are small.  I've had to opportunity to mount only two ... both private zoo animals, and both female.  One was sick, and had all kind of shaved areas for IVs and the like, and the other died while giving birth.   Years ago, Jonas Brothers Supply had a nice, small Tiger paper mannikin.  That's what we used for them.
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« Reply #100 on: March 28, 2012, 09:31:52 AM »


Thanks for the info John !!!!
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« Reply #101 on: March 28, 2012, 09:51:39 AM »

No problemo!
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« Reply #102 on: March 28, 2012, 10:41:48 AM »

the spine and hip areas are sculpted perfectly
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« Reply #103 on: March 28, 2012, 08:51:45 PM »

Spot on John,,or should i stripes on,,,,
Sumatrans are small,, in  to Siberian and Bengal, problem is a lot of cross breeding has happened in the past,,i just returned from China,, and white tigers are even kept at some 5 star hotels for viewing..
Wont be long before we see that gene in the Indo China subspecies through cross breeding
This Sumatran looks huge because of the camera angle,,like bear hunters , sit back behind the trophy to make them look bigger.

For interests sake I have only ever seen one pelt of the Bali Tiger, it was no bigger than a wolf full grown, shot on the island of Bali by an Australian government surveyor in the 1920 it is the only specimen i have seen.
They are now extinct along with the Javan.

I get a little  sad when i hear guys say,,use a lion form when it comes to tigers,,there is such a big difference in the anatomy of these species which is obvious when you get the chance to work on them both.

Tigers are proportionally  as thick and strong in the forearms,,but the rear end tapers away like a cigar

I had a lot of fun doing this one in such  a short time, no measurements , only a couple of leg casts the skeleton,, and Jons Big Cat book,,, lost all the facial measurements over the years , i will find them somewhere,,but sculpturing over the real skull only took one evening to complete.
Using the skeletons, lifesizes are not that difficult
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« Reply #104 on: March 28, 2012, 09:24:23 PM »

Oh, you are correct ... Tigers and Lions are so very different.  As are Leopards and Cougars.  I wrote articles for Breakthrough Magazine on these facts back in the day, and I included those observations in my book as well.  I'm glad to hear the book was helpful in this endeavor, and I agree ... having the skull to sculpt over is a HUGE help!  Not to mention the rest of the skeleton. ;) 

That is why to sculpt a little female African Wildcat for a tanned skin I bought from a member here, I carved the leg bones and Pelvis from Basswood.  I luckily have a correct size skull for this little gal, so that is a big help! ;)  No other bones, so I have to be careful as I go ... plus ... I'm in no hurry.

At any rate ... job well done!
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