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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: April 16, 2017, 04:45:50 AM »
The ghost moth, Hepialus humuli.

One figure, a larva, by an unknown manufacturer. This is a very tentative ID of mine, especially since nearly all the figures in the set were modeled after butterflies a moth ID may not be correct. Still, I can find no better match.

I don't know the manufacturer either, but it looks like the same as a few I have. They all have a random letter on the bottom like yours. Mine came from a bin they have at Rainforest Cafe, along with some Playvisions (or PV knockoffs?)

New for 2015 / Re: Schleich - new for 2015
« on: October 17, 2014, 03:07:04 AM »
I said this on STS, but the braids are disappointing. I remember when Schleich had much more realistic models, not for cute factor. I hope their wildlife turns out to be better.

Animals / Re: The taxidermy discussion thread
« on: October 17, 2014, 03:04:54 AM »
Definitely in number two. I also do not mind taxidermy in private hands as long as it is an antique, or older.

Reviews and walk arounds - general / Re: Photography advice
« on: March 23, 2014, 01:31:19 AM »
As you can see in my photos, I love to use a black background to really put the figures forward. I use natural light, overcast days are the best since the light is soft and filtered and won't give your figures too much shine. Lamps can work, but it can be difficult to get the correct color.
I have a Nikkon Coolpix camera that I use to photograph my figures, it's a nice camera for something that's not too expensive.

I have one of those as well (L810), and I also recommend it.

Schleich / Re: Orca - 2013 (Schleich - Sea Life)
« on: December 26, 2013, 03:26:43 PM »
Great walkaround! I nearly bought one at TRU when I went Black Friday, but the only one left was marked.

Schleich / Re: Giant Panda (2010) (Schleich - Wildlife)
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:35:20 PM »
Wonderful model! I have one as well and its my favorite panda in my collection. I just think I should say that this panda was introduced in 2012, not 2010.

I fixed the Year. Thanks for letting me know

It makes a collector feel 'old' when he can recall the year each piece in the current catalog was introduced! I can now that the old deer are retired.  :))
Is this the only sitting panda with bamboo made from a major brand?

Schleich / Re: Giant Panda (2010) (Schleich - Wildlife)
« on: December 24, 2013, 03:13:09 PM »
Wonderful model! I have one as well and its my favorite panda in my collection. I just think I should say that this panda was introduced in 2012, not 2010.

Animal art / Re: Pachyrhinosaurus' Animal Art
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:33:13 PM »
I'm not a huge penguin fan (I get a bit fed up with how obsessed the media is with them sometimes) but very nice looking sculpture. Is this your first ever sculpture? If so, good job.
It isn't my first-ever, I've been doing more caricature animal work on and off for two years, and this summer started more serious animals, but this is my first in the Super Sculpey you influenced me to buy. Thanks again for the recommendation and the compliments. I'm not more a penguin fan than I am of any other animal.

Animal art / Re: Pachyrhinosaurus' Animal Art
« on: December 10, 2013, 02:43:21 AM »
Wonderful figure with nice details friend  ^-^.
Thank you  8)

Animal art / Pachyrhinosaurus' Animal Art
« on: December 09, 2013, 12:33:33 AM »
I had a board for dinosaur art over on the DTF, and I feel its time I started showing my animal art. Its not mind-blowing like that of others' work here, but I thought I'd show it anyway. This is the first to be finished of my set of serious animal models, and I have a rhinoceros and reindeer in progress at the moment. 
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri):

^Sorry about the last two, I forgot to rotate them.

Comments, criticism, and critique are welcome and appreciated.  8)

Both models are great! I still remember the emperor penguins and okapis you did, Harriet, this is a huge improvement from those.  :)

Games / Re: Any Animal Last-Letter Game
« on: November 26, 2013, 02:15:25 AM »
Tridacna gigas

Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: November 26, 2013, 02:04:39 AM »

New for 2014 / Re: Schleich - New for 2014
« on: November 06, 2013, 02:15:09 AM »
I really like the adult panda and bison, especially the bison. I do not like, however, the proportions of the mandrill. The introduction and re-introduction of different species is appreciated by me, though, especially in the case of the bat.
Now the more I look at these, especially the buck and hedgehog, the more some of them look like Christmas figurines.

Animals / Re: animals in lurve!
« on: September 04, 2013, 02:26:26 AM »
We've probably all seen this before, but here it is.
Superb bird-of-paradise
Lophorina superba

Games / Re: Any Animal Last-Letter Game
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:52:23 PM »
Raphus cucullatus

Animals / Re: Collecting Insects
« on: April 11, 2013, 10:22:50 PM »
Thank you.  :) I'll have to give it a try.

Animals / Re: Collecting Insects
« on: April 05, 2013, 11:03:45 PM »
I'mIn Germany we have a Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz) that can inform about what is allowed and what isn't, I assume you would have a similar institution in the U.S., too?
We do have laws, but some species, The monarch butterfly is (I think) an example, are unprotected.
The PA Natural Heritage Project maintains a list of Arthropods, and has the current global, federal, and state status for each listed as well as links to factsheets.  The link:

Hope this information helps.

Thank you. I appreciate your help much. I did not know there were any Chinese mantids, just thought there were European. This helped very much, as the information I was going to go on was from the curator of a museum (who specialises in dinosaurs).

Dioramas / Re: Marine Dioramas
« on: March 16, 2013, 12:16:39 AM »
Thank you for the advice. I'll have to try this.

Dioramas / Re: Marine Dioramas
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:24:33 PM »
I had different thoughts about how underwater diorama shots might be done and how they might look best. One idea was using an aquarium full of polymer for self making hair gel but I'm not sure if the gel may affect the paint over time (and all the gel could make quite a mess, too ;D ). The other is to make photos that actually are taken under water (I've seen very nice photos by a fellow collector who photographed prehistoric marine animal figures under water). :) I would love to do similar pictures but I never really tried to do so. :-\
That's a good idea, with taking photographs underwater, I'm not sure how I missed something so obvious, although my camera will not be able to do it. :(
The only idea I had for myself was to take close-up pictures of whales and such against the sky to appear as if they are jumping out.

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