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I had two Deagostini (from the 64 pieces beetle and a few other insects collection, still can't believe a commercial company went to produce so much great insect figurines!) Goliath beetles (Goliath oriŽntalis) so I decided to turn one of them into a Goliath goliath beetle.

I have this tardigrade , two of Tomy Takara deep sea sets (dark and light version of same species) and the Capsule Q one. I wonder what is your fourth species.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Butterflies of Paradise (Franklin Mint)
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:45:22 PM »
They look really nice!

Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: December 14, 2017, 06:38:07 PM »
Glad they arrived! :)

Oh, wow, what a superb job you did on this one, Marcel!  :) But the model absolutely deserves it. I think I've seen this kit in listings before and haven't been interested because of the box cover. Who would have thought how accurate and fine it really is! :o 8)

The same counts for me. Until one seller did photograph the pieces in their racks. And also the little print on the box.
Then I noticed the much better detail and proportion.

It was really fun to do. Probably going to use this in an educational stag beetle project I am working on with a befriended taxidermist.

Kaiyodo - Bottlecap series / Re: Souvenirs Entomologiques (Kaiyodo)
« on: December 12, 2017, 01:39:29 PM »
Don't remember exactly, but some 20 years ago I had to identify Scarabaeus specimens from the Etosha Pan in Namibia and was using a key by Zur Strassen from (I think) 1963, I'm not sure anymore but I think some Scarabaeus species mentioned in the key were indeed flightless. Considering the species id in this series, I think Fabre mentions Scarabaeus from Egypt (which would indicate S. sacer) but he made his observations in Southern France (where S. typhon occurs).


Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Dynastes satanas (Sega 2003)
« on: December 12, 2017, 01:37:51 PM »
Ah, wonderful figure! :) While not among the least known species among Dynastinae, it's still a rare sight as a figure. If I recall correctly, D. satanas is also the only beetle species that falls under CITES regulations, this one and a handful of butterflies are the only insects listed.

Yes, a bit bizar considering that about 60% of known living species is an insect ;-)

Man you are a talented painter. And I won't like, I am really jealous for this figure ;-). I have searched vigorously online with no luck. I did find the grasshopper on Jauce for 200+ USD but not willing to drop that money (at least for the grasshopper)
I have send you a link!

Man you are a talented painter. And I won't like, I am really jealous for this figure ;-). I have searched vigorously online with no luck. I did find the grasshopper on Jauce for 200+ USD but not willing to drop that money (at least for the grasshopper)

Thanks! A lot of time went in it ;-)
The stag beetle is on Yahoo to I think,  but also very expensive.
It sometimes apears on Ebay. I got mine from an israellian seller. I saw them a few times but the US based sellers did not ship to the Netherlands.

And some photo's of the finished model. It took hours of painting and glueing, also because some part broke after making effects with terpentine and paint they became very weak. But I managed to repair and repaint all broken parts.
It measures about 18,5 cm.

So 58 years after it was released it has been painted and put together. It was released 11 years before I was born ;-)

I'm pleased with the result.

Sometimes you run in to something very special like this model from Hawk (kit no 516-98). A Pseudolucanus capreolus. It was released in 1960, so 58 years old!

The reddish-brown stag beetle (Lucanus capreolus) is a beetle of the family Lucanidae. It lives mainly in deciduous forests in the Eastern United States and in parts of Canada.
Capreolus, derived from Latin, meaning "roe deer" (actually "little goat"). In the Netherlands lives the species Platycerus caraboides (a beautiful metalic blue, females mostly green, Lucanidae species) which is called "Little blue goat".

I had seen the box a few times on Ebay, but never took serious notice. The box illustration depicts the beetle with funny proportions of the body parts. And it was named "BERTRAM" The stag beetle. So I thought it a kids model or a bulky model like the Heller-kits, which I personally do not like so much. The box came with a building plan and a little description of the beetle and it's lifecycle.

But then an Ebay seller had it complete for a good price and with good pictures of the box! I could read the text:
'Authentic to the smallest detail'and 'Faithfully reproduced from actual specimens supplied by a leading museum'. I decided to go for it ;-).
It is indeed very accurate!

There were also an ant, locust and dragonfly made in the series.

The stag beetle model had 56 unassembled parts, all in a redish brown colour. The plastic was very "weak", maybe because the age and/or storage it had. But what a magnificent detail!
So here are some parts in the first painting fase. I took the time to patiently paint it, using an actual (dead) specimen for reference.

Half a year later I had the time to paint the rest and start assembling.

I will post some more pictures of the finished model soon!

Other/Miscellaneous / Dynastes satanas (Sega 2003)
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:04:58 PM »
On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA big beetles (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card (like this one).
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2006 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs hugely in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great and some can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

On the beetle
Dynastes satanas is a species of beetle (family Scarabaeidae). Dynastes satanas can reach a length of 50Ė115 millimetres in males (the females 30Ė55 millimetres). Males have one large horn on the pronotum, with a dense reddish pubescence on the underside of the horn.
Because of collecting and habitat loss this rare species is protected and on the list of insects regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

On the figurine
This model is one  of the finest in the series. It has very realistic details and legs as well, not the bulky ones like some of the beetles in the DX-series (see my walkarounds on them). The legs are slightly bendable but not poseable. The head is moveable. From the horns to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 10,9 cm, so scale 1:1 for a big male.

The pic's..

New for 2018 / Re: Papo - New for 2018
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:15:28 PM »
Yes, I noticed that, too! :) Since Papo is European based, I wonder if the bat is possibly meant to represent the Greater Mouse-eared Bat, Myotis myotis (although the genus Myotis is a huge one and species are not always easy to tell from each other)?

would do nice with a Kaiyodo Fabre's moths in a diadorama setting ;-)

New Members / Re: Bear invation!
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:11:35 PM »
Welcome Dutch Bear,

from a Dutch beetle ;-)

Kaiyodo - Bottlecap series / Re: Souvenirs Entomologiques (Kaiyodo)
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:06:26 PM »
It's always been my understanding Scarabaeus species cannot fly (despite their depiction as such in Egyptian art). I've snooped around a little and perhaps only the subgenus Mnematium is flightless. Maybe I was misapplying flightlessness in some African species to the entire genus?

 Or a mix up with Carabus species, of which many are flightless?

Kaiyodo - Bottlecap series / Re: Souvenirs Entomologiques (Kaiyodo)
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:02:05 PM »
Personaly I believe Kaiyodo may have the wrong name on the model (or is it changed into Scarabaeus typhon (Fischer, 1823) later)?

I have an old dutch translation of the book of Fabre, And there is a very big first chapter (article) about Scarabaeus Sacer L.
From the looks of the figurines this could be the right species name. For there is no mention of Scarabaeus Typhon in Fabre's book.

There is a good part in the book concerning the 'three horned dung beetle' Minotaurus typhaeus. So is there a mix-up?

Kaiyodo - Bottlecap series / Re: Souvenirs Entomologiques (Kaiyodo)
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:49:42 AM »
How do you mean that Scarabaeus beetles are flightless?

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:39:43 AM »
Congrats, Blaine and Marcel! :) Ah, too bad I missed those F-Toys Creatures of the Waterside figures when they were available... :'(

When I will get a double by chance, it's for you!

New for 2018 / Re: Papo - New for 2018
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:37:19 AM »
The bat is really nice!

General / Re: I'm Back!!!
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:20:53 PM »
If we'd change the name to "Arthropod Toy Forum" it could still be called ATF ;D.
  ;D ;D ;D

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