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Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)

Started by stemturtle, January 24, 2013, 12:48:10 PM

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Common Mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus, total length 10.75" (27.5 cm)

Tyrantqueen has posted an excellent walk-around of the translucent mudpuppy.  Photos of the elusive TN Aquarium mudpuppy may serve as reference for collectors who wish to paint over the green version.  The TN mudpuppy is made of a flexible material like that of the translucent.  Paint is not liable to flake off, although mine has a few scuffs.  Beware of using varnish, which may react with the plastic to cause a tacky finish that will not dry.  There is a range of color.  I have seen wild mudpuppies in Minnesota by turning large stones in shallow rivers.  Adults are darker than this figure, while juveniles have two tan stripes.  Seeing a mudpuppy is like a trip back to the Carboniferous.











brontodocus

Great walk-around of a great figure, thanks for posting, stemturtle! :) So it's as soft as the translucent version? Well, there seems to be some variation in the line - the figures I have are all rather soft with the exception of the Crested Newt which is very rigid. Aaaah, now I want to repaint the translucent mudpuppy even more... :-[ ;D

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stemturtle

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Quote from: brontodocus on January 24, 2013, 01:49:15 PM
Well, there seems to be some variation in the line - the figures I have are all rather soft with the exception of the Crested Newt which is very rigid.


Salamanders (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1995)

All six of these salamanders are hard plastic.  I once had a Red Salamander that was soft plastic, but I gave it to my granddaughter. 
If anyone has a mudpuppy made of rigid plastic, please let us know.

tyrantqueen


They came flying from far away, now I'm under their spell....

Varanus


tyrantqueen

Quote from: Varanus on January 26, 2013, 05:02:10 AM
Wow, great figure! :o  Are they still available anywhere?
No, aside from places like eBay where you might be able to find it second hand. The translucent version is still available at Veghead though.

They came flying from far away, now I'm under their spell....

brontodocus

And even used ones are quite a rare sight and may go for a high winning bid... I'm still missing this one and the Marbled Salamander. :'(

postsaurischian

 :D Wonderful figure and an adorable series.
I'm glad I have the Fire Salamander at least.

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Beetle guy

Thank you for this walkaround @stemturtle !
Just ordered the translucent one via Ebay, I am going to paint it.
To beetle or not to beetle.

stemturtle

Quote from: Beetle guy on January 31, 2019, 07:58:14 PM
Thank you for this walkaround @stemturtle !
Just ordered the translucent one via Ebay, I am going to paint it.

Given the extraordinary realism of your cast replica amphibians, your repaint of the mudpuppy may exceed the quality of the original.
I hope you will post the result.

Beetle guy

To beetle or not to beetle.

sphyrna18

I'm excited to see your results. I repainted quite a few and have sold some of them. I learned the hard way though (meaning I had to refund money :-( ) that you need to wash then seal the translucent figure, as it is oily and tends to shed paint easily. Good luck! And again, I can't wait to see your repaint!

Beetle guy

#14
@sphyrna18, thanks for the good advice! Your actual post inspired me to give it a go :))
I did some repaints with bad preparation of Takara beetles and they ended up sticky, did not want to repeat that.

2 will arrive end of februari by post, cant wait to start painting! ::)
To beetle or not to beetle.

Beetle guy

#15
well, they arrived today one of them is going to a friend the other one is , washed, sanded and in a first coat of primer now. Update soon! ^-^
To beetle or not to beetle.