|Taken on the back deck November 23, 2012.|
His name is Rinker, after a type of pleasure boat.
|Breyer's Mudflap photographed at NAN 2012 by SBY|
I had previously etched 4 horses: a Lonesome Glory, a Classic New QH Mare, a Stone Pony, and a Roxy. (Deep in the past was a bay pinto Standing Stock Foal.) Once the idea seized hold, I purchased a Smart Chic Olena for a nominal price. "He was already scratched." Next, I printed out 4 pictures of Mudflap, all I could find on the Web. As of this writing I don't have pictures of his off side. However, I do have a friend nearby who owns this model, and has promised picture-taking privileges. Thanks Margaret! This left only the time-management problem.
|Taken December 7 2012 by SBY|
I am not aiming for etched perfection, the likes of Billie Campbell or Liz Shaw. I'm not even aiming for realism. And, strange to say, I'm not aiming for Mudflap, not anymore. All Mudflap's spots are there, but others appeared. It's too fun to let him dictate himself where the spots will be. I can always remove some; I can't put them back. After the first rough X-Acto passes, I use rubbing alcohol to smoothe and clean up the white parts. This weak acid works wonders, being so much more gentle than acetone. It's about as weak as vinegar, which will also do the same job.