Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The above photo was taken in the basement of the house I grew up in, located in Boulder, Colorado. Note the date on the side: February, 1972. That's forty-three (43) years ago, kiddos... Of the twenty-seven models in the photo, four of them are actually still present in my collection: the charcoal Fighting Stallion and these three:
3. SCALE ISSUES
Ratios?! Proportions?! I read this word as indicating something else entirely:
This is the offside serape from TSII #409, a silver parade saddle I made in 1999.
4. I SEE SPOTS
Chestnut No Longer I have to confess he is still unfinished. Ah, hope springs eternal...
5. UNBRIDLED PASSION
I chose to focus on the word Passion for this one. It's a bit of a stretch, but...
The stallion, Coonti [Stone Foundation Horse 'Celebration'] is in fact unbridled... That's Mahoosic the etched Roxy he's marrying. Both these horses appear in the "Nekkid" picture, upper right.
6. RARE BREED
What could be rarer than a breed you made up??
Old Worldies was a name I came up with for the blue and the gold ones, descendants of the mighty Rainbow stallion, Decorator.
Looking back on it, I suspect Breyer's use of European city names (Copenhagen, Florence) may have had something to do with it.
Another poser!! since none of my resincasts or remakes are actual portrait models. And then it hit me.
And here's TSII #448.
9. THE GREAT OUTDOORS
While I have a lot of photos of outdoor subjects, one in particular stuck in mind. I dug it up and tried to clean up the color, but this is really old. What you have here is Unpublished and Never-Before-Seen: Rubyhooringa (commonly known as Phar Lap) headed for the beach at Dog Island, Florida, 1986.
10 BEST OF SHOW
Rikki Tavi's Prizes To tie things together, Coonti and Mahoosic were being married at the same show.
Obviously my love of outdoor shots has taken over, making up for the ones I couldn't find this afternoon while preparing for this post. But we're supposed to limit ourselves to one shot per prompt.
Again thanks to Jennifer: it was fun.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
I had been thinking vaguely of using my Bonded-Mylar technology. But when I put my gold version of that up against #454, it was the wrong color gold!
The ikandis I had were nothing like big enough. My largest was the 13mm circle. The idea came to me to break up that space in thirds, and use the dividing lines of the insets as rays congruent with the rest of the rays.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Before we leave this particular arrangement, I'd like to point out some details. Until Choc in 2002 only the old 76ers had white horns. (And the Tatanka whites, but no one had any trouble telling those apart!) From 1965, when the mold was introduced, to 1991, all buffaloes were one model number and they all had white horns, with dark-shaded, usually to black, tips. After 1991 came a long string of dark-horned ones, eleven years' worth. And after Choc, well, the horns are not white...! So that's one clue to distinguishing between buffaloes: note whether their horns are white or not.
Above are my three 76ers, with Shag the darkest and oldest at left. The red-chestnut one, so distinct! is certainly a later, younger issue from those 26 years. Like my red-chestnut Moose, I was so thrilled to pick this one up: a variation to cheer the heart of the collector.
Speaking of eyes, here is a close up of Choc. His eyes also have much detailing: not only a black pupil against dark brown, but a nice eyewhite line. Note the lighter shading of the face above his eye, something no other buffalo has.