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#1 scrapartoz

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 08:16 PM

Hi All, Ive been asked by the parents of a young girl killed in a tragic horse riding accident to build a sculpture to capture the spirit of their beautiful , talented and inspirational daughter :Taylor Farley (and her horse Jaffa.) I am recording the construction process. This one might be a bit harder than the others. Comments, questions and advice are welcome. I have to complete this work by Feb 2013. cheers Andrew

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 08:45 PM

Looks like you are off to a great start even the in the second photo, the wire frame has personality. Going to be very interesting to watch! Posted Image
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:21 AM

Project is in good hands. Looking forward to this build. And I envy your piles of scrap!!
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:56 AM

Thanks PT and Grumpy,
here is some more shots.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:48 AM

Great job. It will be interesting to watch the progress. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 11:59 AM

Yes sir, love the roached mane I believe they call the stubby mane-do on horses, no doubt the personality is most certainly coming thru! Love you brief's in the photo's too. Thanks for taking the time to do it. Posted Image
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 02:42 PM

Another great work is emerging from the scrap pile. I can already see the personality (or should it be "horsonality"?) Are you going to work only on that project until Feb. 2013?

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:06 PM

thank you Tony ,PT and AVISHAIw
The mane: Yes it looks a bit posh or dressage BUT I wanted it to look different than the other horse Ive built. The real horse (Jaffa) was a Cross country horse and from what I can see they normaly have a short trimmed mane. This is my solution . It may cover both event disciplines.?

Avishai - yes I anticipate it will take till Feb to complete.( There is also the rider _"Taylor" which must not be rushed, and I think will be more challenging to make an appropriate representation. When I plan this stuff I think it will go quickly but after a few days I realise its going to be a long haul .

Thanks guys .I did the chest . It took nearly 2 days . (all the muscle groups) will post something photographic in a week or so.
Thanks Again , Cheers
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:07 PM

I have a small box of those road grader rock teeth!!! I don't know what they'll become, just part of my inventory. ;^)
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:24 AM

I have a small box of those road grader rock teeth!!! I don't know what they'll become, just part of my inventory. ;^)


I see why you kept them Grumpycricket ,they are a great shape that would take much time to build yourself. I used them as the teeth in my dragon and with what I have left I plan to put them in the mouth of a beautiful killer whale . I have some pieces from a number of mouldboard ploughs which would make a good show of the curved fins as it exits the water.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:53 PM

Here is some more progress shots:

beer time!

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:01 PM

Great job, already is showing movement in the legs. Posted Image
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:11 AM

Awesome. It looks like the energy stored in the springs is of a real muscle.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 04:09 PM

Thank you PT and AvishaiW.
I think the legs are one of the more difficult things to get right. Until you have added the last piece and mounted them on the frame you could still end up with a donkey or worse. I am luckey that im on familiar ground having built one other a few years ago. with this one I am goint to try to capture/ exaggerate those parts of the horse that stand out to me. eg:musculature, The position of the feet ,fat round belly, a beautiful curved neck .Its a lot of fun but taking a bit longer than I planned.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:40 PM

Great vision to see the features in available parts. I need to find a scrap yard in this area that will let me scavanage for neat shapes....

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:48 AM

Posted Image Thanks for taking the time to document the progress!
Very cool so far! I love it!
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:03 PM

THANK YOU Tim and Scott for those kind words. My appologies for not replying sooner. been very busy with some other stuff.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 11:49 PM

It sure is coming along nicely, you have defined and breathed life into the chest. The bolt and round are a nice idea and touch to make it easier on yourself for fine adjustment of the pose. Yes life does get in the way of art, hobbies and interest sometimes! But your posting are always worth the wait. You are moving along bringing it to life, nicely Your clients will love it.
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 01:09 AM

Great progress. I love the adjustments that you can do in order to bring life to the horse.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 02:09 AM

It's the little things that make such a big difference! Being able to fine tune is awesome!
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