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PostSubject: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:48 am

Hi everyone!

I'm new to the board and excited to be here. I've been working for a few years on a collection of Late Pleistocene (end-of-the-Ice Age) animals. My goal has been a good representation of life at that time for here in Southern Alberta, Canada. This has been both for personal interest and as a teaching tool I use in my education programs (I have a day-job in a museum and a part-time job in a zoo, but also have my own company... [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] I'm also trying to amass a collection of fossil teeth to go with them.

Anyways, this is where they normally live...

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And here is a closer look, both with and without the flash (for the details)...

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So far so good. I've only had to really do a couple touch-ups and one customization: a repaint on the Schleich cave bear, both to cover for it's poor paint job and to stand-in for a North American short-faced bear (anatomically incorrect, but I'm not at the stage of fully making my own model). I've also had to let a Schleich grey wolf stand-in for a dire wolf (it works relative to the Safari grey wolf). The Safari jackalope and furry trout are just a joke Wink

Right now I'm on the hunt for a mastodon (for which I may have to break down and buy a model I saw on Shapeways), a large enough beaver to stand-in for castoroides, and a properly scaled pronghorn antelope. I did buy the Safari pronghorn online, but when I got it, it turned out to be very poorly done and about the same size as my mammoths. I plan on getting the new CollectA smilodon when it comes out and customizing it into a scimitar cat.

Anyways, there it is. Thanks for looking!


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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:53 am

Welcome here! Great collection, I like how you display them all on the globe!

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:12 am

Thanks! Glad to be here!
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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:17 am

A very cool collection :)

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:18 am

Welcome here! Very interesting collection, love the globe too btw.
And you have a part time job a the zoo??!! And in a museum? (What kind? Natural History?) Notjealousatall.com... XD

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:57 pm

Great looking collection and an interesting way to narrow a collection. I wonder if a repaint of one of the maned wolf models might work for a dire wolf?

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:47 pm

Very interesting projects and is it the globe from the same period? Very Happy
How, I found in your website that we are already friends for a long time, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] confirms it! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:25 pm

Very nice and interesting collection! Thank you for sharing photos of it. And as others I also like the way you display them around the globe, very cool idea!
And you seems to have very interesting job too. Zoo and museum? Really, sounds great! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:12 pm

Thank you very much, everyone!

NightLioness wrote:
And you have a part time job a the zoo??!! And in a museum? (What kind? Natural History?) Notjealousatall.com... XD

Besides being an awesome job, working at a zoo comes with a handy staff discount for animal toys Very Happy The museum I work at is mostly art and culture, though we do have a mineralogy gallery that I do a lot of work in.

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Great looking collection and an interesting way to narrow a collection. I wonder if a repaint of one of the maned wolf models might work for a dire wolf?

Dire wolves were generally more robust than grey wolves and specialized in larger prey animals. The Schleich wolf works relatively well compared to a Safari grey wolf, since the sculpt is also more robust. As relatively well as anything, given that getting the right scale is a perpetual problem Rolling Eyes

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Sarcosuchus is a pretty impressive beast :)
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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:56 pm

Beautiful and very interesting collection! Very Happy cheers 
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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:41 am

CWGross wrote:
Thank you very much, everyone!

NightLioness wrote:
And you have a part time job a the zoo??!! And in a museum? (What kind? Natural History?) Notjealousatall.com... XD

Besides being an awesome job, working at a zoo comes with a handy staff discount for animal toys Very Happy The museum I work at is mostly art and culture, though we do have a mineralogy gallery that I do a lot of work in.

It is a childhood dream of mine to work in a zoo.
I have gain experience and have the right papers... But all the zoos are so far away Sad
Discount  affraid  cheers You are a lucky person!

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:10 am

Great collection! Very cool idea.

I considered suggesting the Pronghorn by Mojo Fun. But I don't think it's significantly smaller than the Safari model. Perhaps a tiny bit smaller, but not much. It is, however, an excellent model. In fact, it was originally sculpted by (or perhaps the model was based on an original sculpt by) Anna, who posted above on this thread.

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:41 am

Well I think Roger touching for a eons long association tells you how cool this endeavor of yours is. Go you!

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:59 am

Thanks again everyone!

scot(t) wrote:
Great collection! Very cool idea.

I considered suggesting the Pronghorn by Mojo Fun. But I don't think it's significantly smaller than the Safari model. Perhaps a tiny bit smaller, but not much. It is, however, an excellent model. In fact, it was originally sculpted by (or perhaps the model was based on an original sculpt by) Anna, who posted above on this thread.

I've seen photos of it and it does look great, but yeah, the size concerns me. Unfortunately there are very few places around here to buy figures. There is a mall with a Discovery Hut that sells Schleich and Papo, and the zoo I work at flips periodically between Safari and Mojo. Right now it's in a Safari phase. I don't get a good chance to take a look at many models first hand.
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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Sun May 10, 2015 3:56 pm

Alright, time for the newest additions!

These are some of the ones I showed previously...

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And going along the rim of the globe I keep them on, this is my herd of bison. From left to right, it's the Papo bison repainted and standing in for Bison occidentalis, then Safari's bison, then Schleich's first bison repainted and representing the modern plains bison (Bison bison bison), then Mojo's bison with a repaint and representing the modern wood bison (Bison bison athabascae)...

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Then my herd of elephants and sabretooths, inbetween which is a touched-up Mojo wolf. It is my new stand-in for the dire wolf (Canis dirus)...

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And finally my herd of various other things... There's the Schleich whitetail deer, and Mojo's whitetail which I touched-up on the rear to become a mule deer, a Safari white wolf, a Schleich moose, and Mojo's camel standing in for the giant camel (Camelops hesternus) which most scientists estimate had just one hump.

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So I'm just adding here and there as I find good figures... Next up, I'm hoping to get my hands on the new CollectA sabretooth, that I want to custom into a scimitar cat (Homotherium serum).
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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Sun May 10, 2015 5:13 pm

I love the way to present them !!!and what a beautyful globe you have ! Is it antique ? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Sun May 10, 2015 10:19 pm

Nice additions

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Mon May 11, 2015 3:18 am

Thanks for the compliments!

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I love the way to present them !!!and what a beautyful globe you have ! Is it antique ? Very Happy

It's one of those pseudo-antique globe wine-bars from the 1980's that I recovered from an old garage. It used to open up and you could store wine bottles and glasses in it. Doesn't open anymore, but I cleaned it up nicely :)
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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Tue May 12, 2015 2:19 am

That's a clever way to turn common figures in some prehistoric beasts. Thanks for showing! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Fri May 22, 2015 5:24 pm

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This model is made by ELC/AAA and is a large model so maybe an idea for your prehistoric beaver.

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Fri May 22, 2015 6:37 pm

A nice beaver!

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Sat May 23, 2015 8:08 am

That beaver is a great idea... Unfortunately it would run me close to $61.00CAN to order the one I can find on Ebay. That is a little beyond my price range Sad
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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:15 am

So I managed to find one of those AAA beavers for a relatively affordable price and it looks perfect! The perfect complement to the actual fossil giant beaver tooth I also got recently!

Here it is in my collection, beside a Safari Smilodon, and a Mojo beaver...

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:40 am

Great addition, it looks perfect there.

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:43 am

This is indeed a nice Castoroides, congratulation Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:18 am

What a splenid model of a giant beaver cheers
I am very impressed by your collection and display, - it is brilliant and quite unique Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:09 am

Thanks everyone!
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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:25 am

Nice Ice Age collection. For the pronghorns, the Mojo is a bit smaller, but not much. New Ray makes a pair of smaller ones, but they can be tricky to find.

As for the Mastodon, keep an eye out for a largish model from Imperial--not a great model, but shows up in auctions occasionally. Usually as a 'mammoth'.

It's funny--I am only 2 hours south of you; haven't been to the zoo for a while, and I'll admit to being less than impressed by the shop there (but I have been collecting for 20 years now...).

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Nice work with the Casteroides (I remember that same figure being for sale at the Calgary Zoo!). But don't forget the other small critters of the Ice Age--ground squirrels, marmots, weasels, wolverines, etc!

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:55 pm

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Nice Ice Age collection. For the pronghorns, the Mojo is a bit smaller, but not much. New Ray makes a pair of smaller ones, but they can be tricky to find.

As for the Mastodon, keep an eye out for a largish model from Imperial--not a great model, but shows up in auctions occasionally. Usually as a 'mammoth'.

It's funny--I am only 2 hours south of you; haven't been to the zoo for a while, and I'll admit to being less than impressed by the shop there (but I have been collecting for 20 years now...).

I also do have an online store if there's anything the shop can't provide for you [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Nice work with the Casteroides (I remember that same figure being for sale at the Calgary Zoo!). But don't forget the other small critters of the Ice Age--ground squirrels, marmots, weasels, wolverines, etc!

Thanks for the advice! I looked it up and the New Ray pronghorn looks like it comes in a set with two others I'm looking for: a bighorn sheep and a mountain goat! I'll have to see if I can get it... They look like they need some painting as well, but that's getting easier and easier for me now.

The Zoo giftshop is touch and go. When they get a new shipment in, it's a goldmine. In the month and a half inbetween, it gets more and more sparse. They also tend to alternate each time, so one month it's Mojo, another month it's CollectA, and so on. There is a Discovery Hut in Chinook Centre that carries a good selection of Schleich, so I'm not wanting for that at least.

I've been working on the small guys... I'm trying to build as complete an ecosystem as reasonable, so I have an otter, beaver, skunk, wolverine, mallard duck, fox, turkey, jackalope... Wink Another one I do need to get my hands on is a badger, especially since their remains were found at the Wally's Beach site.

I'll have to take a look at your shop... Whereabouts are you? Do you have a brick and mortar shop too?

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:47 pm

Great you found the AAA beaver so soon after Taylor shared it! I really like your collection; thanks for sharing this Smile

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PostSubject: Re: My Ice Age Collection (Update: May 10, 2015)   Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:24 am

No, I'm afraid it's online only. Out of my office at home! But I can always let someone that comes by take a look.

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