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PostSubject: Real frog or not ?    Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:32 pm

Have a look at these photos please, could it be a real frog?
Recently my brother found this frog on a flea market in Frankfurt Germany. He thought it´s a toy animal and I could use it for my collection.
The frog looks very realistic - To much realistic for a toy animal. No ordinary plastic.
I have the suspicion that this frog has really lived in the past. Perhaps it´s a kind of preparation, as we can it in museums? What do you mean ?

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Length: 16cm.

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:02 pm

It's an interesting model. I think it's not prepared animal but a mould was taken from a real specimen and then it was cast in resin, plastic or something else (polystone?) Very nice paintwork too, but it's clearly a paint, not the real skin pigmentation. Smile At least, that's what I think about it Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:15 pm

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Very nice paintwork too, but it's clearly a paint, not the real skin pigmentation

Thank you Anna for your interesting comment.
I agree with you. Some areas are looking like painted. For example, the points around the mouth. Other places are looking too realistic for a paintwork. For example, the region around the belly. It is not a resin. Maybe the frog was preserved in "liquid plastic" and also get some paintwork when he was "ready" ? So far, I have never had such a figure in my hand. scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:31 pm

It could be a lifelike and lifesize figur for school. One brand for example is 3D scientific

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:54 pm

This sure looks like a very neat frog replica! Shocked I don't think it's a real specimen, but as Andreas suggested, it could be an educational model for schools or a museum. But it sure looks really nice! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:30 pm

It isnt 3D scientific, these models have a base

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:14 pm

It does look very real but I'm fairly certain it isn't. Close up you can tell it is both handpainted and perhaps some light airbrushing on the underside. I will have to agree with Ana that more than likely a real specimen was used to make the mould for this figure.

We can't forget that AAA used real specimens for some of their reptile figures. :) (And possibly other figures too?)

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:58 am

I am late to this conversation, but I was sent a PM so I thought I would chime in. I think it is a replica, but cast from an actual specimen. It might be a 3B scientific model, as previously suggested.
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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:21 am

It is absolutely amazing replica ! affraid cheers Applause

Dear Yvette, you are very lucky to have this model Very Happy
I absolutely love it ! And the painter is very very talented.
Bravo to your brother, that he brought it to you Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:14 am

What a fantastic find! Would be a hyper if someone would find something like this for me bounce I love you affraid cheers
I do not think it is a real frog, but indeed a very well made specimen for a museum.
These amphibians and some small reptiles don't have to have an under plate/base.
I have seen such Replica's in our Natural History Museum in Leeuwarden and some in a small museum I forgot the name of.
I will see if I still can find the photos of them :)

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:19 am

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:11 pm

Nice work, Karin! Mystery solved! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Real frog or not ?    Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:49 pm

Many thanks to you all for your comments and assessments. So meanwhile I would also say, it´s not a real specimen - but more a 3B scientific model for school or museum.
Karin, the photos are awesome. Exately what I was looking for. These models are absolutly similar to my frog. As Fallon said, with the knowledge of the STS community, the question is now solved to 99%. Many thanks! sunny study

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