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PostSubject: Haast,s eagle    Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:06 pm

Hello friends ! I start with my new sculpture. I'm excited because I have not been able to model new species for some time and now is the time.
It is the haast eagle "harpagornis moorei". It is a powerful raptor that lived in New Zealand. In its ecosystem it was the equivalent of the lion and the tiger, it fed on large prey (moas) reaching human hunting ...

..." Haast's eagles were one of the largest known true raptors. They had a relatively short wingspan for their size. Short wings may have aided Haast's eagles when hunting in the dense scrubland and forests of New Zealand.
It is believed that these birds are described in many legends of the Māori, under the names Pouakai, Hokioi, or Hakawai. Were huge black-and-white predators with a red crest and yellow-green tinged wingtips..."

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:11 pm

The internal metal structure is almost complete. I have varnished the figure and covered with aluminum powder so that the modeling clay can better grip ...

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:32 pm

Nice to see you back on sculpting and looking forward to see this exciting project! Those were surely quite impressive birds! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:52 pm

Incredible project and already a beautiful beginning! Can't wait to see more of this bounce
Also, great to learn something new, I don't think I have heard about this species before Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:01 pm

Very exiting and interesting cheers

WOW ! Already the metal skeleton is beautyful Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:10 am

What do you use to cut the metal at those sizes?
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:34 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:14 am

Thank you Roger.  Very Happy Yes, it has been a long season in which I have not been able to model and, in fact, since I put this post I have not returned to work on this figure. But this weekend I think I'll be able to continue with it.

Thank you Anna, Susanne, jhudstone, and spinosaurus. I'm glad you like this new project, Very Happy

Jhudstone, To cut the metal sheet I use simply a pair of scissors, because the sheet is not too thick.

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:27 pm

The process continues adding the modeling putty and marking the feathers, more feathers, more feathers ... pale

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:37 pm

Very exiting and interesting Miguel Very Happy cheers study
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:29 pm

Oh wow, it looks stunning already Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:10 pm

Thank you Jean Luc and Julie Very Happy Very Happy

New phase in the sculpture of the Haast eagle. The process continues adding the modeling putty and marking the feathers, more feathers, more feathers ...
The morphology of this species was very peculiar. The wings were short and wide (for an enormous wing size, around 3 meters in span) and the large tail, to perform better in a semi-forestry ecosystem. In addition, the skull was more elongated than usual, so I wanted to represent these peculiarities in the sculpture of this huge beast ....

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A complicated work has been to make the little claws of this huge animal, with a heart of metal. pale

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:47 pm

This looks already awesome Miguel! Very nice work! I'm looking forward to the result Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:27 pm

Wow, it is really, really impressive! Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:59 am

Thank you Stijn and Anne-Joke ! sunny

The figure is already complete, with its legs and claws added. The next step is to model a trunk that serves as a support in a subtle way for the eagle in flight.
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:08 pm

I love it! You truly are an high-level sculptor!
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:03 pm

Such talent drunken Amazing, thanks for sharing all your steps through the sculpting proces! cheers And what an amazing creature! I think you captured all its features (and feather Laughing) very well!

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:58 pm

This is amazing, work of art. Thank you for the sculpting process.
Please tell the modelling putty/ clay you have used here.
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:15 am

bounce bounce bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:24 am

Another masterpiece Miguel! Applause Applause Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:08 pm

Thank you for your kind words , wow ! sunny Megaptera, Julie, NRiyaz, Andreas and Joan.

NRiyaz, The resin I use for this figure is Super Sculpey. There are two varieties, the normal (pink) and the "firm" (gray). It is very comfortable to handle adding parts of the figure little by little and cooking it in the oven in between. It can be cooked as many times as you want.

Final photos of the figure, with the trunk added. The next step is to make the mold (which I think is going to be complicated too) pale .

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:44 pm

Thank you for the reply sir, its looking more amazing now, I really like the sharp talons Applause
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:10 am

Wow! This is looking great!
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:06 am

Thank you so much NRiyaz and barki ! Very Happy Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:05 am

Miguel wonderful model cheers sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:31 am

I cannot hide my admiration for your talent. I feel like watching a work of a reputated Renaissance sculptor even if I risk to sound exagerated. That's what I feel, that figure is just phenomenal, impressive and sumptuous! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:10 pm

Thank you Jean Lucy and Roger !, wow !. Thanks for your nice words Embarassed

Final photos of the Haast eagle (scale 1:20) once painted. I tried to represent the animal according to the descriptions that have been provided by people who lived with the monster and next to a trunk of "kauri", the tree that probably lived with this bird ...Hope you like it ! Very Happy Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:13 pm

After a while I have been making the copies of the eagle and beginning to paint it. It has given me enough problems with the stability of the figure and the risky way in which the eagle joins the trunk pale pale I think I solved it by adding a base that imitates soil with moss from the forests of New Zealand...

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:07 pm

Phantastic work :)

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:12 pm

wow, it is fasinating to see a piece of metal become such a beautiful model. Thank you for showing how it is done cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:45 pm

Great model! cheers Applause
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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:13 pm

MAGNIFICENT Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:57 pm

Awesome model Miguel! Also a great color scheme you used! Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:30 pm

Thank you friends , glad you like it! Very Happy Very Happy

Well, after a while I have finished some copies of the eagle available for those who wish.

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:46 pm

Really awesome, perfect balance in this figure.   Applause  Applause  Applause  Applause  Applause  Applause

Great harmony in all forms.

Big congratulations

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:55 am

Very very beautiful :)

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:52 pm

Thank you so much Fernando and Andreas Very Happy !.

Here is another photo next to what was supposed to be his main prey. The figure of moa is made by the exceptional artist Sean Cooper (Paleocraft)

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:07 pm

Extraordinary work. No more words to describe such perfection. cheers That moa of the other artist is obviously also a very good piece but it seems to be a very distracted moa. It doesn't surprise me anymore that they're extinct now. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:56 am

Wow, how I missed this amazing model ?
Very very cool looking one.
Excellent choice of eagle , wonderful pose and great paintjob !
Bravo Miguel ! Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:11 pm

How amazing!! It's an incredible model, I love everything about it, the dynamic pose, beautiful texture, coloration, all amazing! And the scene with the poor moa really speaks to the imagination! Shocked Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Haast,s eagle    Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:24 pm

Thank you so much friends !sunny sunny . I am glad that you like my representation of this rare and unknown but fascinating species.

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Extraordinary work. No more words to describe such perfection. cheers That moa of the other artist is obviously also a very good piece but it seems to be a very distracted moa. It doesn't surprise me anymore that they're extinct now. :)
Haha, you're right Roger, the moa seems to be walking through a park without any rest of wild instinct to react to what is coming on him. Shocked

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