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PostSubject: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:54 am

At last at last, Kiki is awake and want to talk about the Mountain tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) monkey

Ladies, gentlemen... And crocs : The context Wink

The Mountain Tapir or Woolly Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) is the smallest of the four species of tapir and is the only one to live outside of tropical rainforests in the wild.It is most easily distinguished from other tapirs by its thick woolly coat and white lips.
The species name comes from the term "La Pinchaque", an imaginary beast said to inhabit the same regions as the Mountain Tapir.
The eyes are initially blue, but change to a pale brown as the animal ages. Unlike all other species of tapir, the fur is long and woolly, especially on the underside and flanks, reaching 3.5 centimetres (1.4 in) or more in some individuals.
Adults are usually around 1.8 m in length and 0.75 to 1 m in height at the shoulder. They typically weigh between 150 and 225 kilograms and while the sexes are of similar size, females tend to be around 25 to 100 kilograms heavier than the males.
Like the other types of tapir, they have small stubby tails and long, flexible proboscises. They have four toes on each front foot and three toes on each back foot, each with large nails and supported by a padded sole. A patch of bare skin, pale pink or grey in colour, extends just above each toe.
Tapirs are herbivores, and eat a wide range of plants, including leaves, grasses, and bromeliads. In the wild, particularly common foods include lupins, Gynoxys, ferns, and umbrella plants. It also seeks out natural salt licks to satisfy its need for essential minerals.
Predators of mountain tapirs include cougars, spectacled bears, and, less commonly, jaguars.
Mountain tapirs are generally crepuscular, although they are more active during the day than other species of tapir. They sleep from roughly midnight to dawn, with an additional resting period during the hottest time of the day for a few hours after noon, and prefer to bed down in areas with heavy vegetation cover.
The Mountain Tapir is found in the cloud forests and páramo of the Eastern and Central Cordilleras mountains in Colombia, Ecuador, and the far north of Peru. The Mountain Tapir commonly lives at elevations between 2,000 and 4,300 metres.
The Mountain Tapir is the least specialised of the living species of tapir, and has changed the least since the origin of the genus in the early Miocene. Genetic studies have shown that the Mountain Tapirs diverged from its closest relative, the Brazilian Tapir, in the late Pliocene, around three million years ago. This would have been shortly after the formation of the Panamanian Isthmus, allowing the ancestors of the two living species to migrate southward from their respective points of origin in Central America. However, the modern species most likely originated in the Andes, some time after this early migration.
The Mountain Tapir is the most threatened of the four tapir species, classified as "Endangered" by the IUCN in 1996. Due to the fragmentation of its surviving range, populations may already have fallen below the level required to sustain genetic diversity, and the IUCN has predicted that there is a 20% chance that the species could be extinct as early as 2014. What a Face
There may be only 2,500 individuals left in the wild today, making it all the more difficult for scientists to study them.

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:05 am

And now the pics : The model is 1:18 scale.


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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:12 am

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:13 am

All together now !


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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:45 am

Oh Christophe he's absolutely gorgeous!!! I love him and the paintwork is lovely - the whole family is beautiful cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:58 am

Very Happy thank you Harriet, for your kind words... And for the help cheers cheers cheers .

I'm proud you love it king

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:53 am

Thay are fantastic, Christophe cheers

And so are the photoes as always flower
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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:30 pm

Congratulations Christophe a great job and beautiful collection. cheers sunny sunny sunny

By cons can you enlighten me about what has you customize?
I do not recognize ...
scratch study Wink

As far as I know France is the leading destination for Tapirs

cheers cheers sunny sunny Wink Very Happy bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce cat
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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:39 pm

Thank you Susanne and Jean-Luc I'm glad you like them Very Happy

So scratch What did I customize confused

Some electric cable geek cheers

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:49 pm

Mountain tapir : The making of

First, the bones Wink


Then guts and intestines


Then some flesh


More flesh Very Happy


Some skin




More skins: Hello my name is MICKEY the tapir... Do you love my ears ? Laughing elephant




Then I called Harriet to the rescue, she told me good advices and I made this :





A few layers of paints later : sunny



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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:11 pm

How marvellous Shocked

I am SO happy to see how your tapir evolved Very Happy

You are very talented, and Harriet is a super friend, and people who listen to real good advice get much further than those who do not Wink

Thankyou Christophe for your generosity in showing us your electrical tapir being borne flower sunny flower
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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:57 pm

Fantastic topic Mr. Kiki! monkey
Everything is perfect, the introduction, pictures, figure and the generousity while showing us the different stages of this figure.
I hope other members are not sleeping and they have the same luck as I have watching what's up in this forum. cheers
Thank you friend Christophe! cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:04 pm

That tapir is absolutely gorgeous! And it´s awesome to see the making process :)

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:07 pm

Chris, wonderful work cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:12 pm

I can't stop looking at him he's so lovely cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:16 pm

Wow! Shocked That must be one of the best tapirs ever to be made!
I'm really impressed with the paintjob on this one, and the sculpture is formidably detailed!
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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:33 pm

Yeah- i am not the only tapir-lover!!!!!!!!!!!!! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:41 pm

@Roger wrote:
Fantastic topic Mr. Kiki! monkey
Everything is perfect, the introduction, pictures, figure and the generousity while showing us the different stages of this figure.
I hope other members are not sleeping and they have the same luck as I have watching what's up in this forum. cheers
Thank you friend Christophe! cheers cheers

Too Christophe top storyboard What talent this monkey bright, wonderful
Congratulations,
sunny Very Happy Shocked : bounce bounce cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:35 pm

What a wonderful mountain tapir!! Cutest specie of all tapirs, and one of my fav animals I love you I love you I love you I love you
Beautiful and extremely cute work Kiki! Great to see all 4 species together, wonderful walk around too cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:08 pm

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...Good lesson Christophe! Soon I,ll see the brand on the market "KIKI ANIMALS"! cheers cheers cheers Wink Wink Wink Laughing

PS And what the brand of brown tapir on the right? Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:19 pm

@Sergey wrote:
And what the brand of brown tapir on the right? Suspect

Laughing The answer is here : http://sts-forum.forumieren.de/t2361-the-papo-2011-brazilian-tapir-walkaround-review-by-kikimalou

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PostSubject: Re: The 2011 Mountain tapir walkaround review by Kikimalou   Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:35 pm

More fantastic work my friend!
Now you have all the species of tapir in your collection, beautifully done! cheers
And all of your pics, and the progress in the modelling are always nice to see! Very Happy
I think, you created a new species, the "electric tapir".... geek
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