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castlerigg

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PostSubject: A Tipple-Topple peculiarity   A Tipple-Topple peculiarity EmptyMon Sep 26, 2011 2:58 pm

Some of the bigger animals from Pfeiffer's earliest Tipple-Topple moulds have a band of filler round the middle, like a belt.

Applying the filler and tooling it to match the animal's skin or fur must have been time-consuming, and probably added to the selling-price.

With time, the filler usually shrank a little, and shed its paint (and often attracted wood-boring beetles).

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This Elephant shows the filler-belt clearly, and a hole where a beetle larva ate its way out.

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This Rhino's belt has been very neatly modelled, but finished in a furry effect which does not match the rest of his warty skin.

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Even when the paint has stayed in place, you can see the difference in finish between the moulded parts of the animal and the "belt".

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And the same with this Bactrian Camel, who seems to be wearing a girdle of long-haired sheep's fleece.

Maybe each animal was made in two moulds, then fitted together like the halves of a chocolate Easter-egg?

(Sorry about the picture quality, these are very old photographs!)

Sue & Lesley
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Oldies but goldies!!! Congratulation!!! cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: A Tipple-Topple peculiarity   A Tipple-Topple peculiarity EmptyMon Sep 26, 2011 6:46 pm

Nice information ladies! queen queen
I do have the same rhino to, but i never paid any attention to this fact... Rolling Eyes
Shortly ago i finally discovered, that is was a Tipple Topple(Pfeiffer model), thanks to your catalogues. cheers
It does look a lot like the Hausser Indian rhino, but the position of the legs is different. Cool

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wow, that is so interesting!

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PostSubject: Re: A Tipple-Topple peculiarity   A Tipple-Topple peculiarity EmptyTue Sep 27, 2011 7:32 pm

Great infomation, - you two can teach us a lot of interesting facts, - thankyou flower sunny

PS : The pictures are perfect Wink
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