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PostSubject: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:26 pm

Some weeks ago i was browsing Willybacoman's Collection and i found this unusual dolphin figurine by an unknown chinese manufacterer:
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I decided to see another species in this model than a bottlenose dolphin as what it was labeled.
I wanted it to become a Baiji. Afterwards, it would have been easier to make a Sousa chinensis of it.
But i wanted it to become a river dolphin.
Lipotes vexilifer is functionally extinct, it doesn't matter, if there are some single specimens left or not, they can't save the species, their environment is polluted and more a traffic infrastructure than one of the most interesting river ecosystems ever existed in the wild.
The Baiji is very popular, while it's still living relatives as the Ganges Dolphin also disappear, we regret to have lost one species and forget to force efforts to save the still existing.
Even in the Yangtze, there are still critically endangered finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) swimming. Some are captive exactly where the best-known Baiji l (Qi Qi) lived until 2002:
the Dolphinarium at Wuhan Institute of Hydrobiology. A small, sometimes not well-filtered indoor pool.
And as an effect of this, most of our impressions of the species remaining are affected by the lighting conditions in the dolphinarium and the special habitus of one single male.
When one browses other exiting pictures, the species showed different colours, from white to blueish grey. So i tried to paint it at least appropriate, but in the end, my "ResculptRepaintRemodel-Baiji" is mainly influenced by Pictures of Qi Qi. I know paintwork could be better, also sculpting. But river dolphins are full of scars and plump but flexible, so i had some extra tolerance for my first work ever,... Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:37 pm

Good job!!! Congratulations for your 1. work!! cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:52 pm

widukind wrote:
Good job!!! Congratulations for your 1. work!! cheers cheers
There's no pic of the finished model yet Very Happy I need some sunlight. But thank you either.
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:57 pm

Can´t wait to see the result!

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:00 pm

Looking good Philipp! bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:03 pm

SyLoBe wrote:
Can´t wait to see the result!

So am I bounce Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:55 pm

Looking good. Can't wait to see it finished.
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:40 pm

OMG, what did you do to my beautifull bottlenose dolphin??? Shocked affraid
No no, just joking my friend, it seems that you can clear the job, and at the end it will look great, i am sure of that! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:49 am

It looks good so far, I can't wait to see the final effect :) Congratulations for starting Your first custom Philipp Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:16 pm

extinced animal.....never can see alive now.
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:13 pm

Sorry for the delay, but here we go:
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I am not entirely happy with it, as i like to have thinner flipper and a better fluke, i'd also like to have a better pose as river dolphins are very agile animals. They have to be. but it's a remodel and greenstuff (modeling clay e.g. Warhammer_Gamers use) isn't the best for it.
So what, i like it:D
Here a shot with its PV finless porpoise, PV Amazon river Dolphin and Animal Planet Boto Colleagues:
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:19 pm

Your great job is finished!!! Congrats Phillip!! cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:53 pm

Great work,Philipp! Very Happy Congratulations! cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:12 pm

Very beautiful! It´s really well done!

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:22 pm

wonderful it is gorgeous cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:55 pm

Looks amazing. Great resculpt.
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:25 am

Sculpting and re-modelling is not easy Philipp, but you still made a fantastic creature back to life again! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:12 am

It's fantastic Philipp, you've done a great job! Congratulations cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:08 am

Very good attempt Philipp Very Happy I love to see custom models and the brave you made them cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:59 pm

This is really great wok :)

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:56 am

Wink Thank you so much for your diplomatic statements.
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:43 am

Haha, diplomatic, no no my friend, there are much worser re-sculpts! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:16 pm

cheers Twisted Evil
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Haha, diplomatic, no no my friend, there are much worser re-sculpts! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:56 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:59 am

Finally the possibility for this:
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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:23 am

Phantastic Applause Applause Applause Applause 

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:51 am

It is great to revisit a very old project and see what you already did after it. Very Happy
Also interesting to read again the first post, I am getting a renovated interest in this kind of animals thanks to you and other members of the forum. Very Happy
Hurray for your sense of diversity and talent. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Baiji - Lipotes vexilifer - Yangtze River Dolphin   Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:46 pm

Thanks for those kind words Rogério, i'm also proud having been supportive for the word "renovation".
Unfortunately i didn't make it to take a picture of the dolphin making it look less like a blown up carcass,....
Customizing became an addiction in the meantime.


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