My opponent is Li Li with his awesome entry. Good Luck, Li Li!
My category is: Extinction exhibit: Build us something that no longer exists. Anything from dinosaurs to woolly mammoths to the dodo bird.
So, what I did when I saw this category was google "extinct" I found a list of extinct animals on Wikipedia, specifically extinct birds. I decided on the Tahiti rail (also called Tahitian red-billed rail, or Gallirallus pacificus). And I decided to do it on what I think is approximately 1:1 scale...
Side-view. I like the side view the most, because the picture I used was also a side-view, and therefore that's where the bird looks best.
Back view. These curves were hard, and I am still not completely happy with them, but they are fine if you look at it from a distance.
The front. I don't like the big slit at the neck, but I ran out of time and there was no good alternative, so it had to do.
The sign. I used tape and paper, so maybe that makes this creation non-purist, but I don't mind, since the sign really does have a great affect.
The feet. These were the first thing I built and roughly set the scale for the rest of the model.
The connection between legs and body is not very strong. This results in tension, and if I leave the bird standing for too long, the legs will break.
Side view of the body.
A slightly different angle.
The tail and stand. I am not really happy with the tail, but it's already the second version, so I didn't want to change it again.
The head. I don't quite like the head, but it looks better in the pictures. :P
The "feathers", which happened entirely by accident. I was trying to make the body slimmer towards the back, but it looks good as feathers, too.
The diorama. I am pretty happy with it. I was originally going to have a fancy stand for the diorama for a museum feel, but that didn't look good and was also hard to photograph.
The bird without the diorama. It can stand, but not for long. Only the studs on the diorama hold the legs and stand in position. If I leave the bird standing like this, it stresses the bricks in the legs, and they'll collapse. Honestly, with the weight of this thing, I am surprised that the legs and the stand hold it at all.
Well, this was fun, and a real challenge. Getting the body shaping right was very hard. I like the end result, but there is still stuff I would change if I had more time. The neck is too wide, the whole body should be leaning forward farther, the tail should be longer and straighter. But still, I am very proud of it.
Never knew this species existed! Lovely bird and great model. Could I possibly suggest you do what is seen in bronze and ceramic sculptures- use a disguised support to keep your bird upright. That column of 1x2 cylinders look painful!
Wow... what a matchup! Man do I hate being the tie breaker judge for this. I've been staring at both builds for a good 15 minutes here and the one I keep coming back to, based on personal preference alone mind you, is LiLi. Mr. Cab you put up one heck of a fight here. Congrats LiLi and welcome to round 5! ~Chris.
I didn't think I would see a 1:1 build in this category! Well done, really nice job on the sculpting. Good luck with your final judge.
I like it
October 27, 2014
At first the support on the rear bothered me, then I thought about the category and realized that it is EXACTLY what an exhibit would look like. The fact that you created him in a 1:1 ratio is a perfect decision. And not to put down your sticker work, but it again is right in line with the hokey displays at any museum. I think the decisions were inadvertent; however, they really paid off in the end. You get my vote in a close race.
Wow, man! This is great! Both of you nailed the category! I'm really impressed with both entries. You and your opponent captured the feel of an exhibit perfectly, and the sculpting on your creatures is top-notch. I particularly like the legs and the head. However, I think your sculpting is a bit too bulky as compared to your opponent's sculpting. Because of that, he gets my vote. I realise how difficult this category is and I want to commend your effort. It was a close call. Good luck with the last judge!
Wow, I can only marvel how awesome you worked here.
I like it
October 26, 2014
Wow! You have made a somewhat non-obvious choice for the subject of this round, but you've pulled it off beautifully. Woe to the judges who have to decide on a winner here -- you and your opponent have both done a great job.
Ahh it's so cute and has fluffy belly! I want to cuddle it, smother it! Shucks too late, it is cuddled to extinction... Awesome entry! I'm not judging, but you've shown all the angles - even the tricky ones! But the sabre toothed pussy from LiLi, I have only seen one angle... Well done, and one to one just adds to the awesome!