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Smilodon Fatalis by Bob Cardone- unknown make, scale


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Hi all,

   I've decided to post another non-ship completed build, this subject is one of my favorites!

Here's what I started with. It was originally part of some Arctic Commando play set I picked up at Big Lots about ten years ago. Very crude, but the casting was superb and begged to be detailed. It's about 7 inches long, so I'd guess it's about 1:9 scale and made of vinyl with movable legs and jaw.

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I glued up the legs in the best positions I could to match the body cast lines, then used putty to hide the seams. I then went over the whole casting with a thin layer of putty and carved in more hair detail. Next was primer and then color coats. Nobody knows what colors the real animals were, so I took some artistic licence with the "camo". Some detail paint, washes and gloss for the eyes and mouth and she's done. I'm planning on building a diorama to "plant" the figure in a complementary setting.

 

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I've always loved Sabertooth Tigers since I was a kid, and was really pleased to find this fine casting to work with.

Here's a 1:1 casting of a real Smilodon Fatalis skull I keep next to my computer. It was made by a friend who interned at the La Brea tar pits, and he made a mold of a skull which then he used to make some castings. It's awesome...(really creeps out some of my guests, tho).

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Bob Cardone

 

On the bench:

Gunboat Philadelphia Model Shipways 1:24

CSS Palmetto State Verlinden 1:200 

Next up:

USN Picket Boat #1 Model Shipways 1:24

Completed:

F-4 Phantom Hasegawa 1:48

Smilodon Fatalis Unknown manufacturer and scale

Panzer IV 1:32 Unimax/ Forces of Valor prebuilt with mods, diorama

 

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WOW,   thats amazing work  all that detail  bringing a model to life.

 

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28mm  Battle of Waterloo   attack on La Haye Saint   Diorama.

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Completed works.

 

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Absolutely Fantastic, especially taking essentially a toy and turning it into a work of art!!!

Current Build: F-86F-30 Sabre by Egilman - Kinetic - 1/32nd scale

In the Garage: East Bound & Down, Building a Smokey & the Bandit Kenworth Rig in 1/25th scale

Completed: M8A1 HST  1930 Packard Boattail Speedster  M1A1 75mm Pack Howitzer  F-4J Phantom II Bell H-13's P-51B/C

Temporary Suspension: USS Gwin DD-433  F-104C Starfighter "Blue Jay Four" 1/32nd Scale

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very nice........quite a bit of talent there ;) 

I yam wot I yam!

finished builds:
Billings Nordkap 476 / Billings Cux 87 / Billings Mary Ann / Billings AmericA - reissue
Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build / Jeanne D'Arc - Heller
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed & semi scratch dual build

Billing T78 Norden

 

in dry dock:
Billing's Gothenborg 1:100 / Billing's Boulogne Etaples 1:20
Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
Revell U.S.S. United States 1:96 - plastic/ wood modified / Academy Titanic 1:400
Trawler Syborn - semi scratch / Holiday Harbor dual build - semi scratch

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I'm just... wow... no words.  That beast looks great and I love the skull you have.

Mark
"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

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 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans                             Triton Cross-Section   

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                                                                                Wasa (Gallery)

                                                                                                                        HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               

 

Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         

         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Great work! I have a sabre tooth tiger tattoo on my left upper arm...

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   Completed:    18th Century Armed Longboat-MS 1/24

                          USN Picket Boat-MS 1864 1/24                                  

                          US Brig Syren by Sea Hoss- Model Shipways-1803

                          18th Century Carronade/Ship Section

                          Mayflower-Pilgrims Pride by Sea Hoss-Model Shipways-1620

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12 minutes ago, mtaylor said:

That beast looks great and I love the skull you have.

The wife hates the skull. We have five house cats and she says it creeps her out. Oh well... boy toys! Women will never understand...

 

4 minutes ago, Sea Hoss said:

I have a sabre tooth tiger tattoo on my left upper arm...

Can we see it?

Bob Cardone

 

On the bench:

Gunboat Philadelphia Model Shipways 1:24

CSS Palmetto State Verlinden 1:200 

Next up:

USN Picket Boat #1 Model Shipways 1:24

Completed:

F-4 Phantom Hasegawa 1:48

Smilodon Fatalis Unknown manufacturer and scale

Panzer IV 1:32 Unimax/ Forces of Valor prebuilt with mods, diorama

 

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It's very old and has faded quite a bit but sure, why not.

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     Current:         Emma C. Berry Lobster Smack-Model Shipways-1:32-1866

        Back on the shelf:    USS Essex- MS- "Old Yellow Box" Solid Hull  Wall Hanger (Half Hull)                                                                                                                                                                                              

   Completed:    18th Century Armed Longboat-MS 1/24

                          USN Picket Boat-MS 1864 1/24                                  

                          US Brig Syren by Sea Hoss- Model Shipways-1803

                          18th Century Carronade/Ship Section

                          Mayflower-Pilgrims Pride by Sea Hoss-Model Shipways-1620

                          18th Century Long Boat by Sea Hoss-Model Shipways

                          USS Constitution by Sea Hoss-Revel-Plastic

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You have refined taste, obviously a discerning and esoteric man...

Amazing... they're just about the same pose!

Bob Cardone

 

On the bench:

Gunboat Philadelphia Model Shipways 1:24

CSS Palmetto State Verlinden 1:200 

Next up:

USN Picket Boat #1 Model Shipways 1:24

Completed:

F-4 Phantom Hasegawa 1:48

Smilodon Fatalis Unknown manufacturer and scale

Panzer IV 1:32 Unimax/ Forces of Valor prebuilt with mods, diorama

 

Member of the Nautical Research Guild         

 

 

 

 

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I too was/am an amateur artist and once did tattooing as an avocation. Now I mostly do portraits in watercolor. I drew this pattern long ago and made a poor choice in artists to apply it to me (didn't come out as nice as it should have). I've been meaning to have it touched up by a better artist but time goes by and priorities change...oh well maybe someday.

     Current:         Emma C. Berry Lobster Smack-Model Shipways-1:32-1866

        Back on the shelf:    USS Essex- MS- "Old Yellow Box" Solid Hull  Wall Hanger (Half Hull)                                                                                                                                                                                              

   Completed:    18th Century Armed Longboat-MS 1/24

                          USN Picket Boat-MS 1864 1/24                                  

                          US Brig Syren by Sea Hoss- Model Shipways-1803

                          18th Century Carronade/Ship Section

                          Mayflower-Pilgrims Pride by Sea Hoss-Model Shipways-1620

                          18th Century Long Boat by Sea Hoss-Model Shipways

                          USS Constitution by Sea Hoss-Revel-Plastic

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