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Burning Beard

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Bird Mobile Merlin
« on: August 02, 2015, 09:34:41 AM »
I purchased the Merlin over 30 years ago, so I can only figure it was a hand drawn model.  I must add a very good hand drawn model.  The parts overlap was quite generous so the construction was fairly easy, but there are a lot of feathers to cut around, lol.  This is the second time I built it, the original was scan of the model I bought and the colors had either faded or yellowed, anyway, it wasn't good.  This time I took the original scans and auto corrected them in Corel and boosted the gamma levels and was rewarded with much better results.  I also re-designed the feet because on the original model they were just doubled over and flat which left a lot to be desired.  Anyhoo, this is what I came up with...







I learned a valuable lessen with this, you don't necessarily have to accept the faded colors you sometimes see, you may be able to easily adjust them without doing a total repaint.

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Re: Bird Mobile Merlin
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2015, 11:01:24 AM »
[Beard - I moved this post into the Finished Works area, since the Flora and Fauna section you originally posted in,
is actually a Directory for model links. Not a problem at all! More people will find this here, anyway.]



What a lovely model that is.
So, who is the original designer/manufacturer?
Is this a model we can purchase or download somewhere?
I would love to build this one.
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Re: Bird Mobile Merlin
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2015, 12:15:16 PM »
Thanks Dave.

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Re: Bird Mobile Merlin
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2015, 12:18:32 PM »
Here is a link to some of the kits.  I thought everybody knew about them, lol.

http://www.northwestnatureshop.com/Toys_and_Games/Construction_Sets_and_Model_Kits/Mobiles_and_Paper_Models/325.html

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Re: Bird Mobile Merlin
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2015, 12:38:52 PM »
oh, its a BirdMobile model?!
So, its a Malcolm Topp model.

(who just recently passed away)

Are you sure its a "Merlin"?
It looks like his Osprey model...missing the fish.

A fellow who sells Topp models at the annual IPMC may have a copy  (if anyone is going there this year).
Unfortunately I won't be going this year.
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Re: Bird Mobile Merlin
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2015, 01:17:02 PM »
That is the Merlin, the Osprey is way bigger.  As a matter of fact an old high school buddy of mine is giving me a copy of the Osprey later today.  Sometimes posting on Facebook pays off ;)

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Re: Bird Mobile Merlin
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2015, 08:30:20 PM »
That really came out well.  I think I've seen other builds of it, and it appears your Color adjustment was well worth the effort.
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Re: Bird Mobile Merlin
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2015, 03:13:23 PM »
It looks really... real!!

Seeing one of this on top of a tree would pass for the read deal.
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