Saturday, 13 April 2013

A New Found Talent

Every now and then I need a break from tack work and this normally means working on one of the customised ponies I have sat on my shelves but this time I decided to have a try at something different. Wood work isn't something I'm particularly good at but given the right tools I have achieved some nice results in the past, one being a lovely cross country jump for my EJ2. As per normal I decided to jump in feet first and try something a little extreme (not as bad as it could have been believe me, lol) and went with an idea of a show jump.

Having done some research and weighing up the pro's and con's of which jump would probably suit mine and my proxy showers needs most I came up with the plan to build a Grand Prix Oxer! (see, told you it wouldn't be something simple!). Because woodwork & painting takes time its been a work in progress for a while now, it did mean I could pick bits up now and then though which was great.

So this is my end result, a 1:9 scale Grand Prix Oxer in Dark Green and White -




As with my tack work I have tried to add as much detail as possible and kept it as clean as I could. I didn't want it pristine as in the real world show jumps just aren't like that, they get used and abused. I have to say it came out brilliantly, even my handmade lil jump cups. Its going to make a great addition to my collection and I can't wait to see it out and about at shows.

I also thought I'd share this pic too, nothing to do with model horses but it was a great picture taken by my son -



This is Nelly the Brazilian Tapir having a yawn. My son works at Amazon World Zoo Park as keeper and the tapirs are part his section he looks after, hence the close up shot. Nelly has had a traumatic few days as she gave birth to a little baby boy tapir on Wednesday night, I didn't see my son come home from work until 2am as he was up all night with her and the head keepers but by the sounds of it it was a once in a life time experience.  Hopefully I can post a pic of the lil bub in another post as I know he has lost of pictures and videos to share, plus baby Tapirs are so cute with their little stripes! :)


4 comments:

  1. The oxer is fantastic! And I thought that last pic was a pretty funny looking horse... :-)

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  2. Lol Sian! The more I look at Nelly the more she does look like some freaky mini horse! ;)

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  3. That jump is awesome!! Well done! I attempt to make jumps as well, but at the moment they're very simple, nothing fancy. That is beautiful! How did you make your jump cups?

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  4. Thank you Lindsay, I'll make up another Tutorial to follow for making jump cups as they were quite easy to make so it shouldn't take long ;)

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