am presently working on custom that was inspired by a swayback horse
I saw while on vacation. I had never seen a horse this swayback
and thought it would be
fun to make him a custom model. I will post photos as I get them to
show the progress of this custom. Please check back often.
Started September 2007
I've been working about 3 days on this custom and this is what it looks like now. I used a Breyer Suscesion as the base model. The head would have been to hard to make over, so I sculpted a new one from epoxie sculpt. Next I had to cut the neck and head off the model and also cut the body in half to make the dip in the back. I also had to cut off the left hind leg and the left
front leg to change their position. The other 2 legs had to be heated with a heat gun and moved a little to
look like the photo. The two main body parts had to be cut away on top of the back and the sway formed
with wire and fastened to each body half in holes I had pre-drilled. I then used epoxie sculpt to cover the wires
and to build up the underside of the belly. The front leg was re-attached with wire, super glue, baking soda,
and epoxie. The neck, head, and the hind leg were also attached in the same manor. Then I had to cut off
the tail at the base and remove all the tail that was on top of the left hip. Not an easy task as the plastic model is so hard. I finally used the heat gun to get the plastic soft and cut the tail away with side-cut pliers.
This method made a hole in the left hip that I will use later to secure the tail wire on the inside of the model.
I found this method easier than using a dremel to remove excess plastic. I then drilled a hole on the base of the tail and inserted heavy wire for the new tail. The wire was
bent over on the inside of the model by using the access hole in the left hip. Then I used lots of super glue and baking soda to secure the wire to the inside of the model. I will work on the tail later when all the detail work is finished on the body.
October 19, 2007 Got a little more done today. Here he is so far. Still a lot of work to do. We are going on vacation next week. I am going to stop at the farm where I took a photo to get some more information on this horse. Check back later.
October 27, 2007 Back from vacation. Found out the horse's name, but her owner doesn't want it used. The
following photos show the process I have made on my sculpture. I ran
out of natural color epoxie sculpt so I will use white epoxie clay to
October 28, 2007 Checked
measurements and the back was a little too long. So, I had to cut the
body in half, cut out a small amount, drill holes, wire back together,
and fill back in with epoxie clay. Looks a lot better! Now I can work
on detail work.
October 29, 2007 Lots of detail needs to be done, and lots of sanding! Looking better now that he has a mane and tail. Will add more photos
as I progress. Check back later. Thanks!
a quick note to let you know that because of illness in the
family, I will be putting this project on hold until after
Thanks to all on their comments and encourgement.
Have a Happy Holiday! Sherral
Update April 27 2008
finally got a little more done and have a few new photos. I
decided since this is not a portrait anymore to make him a little less
swayback. Unless someone had seen the original photo, they would
not believe a horse could be that swayback. I also made the legs
a little heavier and his hooves larger, so there is not one bit of the
original horse showing. He is close to being finished now and
just needs more sanding and a little more details added.
That's all for now. Hope to get him finished soon. If anyone wants
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Thanks and I will post more photos as I get them.