Canon's Wolf in the Woods

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Yo fans,

this weekend I'm making a wolf for a colleague of mine. I chose Canon's wolf because it looks so adorable. The original plan was to add a rotating background but I decided to skip that idea to save time. Fortunately I found a very fitting diorama piece on the Canon website, so everything should look great together.

Pics are following! :)
 

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Picture time! :)

The wolf was assembled as seen in the instructions. Assembly was pretty straight forward. The most labour-intense work was the cutting and scoring. ;)

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I cut off the flaps on the head and used paper strips to glue the parts together. The seams were painted with brown markers.

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I was a bit afraid of the dotted lines. I feared they would show too prominently on the final model but to my surprise they were quite decent.

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The dog was glued to the base. Two bases are provided, one white one for individual colouring and one that looks like stone or snow. I chose the stone base. It is very important to glue the model to the base because the feet and legs want to turn into the wrong directions. Once glued down they keep their position perfectly.

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The base could be laminated to some stiff card but as you can see the model stands just fine even without laminations.

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I already cut the base shorter to allow the dog fit into the dio better. It will be cut down even further and re-painted later.

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When I examined the size of the model I was curious and paired it together with another model:

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Et voilà: They fit together nicely. So it is not too far fetched to say that the wolf is about 1/12 scale. :)

The model is very nice. However there is one thing that does not look quite right:

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When viewed at from a lower angle you can clearly see right into the model. That is very unfortunate because it gives it an unfinished look. I understand why Pino chose that solution but nonetheless it would look better if the holes were closed. Ah well. This will be noted for the future. For my plans it will suffice as is. :)
 
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Now on to the diorama piece. Canon provides such beautiful and artistic renderings that it is a joy putting them together. They are loaded with detail which keeps the eye so busy that you don't really recognize how simple the model really is.

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Just look at this gorgeous artwork. Hard to believe that this is supposed to be "only" the background! :)

Sorry for the cutting mat but I had to use it to provide a stable ground plate. This will be changed on-the-fly because the next step is to laminate the plates to some card. Stay tuned! :)
 
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Thank you! :)

INDEED! The two look great together. I also put the 1/18 Mando paper cutout inside and it looked pretty good, too. A lone Mando in the forest. ;)

I forgot to mention that I printed two sheets of the dio on one page. The original size turned out to be too big. I'll save the print for a possible future project. ;)
 
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Now the chicken for TV gave me the idea to close the body of the wofl with cotton. So in a way we are now dealing with a stuffed animal here. :Grin:

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Woofalf, the Wise, in his stuffing period. ;)

I have also cut off most of the base because I want to present the wolf in a more dramatic pose.

I used some card to stiffen the diorama pieces:

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The base was laminated completely to card:

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I hope so! :)

I glued all components into the frame.

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And the finished piece:

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In these pictures you might recognize some wonkiness on the top border. I noticed it too late after the pictures had already been taken.

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It's a bit hard to see in the pictures but the three-dimensional effect looks stunning in reality. :)
 

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The wonkiness was bothering me. To fix it I simply glued a strip of card to the top frame. That levelled everything out and I went back on the balcony and took some additional pics - this time with a straight border. ;)

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All in all it was a very fun build. The only drawback was the open belly of the wolf but fortunately there was a solution. The diorama piece is absolutely gorgeous and it really looks as if light is shining through the treetops. :)