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Tidgy's Dad

Stunning! :wub:

Good job, sir! 

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Peat Burns
1 minute ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Stunning! :wub:

Good job, sir! 

THanks, Adam.  You'll be proud of me soon:  I'm going to go all Morocco on this one and fix it up a bit :muahaha:

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Tidgy's Dad
1 minute ago, Peat Burns said:

THanks, Adam.  You'll be proud of me soon:  I'm going to go all Morocco on this one and fix it up a bit :muahaha:

If you need any glue and sand, brown dye or shoe polish, just let me know. 

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Nimravis

Wow Tony, that looks great- Congrats on the find. You should submit it for IFOM.

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WhodamanHD

Beautiful little critter! Nice prep job!

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FossilDAWG

Nice rare find, and an excellent prep job!  :wub:

 

Don

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Fossildude19

Well done indeed! 

Congratulations on the rare find and excellent prep job, Tony.

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ynot

Nice prepp.

You brought out the hidden beauty!

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58 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

If you need any glue and sand, brown dye or shoe polish, just let me know. 

Lmaoooooooooooo! :hearty-laugh:

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56 minutes ago, Nimravis said:

Wow Tony, that looks great- Congrats on the find. You should submit it for IFOM.

 

49 minutes ago, WhodamanHD said:

Beautiful little critter! Nice prep job!

 

35 minutes ago, FossilDAWG said:

Nice rare find, and an excellent prep job!  :wub:

 

Don

 

22 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

Well done indeed! 

Congratulations on the rare find and excellent prep job, Tony.

 

10 minutes ago, ynot said:

Nice prepp.

You brought out the hidden beauty!

Thank you all.  Much appreciated.:)

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Ludwigia

But seriously, which Moroccan condiments are you planning to use?

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FossilsAnonymous

Good find and good prep, slap yourself on the back and thank the fossil gods

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Malcolmt

Nice find of a not so easy to find bug.

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Peat Burns
10 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

But seriously, which Moroccan condiments are you planning to use?

Lol.  I'll be using paleosculp under the microscope and acrylic paint.  

5 hours ago, FossilsAnonymous said:

Good find and good prep, slap yourself on the back and thank the fossil gods

Thank you :)

4 hours ago, Malcolmt said:

Nice find of a not so easy to find bug.

Thanks, Malcolm :)

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Ludwigia
3 hours ago, Peat Burns said:

Lol.  I'll be using paleosculp under the microscope and acrylic paint. 

Have fun. Looking forward to the end result. :popcorn:

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Jeffrey P

Really nice prep job on that rare little beauty. Dechenella are some of the most sought after bugs by serious collectors in New York.

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DevonianDigger

Nicely done, sir!

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Peat Burns
On 7/10/2018 at 8:14 PM, Jeffrey P said:

Really nice prep job on that rare little beauty. Dechenella are some of the most sought after bugs by serious collectors in New York.

 

On 7/10/2018 at 9:43 PM, DevonianDigger said:

Nicely done, sir!

Thank you :)

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Sagebrush Steve

As everyone else has said already, very nice job!  I’m especially impressed with the improvement that air abrasion with dolomite did vs. just the pin vise alone.  Guess I will have to break down and buy an air abrasive tool to supplement my pin vises (and a compressor, and a blast cabinet, and a water trap, and a new microscope, and a new garage to put it all in... No wonder I’ve held off!)

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Bobby Rico

Great find Tony stunning in fact :wub:

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Peat Burns
9 hours ago, Sagebrush Steve said:

As everyone else has said already, very nice job!  I’m especially impressed with the improvement that air abrasion with dolomite did vs. just the pin vise alone.  Guess I will have to break down and buy an air abrasive tool to supplement my pin vises (and a compressor, and a blast cabinet, and a water trap, and a new microscope, and a new garage to put it all in... No wonder I’ve held off!)

Thanks, Steve.  I could have done the whole thing with a pin vice, and it would have looked good.  The only thing that the abrasive does that I couldn't do with a pin vice is get into the crevices between the segments.  Even a hypodermic needle couldn't do that on this tiny specimen. :)

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9 hours ago, Bobby Rico said:

Great find Tony stunning in fact :wub:

Thanks, Bobby.

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Well, I got the restoration finished. It was very difficult due to the tiny size (15 mm). It was hard to get it smooth. The hypodermic needle I was carving with would make little "facets" with every touch, and there's no real way to sand on such a tiny thing.  Making small cuts to simulate the thoracic segments was also difficult because even the hypodermic needle was too wide.  Finally, color matching was a real challenge. The good news is that unless one is observing it under a microscope, the flaws are very difficult to see.  Hopefully Pirahna doesn't see it :)

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