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#1 kraterkid

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 03:05 PM

In celebration of Copernicus's 541st birthday I did a modeling clay sculpture of the lunar crater Copernicus which was kindly posted by Charles Wood on LPOD today.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 06:24 PM

Wow that is really good. I am lucky I can form a ball with playdough with my kids. Nice work.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:23 PM

Um, wow!

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:07 PM

I did once a clay sculpture of a crater myself, but nothing like this one. :waytogo:

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:44 PM

Thanks so much Ken, Jason and Jef! :)

What this clay model taught me was the real complexities of complex craters and the general saucer-like shape that they possess. The neat thing about these models is that you can set them up with lighting that can be adjusted to simulate what is seen at various lunar phases and practice sketching when the weather does not permit sketching at the telescope.

Here's another stereographic picture of the model seen more obliquely:

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:36 PM

Very cool sculpture, thanks for posting , very realistic.

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 11:02 AM

Thanks Tommy!

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 04:40 PM

Rich,

Very good clay model :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 03:05 AM

Hi Rich,

It is great to see you back again.

Congratulations on you LPOD posting.

Now how do I get my eyes uncrossed after fusing those images into 3D? Just kidding, I used the late Marty Feldman's old trick. :silly: :crazyeyes:
You work great wonders with the modeling clay on old luna.

Frank :)

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 12:33 PM

Thank you Tom and Frank! :)

Thanks for the warm welcome back! And sorry for any eye injury this project may have induced! :lol:

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:10 AM

hi Rich,

what a nice project.
It reminded my to my older books from around 1900 where
anybody made crater modells too and made "fake" photos from them. I think they used flour powder.

Bye
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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:38 PM

Thank you Christian! :)

I did one of the area around Archimedes as well. These models are very fun to make and can lead us to study the Moon in greater detail. The NASA Quickmap was a wonderful tool when I made this relief model.

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 07:38 AM

That is so incredibly beautiful! Words fail me... No wonder you worked so long and so hard on it. Hats off to you!!!

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:00 PM

Thanks so much Peter, it was a labor of love. :)

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:50 PM

Rich,

Astonishing! So much detail...

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 10:19 AM

Thanks so much Michael!






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