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AniaR
01-06-2015, 10:46 PM
I will be posting a review, videos and more but I thought Id start a new thread to show my new tail. UNEDITED PHOTOS no photoshop. Some have a few instagram filters because the lighting sucked, but that blended waist is allllll real baby. Feel free to ask me questions.

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Short swimming clips (I am still getting used to the foil)

http://instagram.com/p/xfqHWoQP56/

http://instagram.com/p/xfpgWzQP5L/

Mermaid Blaire
01-06-2015, 11:36 PM
Beautiful tail, Raina! :D
I just love the colors on it, and it looks great on you!

How exactly did Raven make the blended waist? It looks amazing!
Is it clear? It looks like theres no scales in that spot.

Mermaid Wesley
01-06-2015, 11:54 PM
The new blended waist is clear and smooth I believe


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AniaR
01-07-2015, 12:02 AM
How exactly did Raven make the blended waist? It looks amazing!
Is it clear? It looks like theres no scales in that spot.

That would be her trade secret ;)

MermaidMichelle
01-07-2015, 01:38 AM
She offered to give me a blended waist at no extra charge (reward for waiting, maybe?)!? YES YES YES! Seriously, you look just like Madison in that scene in Splash! in which she is "outed" as a mermaid! :mermaid kiss: Even when you're swimming in the tail and it creases, the creases look like actual fish skin!

AniaR
01-07-2015, 01:44 AM
unboxing video!!!


http://youtu.be/OUkfKMWGxKI

Meilyn
01-07-2015, 03:28 AM
I've been waiting to see this tail for months! !! Lol, mega. Like in the new pokémon!! I love how it looks all around Raina! And your top is like, makes me mega jealous lol. love, love, LOVE the waist blending! ! Raven out does herself every tail!

Vicky Mermaid
01-07-2015, 03:48 AM
Wauw it is gorgeous Raina! You look so good in it! And the blended waist is amazing!

JamesGunnels
01-07-2015, 04:15 AM
I love the way she does her tails!!!!! I really love the fluke!!! I want this tail!

PearlieMae
01-07-2015, 10:09 AM
So amazing! Thanks for letting me inspect it so thoroughly! Raven's work is amazing!!! The blended waist is nothing short of engineering magic!

SeaGlass Siren
01-07-2015, 10:14 AM
dat blend tho.

that looks fabulous.

Talia
01-07-2015, 10:33 AM
Beautiful work of art! The top as well, so pretty! The blended waist is amazing.

Mer-gal
01-07-2015, 01:30 PM
What are you doing with your other tail? Are you still going to use it, or is it completely retired, or are you giving it to someone else?

MerEmma
01-07-2015, 01:34 PM
I wanna hear about your Frankentail! :)

MermanOliver
01-07-2015, 01:38 PM
Wow! That tail and those accessories are so unbelievable beautiful! And the waist blend is truly more than amazing. You got a really beautiful successor to old faithful Rapidash, that's for sure! Raven is definitely amazing.

One question though: The fluke looks so flexible, is the tail fully swimmable or mainly for dry events? Or does it appear more flexible in the video than it truly is?
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AniaR
01-07-2015, 02:04 PM
The fraken tail isn't done. Old tail is done done.

Thefluke is a foil hence the floppiness

Sherielle
01-07-2015, 02:22 PM
I have a question. Do you feet feel the same in your foil as they do in the competitor? I've noticed that the foil holds my feet in an odd angle for me. What I mean is, if you point your feet without any shoes on, they touch all the way down the side. When I wear my foil, it spreads the ankles out just a bit but keeps the toes close together and feels off to me. I'm curious if the competitor felt the same way.
Does this make sense? lol

AniaR
01-07-2015, 08:28 PM
I dont like the foil in terms of swimming and feel, but I will get over it because it looks and moves so damn well. For me, it's just I've only ever known a competitor and swimming with one is like having training wheels. Without one I wasnt able to give rides, go deep, or be fast. But in the foil holy carp I was flipping like you wouldnt believe, twirling, and able to get more movements out of a single breath. It really hurt the top of my feet so I'll be buying full socks as the half socks werent enough.

I miss the power of the comeptitor but I dont miss it's giant size. I do feel the foot pockets are spread out weird in the foil.

I really love my tail...

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the airport lost it and I just got it back. <3 <3 <3 after I do my gig this weekend I'll do up a review. Hoping to have more photos and footage to add to it.

Merley
01-07-2015, 09:08 PM
Hmm your blended waist looks different from mine. Like yours extends further where mine was just kind of added on top. I love the way your fluke fops over when you lay with your feet up. it looks so natural.

AniaR
01-07-2015, 09:28 PM
I believe she experimented with my blended waist.

Mermaid Aika
01-07-2015, 10:38 PM
Raina, Mega Rapidash is so awesome! Also, that blended waist is amazing!!! I hope you enjoy it for a long time. :)

AniaR
01-07-2015, 10:54 PM
Me too :) !!! It has the best drainage system I have ever seen on a tail! Im actually worried to post about it too much in detail because like the blended waist, I think raven has figured out a serious niche and don't wanna give away her trade secrets. but man oh man!

Merley
01-07-2015, 11:17 PM
I know what you mean. I can't compare to most other tails. But my Merbella tail never bubbles up or takes on water. A problem that definitely happened with my Mermaids R Us tail. The drain hole is pretty well camfoglauged too. That Merbella quality. Also, Raina how far up does your tail go? Does it sit at your natural waist or a little below that? I wish I had gotten mine a little shorter now but I don't know if it would have accommodated my booty. Gah can't stop looking at this thread. I just love how flowy your fluke is. I definitely want a foil in my next tail.

AniaR
01-08-2015, 01:39 AM
Here's my first swim video... still getting the hang of getting it on one handed, and swimming with a foil ;)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2shdJO1wP0Y

Mermaid Kate Silverfin
01-08-2015, 03:22 AM
It looks amazing! Definitely a mega-evolution of Rapidash! Congratulations!
Quick question, is this tail also cast thinner than usual?


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Mermaid Jaffa
01-08-2015, 05:41 AM
Looks amazing! And here I was thinking all pro mermaids favoured the big fancy pants monofins!

Mermaid Sirenia
01-08-2015, 08:56 AM
Raina you look like mer royalty in that tail!

Miyu
01-08-2015, 09:25 AM
It's beauuuutiful! Gotta love that waist blending! I love the floppiness of the fluke as well :)

AniaR
01-08-2015, 10:38 AM
The tail is thicker actually. Thicker than rapidash. It looks wrinkly in these shots because I overlubed to compensate for hurting my finger. It was hard to get on and so tight at the waist that water barely got in to wash lube away. It kept sliding around. Its not as thick as my jesse tail but I couldn't roll it down.

AniaR
01-08-2015, 10:39 AM
I do favour the big monofin but couldn't do much as far as tricks. And it was very hard to transport because it wouldn't fold

Mermaid Kate Silverfin
01-08-2015, 11:19 AM
Ah, that explains it! I was wondering why there were so many wrinkles!


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Ariel-Starfish
01-08-2015, 11:49 AM
This tail is SO you! <3

PearlieMae
01-08-2015, 12:48 PM
It looks so awesome! YOU look so awesome! Congrats!

What size Foil did you get? I can't find corealating shoe sizes, and I wear a 10 US. I love the flow of it and am thinking of getting one.

AniaR
01-08-2015, 03:31 PM
I'm a size 9 that's all I told raven lol

Vrindavana Starfish
01-08-2015, 04:15 PM
That tail looks like you were born with it. It doesn't appear at all like you're having any difficulty adjusting to the new fin, it looks so natural, and you swim so fluidly. Raven really outdid herself. It's a work of art.

Mermaid Jaffa
01-08-2015, 08:12 PM
It looks so awesome! YOU look so awesome! Congrats!

What size Foil did you get? I can't find corealating shoe sizes, and I wear a 10 US. I love the flow of it and am thinking of getting one.

PearlieMae, the chart says you wear a size M.

BriannaPixieDee
01-08-2015, 09:53 PM
It's so beautiful! I love it.

Also, fellow Pokemon nerd here approves of the name.

MermaidBrandie
01-08-2015, 10:27 PM
I'm in love with that fluke!! Is it a new style?


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AniaR
01-08-2015, 10:51 PM
It's the calypso fluke she hadn't publicly named because of the previous deal with that whole thing. She's still trying to rename it. I am not sure though if she's going to offer it for others besides those of us who already have it. I love it. it has a whole system for draining that is the best by far.

MermaidBrandie
01-08-2015, 10:53 PM
I hope she does sell it! It's so pretty!!
I think I missed the whole thing you're talking about... :(


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Mermaid Alea
01-09-2015, 12:02 AM
Wow I am glad you said you didn't edit the photos, because I would have thought that you photoshoped where the tail meets your waist. What an amazing new tail! I love the colors too and how they shine so nicely in the water.

AniaR
01-09-2015, 02:17 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EdrI8Uk4sHk

Vicky Mermaid
01-09-2015, 02:56 AM
Greath video! Again! :) Thanks for sharing with us Raina

Mermaid Sabie
01-09-2015, 12:09 PM
That video was a great idea! Really showcases how amazing raven is and how many differences there are between the monofins!


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MermaidMimi
01-09-2015, 12:48 PM
SOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING!! I can't wait to see it in person!!!

Mermaid Hitode
01-09-2015, 09:52 PM
Does you're new fluke give the same powerful push as a competitor?Also it looks smaller and thicker is the foil really different from a competitor?

Yulia
01-09-2015, 10:10 PM
This is a competitor:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41a3MiXwnaL._SY300_.jpg

This is a foil:
http://hto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/HtO-Finis-Foil-Monofin.jpg

Competitor is made of fiberglass. Very strong and big. Gives much push.

Foil is made of rubber. Strong, but flexible and much smaller. Doesn't give as much push.

AniaR
01-09-2015, 11:21 PM
it gives no push. lol. I find it really hard but it's a learning curb I will figure it out :)

MermaidMichelle
01-10-2015, 03:17 AM
Mega-Rapidash is a wonderful new addition to your arsenal. I'm glad that your video showed you lying on the deck and worming your way into the pool; most videos just show mermaids already in the water and thus it is nice to see the full and realistic process. The flowy fluke does move especially like a fish's tail even if it doesn't give you much power (though I'm glad I'll be starting with a Competitor, as I've never swum in a full silicone mermaid tail before!)

That blended waist is amazing, too; it makes the tail seem more a part of you than your own legs! :mermaid kiss:

AniaR
01-10-2015, 04:16 AM
I don't usually worm in. Sean was holding the camera and was distracted by someone else talking to him. I usually have him place me right on the edge. Worming takes a chance of hurting your tail

Ariel-Starfish
01-10-2015, 08:58 AM
I really like this video! Amazingly done! :)

MermaidMichelle
01-10-2015, 05:35 PM
I don't usually worm in. Sean was holding the camera and was distracted by someone else talking to him. I usually have him place me right on the edge. Worming takes a chance of hurting your tail

That is what I presumed, yet it did make those of us without a mortal mer-wrangler feel a bit better...lol

Miyu
01-10-2015, 10:46 PM
Love the comparison video!

Fun123joker
01-10-2015, 11:25 PM
please tell me its called mega because your tail went through a mega-evolution

QueenZero
01-11-2015, 12:48 AM
Rapidash is evolving!
And HOLY CRAP, what an evolution! MR is gorgeous, Raven outdid herself this time. The blended waist alone is amazing.

AniaR
01-11-2015, 12:11 PM
Of course it's mega evolution :D Raven gifted me with a mega stone! ;) lol

I have my first gig in it today, and after that I'll be doing up my official review :)

AniaR
01-11-2015, 09:29 PM
My review is up! http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3092-Merbella-Studios&p=167260&viewfull=1#post167260

Grey Gambit
01-12-2015, 01:53 AM
This new tail of yours truly is amazing! Raven did such a fantastic job and you look absolutely great in it.

MermaidMichelle
01-12-2015, 09:16 PM
I guess if yours is the Mega form of Rapidash, then mine can be the Mega form of MagiKarp: HOLY CARP! ;) :mermaid kiss:

That is a magnificent review you posted; it addresses all of the questions and concerns to show how epic a designer/sculptress/paintress Raven is, and is festooned with several pictures and videos which do likewise (it was also cool to see how an underwater photosession is done!)

AniaR
01-18-2015, 03:12 PM
Here are some screen shots- not edited- to show you the tail actually does fit well (contrary to my more wrinkly video from merfest) and highlights the awesome seamlessness of the tail and the waist

https://41.media.tumblr.com/171cc1e2c39ce90aaf284b51e37c5aaa/tumblr_nidz7mcKit1r0wgkuo2_1280.png

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https://41.media.tumblr.com/1ca424591fe2ea4c3e17237fbac5afe6/tumblr_nidz7mcKit1r0wgkuo6_1280.png

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Yulia
01-18-2015, 03:14 PM
That blended waist is pure magic.

SeaGlass Siren
01-18-2015, 03:30 PM
yass. that doesn't even need to be photoshopped.

Felicia
01-18-2015, 03:33 PM
Good god that tail is so beautiful

AniaR
01-18-2015, 04:43 PM
I do have wrinkles at my ankles unless I'm pointing my toes, but after the stress of trying to get in and out of my tail quickly I asked Raven to make the ankles an inch bigger so I could get my legs out faster. I knew I'd end up with a wrinkle but for the practicality of it I just had to sacrifice. It's great to look good in photos but I need it to function too lol.

I will have the video up soon!

MerEmma
01-18-2015, 05:37 PM
So beautiful. <3

AniaR
01-18-2015, 06:02 PM
swim video!


http://youtu.be/RywRse22uTw

Samantha Siren
01-18-2015, 06:08 PM
I am in love with this tail Raina! You look absolutely amazing!

MermaidMichelle
01-18-2015, 06:55 PM
Poetry in motion; that is the phrase which comes to mind! :mermaid kiss: Those heel fins do an excellent job of concealing your feet; I'm tempted to ask for some myself but I'm not sure if they would distract too much from the big pectoral "wing" fins of my design....

AniaR
01-18-2015, 07:15 PM
I really love heel fins. why dont you ask raven what she thinks? they really do help a lot!

Miyu
01-18-2015, 07:33 PM
Beautiful video! Still going ga-ga over that blended waist :swoon:And I adore those little side fins! The flowy-ness of that fluke just can't be beat...

Also, I'm loving the handpan/Hang/UFO "drum" music you've been using in your videos lately - it's pretty much tied for my favorite instrument, and it's always so peaceful and relaxing... I do plan on getting one someday!

Seraphina Suds
01-18-2015, 09:11 PM
So flowy and graceful! Now that you've swam in it more, how do you feel about the monofin? It didn't seem like you get nearly as much propulsion; are mermaid rides still able to be done?

Moongazer
01-18-2015, 09:12 PM
Oh Raina, how much does your new tail weigh and how much did the retired one weigh? I'm trying to figure out who has the lightest silicone tail option out there. Mernation and Mermaid creations are roughly the same weight.

AniaR
01-18-2015, 09:49 PM
I'm not sure lol

Merman Arion
01-18-2015, 09:54 PM
Oh Raina, how much does your new tail weigh and how much did the retired one weigh? I'm trying to figure out who has the lightest silicone tail option out there. Mernation and Mermaid creations are roughly the same weight.

Finfolk productions recently made a fluke to make the tail lighter than 25lbs. You should check it out on their page :)

Merman Arion
01-18-2015, 09:55 PM
I'm not sure lol

One thing is sure though, you are definitely going closer to 10,000 posts. Just saying lol ;)

Moongazer
01-18-2015, 10:04 PM
Thanks Arion! I'll have to look into that!

AniaR
01-18-2015, 10:35 PM
My first tail was 18lbs

Lady Aurelia
01-18-2015, 10:48 PM
That's one of the most beautiful tails I've ever seen! It's amazing how much Raven has grown and it's wonderful to see she's always trying out new things and experimenting. Once I get out of school (3 more years) I would love to own one of her tails, they are absolutely GORGEOUS!

AniaR
01-19-2015, 12:36 AM
Yes I think I have the first hand experience of how great she was to start- and how much she's grown. It's really impressive I am so proud of my tail maker :)

MermaidMichelle
01-19-2015, 04:15 PM
I really love heel fins. why dont you ask raven what she thinks? they really do help a lot!

Thank you for the suggestion; I've just sent her an email to her client address. Also, I must agree with Arion; your post count is over 9,000!

hejialiangya
01-20-2015, 04:15 AM
so pretty~May I ask how much is it?

OceanWhisper
01-20-2015, 04:51 AM
Raina!! omg I'm so in love with how flowy and stunning your new tail is!!! The blended waist is absoloutely incredible and just makes the realism overflow :D I'm so happy for you

AniaR
01-20-2015, 12:21 PM
3300$ usd

Mermaid Lorelei
01-20-2015, 06:06 PM
Got to say darling, your swimming skills have developed so much since you first started!