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    Ive heard about the spring supposedly used by have no idea how it'll look like in the footplate and even how it connects to the fluke itself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    It definitely took a lot of designing, like I mentioned in the beginning of my thread, it's taken me about 2 years to figure out the correct design, I watched jmbfx studios create the tails and another mer on YouTube (I believe her name was jinx) she made her rod very stiff and that got me thinking...I had tk find some sort of material that would allow me to move my tail sideways and up and down, so a stiff rod wouldn't help, can't get my hands on a nylon rod (I looked everywhere and alibaba shipping is just crazy) anyways, at the end of my thread I think I'll include specifics on certain parts of my tail, once I get it in the water again fully done to test out the movement (since i used plastic scales it kind of restricts movement a bit, makes the fabric stiffer) but it's a fun adventure honestly, it wracked my brain a bit but I think I came up with a good alternative to the design, I know for future tails I need to improve on some things for sure (I found out during the process and I think I'll include that as well at the end)

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    Just as you I've watched a lot of people making their tails not just the (Extended) stuff for me is about incorporating different techniques that I've seen work for others and learn all I can.

    Yes Jinx she used a PVC tube for her extension and I think silicone caulk on top of neoprene, the tail looked cool it is a full body piece but in the video it did not look very functional and the doy was a little off but that aside a great tail.

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    Merman Jessie also made one H2O inpired and also a hybred dont know what he used to make it bulk.
    Personally I think the tail would have sealed the deal with a bit bit bigger
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    GulfMerman about the springmech on the Mako Mermaids tails I've thought aloooooot about it Imean loot.
    Here's a pic of the thing hope it helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merman Marinus View Post
    GulfMerman about the springmech on the Mako Mermaids tails I've thought aloooooot about it Imean loot.
    Here's a pic of the thing hope it helps!

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    I assume it could be a stainless steel spring, so that isn't a problem, but have the slightest clue how it even would connects to the fluke???

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    guys there is a flat bar that you can't see in the photo, the spring is attached to that. the bar is cast into the silicone or urethane.

    Can someone please get me back to the ocean before I suffocate... I need the water......





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    Quote Originally Posted by Trident True View Post
    guys there is a flat bar that you can't see in the photo, the spring is attached to that. the bar is cast into the silicone or urethane.
    Can you draw a diagram of it for us?? Pleaseeeeeeeeee

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    Up date: finally got the fkn clay I thought the 4.5 lb would be bigger Im going to need like 5 more to sculpt the fluke, so got working on some scales which I love.
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    Decided not to post non of my partial silicone tail on this thread mor make one for it I'll post lots of pics once I'm finnished with it for all to see.
    Thanks to the labor day thing i hi5 to work on the tail a little.
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    Good luck with your tail then!!! can't wait to see it finished already

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    Thanks MoonChild, ill post on my extended tail as i go. I decided to shrink the fluke a lil bit ill post pics of that once i start sculpting.
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    Wow, I haven't watched Mako Mermaids past season 1 (and a bit of two) and the change in the tails is quite drastic... I don't think I like it I feel like it shows the feet bump too much. I'll have to watch an episode and see it in motion before I decide though. It might look a little different then. Just from the comparison though I prefer the look of the season 1 Mako tails to all the other H20 and later Mako ones. It has the perfect blend of being thinner than the earlier H20 ones in an aestetcially pleasing way but still hiding the feet really well and having a very believable extention.
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    Finished with the scales at least didn the first 10.
    For now ill show yall my progress on my fluke sculpt... Name:  20160905_160052-1024x576.jpg
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    Progress on fluke...

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    WoW!! I love your fluke design Can't wait to see more progress
    Your extension concept is also amazing!!

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    Almost done with the first half of the fluke.I've decided to doo the fluke thick because thelexan sheet sold at home depot is too thin, on the mako tails the flukes are thicker because the have nothing within the fluke. So seance i dont want a flowie fluke un making it thick so it dont bend too much.

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    Are you using plaster for making the cast of the fluke?

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    I am yet to decide but mostlikely using plaster yes.


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    I thought id be good to show yall the tools un using.
    Basic 10 piece clay tool set. Clay extruder with 20 different (mouth pieces) for "shapes".
    Van Aken Platilina 5 blocks of 4.5 lb.
    And a candle to roll out flat peaces.

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    Thank you for posting your progress! you're helping me with my tail

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    No problem Merman Ordep glad I could be of any use, but keep in mind that the extension mechanisms posted on here have not been tested yet.

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    Looking great so far!!! Love it! Are you going to use a different material for the "skeleton" of the fluke?

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