Mini Hazel

I recently received my copy of Morgen Kilbourn's Mini Hazel, and she's gorgeous. Simply stunning. The cast is beautiful, second only to the clean casts from Sarah Rose, and by just a tiny hair. If you were on the fence about it, buy one. It's a short edition of only 9 months, so you have until August! (

Here's her link

on Morgen's website)

Mini Hazel has me smitten, but she's a BIG girl. She's going to need her own patterns, her own tack, her own props. Morgen lists her at 1:30 scale, and there's no way she can share with some of the other large mini performance horses out there.

The larger size is going to be a challenge in some ways. I already make almost all of my hardware, so no worries there, but I think finding stirrups for her will be difficult. I'll have to draft new patterns for her and sculpt western trees in her size. It's another learning curve, but after the first one everything gets easier.

I haven't seen very many photos of her with other models, so here are a few to give you an idea of size (view the full album here:

The Babysitter's Here!

I ordered a copy of the Babysitter last week, and got an email on Friday saying that she'd shipped.  I really wasn't expecting her this soon, but she arrived today!

And wow, she's a BIG GIRL!  Easily on par with Wee Jay, though still smaller than Dinky Duke.  For those curious, I measure her around 7cm tall at the withers and 10cm from nose to tail. 

I'm running short on time, so here are some comparison shots.

With WeeJay

With Little Lonestar

I have a post on tools in the works, which I hope to get out ASAP.  Maybe tomorrow.  I've got a paper to write and two donations to finish this month, too, so we'll have to see.

Look Who's Here!

Little Lonestar arrived today! He's a handsome devil, that's for sure, and I've already got a saddle lined up for him! Tami, the raffle winner, chose to have a western set done up for her own copy of Little Lonestar.  I can't wait to get started!

Someone requested a comparison between Little Lonestar and Working Girl, and I'm reasonably sure that they could share tack.  Little Lonestar is probably a scale hand and a bit taller than Working Girl.  It's a noticable height difference, but not enough to say that they're not the same scale.  Working Girl is a hair under 5(ish) cm at the high point of the withers, Little Lonestar is about 5 1/2cm at the same point.

For the record, bare resin is freakishly difficult to photograph, and since I'm supposed to be reading about the events that lead up to the Great War in 1914, I didn't have time to pull out a backdrop or anything fancy.  Here are some quick comparison snaps, though!

My Little Lonestar already has a name: Zimmer.  I picked up a ton of Aaron Copeland, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer music at the library last night and somehow, the name just fits him.  I still have to decide on a color, and then on to a painter! Yikes!