The Superb Bird-of-Paradise is
also known as the 'Smiley Bird of Paradise'. During the courtship
display the male raises its long feathers behind the back of the head,
shaping them into a sinister looking velvety black cape.
head of the bird disappears completely in the black, but the iridescent
blue feathers on the crown and on the breast catch the light, and are
shaped into a pattern similar to a cartoon face. Even despite the
display, the average female rejects 15-20 potential suitors before
consenting to mate.
It was difficult to achieve the
rich black of the cape! First I experimented with black pastel. But I
found the best thing to do is printing the sheet with the cape-part
twice, over each other on the same paper. So the model of the male does
require some more ink for printing then the female.
you will enjoy making this model!
The model of the male
is available for 7 euro.
The model of the female is
download in PDF:
(the mount) PDF
or JPG (copysafe the file, then print):
sheet 1 JPG
sheet 2 JPG
sheet 3 (the mount) JPG
Print the templates on 120 gr paper.
Print them 100 % (no marges).
can be found here.