Jump to content
This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

John W Reid

The Falcon and the Flyer

Recommended Posts

"Stranger In My Sky" This has been an on and off again project of mine for years. Maybe this time I will finish it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For millions of years long before man, the birds ruled the skies and foremost among them are the Birds of Prey, in particular, the Peregrine Falcon the great predator of the sky.

I often think of what he must have thought of our early attempts at flight. The balloons were bad enough but now there is a noisy, rickety, smelly contraption that seems to want to share my sky he may have thought. Unfortunately little did he know that this weird thing would challenge him and win the battle for aerial supremacy often sucking him up into one of its engines.

Edited by John W Reid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mightily impressive stuff there, I can see why they would be slow builds

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I made my Peregrine from the picture that you see here. His head is looking skyward and I have raised the opposite foot as I think that it better suits the composition.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I started this life-size bird about 20 years ago hoping that one day I may find a good home for him. I got into making dioramas for many years and he stood on my bench waiting to be finished. Now I think that I have found his home in a diorama that I am now planning to build.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

The Peregrine is my Favorite Bird of Prey. I like the work you have done. 

Mine too! Thank you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Peregrine is what you may call the worlds first fighter. He usually attacks his prey in what is called a stoop, out of the sun, diving at over 200MPH not always in a straight on attack but often at an angle timing his strike on the fly. He rolls his claw into a ball and strikes knocking his prey off its flight path continuing he then catches his prey in mid-air with his claws.

Anyone who has witnessed this believes that it is one of the greatest displays of flight that they have ever seen.

Edited by John W Reid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I want my Flyer 2 to be in Dayton after the initial flights at Kitty Hawk. This was a functional airplane capable of sustained flight where a Peregrine may have encountered the Flyer for the first time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Later I will experiment with forced perspective by sitting the bird on my garden table and the Flyer on the clothesline 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is my interpretation of a female Peregrine falcon.I have used some artistic license here.This is a puffed up bird as we often see them in the winter in Canada she is doing this in order to ward off the cold.Her crop is obviously full and she is relaxed and kind of just surveying the sky.I have accentuated these factors as I wanted to show the power and strength and mood of the bird.I have given her a curious look which I will explain later.The female is a third larger than the male among raptors, they believe that this may because she needs the extra strength for egg laying and tending to her youngsters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I painted the bird all white and the base all black as I wanted to direct the viewer's attention to the overall piece not just how the feathers were done or how it was painted. 

The Flyer will be its natural wood color with black fittings. I don't want any distracting brass fittings showing.

Edited by John W Reid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...