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foam-carving 1879
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Attempt to show scale. The artist is about 6 feet tall the angle bar [between hand and gator] is 2 feet long.
foam-carving 1868
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foam-carving 1866
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foam-carving 1846
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carved foam core.. There are many more images in "foam-carving" link below at lower left.
big-wrestler-structure-aluminum-welded
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big-wrestler-gator structure69
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* Internal pipe frame: Pipe: 1-1/2 inch [aluminum schedule 40, sched. 80 below hip, thru legs and below feet to ground].
unwelded layout image.. Welded structure was modified a little.
big-wrestler-gator SUPPORT foot
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big-wrestler-gator SUPPORT feet
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big-wrestler-gator c 2023
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big-wrestler-gator paintbooth 22
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big-wrestler-gator c 2021
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big-wrestler-gator paintbooth 18
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big-wrestler-gator b 2016
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big-wrestler-gator b 2011
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big-wrestler-gator b 2004
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big-wrestler-gator b 1999
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big-wrestler-gator Carved 1993
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big-wrestler-gator Carved 1992
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big-wrestler-gator Carved 1986
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Please note: the "big-wrestler-gator_Carved" images have no paint yet! All colors are just tinted epoxy resin...
big-wrestler-gator Carved 1985
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big-wrestler-gator Carved 1983
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big-wrestler-gator Carved 1981
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big-wrestler-gator Carved 1979
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big-wrestler-gator Carved 1975
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big-wrestler-gator Coating48
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big-wrestler-gator shirt-Drawing
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Design layout of shirt pattern using Miccosukee colors scheme. Maybe a more khaki color to shirt?
Hope you all like it!
big-wrestler-gator c 2036
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big-wrestler-gator structure1842
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1/2 in. stainless threaded rod, washers and nuts hold two turnbuckles that will each be attached to threaded rods through alligator's jaw into platform 4-6 inches!
big-wrestler-gator Gator-Roughin
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Rough carved foam core.. The alligator measures over 16 feet down the center line! Clay model 1 inch to 1 foot scale is on the back.
big-wrestler-gator structure85
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big-wrestler-gator structure77
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Statue is about 2 feet off ground but seems even larger to the artist after 16 hour days!
big-wrestler-gator TOP model
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big-wrestler-gator SUPPORT model
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Structure support [estimated].
* Internal pipe frame: Pipe: 1-1/2 inch [aluminum schedule 40, schedule 80 below hip] .
* Additional sub-surface support: steel rebar with 1/2 inch stainless steel all-thread to all external connections. Sub-surface support will be coated and embedded into surface epoxy matrix.

Statue's overall length is 19 feet diagonally from wrestler's left heel to tip of alligators tail! Approximately 8 feet wide.

Center of [blue] 1+1/2 inch pipe schedule 80 (measures 1+7/8" outer diameter) measures 42 inches diagonally between feet and down into ground about 24 inches each. NOTE: does NOT enter into ground at a perfect 90 degrees.

1/2 inch stainless steel all-thread [green] extends 5 to 6 inches into ground in various areas for support.
big-wrestler-gator SIDE model
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3-D clay model of design concept. A rough maquette useful for approximate proportions prior to enlargement. [ scale is about 1 inch = 1 foot ]
   
 
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