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The pterosaur opens its wings!

It didn’t fit in my mother’s house, so I found this place and decided to assemble the pterosaur (the bones are still not carved, and too big). Now it looks scary!

This is another view, with the wings closed on a bed:

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The wing

Good news: I found PVC board foam here (I’m in Campina Grande, Brazil) for sale. Not the same brand I used to buy, but very similar. So I decided to give it a try and already made the 3D sketches of all the wing bones. Tomorrow I will carve them.

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Researching the wing

The wing is actually the fourth finger of the pterosaur (it seems there is some disagreement about that, but most palaeontologists believe the four phalanges of the fourth finger make the wing.) The pteroid, to me, looks like a thumb, but the scientists say it is not. Well, since I have no more foam, I decided to at least draw the plans for the rest of the pterosaur.

This is the first phalanx and the hand.

And these are the last three phalanges.

And this is a much better estimate of the wingspan:

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Estimating the wingspan

I had enough bones to estimate the size of the wing, so I gave it a try:

In fact, I forgot to add a bone, so that is 40cm smaller than it should be!

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