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06 June 2006, 01:01 AM
Hi. I am a lurker, but visit often. I have decide to devote much time and effort to improving my knowledge of human anatomy. I have some nice books, my fav oh which, Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Sphen Rogers Peck (if interested), but I find that by book alone, I am progressing slowly, and think that having a life size anatomical model may help me to learn/become familiar. I am just curious if anyone here would have any input toward buying a decent(accurate) and affordable (around or under $100) plastic model to learn from. I have seen some on ebay, but the few that are listed seem to pay little to no attention to proportion (ex. radius to ulna at the elbow and at wrists), sutures, and detail in general, or the ones that claim to be high quality, but are 1500 bux :( any input? thanx for reading

06 June 2006, 03:21 AM
Well, it's interesting that you mention it, because I'm currently sculpting one myself of the Farnese hercules with all his muscles (no skin), although it's not that big (around 13 inches tall). I'm planning on casting it and making several copies in plastic resin, and I was also planning on selling some, coinsidentially around $100. Only thing is that I'll probably won't be done for another 4 to 5 weeks at most. Here's a picture of the farnese hercules, displaying the muscles just as I 'm sculpting it, with the difference that I'm actually working with several people and fixing some of the anatomical disproportions. I'm also making the right arm detachable so that more muscles are visible. I started this project because I thought I could use some 3d anatomical reference as opposed to always having to look for dozens of pictures. Anyways, sorry about the picture it's a .gif and I couldn't find a jpeg. Here's the website where you can take a look at the 360 degree turn-around and it won't be so full of artifacts as this one:

06 June 2006, 04:47 AM
...not a bad idea at all! Heh, I never even thought of that approach. I am not a sculpter, but a packet of super sculpy would be an awesome aid at getting muscle structure down. Thanks for inspiration. As for life size model, actually, I was just thinking of skeletal anatomy. You know, like the plastic skelatons in just about every biology classroom. I will have to spend more time online looking for a decent, affordable model to sketch from. Mainly have problems familiarizing bones in hand, pelvis, and foot, as well as getting proper shape and proportions for head, thorax, and pelvis.

06 June 2006, 06:42 AM
Actually, I think super sculpey is to sculpture what MS paint is to digital painting. Well, maybe I'm exagerating, but oil based clay is better nonetheless. Good luck with your search; I don't think you'll have trouble finding a good skeletal system. I don't know if you've tried the bone room yet, it's a cool store near san francisco, but it's defenitely worth checking out. I know they have a really decent collections of skulls at least (real and casts). If you have 4000 dollars you can buy a complete real bone skeleton, which you can put in your living room and freak people out, and use as reference as well. I'm pretty sure they do shipping too. (http://

Happy Trees
06 June 2006, 05:05 AM
My proffessor mentioned something interesting.

If interested in detailed studdies of smaller body parts make casts of yourself.

Some plaster and rubber mix(granted the later may turn out rather expensive.)

But there are ways to do a plaster to plaster one time molds.

06 June 2006, 01:03 AM
You can use algenate for one time body part casts. It's pretty cheap, the only draw back being that you destroy the mold after one cast. It works really good for limbs, if you need a hand or a foot.

07 July 2006, 05:20 PM
Freedom of teach sells anatomical models. The student version is $195, but they also have a wall chart poster (avout $40) that one can use a reference.

07 July 2006, 05:36 PM

That's wild cuz I just bought a full sized skeleton!

Here's the link on ebay (

It has like markings on it too where the muscles start etc and for ligaments. They have more skeletons on ebay as well.

I was thinking about getting the freedomforteach model too, I just want to get the skeleton down first.

Good luck

07 July 2006, 06:30 PM
Jabari, that's a good buy. I hadn't thought of buying a full-sized one from ebay. I should keep an eye on it. Thanks.

01 January 2007, 08:03 PM
I am about to model a new skeleton that is of a reasonable price!

I wanted to get one to simply add muscles onto (I went to medical school), but none were found, the <$50 were almost useless!!
So I will do mine own and offer it in cast form for $50. Send an email to to order, I'll; get back to you.

Available in polystyrene at half-lifesize, 36" tall, male caucasian skeleton, medical grade accuracy. By summer, male muscular anatomical figure comparable to the Italian one, only medical grade, for $100. Yes, you heard it here first.

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