After having collected insects directly from nature and purchased some from retailers during childhood and teenage years, we have now moved to a totally different approach. However, our collection still exists; and we use it as basis for our creations of model kits.

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We have a few tens of boxes of sadly well known Le Moult collection, of which we present to you. some specimens opposite.

Our moulds are made out of silicone elastomer while the hard copy is made from polyester resin that we leave in natural colour, either charged with metal powder: silver, bronze or copper.

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We rebuilt the missing or damaged parts in iron or in hard wood - olive or box wood, or. The wooden masterpiece is delicately carved, then carefully hand-rubbed down with water sandpaper 800, and finally dusted off, as for this Lucanus cervus mandible, for instance.

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Another possibility exists with the steel which is more particularly used for the realization of small parts because of its resistance. Here a tarsus of Augosoma centaurus (with its stem of maintenance) compared with a match. The carved part, which represents the tarsus itself, measures 7 mm length for 1 mm diameter.

The six legs, distinctive characteristic of coleopterans, are individually made from a specific size of insect, whereas the body is realized in one piece or two.

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Opposite a leg and a tarsus (with its moulding's carrot) of Augosoma centaurus and the whole of the elements of Heliocopris (sp?) such as you will discover them while leaving from their packing, where one sees the legs moulded per pairs.

Head and thorax are usually made in one or two pieces, in order to avoid the multiplication of parts for mounting. But when that's of interest, we carry out two parts like here for the articulation of the directional lower tooth of Augosoma centaurus.

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Nevertheless, the wish of the future collectors will possibly guide us towards a different choice. We however wish to announce that two meetings of importance enabled us to inform you right now of the evolution of our collection.

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The mounting is realized with some drops of super-glue for instance. The collector will dedicate all his attention and all its care to the preparation of the parts to the assembly. It is a significant stage which claims patience, because it will be necessary to adjust, sandpaper, check good fitting in order to have an irreproachable assembled model.

The small defects will be corrected with body putty adapted to the resin polyester, then the final improvements will be sandpapered before the passage of a neutral underlay. This operation will be repeated if need be, until total satisfaction, this in order to prepare the model to receive final painting. Here Augosoma centaurus and Heliocopris (sp?), practically ready to be painted.

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Acrylic painting, gouache, oil or the watercolor will then be used according to tastes' of each one. We present to you below six photographs of the models of Augosoma centaurus and assembled and painted Heliocopris (sp?), but not yet super detailed, as we speak about it further.

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Our models on a real scale have a double system of codes. As in any original collection, the basic insects having been used as model are not all perfect. So we classified them as follows:
P = Perfect - V = Virtually perfect - F = Some flows - S = Second choice.

L'Atelier's model kits are only produced in limited series of 100 pieces; the kit comprises resin parts, "Directions for use", a short presentation of the characteristics of the concerned insect, a certificate of authenticity mentioning the serial number of the insect as well as your personal references.
They are also provided with a note of assembly which we classify per degree of difficulty for model maker:
* Beginner - ** Initiated - *** Confirmed.

The length of the insect, its country of origin, are information which is reproduced on this document whose we give an example here with the directions for use of Augosoma centaurus.
It is difficult to display the whole of these notes on the site because of the place which they would occupy, which would cause to considerably delay the loading. Nevertheless, if you wish more particularly to see a model before its purchase, e-mail so we will send it to you.
A short presentation of the characteristics of the insect, a certificate of authenticity with the registration number of your model and your personal reference accompany our sending! Also joined, a page of easy ways conceived by a model maker confirmed is intended for the least senior. We invite you to discover it while clicking here.
And for most demanding we join a card of super-detail's methods allowing for example to assemble lashes and hairs on the models requiring it.

Assembling the kit only requires a few tools:
Directions for use Cutter Electrical mini drill Sandpaper Body Putty File Glue Paint and brush... and a little patience! Quality of preparation of the model will depend the final result. Paint and glue have to be purchased from a shop.

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To improve your presentations of finished models with adapted accessories, we invite you to visit a web site as Québec insectes where you can find such entomology-related items like labels, needles, and collecting boxes...

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In a box that we especially created to your attention to allow you to appreciate the result, we mixed true insects with models assembled and decorated by our care.

We present to you opposite two boxes of models - where labelling misses voluntarily - without any true insect. The first gathers the coleopterans of the "Childhood Collection" such as it exists in December 2002 at the beginning of our adventure.
The second shows another Cerambyx cerdo that the one presented in the box, shown here in collection "Diorama". The kit that you will receive will thus include a small branch of oak with its 2 sheets out of resin in order to avoid any risk of later rotting and any deterioration.

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As promised, we show you next the achieved master piece of the Cerambyx cerdo larva as well as the nympha's one. The next step will show you both pieces included in this kit before presenting you the full assembled item, first element of a brand new collection.
We invite you to discover the full range of our models on our page "Price-list".

Opposite the couple of Cerambyx Cerdo (faces dorsal and ventral) having been used as model for our mouldings. The two insects are presented here according to entomological standards (except labelling). We invite the initial entomologists to visit the OPIE website and to consult the presentation of the insects at the heading "Tools of the entomologist" in order to know the rules in force which govern the subject.

Soon you will discover here the models before of...

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