Rebecca and friends (page 4)
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The New Forest scene was for a documentary by a team from Holland. The wide spacing between the trees is to facilitate rapid deployment of T-34s and other armoured vehicles in defence of the motherland.
A different photographer with a different camera yields different results.
The lady owner of this quad was happy to lend it to June to be photographed for a celebrity magazine.
Rebecca and Lina are both Realdolls of body type 4 (discontinued) but Lina’s body was made 11 years after Rebecca. Lina’s face is detachable whereas Rebecca’s face is moulded in with her head, which is not detachable. In addition, Lina’s skeleton can withstand tensile stress and she can adopt a standing pose with the aid of a doll stand, as here, whereas Rebecca cannot. (To complicate matters, this is Lina’s second body.)
Lina is named after the maid in Down the Amazon (La Jangada – Huit Cents lieues sur l’Amazone) by Jules Verne (1881). Although in principle a slave, this part Portuguese and part Amazon Indian girl is treated as a much loved member of the family that embarks on a voyage down the Amazon river on a giant raft.
With her, and more specially attached to Minha’s service, was a pretty laughing mulatto, of the same age as her mistress, to whom she was completely devoted. She was called Lina, one of those gentle creatures, a little spoiled perhaps, to whom a good deal of familiarity is allowed but who in return adore their mistresses.
— from Down the Amazon by Jules Verne, 1881, translated by I.O. Evans, 1967
Those two woodcut engravings (or whatever they are) are from the web page La Jangada (1880) 84 illustrations by Léon Benett (linked farther down).
Varvara’s belly is identical to Faina’s belly: They time-share the same body.
Not all dolls can swivel their heads to this extent.
Selected colour in an otherwise black and white image is an effect available in my Fuji digital camera rather than in a photo editing program on my computer.
Some flaking of the surface sealant is appearing on Cynthia’s chin. It is easy to fix with a thin wipe of silicone sealant tinted with some pink powder. I did the same with June two days before I took these photos. I wish all doll repairs were as easy.
June sat on the stone wall of the well with her back resting against an iron upright while Cynthia sat on a folding chair.
Cynthia’s freckles are permanent, being applied during manufacture, and the lines in her face are designed in. Her original lip paint (she was made in 2013) is still perfect. For the wishing well photo shoot I added some blusher of various shades to both dolls.
June’s freckles, like Cynthia’s, are permanent, being applied during manufacture.
Faina also had freckles added by her (different) manufacturer, not just on her face, but all over her body too. However, unlike her body freckles, which are still intact (some are visible on her neck in this photo) her face freckles either rubbed off or dissipated eventually. I periodically re-apply them by hand using poster paint dotted on by brush and dabbed with a finger.
Some of the make-up around her eyes was added by a specialist for a magazine photo shoot a few years ago. That make-up is not as temporary — when applied to silicone rubber rather than to human skin, for which it is formulated — as I was led to believe. Luckily, I like it. (So does she…)
Kylie’s outfit matches that of Tessa, my 1/9th scale doll on her Protar 1/9th scale 1970 vintage Montesa Cota 247 trials bike. See Viva Protar for more.
This topic continues on Rebecca and friends (page 5).
Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon: English Wikipedia entry for La Jangada – Huit Cents lieues sur l’Amazone by Jules Verne