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The Development of Hat Fungi
(Somso Models Germany)


After ordering last July, and waiting for over six months, the German craftsmen of Somso Models in Coburg were done creating a
version of "The Development of Hat Fungi", a science model they have in their Botany collection for me. It was packed in a box in a box.
The weight of the model is about 2 kg, and the width is 47 cm. So this is not a small thing! All Somso models are made-to-order, that's why
you have to wait quite a while.


There are five species of hat fungi displayed, including their subterranean development and mycelium.


Some of the mycelium ("roots" of fungi), stick out from the front of the model. Some of it is painted on the brown "earth" surface


This is what the model looks like from the top.


All toadstools are "planted" in moss to give the surfacestructure a realistic nature-like look.


At the bottom plate, the German and Latin names of the species are included, and of course the "Somso"-label to show that this is
a real scientific model, not some kind of toy. The model is designed by two German biology professors.


Some of the toadstools are cut in half to show the inside. If I don't like that look I can turn them
around, since they are all mounted on a metal stick that allowes them to be turned or taken out.


Here I have taken out the model of one of the toadstools... See the metal pin. German quality; no Chinese plastic crap :-P


The small hole on the right (just above the still-undergrond-growing baby toadstool) is where the pin of the model in the previous picture goes.


And a final picture with a pen to give a better idea of the size. Now I have to find a nice place to put this in my (small) library. And to
check what to buy next that's at least as desirable as this model is, of course :-)

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