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Tommy Turkey
About this creation
Introducing Tommy the Wild Turkey the twelth bird for my North American Series of the LEGO Bird Project on CUUSOO

This was a commissioned project for Martha Stewart Living Magazine especially for Thanks Giving. You can see their blog about the project here - Martha Stewart Living Blog

As I am not American I do not celebrate this occasion but I wish all of you Americans a great day. I had to post this early as I am off to Colombia tonight to meet and work with a fellow bird artist and do some bird watching to get some inspiration for the South American Series of birds I will be building soon.

Here is some information about the Wild Turkey.

The turkey was Benjamin Franklin's choice for the United States's national bird. The noble fowl was a favored food of Native Americans. When Europeans arrived, they made it one of only two domestic birds native to the Americas—the Muscovy duck shares the distinction.

Yet by the early 20th century, wild turkeys no longer roamed over much of their traditional range. They had been wiped out by hunting and the disappearance of their favored woodland habitat.

Wild turkeys typically forage on forest floors, but can also be found in grasslands and swamps. They feed on nuts, seeds, fruits, insects, and salamanders.

Wild turkey reintroduction programs began in the 1940s, and the birds were relocated to areas where populations had been decimated but woodlands were recovering. Such efforts worked so well that wild turkeys now live in areas where they may not have occurred when Europeans first reached the Americas. Today, flocks are also found in Hawaii, Europe, and New Zealand.

Only male turkeys display the ruffled feathers, fan-like tail, bare head, and bright beard commonly associated with these birds. They also gobble with a distinctive sound that can be heard a mile (a kilometer and a half) away.

Females lay 4 to 17 eggs, and feed their chicks after they hatch—but only for a few days. Young turkeys quickly learn to fend for themselves as part of mother/child flocks that can include dozens of animals. Males take no role in the care of young turkeys.

Domestic turkeys have white-tipped tails because they are the descendants of a Mexican subspecies that was taken to Europe for domestication in the early 16th century. The feature distinguishes them from most modern wild turkeys, though captive diet, lifestyle, and breeding have caused other physical discrepancies.

















What do you think of Tommy?

If you like him please register and support The LEGO Bird Project on CUUSOO I still need over 4,500 supporters to reach my 10,000 goal so please help me to spread the "Bird"

Thanks for stopping by and a big thank you to those who have taken the time to support my project already :-)



Comments

  March 28, 2013
I love this birds. Supported!
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  January 31, 2013
wow! your biggest for sure! the sculpting is impressive!
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  January 15, 2013
Hello Tom! Not only am I going to support your LEGO Birds series right now, but I'm going to post a link to my new LEGO bird, Blu from Rio (2011). http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/351701
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  December 16, 2012
Oh wow man, you have really blown up since the mocathalon last year
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  December 16, 2012
I missed this one while I was in Japan. Very lovely and well colored. The tail design in pretty clever.
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  December 4, 2012
I love it. Simple and old fashioned bricks for a neat creation. Thanks!!!
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  December 3, 2012
Wonderful!
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  December 3, 2012
Wow, so Martha Stewart actually saw your LEGO bird collection and asked you to do a special commission LEGO build for her, Detomaso? (It's also fitting that your name ends up being Tom as well, which makes this build all the more ironic.) That's an awesome turkey build by the way and who knew that you were also into bird watching and bird art? I hope that you have fun in Colombia. (By the way, the women there are kind of beautiful, too.) I think that I'll have a turkey sandwich now and have it on some whole wheat bread with some Provolone cheese.
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  December 2, 2012
Looks like I'm a tad late here, but better late than never. ;) Amazing work, likely my favourite of your series. The tail in particular is phenomenal.
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  December 1, 2012
Man, your birds only get better with time! I especially like the face on this guy...incredibly realistic! Keep up the good work, and here's to hoping you reach that 10,000 supporter mark!
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  November 30, 2012
Simply incredible!
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  November 30, 2012
I like those tail feathers!
  November 30, 2012
Wow, that's awesome! I really like your birds, even if I haven't written many comments on them. This one is a real masterpiece, especially the tail. Great job! :-)) P.S.: Congratulations on the #1 in "Across MOCpages"! :-))
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  November 29, 2012
awesome! great job and the pictures are very good
  November 29, 2012
awesome! great job and the pictures are very good
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  November 28, 2012
Great looking bird! Amazing building techniques, too. :-)
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  November 28, 2012
Really awesome! I think its my favorite bird that u have made!
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  November 28, 2012
Brilliant Tommy ;). Hope you are enjoying your holiday :D
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  November 27, 2012
Now you can build the rest of the farm... Good luck for the cow!! lol Excellent work here, very realistic and accurage. A lot of work well done. I'm really keen on this one.
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  November 26, 2012
That's some work, my friend. As accurate as can be! I'd be proud to have one of these if I was to have a turkey farm, just to mess with their little minds :))
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  November 25, 2012
awesome 5/5 DH
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  November 25, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  November 25, 2012
Looks great! A lot bigger then I thought at first. It does't bully your other birds does it?
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  November 24, 2012
Thanks giving will never be the same. It would be rather crunchy. Well designed. This is wonderful to see. I can say I have never seen a Lego Turkey before. Just love your style. Keep them coming.
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  November 23, 2012
Wonderful Turkey! Happy Thanksgiving! Blogged on BrickEnd: http://brickend.blogspot.com/2012/11/happy-thanksgivingtommy-turkey-by.html
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  November 22, 2012
Nicely done!
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  November 22, 2012
Congrats on the press! A well deserved feature for sure. Love the tail feathers!
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  November 22, 2012
Really good job! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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  November 22, 2012
At first glance I had thought this was done by Schifio, but it's really cool how this was commissioned by Martha Stewart!
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  November 22, 2012
That is called SKILL.
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  November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving my friend! Your turkey is absolute awesome!! Brilliant work.
  November 22, 2012
Awesome!
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  November 22, 2012
AMAZING
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  November 22, 2012
Perfect!
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  November 22, 2012
Excellent!
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  November 22, 2012
Nice!
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  November 22, 2012
wow.fantastic detail on the body and tail
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  November 22, 2012
Great work! The tail is incredible!
DeTomaso Pantera
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Robbie Trengove
  November 21, 2012
Very nice! Shame he will get hacked up for Christmas dinner soon.
DeTomaso Pantera
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Chris Melby
  November 21, 2012
DUUUUDE! Nuff said. Z
DeTomaso Pantera
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Chris Melby
  November 21, 2012
Complimentary second like given the awesomeness factor. =D
DeTomaso Pantera
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White Knight
  November 21, 2012
An impressive chap !>.....well done
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  November 21, 2012
A-maz-ing!
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  November 21, 2012
Thats one turkey that I wont eat :)
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  November 21, 2012
I love how you changed from you normal birds, and made a larger bird! excellent design!
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  November 21, 2012
happy thanksgiving to all our American MOCcists! .. great build too! Gobble Gobble!watch out for those black Friday sales!
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  November 21, 2012
Lovely. He's so lifelike! Surely another favourite.
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  November 21, 2012
Tommy's ready to get deep-fried! XD . Great build!
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  November 21, 2012
Perfect!
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Lemming the Builder Dude This is probably one of your best birds. The whole thing is spectacular, from the striped tale to the mottled body. As the Senator said below, I have been left speechless by a turkey. And we Americans will enjoy thanksgiving dinner very much. :)
Thanks dude! Happy TG'ing!
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . I've just been left speechless...by a turkey. I'm not quite sure what to make of that. It's a brilliant turkey, this. All the checkerboard patterning and the adorably hideous face, and those feet. Properly turkey stuff.
Haha speacheless Chinchillas ;-) Thanks SC!
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Matthew Oh This is amazing! Easily my absolute favorite bird from you! The peppered body is wonderful! I love the rounded tail, but the head just puts it over the top! The amount of detail on his face is stunning!
Thanks for your continuous support Matthew ;-)
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  November 21, 2012
Woah!
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  November 21, 2012
Excellent. I love how "dense" the model is. Not many gaps showing.
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  November 21, 2012
Gobble Gobble and HAPPY THANKSGIVING I'll take some breast meat and do not forget the gravy! Well cone!
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  November 21, 2012
Wow! That's a wonderful bird! I just checked out your page, I didn't think you had built so much of these!! The turkey is one of my favourites, the tail is just perfect. Well done, and I hope your birds appeal to even more people!
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  November 21, 2012
Excellent Tommy! I like the feathers very much :D Well done masterpiece as always :-)
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  November 21, 2012
Fantastic feathers!
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting JS Can Excellent and timely work!
Actually he's been sitting around as a secret for about four months now lol
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  November 21, 2012
Fantastic! Though I personally prefer the Toucans, this is still one of your best! Its amazing how much different all your birds are, this being one of the huge and detailed birds, as a pose to the small and perfectly formed ones ;) Great work, and I also love the outdoor photos.
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  November 21, 2012
Ohh, now THIS is definitely my favorite of your birds so far! Very fitting for the time of year too! Incredible shaping and design. You've mastered the Lego bird. Well done and I look forward to eatin...seeing more. Yeah.
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  November 21, 2012
Gobble Gobble. This is so cool looking.
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  November 21, 2012
Aha! The one that got away! Both in terms of missing being eaten at Thanksgiving and also I had been wondering if you were going to add a turkey to the collection of American birds. I really like this build and think that it feels different to many of the other birds in this series. The Lego sphere type body and big, fan tail look wonderful, as does the head with its beady, staring turkey eyes. I agree with other people who've commented that this is the best yet, thought the Toucans (big & small) are very cute. I hope that the magazine mentioned your Cuusoo project!
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  November 21, 2012
Working on a larger scale bird really gives you the opportunity to show off the skills you've mastered over the last 6 months or so. The best yet!
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  November 21, 2012
I showed a picture of Tommy to the wild Turkey hens and their youngsters that come around my property and the ladies all swooned! He's a L@@Ker! :)
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  November 21, 2012
This is probably one of your best birds. The whole thing is spectacular, from the striped tale to the mottled body. As the Senator said below, I have been left speechless by a turkey. And we Americans will enjoy thanksgiving dinner very much. :)
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  November 21, 2012
I've just been left speechless...by a turkey. I'm not quite sure what to make of that. It's a brilliant turkey, this. All the checkerboard patterning and the adorably hideous face, and those feet. Properly turkey stuff.
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  November 21, 2012
This is amazing! Easily my absolute favorite bird from you! The peppered body is wonderful! I love the rounded tail, but the head just puts it over the top! The amount of detail on his face is stunning!
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Complimentary second like given the awesomeness factor. =D
Haha thanks Chris, you're very kind! I gobble that like up :-)
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders Well it's about time you posted it! Haha but seriously, this is easily my favorite large bird from you so far. As with all your other birds, the shaping is superb throughout. I'm really happy for you, I hope you'll reach 10k soon. I knew you'd be able to take good enough pictures so that they wouldn't have to send their photographer over. ;-) Well done. -LB Jr.
Cheers LB! He's one of my favourites too. He's packed away in a box now to keep the dust off him. Might let him out for Christmas lol
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! Excellent rendition-good enough to eat! Congrats on the article, too!
Cheers Barto! I must catch up on you BSG series, sorry I've been soooo busy recently ;-)
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Mark Kelso Ha! Terrific work. Love the fanned out tail. Now pluck that bad boy and pop him in the fryer!
Cheers Mark! I'd hate to see and smell the result of this being put in the fryer. Just imagine the melted mess ;-)
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett It's strange that it doesn't look as big here as I know it is... Awesome work, of course. Have fun in Columbia :-)
Cheers Nick! He's a deceptive looking creature :-)
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  November 21, 2012
Excellent and timely work!
  November 21, 2012
PS My stomach is sounding like a volcano now! And it's all your fault! Haha
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  November 21, 2012
Well it's about time you posted it! Haha but seriously, this is easily my favorite large bird from you so far. As with all your other birds, the shaping is superb throughout. I'm really happy for you, I hope you'll reach 10k soon. I knew you'd be able to take good enough pictures so that they wouldn't have to send their photographer over. ;-) Well done. -LB Jr.
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  November 21, 2012
Excellent rendition-good enough to eat! Congrats on the article, too!
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Stuart Delahay Brilliant model, lovely use of shape and colour, and glad to hear your bird series is attracting success and attention from all over the world! Great stuff, keep them coming.
Cheers Stuart! It's quite mind boggling how much attention I've been getting from these birds. I just hope it keeps coming, I'm loving it :-)
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting The color coated nazgul Fuller Wow! He's so awesome! Can you make a mallard next!?
Thanks dude. I will be making a Mallard soon :)
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  November 21, 2012
Haha, excellent build!
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  November 21, 2012
Ha! Terrific work. Love the fanned out tail. Now pluck that bad boy and pop him in the fryer!
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Alex B Get the gun! I see a nice turkey! Haha just kidding Beautiful bird. I love his little feet things. Really really coll bird. P.S. This wouldn't be big enough to feed everyone at my Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving! =)
Haha this one's for show, not for shooting or eating ;-) Happy Thanksgiving!
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  November 21, 2012
Great work. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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  November 21, 2012
It's strange that it doesn't look as big here as I know it is... Awesome work, of course. Have fun in Columbia :-)
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Iain Marsh Excellent. It's through your work that I found the CUUSOO website and the works on there are mind boggling. Best of luck with the project. Bird is the Word.
Thanks Iain! CUUSOO is great isn't it :-)
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  November 21, 2012
Brilliant model, lovely use of shape and colour, and glad to hear your bird series is attracting success and attention from all over the world! Great stuff, keep them coming.
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight Best one yet! I love his floppy red bit (whatever it's called) - I have absolutely no idea what it does but it looks funny : ) Columbia?! Did Martha pay for that trip (in a round about way)? Have an awesome time! Oh, 5 stars of course.
Cheers Apester! They are very aptly called "Waddles" but like you I have no idea what they are for. Yes Martha payed for this trip in a round-about-way ;-)
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  November 21, 2012
Wow! He's so awesome! Can you make a mallard next!?
  November 21, 2012
Excellent. It's through your work that I found the CUUSOO website and the works on there are mind boggling. Best of luck with the project. Bird is the Word.
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  November 21, 2012
Get the gun! I see a nice turkey! Haha just kidding Beautiful bird. I love his little feet things. Really really coll bird. P.S. This wouldn't be big enough to feed everyone at my Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving! =)
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Larry Pan Just in time for Thanksgiving! Haha, I reallly love this creation, it's one of my favorites in your Bird Series. I also like how you managed to get the shape just right, even by only using simple bricks. Looks great from all angles :)
Thanks Larry! Glad you like Tommy :-)
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  November 21, 2012
Best one yet! I love his floppy red bit (whatever it's called) - I have absolutely no idea what it does but it looks funny : ) Columbia?! Did Martha pay for that trip (in a round about way)? Have an awesome time! Oh, 5 stars of course.
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  November 21, 2012
Quoting Jon B Magnificent! So glad you're still making these beauties, and they're getting the recognition they deserve. I have some catching up to do, you've been busy!
Thanks Jon! Hope all is well in your world!
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  November 21, 2012
Just in time for Thanksgiving! Haha, I reallly love this creation, it's one of my favorites in your Bird Series. I also like how you managed to get the shape just right, even by only using simple bricks. Looks great from all angles :)
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  November 21, 2012
Magnificent! So glad you're still making these beauties, and they're getting the recognition they deserve. I have some catching up to do, you've been busy!
 
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