This is ROUGHLY where I got to last week, with the spine completed, and the pelvis attached. You'll see the tail and shoulderblades are on in this picture, but I'll get to those in a minute.
This is the front left leg. The yellow lines show roughly where the drill holes and wires were to support it. The shoulder blades were done the same as Vulpy, with two wires behind the shoulder blades and attaching onto the spine, then these same wires coming through the shoulder socket and into the head of the humerus.
I used a picture on the internet as a guide to getting the right angle:
This shows how the wires pass through one scapula, wind round the spine, and bak down through the other scapula.
I had to use the wire to attach the shoulder blade to the spine because the scapulas don't articulate to any other bone, and are only held in place with muscle.
This is the femur, tibia and fibula with the ankle joint at the bottom. The back legs are simpler than the front legs because the knee joint is far less complex. There are hidden wires and drilled holes which attach the fibula (thin lower leg bone) to the tibia (thick lower leg bone). The two loose bones at the bottom are the talus (closest to the leg) which acts like a hinge, and the calcaneous , which sticks out the back.
Here are the shiny bits close up. They were helpful in connecting these two parts. I used glue, then drilled through the joint up into the tibia, where a wire would go into the baseboard and support the foot.
Wrists and ankle joints are a nightmare, made of tons of tiny bones that look like a broken plate. I did my best, but I an not guaranteeing that they are in the right order at all. This is how I started with the front paw attachments, with holes for four wires. There of the wires went forward, through the carpals (small wrist bones) and into the phlanges (fingers). The final hole in the wrist end of the ulna was used to attach a wire which went under the foot and into the baseboard to support it.
These are all the small ankle bones joined together. It may look good, but it's not in the right way at all.
Carpals, tarsals and phlanges
These are all the toes with the claws. I glued the claw bones onto the end of the final phlange.
This is the full front leg when it was finished and glued:
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