This is the deepest fire ant colony that I have cast so far, at 18" in total depth. Because of the chamber structure at the bottom of the colony, it is mounted upside down from its natural orientation. The structure is pretty typical of the larger fire ant colonies, with many interconnected tunnels near the surface and more pad-like chambers near the bottom. This cast has some interesting architectural features. On the right side there is an almost detached section
that really stands out. At the deepest part of the colony there is a single distinct tunnel leading to a chamber
which looks really cool. You can see me uncover that chamber in the video. Not much of the surface mound was captured in the cast, so most of what you see is the subsurface portion of the colony.
The cast is displayed upside down from its natural orientation and sits on three round wood risers attached to an oval wood base. The base was purchased at a hobby store and stained with Watco Danish Oil Dark Walnut with no clear coat, giving it a nice natural look. There a three 1-1/4" round wood risers which support the cast in its proper orientation. There is no mounting between the cast and the base so the cast can be taken on and off the base for viewing. The bottom of the base has four felt pads to protect the surface it is displayed on. A stainless steel plaque is mounted on the base engraved with the cast information.