Cast #047 - Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Casting

Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Cast #047 - Front Picture.
Ant Type: Fire Ants (Solenopsis genus)

Cast Number: #047
Created: 12/20/2013
Cast Weight: 8.8 lb

Cast Material: Aluminum
Cast Dimensions: 13"x8.5"x12.5" (HxWxL)

Base: Stained Wood Oval
Base Dimensions: 0.75"x6.5"x8.5" (HxWxL)

Mount: Bolt through base and cast
Orientation: Upside Down
At 8.8 lbs. and 13" in height, I would classify this cast as a small to medium sized cast compared to the other fire ant colony casts. A large cast would be Cast #033 and a small one would be Cast #006. This cast is mounted with a bolt to the base, which isn't possible with the large casts which just sit on top of the base. The smaller size doesn't mean there's no intricate detail. There are still hundreds of interconnected tunnels and chambers. This cast had a few slight imperfections, which almost made me scrap it, but I decided to mount it and give it to a friend. It looks great from the front, but from the back, you can see that the pour hole was poked too deep and can be seen in the cast.
Base Description
The cast is displayed upside down from its natural orientation and is mounted to the base with a bolt. Smaller casts are easier to mount this way and it's cool because it's easier to pick up and move around.