The contestants meet McKenzie in an airy hangar to get the debrief on the only challenge standing between them and the finale
Dave Salmoni, host of Savaged and erstwhile Tarzan impersonator, brings several unusual birds to provide inspiration for the artists' concepts.
Roy chooses the blue-throated macaw and starts crafting a military concept - he figures if human-sized birds are flying around, it's gotta be a military experiment.
Tate is pumped to be working on a vulture character, but when he takes a step back to look at his creation and gets a sense of how much work still lies ahead of him, he worries that he bit off more than he can chew in this penultimate challenge.
Laura created an ambitious costume to go with her sleek head sculpt.
Miranda exercised so much perfectionism on sculpting her head piece that she fell into the same time trap as last week. When last looks arrives, she's once again enlisting her model to help with the paint job.
Roy encountered a major setback when his wingspan - entirely sculpted, none of it fabricated - falls over. He manages to salvage the mold and get a decent piece out, but that means he has to cut some corners on the paint job.
Tate took a risk by building such a huge piece, but he managed to finish it up, paint it like a boss, and lay the feathers as they should be laid, according to Glenn. He wins the challenge and advances to the finale!
Laura took Mr. Westmore's advice to add more color to her paint scheme, and when the judges call her name to say she's advancing to the finale, she's glad she did!
The judges weren't thrilled with the black squiggly lines in Roy's paint job, but the overall appearance was impressive. When his name is called to advance to the finale, it's one of the most emotional moments we've seen on this show.
Miranda has delivered some amazing work on this season and everyone's impressed with her talent, but this makeup was not as complex as her counterparts'. She's eliminated from the competition and goes home with a lot of love for the opportunity.