Hey Bird Works... I'd give my left nut to have watched you do that buffie remount. He looks far better than an average taxidermist can do with a fresh skin. Shoulda videoed it.... Could have made mucho dinero $$$.
Waterfowler...check out what Peter said above, "..... I'm actually experimenting with remounting some old corvid mounts. Some worked out, but others fell apart (probably a bit too old )...."
I think I got very lucky with that bird...I tried the same thing on a wood duck and it fell apart in the sink on the first bath. Here's the history on that buffie:
1) The client brought it straight over from the other taxi
2) It had only been mounted for about a week (note the t-pin still in the wing)
3) It was a diver
4) It had not been wheeled...only scissored....it still had a lot of fat on the skin which was of great benefit
5) No caulking or adhesives of any kind had been used....it was very much like a study skin only with bones.
6) I have a LONG bath process...that and a toothbrush brought it back very quickly. Feet were cleaned with lacquer and injected with soap/water mixture and they came back like new. Two trips on the wheel and mounted as usual.
7) The client was warned that it might work or it might end up in the trash and agreed to try it. Again, lots of luck with a freshly mounted bird.
P.S. Congrats to you and the wife on the little one...if this is your first I will tell you that doing taxidermy with no sleep is lots of fun!