Head position

Submitted by Tom on 2/14/01. ( )

What is the secret to getting a sitting duck with a low head position
to look right. Maybe I'm using too long of neck, or am I just not getting
the neck bent down correctly? Any info would be appriciated.

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I have the same question

This response submitted by Chris on 2/14/01. ( darcythomas@yahoo.com )

It must be that I am using too long of a neck. I match the neck material with the real neck, so I know that is right. What we can't mimic with the neck material is the way the birds can flex and relax the muscles in the neck. I think a resting or sleeping position must require a shortened neck, or at least a smaller diameter neck to allow proper bending and neck position. We need some expert advice.

This helped me.

This response submitted by John C on 2/14/01. ( )

For years I worked on birds and the never looked right. Then I decided to measure the length of the duck from head neck union to pogostyle. The over all length. It has worked out far better than measuring body parts seperatly. I do this for flying birds also. This lets me stack up the skin alot better, producung a smooth bird.
}Remember this your bird skin should have a lot of slack to you can adjust it. pull it from the back to the head of the bird. Be sure and wrap a crop to help with body shape. I even went to 14 guage wire for the neck this allows easier working.

Take that bird carcus with neck attached, play with it to understand the functions. as a mater of fact pluck a spare duck and work with it to understand the full function of the wings and legs neck. Refreeze it and work with it each time you mount a bird.

Shorter neck

This response submitted by lee duet on 2/14/01. ( )

I get great results by making the neck about half the size of the original neck.Also make a S shape with the neck. no pro,but it works for me.

Alter the Mannikin

This response submitted by Skip on 2/14/01. ( )

It you use a foam body you need to carve out a portion of the body between the breasts.

Look at your foam body, the area right below where the neck attaches. Carve a V-Shaped groove between the breasts the depth of the neck attacment point straight out the bottom. If you look at a real bird they do not have anything there. I feel that the manufactures are trying to mold in part of the Craw. It ends up getting in the way for a standing mount. If you carve this out the neck with tuck in real nice and you will have more freedom of movement. Hope this helps. GOOD LUCK!

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