I am working on my first coyote and since we dont have them naturally here, I have been going along generally as I would treat a fox and checking refrence.
I was planning on mounting it on the defensive/aggressive form which I personally like and everything fits well ...except the rear end and tops of rear legs to the 'knee'.
Head, shoulders and front legs are spot on.
I have altered the size of the torso girth & pelvis area but still about 2" off meeting at the dorsal seam from the hip to the tail.
The 'thighs' are giving me a bit of grief.
I have done all relief cuts as needed and carved quite alot off the 'thighs' to the hock already.
What I would like to know is how much can 1 take off before things get ugly?
Looking at my refrence they have a nice firm muscle to the tops of the rear legs.
I have put the skin back in the freezer & I am just about ready to give in (after all this effort), and order a different form.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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probably have to split the back 1/3 of form and pull out that 2" by taking some out of center- do it rough and then resculpt with bondo or 2 part foam - the hair on a coyote covers a myriad of faults so i wouldn't worry a lot - i bet it will look great
use a patch from a scrap pelt to fill in the gap, if you have one that matches. Sometimes you can find scrap pieces on e-bay.
Yes a bit hard to do too, esp when I dont have any running round here to get a spare from.
Thanks for 'your' advice Terry... keeps my hopes up. :-)