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In need of a Red ear blank

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Bryan Russell, May 23, 2014.

  1. Bryan Russell

    Bryan Russell Active Member

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    14"x 13" .
    I know of several, but I'm looking for a really nice clean detailed cast. Some old school ones available, don't really want that though.
    Any leads?
     
  2. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Then buy a good bluegill repro and alter it.
     

  3. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    I have one ..............

    I molded one but the fins were damaged on the specimen and every time I poured a cast the fins give me a headache.

    I have only sold a couple because of the poor fins.

    Molded in silicone GI 1100.

    14 1/2 inches.

    :)

    Kerby...

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  4. Bryan Russell

    Bryan Russell Active Member

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    Thanks Kirby, But the tail fan is too small to match my reference.
    And a Bluegill and red ear look nothing alike, I'd rather get a redear blanks, Thanks.
     
  5. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Hmmm, nothing alike. Certainly SOME bluegills have a bull head appearance but a lot of them don't. Perhaps you might find a southern repro maker who has "shell cracker" reproductions.
    http://www.taxidermy.net/forums/FishTaxiArticles/01/i/011E8DEB14.html
     
  6. Bryan Russell

    Bryan Russell Active Member

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    Thanks for the input Mr. Roof.
     
  7. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    The ............

    The red ear that I posted came out of Lake Havasu here in Arizona where the last 2 world records were caught. :)

    Kerby...
     
  8. Try Starfish repos
     
  9. mr russell, i'd just go out and catch one. then mold it. problem solved.
     
  10. or id just take a good 10" redear, take a mallet, pound it flatter and flatter until 14", mold it....again, problem solved.
     
  11. Bryan Russell

    Bryan Russell Active Member

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    I will have to find a "southern mold maker"
    Mike are you southern or northern? :eek:
     
  12. Or you could get the one from Kirby, mold the tail in bondo/glass and carve out the cast to be larger, make the new tail and swap it out? That's the only thing I like about glass over silicone is being able to carve in the mold if needed. Granted to look right it would probably only work to make the tail longer. Have you thought of mby replacing the tail with one from a gill on that same blank?
     
  13. Bryan Russell

    Bryan Russell Active Member

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    Opted to get one from Jimmy Warren, nice blank! 8)
     
  14. Brian W

    Brian W Well-Known Member

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    Kerby's redear blank made for a nice BIG bluegill repro too..... ;)
     

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  15. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    George,

    Body shape and scale size is completely different. Different species afterall.

    Signed fishhead geek.