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Boss Manikins

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by revoman, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. revoman

    revoman New Member

    Tasco boss manikins - any one try one. Likes,dislikes. .. Thanks
     
  2. Tried one just because. No complaints but nothing special either.
     

  3. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    twice this summer i called them for a catalog. still have not gotton one. will not do bissness with them.
     
  4. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    You might try calling again. They just came out with a new catalog and I got it about a month ago (maybe a little longer, don't remember for sure). I am on their mailing list because I use EZ-100 (and as far as I know Dan owns the line now and it isn't available anywhere else). Have not used their new BOSS line but I did use (whatever they called the other line) occassionally.
     
  5. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    thanks pir^2h. ill try it again.
     
  6. BowDeadly

    BowDeadly "LIFE IS GREAT" It's better with a bow

    7 1/2 x 21...80.00...no thanks
     
  7. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    The same size Mckenzie form would be about $75 and they don't come with eyes installed, ear liners, or the nose ready to go. I also like the brain foam they come with that makes installing the antlers quicker and does not require fill. There are some down sides though. It's just another option and I still order forms from Mckenzie and others too.
     
  8. I can buy 2 foster forms for that price. Especially when I figure in shipping. I'm lucky to have a supplier close to me to avoid shipping.
     
  9. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    TASCO has some cheap forms too. I've used them and they are fair.
     
  10. Fosters are good forms and are as about as realistic of an southern whitetail as there is. Although if it were not for the shipping I would use Joe Coombes more. I get my boar forms from him and like his customer service. I guess if I was having to pay shipping I would probably try alot more from other suppliers.
     
  11. Brian Reinertson

    Brian Reinertson Well-Known Member

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    Some of the forms mentioned are great for cutting up and making rocks with..
     
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  12. Use them they r more beefy then others so to speak. Like the antler set preset eyes and the fact im 20 min from dan so i can call in am and pick up in afternoon and dont have to mess with eyes. He even gave me a tour with my 15 yr old son and watched them make my form. Very nice ppl and dan is a down to earth person.
     
  13. rogerswildlife

    rogerswildlife Rogers Wildlife Taxidermy Tommy Rogers

    That's what I thinking Brian ! All of them mentioned are junk! Who wants eyes already installed you have no freedom and are at the mercy of who ever put them in hopping they are right .
    Tommy
     
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  14. rogerswildlife

    rogerswildlife Rogers Wildlife Taxidermy Tommy Rogers

    I dont pay for shipping my customers do . So I get the best supplies I can possibly get.
    Tommy
     
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  15. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    And that is called, "Running a business!"
     
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  16. You know, it pisses me off when people on here cut down good reputable businesses that have been around for a long time. It's B.S. If nothing good to say don't say anything!
     
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  17. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    revoman asked for likes and DISLIKES. If I plan on purchasing something, I want to know the good, BAD AND UGLY. He wanted dislikes too. No harm in giving reasons why you dislike them. Tommy's response was exactly what revoman asked for.

    I have used the elk, mule deer and whitetail several times to form an informed opinion. This is why I didn't like them.

    The three elk forms I used had a large atlas bulge in the neck that I had to shave off and the one that I tried with white band eyes had white in the front and back that when mounted both front and back white showed.

    The three mule deer forms I used the eye set was sculpted with less detail than I sculpt when I do a mule deer. I could not change their eyes, so, I was stuck with them. I have used forms with better facial features as whole.

    The one whitetail I used the eye set was the same situation as the mule deer. The face was why too slender for the neck size and the muzzle was twisted.

    There was a sticky wax like substance on some of them that I had to use lacquer thinner and scrape it off.

    The nostrils were pretty good and I have no complaints on those as well as the neck and shoulders were decent, except the elk atlas bulge.

    I think they are OK for an assembly line production shop, but, not for mine.
     
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  18. rogerswildlife

    rogerswildlife Rogers Wildlife Taxidermy Tommy Rogers

    Just be
    Just because they have been around for a long time doesn't mean they have the best product out there. Whether you know it or not a lot of taxidermist dont know what a good product is they just use what ever is the cheapest .Brian and I was just stating facts about those products if anyone what's to use them that's fine .
    Tommy
     
  19. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    But did you guys actually use the Boss Manikins that the original poster is inuring about? I saw where Tanglewood gave a review and Sportinglife also gave some input based on experience, but correct me if I'm wrong, the other comments didn't mention any use of the forms in question. I use the Tasco forms more now that I'm super busy and only have the winter months to get stuff done before my charter fishing season starts in the spring. Yesterday I had to prep up a couple Mckenzie forms for mounting today. It took me hours to set the eyes (I use Apoxi Sculpt), drill out the noses and mount the antlers using bondo. Those forms also took a lot more carving and sanding too compare to Tasco forms. I bet worked on those two forms for three hours and if they had been Tasco forms, it would have only taken me 10 minutes total and the end product would be about equal.
     
  20. The 2 I mentioned are apparantly the ones that were considered junk. They are in my opinion a fine product that's not overkill. I haven't used the tasco forms so I'm out.