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1st Turkey Mount

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Nana65, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Nana65

    Nana65 Member

    It was a challenge, but I am loving this. I have three more donated birds and they will all be struts. Things I know I did wrong: drumsticks are too short, feathers were not completely dry and the bird is rumpled. Didn't get enough caulk under the right scap. Not happy with the leg colors. Otherwise I am pretty happy with it for a first effort. Anything else I need to change/work on? Thanks. Back Left.jpg Back Right.jpg Front Left.jpg Head CloseUp Right.jpg Head CloseUp.jpg Back Left.jpg Back Right.jpg Front Left.jpg Head CloseUp Right.jpg Head CloseUp.jpg
  2. Micah Howards

    Micah Howards Active Member

    Looks pretty awesome to me for your first!!!!
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  3. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

    Pretty handsome Tom
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  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Congrats on you first!
    I've seen a lot worse turkeys by a lot more seasoned taxidermists.

    The tail looks great.

    It does look a little rough. I blow dry the heck out of my turkeys to get all the down as fluffy as it will get. The next one you do will be better as you were able to see things to work out on your own without anyone pointing them out to you.

    One thing I would do on your next turkey and what you could have done on this one before you painted the head is to inject some alcohol into the turkey's right eye ring (a little goes a long way) and reshape the eye ring so it matches the turkey's left eye and pin it in place until it dries. Do this before you paint it.
    The head paint looks real nice.

    Over all it's a good looking effort and you are well on your way.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2019
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  5. Nana65

    Nana65 Member

    Thanks for the tip on the eye ring!
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    You are welcome.
    I got that from the Harry Whitehead turkey mounting video from Taxidermy Training Unlimited.
  7. Nana65

    Nana65 Member

    I have that video but didn't get it til the heads were already painted. What kind of alcohol do you use in the eye ring?
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I don't remember what kind he used. I just use rubbing alcohol from the super market. I have also used it to alter the pose of the snood also. You have to be careful doing that as it can cause the snood to go "flat". A little goes a long way.
  9. John_UpaTree

    John_UpaTree New Member

    Looks good. I've seen paying customers that get MUCH worse. I have 3-4 in my freezer I'm going to attempt and I'm about as novice as it gets.
  10. Travis Booth

    Travis Booth New Member

    I am currently planning on giving this a try for the first time this spring if I get lucky!! Curious to what experience you have in painting and what kind of paint did you use? That head looks great!!
  11. Manny81

    Manny81 Member

    Honestly my first turkey was really bad. This is a great start bud