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Need Help With A Crappie Form

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by slabbandit, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    No video but I posted pics here somewhere step by step. I demonstrated once at an Indiana taxidermy show and people were amazed at how simple it was. No sandbox, no proping the fish on a curved surface, no stapling or sewing the back seam.
     
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  2. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Yes, I would like to see a video on the half cast too.
     

  3. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Please let me know if anybody finds Cecil's pics. I sure would like to see them.
     
  4. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

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  5. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Well photo bucket sure didn't help on that one did they? What an idiot their new CEO was! The next half cast I do I will copy and paste the dialog and replace with new pics form a different site host. Not one for making videos.
     
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  6. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    You do realize it's in the Breakthough Fish Manual right? I simply forgo some steps and cast the fish flat in plaster on a garbage bag. Once the filler starts to firm up I pull the skin and filler in it from the cast, and prop show side up in a curved position with paper towels. Wet fins periodically with a spray bottle, and when the filler has firmed up enough predrill a hole into the back of the fish. Then screw in a 1 x 2 furring strip, card the fins and gills and gill covers, and hang from the raters to dry. I also pack the mount with paper toweling to hold it open in position for the first day or so. Then remove. Many times I speed up the drying with a floor mount fan.
     
  7. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Here are a couple more I mounted using the half cast method. A couple of locally caught 17 inch crappies. [​IMG]
     
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  8. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

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    Love to see the non show side.
     
  9. Brad Hendrickson

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    if you click on photos it'll open in another page.. it did for me
     
  10. Brad Hendrickson

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    You CANT its NON SHOW.. lol
     
  11. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Thanks for the info
     
  12. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I'll post a picture when I get more time.
     
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  13. Jack perry

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    Awesome creative mindset .....I am stuck on a frozen bass and how to start it from frozen measuring and how to cut it out and what's best