Just getting back into taxidermy after about 10 years of not practicing and consider myself a total beginner. These would be approx 18th and 19th ducks ive done and first 2 done since 2011 so im very rusty. The mallard. ok- theres about 100 things wrong with it and im not happy with the result. neck too skinny/too long. wing postion, chest postion, wrong. First project in 10 years and I made the newb mistake of not having my reference in front of me while mounting. This was my biggest mistake 100%. Early season pin feathered bird that lost feathers if you looked at funny. over fleshed and the skin basically fell apart had to sew about 8 large tears (2 inches long on average) in skin after over fleshing it. Then looking at feathers I can tell I didn't rinse it long enough in clear water b4 drying. overall im "ok" with it for being first bird in 10 years and 18th total bird. but I can see a ton of errors and learned a lot of "what not to do" End of day my friend that shot it likes how it looks so that's good I guess. But I don't like it. If theres anything I missed in this paragraph let me know please. The Buffie. Done 2 days ago and still drying. Night and day difference here. mounted with reference actually printed out and hung above workbench as I did it and im actually 90% happy with it but know I can improve. Things I can see wrong now is body appears too long as I didn't carve a deeper slot in front of form to allow neck proper s curve to seat down. But fleshing went well zero holes and I rinsed it after soap about 8 times to make 100% sure feathers dried nicely. Like I said im 90% happy but please tear it apart as I do want every mount to improve and my goal is 2 years down the road to open a shop. so lots of improving to do. Thanks in advance for all advice guys!