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Full Bobcat Mount Questions

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Whitelightnin, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Whitelightnin

    Whitelightnin Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys Im about to attempt my first full bobcat mount. The question I have is I have the whole hide nice and thin except the back of neck and shoulder area. I originally thought I thinned it down pretty well but afterwards I noticed it could thin some more. Since I already used the Mckenzie brush on tan on the hide can I shave some more off or should I leave it be and hope for the best? Also the pads on the feet. I removed some small amounts of the flesh from them but there are still a bit left. Can I inject with balmex and keep them stable or should I try to remove every bit of it and fill with clay during mounting? This is my first full body mount so dealing with the pads and feet are new to me. I skinned down to the last joint and snipped the bone and removed the tissue around and between the toes. Just not completely sure about the pads. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

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    Answer, yes you can thin all you want after the tan. Anyplace!
     

  3. Whitelightnin

    Whitelightnin Well-Known Member

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    Thank you sir!
     
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    No on Balmex. Remove it all and clay them in.
     
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  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member


    The reason why, is because your tan will have penetrated completely though. It is just as much tanned on the surface as it is in the middle as it is on the surface of the hair side. It's all just tanned skin.
     
  6. Whitelightnin

    Whitelightnin Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Tanglewood!
     
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  7. WLELTD

    WLELTD Active Member

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    dremel the pads
     
  8. Whitelightnin

    Whitelightnin Well-Known Member

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    Sounds a lot easier than scalpel work! What head do you use on your dremel for that?
     
  9. Whitelightnin

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    Hey guys when I shopped around for my form the only one I found close was spot on for nose to eye measurement but was an inch short in length. Is that extra inch of skin going to be noticeable in the finished mount or not enough to notice?
     
  10. jerhuntr

    jerhuntr New Member

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  11. jerhuntr

    jerhuntr New Member

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    From my experience, 1 inch wont make too much difference with length. Bobcat hides seem to stretch out quite a bit. Forms are very easy to cut an inch out from the mid section and bondo or foam back together . I dont think I would though for only 1 inch
     
  12. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Get it as close as possible. Next is test fit it. If you see that it won’t fit correctly then alter the form to fit your measurements. We do it all the time . Don’t be scared as foam will fix any mess up.
     
  13. Whitelightnin

    Whitelightnin Well-Known Member

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    I actually made a mistake earlier the form is 1.5” short not just 1”. I will test fit and go from there. If I need to expand the form what is the best way to go about it? Ive heard some say add 1/2” to neck, 1/2” to belly then 1/2”around waist. Others say add the whole chunk in the belly and let it go.
     
  14. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I added all the length in the torso once. If you like Weiner cats, it would work. I don't like the look. Natural is much better.
     
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  15. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    In the future you shouldn't snip any bones in the toes. The bones will all be removed when skinning, and only the claw will remain on the skin. The body will likely fit okay, I try to adjust manikins by adding girth first, then if still needed add length.
     
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  16. Whitelightnin

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    I could definitely see all the length in the center giving it a funky dachshund dog look.