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World Class Fish Eyes, What Say Ye?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by 1fish2fish, Jul 22, 2021.

  1. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

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    So, the recent forum discussion about pickerel eyes led me to see for myself what the Tyler Erickson "World Class Fish Eyes" are all about...or not about at all.

    Unable to find much about them on this mostly defunct forum, I ordered a single set of 16mm Crappie eyes (light) with cheapest shipping from the sole distributor (and forum sponsor?)...McKenzie Taxidermy Supply, ugh.

    That cost me $15, even. Amazing how they hit that number on the dot, as if to spare my accountant any unnecessary maths. If I reuse the oversized box, I'm sure we'll come close to all square.

    Truth be told, I like the eyes. They give a nice underwater look that is superior to all other commercial eyes I've tried.

    Advertised as the most accurate fish eyes to ever hit the market, well, they still fail to hit the ten ring, but they fail better than any glass eyes I've seen.

    Even the really fantastic and highly regarded SLLs miss that mark, although those offer superior customization (being plastic) as well as a more convincing out of water appearance.

    I have to say that Tyler nearly got there, kudos to him. I wouldn't hesitate to use these eyes, especially if they were available from other distributors, like Matuska Taxidermy Supply.

    For the price of one set of eyes, I can easily recommend clear resin as a more economic option. But, I doubt you're customer will be disappointed in the World Class Fish Eyes.

    Best, Scott
     
  2. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I have painted my own eyes for 9 years now
    Won’t go any other way
     
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  3. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

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    Homemade, right on!
     
  4. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I get a better eye
    In fact I have a 14 year old boy painting allot of my eyes
    If I can paint them a monkey can
    Serious
    It’s that easy
     
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  5. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

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    So you build them? Or paint them?

    World Class Fish Replicas sells blanks. The backs are flat, probably a 12yr old can paint them.
     
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  6. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I buy blanks
    And paint em
    Get good cheap blanks
    Van dykes
     
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  7. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

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    Cheap, eh? Does't McKenzie run VD?

    I like your approach, but imo, you should check these WCFEs out.
     
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  8. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    What’s wcfes ?
    Buy direct from VD
     
  9. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

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    World Class Fish Eyes (WCFEs). Subject of post. :)

    I see VD has them too. Are they better about shipping and handling? I think everyone who works at McZ must handle every order.
     
  10. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I buy large quantity of these
    Takes little longer to get
     
  11. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    If someone e trys them know they are bigger than allot of other eyes
     
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  12. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

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    I'll have to see what I can find lying about and do a comparison.

    I'd be surprised if these World Class Fish Eyes are bigger than flex eyes of the same size.

    As well, I'd be surprised if Tohikon and Van Dykes eyes are far off once you sculpt the missing sclera.

    I have a Natural Cast replica that calls for 16mm eyes, and these World Class Fish Eyes fit the orbitals, exactly.
     
  13. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Natural cast replicas use world class eyes,don't know aboutflex,my 22 inch lmb took a 16mm of Tyler's eyes,Tyler told me himself he makes them bigger
     
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  14. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm, not sure how that conversation went, but it simply isn't true. At least in my comparison.

    The only part of the WCF eyes that's consistently bigger is the aqueous humour. (which has nothing to do with the eye measurements)

    Here are 16mm commercial eyes, compared.

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  15. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

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    Ive used both the ones that mckenzie makes and had some preproduction ones direct from tyler to see what I thought.
    The pre mckenzie purchase where not good except one. Pupils were off center, etc. they do give a neat effect when you look straight on though. They have a conical shape like a bird eye.
    I have used one of the walleye eyes that I got from mckenzie and it’s much nicer. Not a giant fan of the shape( they are about twice as tall as a JL blank) but a cool walleye eye.
     
  16. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Look on Tyler's Facebook page ,he says it in a April 15 post
     
  17. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

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    I'm not on Facebook and I haven't spoken to Tyler, so all I can go by is what I have in hand. That's one set, maybe there is an inconsistency?
     
  18. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I've only used his bass eyes also,no telling with McKenzie they have had trouble s
     
  19. same company with a different names, same shipping.