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Purpose Of Change Out Heads?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by akhenenra, Oct 1, 2021.

  1. akhenenra

    akhenenra Member

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    Could someone please tell me what the purpose of a change out head is? I assumed it was because the replacement head had a lot more detail sculpted in, but from photos the ones for sale in catalogs don't look to be much different from what comes on the form....
     
  2. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    For me, I usually use them for different size heads. I can alter for size, but sometimes it's more economical to just purchase a change out than spend the time re-sizing a head. I do this for a living, so time is money.

    And some heads are also just better by different sculptors. A few fractions of an inch here and there can make a huge difference for fit and look.
     
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  3. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Deer necks will vary from season to season and also including farm raised deer you may get a neck size way smaller than the nose to eye measurements. I’ve seen 160” plus deer have necks ( late summer) the size of 18” and the nose to eye is
    8 1/2”or bigger. Well it’s hard to find that so getting a change out is easier to cut of and install that head instead of trying to shave down the neck etc. The same or the opposite.
     
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  4. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    They are also great for backpack mounts
     
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  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    If you like a particular sculptured neck and body , be it for position or aesthetics, but no not like the head, purchasing a change out head that you like makes sense. It saves having to do a more involved alteration.
     
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  6. akhenenra

    akhenenra Member

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    Ahhhh ok. That makes much more sense. Thank you everyone
     
  7. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    I’ve gotten a few foxes, for example, whose hide fit the body of a form but the head did not. As Keith said, it is much easier and faster to use a change out head than to try to alter one, at least for me.
     
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  8. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    And to add if your client want an open mouth or Fleming nose and you don’t know how or don’t want to alter original head .
     
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