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Attaching Threaded Leg Rods To Bodies For Large Birds

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by OHDave, Oct 16, 2021.

  1. OHDave

    OHDave Member

    Does anyone know if there is still a product out there used to attach threaded leg rods into foam bodies? I used a couple of these some years ago when mounting up a heron and they worked quite well. They had tapered large, coarse-threaded screws at one end (to screw into the body) and a tapped female end to accept the threaded rod. Are these still available anywhere or is there a similar alternative? Thanks.
  2. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    I would think a threaded insert is what you are looking for??

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  3. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I’m gonna chime in and recommend you use #6 wires rather than threaded rods. I had a threaded rod snap once in final leg adjustment after mounting a turkey. I had the privilege of remounting that bird the same day…. Not fun.
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I too, had the same thing happen to me as what happened to joeym. So, the next time around, I went to a # 6 wire. I bought a tap and die set so that I could cut threads into the ends so I could bolt it down to the base with washers and nuts.
  5. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I bend a “J” on one end, drill a 1 1/4” hole in the manikin with a paddle blade, and bondo the wire in the manikin. I leave the foot end straight, and lock the leg wires into the base by inserting 1 or 2 drywall screws alongside the wire from the bottom of the base after mounting.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2021
  6. OHDave

    OHDave Member

    Thanks guys!
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  7. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Did the screw just screw into the form like those drywall anchor they sell? Did it have a "set screw" you tighten down the rod. If this is what you are talking about, VanDykes sell this in the wire or bird section called foam screws.