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Chinook Scale Tipping

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by JD Lake, Oct 27, 2022.

  1. JD Lake

    JD Lake Member

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    Any pro advice for a rookie scale tipping a chinook repro that has minimal (if any) scale definition? Do's and Dont's?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    All depends on what color phase your going to paint it,
    Then get some really good reference pictures
    They go from
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    to this
    upload_2022-10-27_15-6-53.jpeg
     
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  3. JD Lake

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    It's a very bright July chinook from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. My concern is more about the actual process of painting the scales that don't really exist on most of the fish. I'm sure most experienced painters don't have an issue recreating the scale pattern, but this is my first chinook. Thanks.
     
  4. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I think frank showed this somewhere on this site , will look and see what I can find here
     
  5. jimss

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    I would advise buying 1 or 2 of Rick Krane's videos. The videos are relatively cheap and you won't be disappointed!
     
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  6. JD Lake

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    Yes, Rick's videos are very informative. I was just curious how others handled scale-tipping a chinook.
     
  7. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    You can draw them back on then using aluminum foil powder tip them in , frank k shows this on here somewhere I think on a tarpon
     
  8. jimss

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    It's more or less figuring out the size and row pattern of the missing scales....if that's what you are asking? There are a variety and size of brushes or other applicators that you can use to get the desired size.
     
  9. Mudbat

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    Just paint them on by had Joel
     
  10. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I use a old worn out detail brush
    The bristles are less than 1/32