JustinNH wrote:You should buy the pieces individually to make sure you get the correct size body/neck material/head, etc.
Take lots of measurements and study the anatomy
Also, often times those kits are missing things that make life easier such as an artificial head/foot injection fluid etc. Sure, mounts can be done without them but a ducks foot and bill will shrivel up pretty good if not injected/replaced. Also, cleaning a duck's head is a lot more work than an upland skull (common to use real head) so it is well worth te $10 for an artificial head.
Check out van Dykes. Big selection, decent prices.
i bought a starter kit hoping it would give me some tips on getting started like a fleshing tool to use by hand, all the chemicals etc. to get started, they basically send you the bare mini instructions and the bare mini supplies to get you part way threw a mount.
im a beginner so ill save you the hassle and give you a list of what you MUST have. the guys in the taxi forum could probably tell you better and would probably tell you different but shop online. youll need
-borax. a little goes a long ways
-neck tubing, one inch is universal
-wire; i get that at the hardware store. i cant remember what guage i use but i use two types ones the thickness of a number 2 pencil lead or like the ink in a bic pen and i also get one thats double that size.
-head, my kit had you model the actual birds head which was really hard, save your fustration for the other hard parts of the mount and just buy one, body, eyes to spec. i use 11mm eyes
-a hobby knife kit, one with a bunch of different interchange able blades basically a scalple
-small zip ties and electric tape.
-thread and a cape needle
-not a must but really should get foot injection and seringe. just a suggestion but not a must. the feet shrink
you must deflesh, i used a small brass wire brush to do it my first time then made a fleshing wheel. the hand brush will do it though
it seems like a lot but really it isnt. i got started for under a 75$ and got 3 birds worth of supplies minus the heads and bodies. taxidermy is a unique art. theres no correct way to do it when the final product makes it to the wall. there many techniques just gotta keep studying and practicing. really the only rule is get allllll the flesh off and the rest is up to you on how to get the bird to set. the best tip i can give you is mark your body where the wings go in and the legs, also the neck length. those limbs almost dont make sense when you start assembling