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  • #46
    The 9.8 is now dry. Sealed the back, trimmed the fins, and set the rear eye this morning.

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    • #47
      Set the show-side eye this morning and fixed the shrinkage area at the gullet and spaces in the tail fin. Will be ready for the airbrush soon.

      I'll finish this fish up first before going back to the striper.

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      • #48
        Looking good Curly

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        • #49
          Really cool to see how they all are coming along...that Striper should be pretty cool
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          • #50
            Airbrush painted bass #2 this morning. Took pics of each color step, but don't know how well the colors will show up in this post from step-to-step.
            Sealed the entire fish with fungicidal sealer. This fills in all the pores to allow a better coat with the paints, besides inhibiting fungus growth.

            The entire fish was painted with a light coat of silver pearl and then gold flake.

            Medium bass green is next from the top of the fish and feathered down a little past the lateral line. The fins and head areas are also blended with medium green.

            The belly, lower part of head, and inside of mouth is painted white.

            Light yellow is blended between the medium green and white.

            Gills are painted red.

            limited to 6 images per post, so the last 2 in a minute............

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            • #51
              Continued...........
              The black reticulation lines, patches, and spots are painted next.

              Finally, a good coat of gloss is put on. This brings the colors out very well.

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              • #52
                Here is the first (bottom) and second (top) bass I have done.

                I'm thinking the top one looks more realistic in position (head-to-tail) and in the painting.
                All comments are welcomed on what does and does not look good or realistic, so that LMB #3 looks even better......got to catch it first.

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                • #53
                  I agree that the top one looks a little better and more realistic ..the bottom one seems to dark and the mouth seems to big...not that the bottom one looks bad but the top one looks really good
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                  • #54
                    It's hard to tell in the picture, it the paint gloss or semi-gloss? When we see a fish it's right out of the water and that makes it shine. They don't look wet, but that could just be the picture.

                    The position of the mouth looks much better on the second one, and the whiter belly looks better as well (in my humble opinion). The both look great, much better than anything I could ever do.
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                    • #55
                      Thanks fellas. The paints are semi-transparent taxidermy paints....wet look gloss is on both, but the angle does not show it well in the pic.

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                      • #56
                        Fins on the striper were coated with fin-flex this morning to protect them and make flexible.

                        Will seal the back and set the eyes after that has dried.

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                        • #57
                          Hey Curly, only objective criticism like you asked - and you are killing it with these! Of the two bass, I like the top one. Its the mouth the belly the tail angle etc. However, the light greenish color seems just a hair too bright of a green under the jaw line along the head- but like I said I would suck at doing this. The striper is awesome and cant wait to see it completed.

                          You are doing something really cool that most of us have never touched, I really like seeing this come along and hope you will continue to share with us! Maybe a crappie next?

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                          • #58
                            Agree about under the jaw line. Will make it whiter on the next bass. Do want to try a crappie, but I'll need a slab that is at least 15". Small fish are difficult to skin out without poking holes in the skin......and crappie have a thin skin to boot. Never done a crappie before.

                            When the striper is finished, I will attempt 2 snakheads that are about 4 lbs each. Worried about what the painting will look like when done.

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                            • #59
                              I will try to find you a crappie, if I get one big enough I will freeze it for you. The snakehead would be killer.

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by Brian View Post
                                I will try to find you a crappie, if I get one big enough I will freeze it for you. The snakehead would be killer.
                                Wrap the fish in a wet towel and make sure to protect the fins. Then place into a kitchen garbage bag and freeze it flat.

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