Not happy with my trophies
I just got the crate with my trophies today and opened it with great expectations.
I got really disappointed when I wrapped out the European mounts and skins.
I really hope this not how taxidermy work is usually done in SA.
I had one Kudu skin, one Oryx skin and one Black Wildebeest tail.
The skins and tail were really dirty. I am not sure what it is, but most of it might be dried blood, but I am not sure.
I also thought the tail would be rather soft when finished, but it is rather stiff. Maybe that is how it should be, I don't know.
How they look now, it is nothing to hang on the wall or put on the floor as they look totally crap. Specially the tail and the Oryx skin.
I need to find some way to clean them.
When it comes to the European mounts, is the Black Wildebeest the only one I am really happy with. The Oryx is ok.
The Impala was lose from the plate and it was far from attached properly and most of the bone possible to use to attach the skull to the plate is now broken off. They have also glued the nasal bones to the skull with something whiter than the bones making it look like it has been painted a bit with white paint.
The Kudu has not properly glued nasal bones and I need to fix that(just a small issue). The worst is that it looks like they have not boiled out all the fat and it is now coming out rather large fat spots several places on the skull.
One thing with all of them is that they have drilled holes in the tip of all the horns and then filled them with something that has a color close to the horn color.
Why do they do that?
No matter the reason for why this has been done, the repair job on most of them is not good. The Black Wildebeest is done well and the Springbok is totally crap.
It looks like it has been done in a hurry and not been checked to see the result when the job has been done.
In general looks the taxidermy work to have been done by some total amateurs in my opinion.
I could have done the European mount on most of the animals better or much better myself.
I am going to send an email to the taxidermist about it all and see what they say.
Right now I feel like I have wasted some thousands of dollars on something I will not feel good about putting on my wall.
I will see how I feel and how it looks like when I have tried to repair/fix the mounts myself.