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Denial is the only method to deal with the flight durations.
 

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Denial is the only method to deal with the flight durations.
Denial takes too much will power. I thought maybe certain drugs would work? No??
 

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Denial takes too much will power. I thought maybe certain drugs would work? No??

Flight over is usually taken care of with anticipation and excitement. It's that flight home that truly sucks.
That one you just have to forget about.

While on the flight various forms of legal drugs, Rx and off the trolly, can work like a charm. :)
 

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Flight over is usually taken care of with anticipation and excitement. It's that flight home that truly sucks.
That one you just have to forget about.

A big +1 on that statement
 

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Maybe I'm just different. I had the total opposite experience. Couldn't sleep and just unsettled on the way over and comfortable with lots of sleep coming back. Guess accomplishing my objectives and having a great experience relaxed me for the ride home. By the way, no drugs of any kind involved. Any kind of flying sucks!
 

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Hi all, well today I finally added another chapter to this hunt as I finished the detail work on my first African trophy from this hunt, my Impala. Fittingly, he should be the first one to join the trophy room also.
It's been a bit of a drawn out process that required getting all my original capes replaced as detailed on another thread. But disappointments aside, it's satisfying to finally have him on the wall. I hope I've done him justice, he brings back great memories for me. I look forward to getting stuck into the others as time allows between client mounts!

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Great work. Really looks good.
Did your horns all come over black. My uncle’s mounts from last year look great but all the horns are darkened to the point of being black. I’m really wanting the horns on the Kudu in my profile pic to look like they did the day I shot him, not blacked out. Any ideas as an obviously talented taxidermist yourself
 

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Great work. Really looks good.
Did your horns all come over black. My uncle’s mounts from last year look great but all the horns are darkened to the point of being black. I’m really wanting the horns on the Kudu in my profile pic to look like they did the day I shot him, not blacked out. Any ideas as an obviously talented taxidermist yourself

Thank you mate for the kind words.

Firstly, they aren't quite as black as the indoor photo makes them look. But yes they are all darkened.

The problem with horns is this. When living, the keratin that makes up horn (and fingernail etc) essentially supplies it's own oil from within to keep them hydrated, unlike antler which is bone. This obviously ceases when they die and the horns will dry out and split if they are not treated in some way, and the cleaning/boiling process accelerates this. The most common way to achieve this is to use Linseed oil or similar. This will darken the horn unfortunately but will fade a little in time.

Personally I use a 50/50 mix of Linseed oil and turps, this helps penetrate better and leaves them less 'oily' but will still darken them to a degree. But the color in the horn is still there, unlike the fake 'black painted' look.

Cheers
Tim
 

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Great job on the impala! I'd be proud to have him on my wall.
 

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Thank you mate for the kind words.

Firstly, they aren't quite as black as the indoor photo makes them look. But yes they are all darkened.

The problem with horns is this. When living, the keratin that makes up horn (and fingernail etc) essentially supplies it's own oil from within to keep them hydrated, unlike antler which is bone. This obviously ceases when they die and the horns will dry out and split if they are not treated in some way, and the cleaning/boiling process accelerates this. The most common way to achieve this is to use Linseed oil or similar. This will darken the horn unfortunately but will fade a little in time.

Personally I use a 50/50 mix of Linseed oil and turps, this helps penetrate better and leaves them less 'oily' but will still darken them to a degree. But the color in the horn is still there, unlike the fake 'black painted' look.

Cheers
Tim
Thanks for the info Tim. Fixing to make another deposit to the Taxidermist, I’ll ask him what he uses.
 

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