Just beautiful. How long does it take you to complete one?
Depends. I have about 5 hrs. into a good crappie. That is not taking into account once I skin one in soaks in a preservative for a day, dries for over a month, dries for a day before I gloss, etc., etc. Of course I have many going at one time so I just keep switching tasks. I once had a crappie mailed in from up north that the guy decided to do it "his way" Mailed it ground USPS on a Tuesday. Got to Austin(on of those deals) on Friday and sat somewhere until Monday. Arrived with the mail lady holding her nose on Tuesday. It was ripe!!!! I talked to another taxi in Texas and he said he would pitch it. Talked to a master fish taxi in Michigan and he said, "if it still has skin.....theoretically it can still be mounted"! It took me about 3 hrs. just to skin it. Worked on it refroze and very cautiously! Don't want to think of what it cost me to do it......but I considered it a "learning experience"! Don't know if I would do another, but I would have been ill thinking of a 3˝# crappie that went in the trash!
Then there was the time I was touching up a crappie before glossing. Now before I gloss a fish....it HAS to be done because there is no "touch up" after that. I reached over to grab the gloss and accidentally picked up a can of white Krylon primer and jacked that fish up instantly. Lacquer thinner and 0000 steel wool baby!!! Back to square one!!!!!
It actually takes me less time to do a bass than a crappie, but a bluegill, coppernose, longear or pumpkinseed take a LONG time to paint and detail.....IF they are done well.