Yes, we realize this kit is listed under decoys even though it isn't exactly what you'd expect. It is a carving kit, though, just scaled down. We carve a lot of flying seabirds so thought we'd give others a chance to share the experience.
Finished, our miniature gull measures 8.5" from tip of beak to tip of tail and he has a 13" wingspan, so it's a nice size for display.This little gull is fun to carve, but challenging enough in its own way to keep any carver interested. There are only three pieces, the body cutout and the two wings. Glue them together and carving can begin. Since it is a basic level project, no special tools are needed other than a simple straight bladed knife.
The simple instructions include photos of work in progress as well as the completed birds. The kit contains the hanger and even the sandpaper needed. Painting instructions are included as well.
This is a good sized carving project for a young carver with smaller hands, and not so delicate that it is easily damaged. Safety is paramount, so if you feel your young carver shouldn't be using a knife even with supervision, we suggest you show them how to use a file to contour the bird. We want them to be safe. It takes a little longer doing it that way, but the file followed by the included sandpaper will do the job nicely. Of course no one says only the kids can have all the fun...