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New and old

New and old

This is my new bluegill swimbait (top) compared with my older bluegill (bottom). The new one swims better even with one fewer joint, due to the type of hinges used. I used twisted-wire hinges in the new one, and they work much better (for me) than the other hinges I used.

I also did more realistic detailing and paint on this new bait. I found a way to make round scales instead of diamond-shaped scales, and that helped the appearance a ton.

What do you think?


    Nov 30 2010 06:43 PM
    I like a lot , Great Work & Paint Job

    Hi Ben
    Very impressive work! :).
    Can you please explain how you acheived those magnificent scales. They look carved into the body. Are they? or are they painted.

    Greetings from Oz

    Dec 01 2010 10:40 AM

    The scales are carved. I made a tool that I push into the PVC to get that scale pattern. All it is is a piece of 1/4" steel rod with one end cut at a 45ยบ angle, and then I filed down the sharp point so it has a concave edge. I can post a pic of the tool if that would help.