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#1 LaPala

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 03:06 PM

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It's been ages since I have posted here. Now that I have stopped writing a hardbait DIY column for our local fishing magazine here (in Malaysia just in case you wanna ask), I have a bit more time to spare.
SO here goes:

Making a Vibebait from laminating Acrylic - weight distribution test trick.
I won't be very detail in describing the process as I will assume a basic knowledge of lure making is at your disposal already B)

1. These are the components of the lure body that is needed to be cut-out, shaped then glued up together:
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Copper rods are used for aligning the pieces together.

2. To work out the weighting:
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Styrofoam sheet is cut and shaped to fit the chambers in the middle piece, this is the closest approximation of air(available to me) that will occupy the chamber once it is glued up.

3. Water test and balance:
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Just tape weight to the front to get the correct attitude for a vibebait. I'll assume those who will be attempting this has an understanding of how the weight distribution of a vibebait should be and how to get the desired action by varying the distribution. Anyway, this method is a great way to test them all without having to make lure after lure.

4. Weight used earlier on the head is hammered flat and shaped to fit in the head, acrylic cut out to fit head weight that is formed. Future contruction of same lure will just require the head weight be molded. So keep your notes ;)
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5. This is the end result:
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Fins are carved from 1.5mm polycarbonate sheet.

and after some splashes of color.
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Comments, questions and suggestions for improvement most welcomed.
(PS: Just to be fair, I participate in quite a number of lure making forums, so it's copy paste to all of them.:P :P)

#2 mark poulson

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 03:18 PM

Just what we need here, someone who actually knows what they're talking about! :lol:

Welcome back.

#3 LaPala

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 04:01 PM

Just what we need here, someone who actually knows what they're talking about! :lol:

Welcome back.

LOL... sounds like you might have just offended some ppl :lol:

#4 Lngnokr71

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 04:39 PM

Absolutely awesome!!!

#5 hillbilly1

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 09:15 PM

Holly sheep :censored: bat man that is a nice bait and very very impressed and as for mark :P but its all good :blink:

#6 solarfall

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 09:19 PM

that bait looks really nice, i love all the carving details that you did here. esp the dorcel fin looks really realistic

#7 Big Bass Man

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 09:31 PM

Nice looking bait, Thanks for sharing!!

#8 Mcleod

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 05:14 AM

LaPala, that looks amazing. Some talent you have indeed

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 06:32 AM

Very innovative LP. A strong welcome back project for sure.

Should you decide to make several of these, I can see an easy system of router templates, but I know that mass production is not your game.

Great project.

Dave

#10 LaPala

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 07:34 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Very innovative LP. A strong welcome back project for sure.

Should you decide to make several of these, I can see an easy system of router templates, but I know that mass production is not your game.

Great project.

Dave

Maybe one day Vodka when I can find the slaves to do the mass production work :D:D BTW you have any idea of a suitable cutting bit if it were to be used on acrylic?

#11 Vodkaman

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 08:38 AM

The problem is the plastic melting and gumming up. From what I have read, two straight flutes are best. You need slow spindle speeds and higher feed rates. I haven't tried cutting acrylic or lexan with a router, but plan to in the near future. Quite a few posts on the web if you Google router acrylic. One of my projects is a lip cutting router, it is a 2D/3D copy machine, still at the CAD stage.

Here is a good discussion on the subject.

Dave

Edited by Vodkaman, 12 July 2011 - 08:41 AM.


#12 mark poulson

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:58 AM

Great! Now we have two mad scientists colluding! :lol:

Since you guys are both overseas, I would expect Homeland Security to get involved soon.


Edited by mark poulson, 12 July 2011 - 10:59 AM.


#13 LaPala

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 02:19 PM

LOL Mark don't worry I will not mention ur part in it :rolleyes:.

Vodka, followed the link, seem the solution is coolant! Just like when I cut the acrylic, I used engine oil then but it's messy. Routing would be throwing chips further too. I'll stick to having fun instead of mass producing :D

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:35 AM

Hmmm,.. very nicely done, I like your approach to multi chambers. Yes cutting acrylic, or other poly carbonite material can be a daunting task, particularly with small pieces as they do not dissipate heat quickly enough, slow and easy is best and a directed cool air nozzle helps a lot.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:03 AM

For sure, the magazine's loss is our gain! Glad to see you posting again so we can all see your innovative bait designs and artistry!

#16 fatfingers

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:50 AM

LaPala, I would like to ask you for a favor. But I can't seem to send you a private message on this site. Could you give me an email address?

#17 JBlaze

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:31 PM

Absolutely awesome!!!

+2, I am very impressed

Edited by JBlaze, 19 April 2012 - 08:32 PM.


#18 LaPala

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:30 PM

Thanks for the + guys.

Fatfingers shoot em to lapalalures@gmail.com or you can find me in Facebook. Not too sure about the PM thingy, been lost since the new format change in this forum.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:03 AM

Work of art mate, your skill with plastic & paint are amazing.
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#20 mark poulson

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:21 AM

Work of art mate, your skill with plastic & paint are amazing.
Pete


Amen!!!