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  1. blackjack

    Jointed topwater

    If I were going to attempt something like this I would design a body profile with the head(or front of the lure) that pushes water to create the action that you are trying to achieve. As far as joints go, depends upon what you are building with, wood, resin/foam etc.
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    overcoat for chrome?

    I have been honing my crankbait skills in a deep ,dark, dank cave. I have alot more time these days as I retired from my day job. Its good to see the O.G. crew is still around. Also thank you Mr Hughes for you compliment!!
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    overcoat for chrome?

    I have tried many of the various manufacturers chrome paint and have used the Alsa MirraChrome. It is expensive and it does work if the directions are followed to a T and you use their clear coat(also expensive), It must be on a glossy black base or the effects are muted. I prefer good old aluminum foil tape. As you can see there are many ways to manipulate the foil to create interesting patterns.
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    CAD and 3D printing

    Thank you. that means alot to me coming from you!!
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    CAD and 3D printing

    I have been using Fusion 360, MeshMixer, and 123Design, For about a year know. I transferred all of my designs over to CAD/CAM and now have quite the library that are all set-up to cut in a matter of minutes, Last pic is the design I did yesterday for the jig that I am going to use to cut the lip slot and drilling operations. The more you use the software the easier it becomes. I had no previous CAD/CAM experience before starting last fall
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    Just a little Punisher skull foil job
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    Coley Passed Away!

    Just read on another site that long time lure builder "Coley" passed away in August. Coley contributed alot of very useful information concerning making molds to pour foam crankbaits here over the course of many years. He was using foam for hard lures way before it was fashionable to do so. He will be missed!!
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    Original Tapp Crankbait

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    Old Wiggle Warts

    Dont need to sell you any I'll give them to you. I have a bunch that are already stripped down to bare plastic. Your mold guy should have no problem duplicating these. Just PM me your contact info and I will get them out in the mail monday morning!!
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    Old Wiggle Warts

    WD wiggle Wart= deep rattling flat wart- dives to 13'(a larger version made by Rapala, Rapala also makes a similar sized version as the original flat wart ) , If you are looking to get another mold made the original flat wart is just as a productive bait as the original wiggle wart. It exhibits the same erratic action as the wiggle wart but with less woble.In the early Spring I have both tied on and let the fish dictate as to which one they prefer.
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    Can Anyone Help Identify These Cranks?

    i would bet my last dollar that at least one of those baits is not wood at all and was made in a 2 part mold, Looks like a carolina killer. Mark Collins who used to frequent this site was remaking the old killers
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    Old Wiggle Warts

    The oldest wiggle warts retailed in a yellow and red package and were made here in the USA, the molds were not the CNC cut molds of today so there was a bit of flash left over when the halves were assembled. Some were slightly out of alignment when glued as well. The plastic used was a softer plastic than is used today by manufacturers and the weighting system was soft lead which gave the lures a unique sound in the water. Storm moved the production of the baits to Mexico to cut expenses and hence the Yellow and Blue box warts were introduced These baits are still catching fish today. Enter Rapala, Rapala purchased Storm and let the molds of the originals that were in Mexico disappear. Rapala reverse engineered their new version of the Wart that had a 2 piece body, a lip, and a body . This bait was a total flop. So Rapala once again reengineered their version of the Wart which is very close to the originals is a pretty decent bait. The only difference I can tell is that the plastic is a different density and hardness from the Storm originals so it has a sound that is much more metallic.
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    Cracks In Lures

    Razor blade and some elbow grease, The lip is probably loose already, Bagleys and old Poes are notorious for that!!
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    Cracks In Lures

    1) Remove lip 2) Soak bait in acetone until paint,sealer, topcoat are removed 3) Clean up bait surface with acetone on a clean rag and let dry completly 4) Reinstall Lip 5) Reseal bait 6) Prime 7) Repaint Clearcoat Otherwise you are just wasting your time as the cracks will eventually come back