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  1. Mallard

    sombody sell me a drying wheel.

    The size of the wheel is really unimportant, it only dictates the speed the lure moves through space, which is not a factor unless the lure is moving so fast the the friction of the air pushes the topcoat around or centrifugal force exceeds gravity. So, a bigger wheel can only hurt the process. What really matters is the RPM. RPM/2 tells you how often the lures rotates 180 degrees (flips over) each minute. 4 to 6 RPM seems to work just fine.
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    It would also be a good idea to sign the bait to avoid any confusion in the future.
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    The BEST wood sealer I've found yet!!!

    How do you apply it? Spray on, brush on, dip or soak?
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    Guess the Lure

    KcDano, Yes it is an early Jim Pfeffer, believed to be his first bait, carved in the mid to late 1920s. It is also believed to be the origin of his famous "Orlando Shiner" paint scheme. However, it is not a bluegill, but a sunfish. Close enough, I'll give it to you. JSC, Good eye! The Nip-I-Diddee 910 SH was definitely an attempt to create a mass-market version of the Pfeffer Orlando Shiner. However, South Bend was not the first to "borrow" the shiner paint scheme. Several Orlando area makers primary lure was the Orlando Shiner, which was a variation of Pfeffer's. The South Bend adaptation was used on the the Diddee family along with the Bass Oreno. This paint scheme became known as the Spotted Ape and was used by several major makers, including: Heddon (Lucky 13) Arbogast (Jitterbug) Smithwick Boone York/Rhoden and some guy named Mallard You're up KcDano
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    Guess the Lure

    Same theme as the last two, but this one is even more rarely seen and even more expensive to own.
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    Guess the Lure

    Bagley Penny
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    UV Cured Epoxy as top coat

    Thanks for the info, that is the company I saw on this site.
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    UV Cured Epoxy as top coat

    Does anyone have any experience with this product? I remember a product was advertised on this site a while back. Did anyone purchase from them and have their contact information? I am looking for the epoxy, the curing light and information on setting up the work area (lighting, ventilation, etc) Thanks!
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    I heard Bagley went to CNC when the moved production to Hondrus. The baits are prototyped in the US and cut out on a small CNC machine then tested. The production machines are large fast machines that cut the baits as two separate halves which are glued together later. This requires cutting in only three axis.
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    Another Florida Boy

    A central Florida get together sounds great. I am in Apopka, just north of Orlando. I am definitely willing to help out. Rob Mallard
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    Magic kingdom

    I was at that show too, Jerry! I should of figured you would be attending. I got some interesting info from the Techno CNC folks about how some large lure makers are using their equipment. Hope to post that info soon. Rob
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    "Slope Heads"

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    Guess this one

    That is a Jim Pfeffer Top Cast.
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    "Weightless Slope Head"

    Hey Daymon, I never used the type of lure you are working on, but I did buy a couple Cheek Chub Open Mouth Shiners to test fish. They come from the same time period as the Shur-Strike. The OMS is unweighted and I thought they might work like the Darter that eventually replaced them. I was a bit surprised to discover they had no real action at all. In fact they sat so high in the water that it was little more than a glider. I think a stick with a hook attached would have better action. That fact is a lot of early baits (pre 1930) were junk compared with modern baits. Maybe the original Shur-Strike wasn't much better than your replica. I made my our OMS replicas, but I chin weighed them to get the lip (forehead) to bite enough to force a shallow dive and swim action. They turned out to be super baits. I would suggest a weight just forward of the collar to get the lip to bite. You may also need a bit of weight mid-body or 3/4 back to keep the tail wiggle under control. The brissles in the tail of the orange bait probably help control the action in that bait. I really like that orange bait a lot by the way. Rob
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    Looking for the right wood!

    I would love to find an affordable and ready supply of white cedar also. And this is just my personal opinion, but I think bass word is good for carving but it does not compare with AYC when it comes to durability. It is heavier though.