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  1. BobP


    There is no cheating physics. Heed Mark’s advice and try the sinker as a spybait.
  2. BobP

    How to remove cracked bills From wood baits?

    I cut them out with a Dremel fitted with a thin fiber reinforced cutoff disk, then use an epoxy putty stick to mount the new lip into the enlarged slot. The putty can fix any rough/gauged areas and cures in about 5 minutes. You have to refinish the bait afterwards. It’s worth trying to simply twist the lip out of the bait before you go to this last resort method. Old baits often have weak enough glue on the lip that a twist will work but be careful. Too much force can break a balsa bait.
  3. Probably the easiest is to use Witch Tape, a heavy, stiff adhesive foil sold by fishing outlets. It comes in various fish scale patterns and colors that you simply cut out and stick on a jig. But it’s only useful for flat surfaces. A lot of commercial saltwater spoons and jigs come equipped with this. If you want foil that conforms to odd shapes, you get into nail and other foils that require a durable topcoat after application, or to heat shrink plastic sleeves manufactured for fishing lures. All of them can be found with fish scale patterns.
  4. BobP

    good source for wire around .62 ?

    I think the tuning problem has two aspects. How easy is it to tune a bait and does the bait stay tuned afterwards. If you use large diameter hard temper wire the bait will be hard to tune. And the force required can also crack a lip or especially the finish on the nose of a bait, greatly reducing its life expectancy. There’s a good reason why classic baits were made with soft brass wire. It tuned more readily and didn’t destroy baits. For the builder there are additional advantages in soft temper stainless wire. It’s much easier to form accurately than hard temper wire and it won’t corrode like brass, plus it’s flexibility is a little less than brass so holds a tune better. I use .041 soft stainless on bass baits and they keep their tune very well. And it’s a joy to work with compared to hard temper wire. I’ll never go back and urge you to at least try both tempers to judge for yourself.
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    good source for wire around .62 ?

    The McMaster-Carr stock number for hard temper spring back stainless wire in .063 “ diameter is 9495K93 (a 1/4 lb coil 23 ft long $3.87 US) and 9495k39 (a 1 lb coil $15.51 US). probably has similar wire in straight length pre-cut packages for making in line spinner lures. I hope you have a wire bender machine, this stuff is pretty gnarly to bend! Personally, I use soft temper bend and stay stainless wire on bass baits. Still plenty strong and you can bend it with simple hand tools.
  6. BobP

    good source for wire around .62 ?

    I think what you want is hard temper stainless steel wire. I get wire from McMaster-Carr online and they sell all kinds at decent prices and ship quickly.
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    Using masking tape

    There are different kinds of stencils made from different materials. The easiest for me are made from frisket material, a fairly soft plastic sheet with an adhesive back covered with a peel-off paper backing, manufactured for airbrush use. It’s easy to cut with an Xacto knife. The key is that I don’t peel off the backing and stick it on the lure. I leave the backing and just hold it against the lure. Then I wipe the overspray off and flip the stencil to do the other side of the lure. This has 2 advantages. I don’t have to make matching stencils for both sides, and I can save my stencils to build up a library for use on later lures. The disadvantage is that it is harder to know where the stencil should be held unless you mark spots on them to help you register exactly where they go on the lure’s side. I’ve made dozens of stencils and have built up a library through the years. Enough that I rarely need to make a new one. A roll of frisket material is cheap and is enough to make hundreds of stencils. Is it better than a vacuum formed stencil? No. But it’s easier and faster to make and can be used on different body shapes and sizes, which suits my hobby building.
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    Using masking tape

    Yeah, blue panter’s tape is sold in regular and low tack versions by several companies. The regular tack version may or may not work to mask off just painted airbrush paint. On some paint, it can lift off the paint when removed.
  9. I used to use the “equal size pool” measurement. I also used to buy Devcon double syringes for 2 bucks at Walmart. They aren't 2 bucks anymore and Walmart doesn't carry them. I don’t use either method now because when it’s cold in the garage, the resin and hardener in Devcon have very different viscosities and using either method can result in different volumes being dispensed. You can solve the problem by warming the components in a water bath before use. But I’m lazy.
  10. BobP

    Using masking tape

    I use regular tack blue tape on lips because I hold baits with locking forceps and the lowntack tape will slip when pressured. If you are using tape over painted body, the low tack tape is better.
  11. BobP

    Amma Bama lure info

    There are quite a few cites about the maker if you Google it.
  12. BobP

    Has anyone tried making bamboo baits?

    I looked at the Bamboo Baits site cited by the OP and see nothing indicating it offers baits made from bamboo wood. That aside, interesting idea. But most of the bamboo I see cracks longitudinally as it dries and ages. And it looks pretty tough to carve. Other than the fact that it is hollow, which is what makes it interesting, color me doubtful. Anyway, good luck with trying it out!
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    oil compressor ?

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen airbrushes rated for their cfm, but it’s gotta be pretty tiny compared to most air tools. I never ever run out of psi with my Porter Cable 135 psi 6 gal unit. But I sure wouldn’t want to run it inside my house if anyone else was at home and if I lived in an apartment or condo, it would be a recipe for eviction at any time of day, inside or outside. My family also wouldn’t put up with the noise from my small Badger compressor inside the house after bedtime. Sorry but I don’t have any experience with a small QUIET unit. Several airbrush companies make quiet professional units at professional prices (high).
  14. I mix Devcon Two Ton in a small jar cap covered with tin foil. Don’t know if the foil helps expel bubbles since it’s the only way I’ve ever done it. I mix with a plastic strip from an old credit card and really go to town on it. After vigorous mixing I add a few drops of denatured alcohol and mix that in. It thins the mix slightly, extends the brush time by about a minute, and expels bubbles. I also brush with a fine bristle flat nylon artist’s brush which tends to pop any remaining bubbles as I apply the epoxy. Set any remaining epoxy aside in the foil to check hardening progress. that’s my routine and it has worked for18 yrs without a failure, in cold and hot garage conditions, 45 to 90 degrees. Your routine may be different but you need to find what works for you and stick to it. Good measuring and mixing are the keys.
  15. BobP

    oil compressor ?

    It depends on how much pressure you need and how much noise you can stand. I paint in the garage and use a Porter Cable oil free 135 psi compressor that has a 6 gal tank. Very loud but once it airs up, it will run an airbrush for a couple of hours before it turns on again. About $100. I also have a Badger airbrush compressor that has no tank and starts up whenever air is demanded by the airbrush. It’s too loud to use indoors and tends to pulse the air, which is not a good thing. There are quiet airbrush compressors that could be used inside without disturbing the family. They all have air tanks and they tend to be expensive. A standard tool compressor like the Porter Cable fits my needs and environment and is reasonable in cost. I want 45 psi CONSTANT psi (not PEAK psi) as a minimum. Small “on demand” compressors that don’t employ a storage tank generally drop about 15 psi quickly after the airbrush initially demands air, so I wouldn’t choose a small unit that has less than 60 psi peak pressure. Oil /oil less makes no difference to me. If oiled, use an oil trap in the air line. I hear the small California compressors have a good rep but have no experience with them.