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  1. Thats "cool" RG, I gotta try something like that. Thanks
  2. I've painted about half a dozen baits so far and with the help of this forum, I am pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I am not very good with computers so I don't know how to put pictures on this site or I would be proud to do so. If for no other reason but to show other new guys the possibilities. I had my doubts early on. Suffice it to say that my fishin' buddies don't believe that I made these crankbaits so, that is validation enough for me. Question----I use opaque Createx paints and I see they also offer transluscent paints. Why/when would I choose one over the other?
  3. Got a few baits carved , sanded, and ballasted which went fairly well for a rookie. Now I seal and wait, seal again and wait, prime coat and wait, base coat and wait, etc. etc. etc. I get all fired up to go work on my baits, spray on a coat of something and I'm back upstairs in 15 minutes. Now I wait until the next day to take the next step in the process. I need a hobby that keeps me occupied for a longer period of time. What can or should I be doing during downtime?
  4. Marlake

    Scale Masking

    Atrophius, thank you sir. Thats the kind of help I was hoping for.
  5. Marlake

    Scale Masking

    Thanks for the response. As I said, I searched to the best of my ability to find my answer so I wouldn't have to told to use the search function. Making nice looking baits "needs a little practice to master" but searching is simple provided you type in the proper word or phrase. I tried masking, scale masking, masking adhesives etc. How long do you think it would have taken me to come up with "hold the netting" (in quotes")? If that is "how it works here at TU" and if you don't feel a question deserves a reponse, don't respond. There--I feel better.
  6. Marlake

    Scale Masking

    Hey Guys, I'm a newbie and I'm trying not to ask mundane questions that you have answered over and over. I have searched this forum but can't seem to find my answer. How do you hold the scale masking in place while painting? Thanks in advance for any guidance.
  7. Marlake

    Help Needed

    Hi folks--I'm from the Northeast and my bass fishing season has just about come to an end. Since retiring, I keep very busy for 3 seasons golfing and fishing but I have no cold weather activities to get me through the winter. I am interested in carving and painting a few crankbaits and I was led to this site by one of your members who responded to my post on another fishing forum where I was looking for direction to learn how to get started. I have spent hours scouring this site and I'm impressed with the skill and knowlege that is displayed here. After trying to digest the info and how it applies to my situation, I now own a Badger 350 w/ medium tip, a few bottles of Createx paint and I have ordered harware (hooks, screw eyes, lips etc.) I have carved a few bodies with pine, poplar, and balsa--don't care for the poplar. I'm sorry for being long winded but, I want to show my commitment to this project. My question,finally, is--when trying to do the air brush exercises recommended, I can't seem to adjust my brush to make the lines and dots as illustrated in the manual. Am I expecting too much from this model/type of air brush or am I doing something wrong?
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