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  1. thanks wayne! I thought about doing exactly what you mentioned. May have to give it a try. I thankfully only poured one side so far. But its pretty thin at about only a lego brick deep.
  2. So i was pouring a new mold last night and discovered i forgot to add the little alignment nubs to line up the two pieces while casting. Is there anything i can do to salvage it? Or just chop it up and use it as filler for the next attempt?
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    4 piece bass

    Progress on my 4 piece bass swimbait
  4. Here’s one after the fins have been trimmed to accommodate the joints.
  5. The joints are all lined up and moving freely. Just need to fill the cavities on the sides of the dowels and some final sanding and she’s ready to test swim and mold.
  6. I’ve seen a guy make aluminum jigs for cutting lexan lips on a band saw. The guy was able to cut a stack of identical lips in minutes. Wish i had more insight to share than that but i’ve never made a lipped bait myself.
  7. I personally drill and fill with melted lead. I only have experience with Alumilite White Resin. Use the volume calculators you can find on makelure.com (or alumilite.com, they're both run by alumilite). Once you figure out the volume of your molds you need to convert it to resin. Then i take 9% of the weight of resin needed per mold and add that much of the MB to the mix. You will end up with extra resin the first few times so adjust the mix until you get the least amount of wasted resin and don't forget to redo your MB calculation every time you remove resin. Probably not the "perfect" mix but has been working out well for me so far. I think i got the % MB mix calculations from a Engineered Angler video.
  8. Thanks man. I’ll get a swim video and post it when she’s all finished. Thanks!
  9. Fin slots are all finished and fins are fitted and aligned. Just need to drill the eye pockets and assemble the joints and she’s ready for testing and tuning.
  10. Made some more progress tonight. Broke one of the pectoral fins in the process so i have to re-carve that but otherwise very happy with it so far
  11. Nice! I just got some basswood tonight for when I'm done with this project. I believe you are right. According to wikipedia linden is the european version and basswood is the american version. Thanks! Im still learning the craft. Thanks man!
  12. This one is made of poplar. I’d really like to try bass wood since i hear it carves really nicely. Than Linden you use sounds nice as well
  13. Thanks! The worst part was as soon as i cut the fins off i didnt like the profile at all. so out came the knife and had to carve and sand off almost all of the scales on the back and re-carve them. So happy the scales are finished. Dive right into a jointed bait man. Its so satisfying once you get it swimming right
  14. Thanks man! Me too, this one has taken me forever to get to this point
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