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Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:10 PM
I've seen a couple baits in the gallery with a custom bent lexan lip. One of them even had a jitterbug type lip. Has anybody done this/ have any advice on how to do that.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:15 PM
Mike that post is pretty long winded, but it works, since then I have made a small former or press (brass tubing) with which I make all my lips now. I will post another way of hot bending (for r/ angle bends etc) soon, I just have to take some pictures, as you can see from that old post, I can type all day and it just confuses everyone. pete
Posted 13 December 2007 - 06:02 PM
In the photo...on the thread that ernel shows above...where did to get the harness that you have in the crank bait shown there?
It looks like copper was used,I'm thinking of using the same type harness...maybe stainless in some poly cranks.Just wandering where to get my harnesses stamped out at once I have models for the different cranks.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 07:37 PM
The hook hanger is made of brass (1mm), I had a die made about 20 years ago and had about 3000 stamped out- very strong and they add some weight. I used to sell lures back then.pete
Posted 14 December 2007 - 02:53 AM
I have been playing with these for a while now; you need a variable heat model, which most of them are. As I have said in a previous post (3 months back) I initially knocked off my daughter’s hair straighter to try, it worked but the plates were too narrow. The wider the plates are the bigger the piece of poly you can heat and bend. Also get one with ‘ceramic plates so there is less chance of the poly sticking and try to get one with variable heat, because the correct temperature is critical.
Go into the bathroom and knock off the hair straighter, don’t tell your wife / girlfriend / partner I told you to. Turn it on and set the heat to about 160 Centigrade (320 F), when it reaches temperature stick your sheet of ‘Lexan’ (Polycarbonate) between the plates, wait 5 seconds and bend it, as you will see, it becomes butter in your hands. Open it up and let it chill off and you have your perfect bend – don’t like the angle? Put it back in and flatten it again and have another go.
This is only limited by your imagination, and I am not going to tell you what else you can do! ! Try playing around with formers etc, and read the attached web site, it’s all relevant useful information, especially relating to ‘bloom’ (water in the poly sheet), bending and temperatures @ http://www.auf.asn.au/scratchbuilder...abrication.pdf
It’s a PDF file so you will need Adobe reader. Have fun and if you get caught with the hair machine don’t blame me. pete
Posted 14 December 2007 - 03:48 AM
Thanks a lot Pete, I'm really excited about trying this. Now all I have to do is find my girlfriends keys...
Posted 14 December 2007 - 02:02 PM
If you are looking to do a simple, flat bend, a small sheet metal brake will work. That's what I use when building lexan RC bodies.
Posted 14 December 2007 - 02:10 PM
...try it out...let me know how it finishes...the dog house or the bend lip:wink: