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My first molded plastic Swimbait!!!
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 04:54 PM
I am excited to finally have my first molded plastic lure in production. They were molded for me by our very own muskydan666 using Featherlite. Dan did a fantastic job creating a mold from a wooden carved body I sent him. This is the first one to be painted up.
Hope you like it! Here's a link to a video showing the bait...
Let me know how you like the video!!!
YouTube - 1st Musky Snax Plastix Swimbait!!!
Posted 13 November 2008 - 05:32 PM
Very nice snax!
..it looks f.... cold at your part of the world.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 06:11 PM
very nice detail. I see you changed up the joint style from your other baits, do you feel this joint is better than the other ones. The only reason that I ask is Im going to mold a few for myself and was thinking the same way you did with this style of hinge.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 06:18 PM
I do think this style of joints is better. It's not practical when making them from wood by hand but in a molded bait you only have to do everything once for the original then pour away!
Thanks again to Dan for his outstanding job molding these bodies for me.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 07:16 PM
Hi Mike!I did my best to do that mold for ya man!!!And im glad to see that it works perfect!!!!Your the one who created the lure so I'm just the mold maker in that!!!Thanks for the nice words!cheers,Dan
Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:15 PM
Original lure and original music.
Lure designer, Musician and composer. I'm impressed, good job.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:43 PM
good job Mike. i'm not that ambitious or motivated. guess i'll just keep carving them one at a time:roll:. keeps me out of trouble:whistle:.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:45 PM
You set the bar for the rest of us Swimbait builders John!
Posted 14 November 2008 - 09:51 AM
That looks nice Snax. Great detail.
Were the tail fibers molded in with the resin or was that added after?
I'm about half-way through my own mold project and I certainly agree with your comments on the ease of reproducing additional lures.
Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:42 AM
Great looking lure. Congrats.
How much do you have to do after the molding process?
Do you still have to drill for the hdwe, ballast, and hinge pins?
Are any of the fins poured in?
So many questions, so little time.
Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:11 AM
Great questions guys. The fins are molded as part of the lure except for the fiber tail which is installed after the baits have ben airbrushed and clear coated. The lures are poured by Dan with wires in the mould so that he can simply pull them out after the lures have cured. He tells me that it's easy to remove them which is good to hear. It also means that the insides of the holes will have a smooth surface and will give a smooth action when the lure segments are pivoting on them.
I made the prototype with the holes for lead ballast already drilled so when I receive the bodies all I need to do is pour in the lead, then seal it and smooth the surface up with epoxy putty.
Before airbrushing I wipe the surface down with alcohol which helps with the adhesion of the base coats. I use Auto Air Colors exclusively and they are affordable and offer an outstanding range of colors and effects.
As for Dan having time to do molds for any one else that's up to him but he's going to be pretty busy with my baits for a while!
Posted 14 November 2008 - 05:44 PM
I've seen it used on a number of other Swimbaits on the market but I can't think of a particular one of the top of my head. I prefer tis method over having to try to line up screw eyes which is a pain sometimes.
Posted 17 November 2008 - 12:51 PM
Posted 17 November 2008 - 01:23 PM
I just checked out the 3:16 website to see their lures and it appears I actually use a similar method of hinging but I use the opposite to what they do. I use the male and female sections in reverse.
Nice looking baits they have!