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Posted 16 January 2009 - 11:38 AM
Thanks Mark, I wish you well with you business venture should you decide to go that route. I would like someday to do this for a living but I would have to get much faster at making lures than I am now. It is a good clean hobby and stress reliever. You are right, the wood is Balsa. I saw the post by JRHopkins and really liked his hinging method. I also like because of the simplicity, the idea of using twist wires and a hinge pin but there is not much wood here to work with. Like you, I seal my balsa with the wood hardner but I am afraid the hinge pin might pull through under load. I was thinking about a single hinge for the last section but only because it is so small. Thanks to you I now have another reason to make it a single. Thanks for the tip.
Posted 16 January 2009 - 08:30 PM
Dave Orso's Split Tail swim baits have a crazy tail action, and he uses a single hinge pin in the tail. Actually, it's two cotter pins, one tight on top of the other, and that limits the rotation of the tail just enough. His tail sections are almost round, so the action is very erratic.
If you use a plastic tail attached to your wood tail section, and it's tall and thin, it will act like the vertical stabilizer on an airplane, and the tail will be stable enough, even with only one hinge.
Posted 17 January 2009 - 04:42 AM
Thanks again Mark. I think I may have Hi-Jacked this thread. Sorry guys that was not what I meant to do.
Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:47 PM
I finally got around to reading this entire thread, swim baits seem to be becoming a real craze there. These are something I have never seen in the flesh here, but sooner or later they will take off here also.
There is some pretty impressive work being done, so I had to check the gallery, and Mark/Snax amongst others, have obviously put in heaps lately, for some excellent results. Nates creations swim across the screen, the paint is so realistic, and he seems to have that joint 'down pat'.
After reading this thread, in conjunction of many past posts, I am amazed to see the evolution of hinges, ballast weighting, optimum segment sizes etc, and for me they are engineering marvels, when I check out one swimming on YouTube.
Keep up the good work guys, there will be a lot of spin offs from all your work, for us 'Mono' body builders (Mark must spend hours fiddling).
Thanks for sharing, I think I will have to have a go at this.pete
Edited by hazmail, 17 January 2009 - 02:49 PM.
Posted 17 January 2009 - 03:51 PM
Nate was a big help to me when I started making swimbaits and as I began getting more adventurous with the designs John Hopkins input was invaluable.