Stronger nylon vs. acrylic hinge for swimbait
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:31 AM
Thanks for all those suggestions. I'm chasing up some Poly glue to weld the hinge plates together, and of course it's special stuff at a special price no doubt, this should improve things with the hinge separating. As for the pin, this was the thickest, hard S/S wire I had, but I take the point and will try and source something a bit thicker, maybe 1 -1.5mm as I am trying to keep the hinge as small/narrow as possible, I might use a drill bit because after all I am really trying to test out the Polycarbonate, not the pin.
I cant imagine catching anything near 30lb on my lures anyway - but saying that, about 20 years back I was fishing out of a canoe, and caught a 34lb cod while trout fishing , that was surprise.pete
Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:34 PM
@ Dieter & Pete. I go on-line & click around, looking for a store bought hinge & you two guys go out to the shop & fabricate one. Maybe someday I will be a master craftsmen like you guys.
Pete I like the folded lexan hinge, that places the hinge pin down the center. That is exactly what I was looking for. The hinge manufactures only offer an offset hinge pin. I can get them to work, but yours is spot on. Hopefully you can do a tutorial on your hinge for all of us.
Dieter, thanks for all the feedback on the hinge searches you did, some great ideas. How is the new tut. coming along?
Posted 12 April 2009 - 03:04 PM
@ CA Delta
Still have to take some picture sequences and then , worst of all , have to write all down and try to submit it somehow !
Will proceed coming week , since I am busy fishing through Easter , when I'm coming home in the evening , I'm too tired to go down the workshop:huh: !
greetz , Dieter:yay:
Posted 13 April 2009 - 11:43 PM
Tim the hinge is the easy part, making the bender takes all the time - these are pretty strong, and probably stronger with a bigger pin, but wait until Diemai sets his S/S ones up , they should be indestructible. pete
Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:03 AM
Pete do you have any pictures of the bender that you use for folding the hinge? If so I would love to see one, You got my wheels spinning...
Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:07 AM
Tim- Sorry I don't have any pictures, it's getting late here and I'm going to Queensland fishing in the morning. Here is some info that will get you started, I'm no electrician, so go for it at your own risk!!
I made a simple one which works like this :
Plastic Bending Fixture
but mine is nowhere near as exotic. I used a 12v battery and a rheostat (12V car light dimmer - ) to regulate the heat, when the battery went flat, I used an old battery charger, you need plenty of amps, so if you have a variable charger you might be in business.
Tap Plastics make one, which I think would be pretty cheap there:
Tap plastics YouTube - How to create a plastic strip heater
Or if you have a TIG welder, this guy has the amps.
YouTube - hotwire
TIG -Part 2: YouTube - Hotwire-part 2
You can cold bend polycarbonate (Lexan) in a 'break' but I think cold bending would weaken it, so I think hot is the go, you should bend it around at least a wire size which is the same size as your hinge pin for a snug fit – in fact I went up a size so it was a loose fit in one of the halves.
If you need any more info, I will be fishing (3 weeks) but will have access to the Internet, and will be logging into T.U most days – good luck with it. Pete
Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:10 AM
Pete, thanks so much for the feedback. My wheels went from spinning to burning rubber. I just happen to be an electrician & we use heater boxes for bending a radius in our pvc conduit runs. I'm thinking with a few modifications, it might just do the trick. I also like the smaller store bought one from TAP plastics.
On another note, you must be very excited for your 3 week fishing trip. That sounds like so much fun. I hope you catch lots of quality fish. Take care.