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Balsa Pattern

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Need some help.

Is there any other way to make a bait pattern other than tracing around the bait. I have done it but, it dosen't look like the bait most of the time. Has anyone tried making a 1/2 body mold of the bait that could be placed on the wood and then traced. Any help is appreciated.

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Terry (2TBone)

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I still trace an outline of the bait on paper and transfer it to a plastic sheet from which I cut out a pattern. Where the new body differs from the original is usually in how you contour the blank afterward. You can also do a pattern of the top of the bait to help the contouring process along but it still takes shaping by eye to get the body right. A half-body mold could help in shaping if you used it as a "try the fit now" while sanding but I don't see how you could fit a square edged blank into it.

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In the past, I used to use a shape copier (a wood workworker's tool for reproducing moldings). It has a series of movable wires that move to get a fairly accurate copy of the shape. I liked to use it for copying the vertical profile of a bait and then make a layout of side view, top view, as well as cross sections at various points along the bait. The simpler methods already mentioned work well for only a side view.

Kent

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Thank you Guys

I guess the old paper and pen is the way to go. I will try the light that might help with my inability to draw a line.

2TBone

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If you have a photo editing program you could take a picture of the bait, open it in your photo editing program, size it to your specifications and cut out the picture with a pair of scissors to use as an outline. You would need to take the picture at as close to a 90 degree angle as possible to maintain the true ratio aspects of the lure. This could also be done for the top of the lure.

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Put the bait on a copy machine, that and taking a pic are the best two methods I've found. I then glue the copy onto 1/32 lexan and cut it out.

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Hi,

I also use the photo printing and paper template. I usually print to self adhesive paper (the one used for labels), then I cut my template with scissors and stick it on to the timber. Using this method I don't have to actually trace the outline of the bait.

Hope this helps

Greetings from Oz

Beto

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Guys

It is amazing to here the great ideas yall come up with to get things done. Thanks for all the ideas on this issue. Tight lines to all.

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2TBone (Terry)

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