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Installing Straight Lexan Lips
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 07:32 PM
At one time I thought I read a thread by hazmail that showed a way to install lexan lips but after a lengthy search I couldn't find the thread. Does anyone have a link to this thread?
Posted 22 July 2011 - 10:00 PM
I agree, Pete is definately one of out most innovative members.
I too am struggling at the moment with lip alignment issues. I need to come up with a plan.
Posted 22 July 2011 - 10:57 PM
Not sure how you guys are cutting out or installing your lips, but this might possibly help. I make templates of the lips on light weight cardboard material about the thickness of a business card. A center line is drawn on the template and the lip is layed out working from the center line. Before laying out the lip on whatever material is being used I put a couple strips of blue painters tape on it. The template is then used to layout the cut lines making sure to transfer the center line onto the blue painters tape. The lure blanks also have a center line drawn around the circumference of them using a divider. This aids me in hook eye placement as well as drilling holes for ballast. When I get ready to install the lip I just eyeball the center line on the bait with the center line on the tape. The tape will have to be removed on the part of the lip that slips into the lip slot, but there is plenty left to get good alignment. Hope this helps.
Posted 23 July 2011 - 09:20 AM
Thanks Ben, this is essentially how I am doing it now. The only strange thing I find about this method is once it all looks straight, if you then look at the lure from the top, bottom, from the end, etc., at some angles it looks crooked. I'm not sure if it's just tricking my eye or what but it definitely doesn't look straight despite the fact that the lines are telling me it's straight.
I forgot to thank you for finding that link for me.........thank you!
Edited by RiverMan, 23 July 2011 - 09:21 AM.