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Making Your Paddle Tail Not A Paddle Tail?

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I bought a nice injection mold for a paddle tail swimbait. I want to make it into a jerkbait because the body has way more detail and better profile than any other fluke type mold I can find. I was wondering if there was any way I can add a different tail after the fact or by any other means. I don't really care what the tail is, (forked straight ect).

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If its worth the effort to you, this would be my solution:

Cut a tail you like off another bait.. Cut the paddle off the body you like.. Connect the desired tail and body together with a piece of thin wire.. Then mold the contraption in plaster

Of course then the nice aluminum mold you bought becomes worthless

So a more complex solution would be to block off the body of the aluminum mold (likely with the body of the bait).. And use the tail portion as a mold box.. Fill the tail cavity with RTV, and mold the desired tail within... The RTV mold would stay in the aluminum mold when injecting the bait......

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That's a really good idea sounds like a cheap way to have a semi custom mold. This thread has giving me some inspiration. Funny how some of the simplest fixes never cross your mind. Now all I need is a good paddle tail worm mold.

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I wouldn't buy a mold just to modify it into "semi custom"

There are several ways to make "fully custom" molds... Its alot more work than "click, order, shoot".... But the payoff is far greater imo

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I know i could make one from scratch for cheaper but i just like the shine you get from the cnc molds plus i could always remove the insert and make some paddle tail worms.

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Ive never tried the RTV/Aluminum method... Was only a suggestion

If you try it, please report back with your results

There are guys on here who can get the same or better quality baits out of a plaster mold compared to any aluminum mold you can buy

Im not one of them, but their methods are here in the archives..... If you're intrested, try a search on sealing plaster

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