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Homemade jigging rapala tail size question?

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So I'm having a mold maker make me a jigging rapala style mold like the other one he made (yes the one I posted about here)but in smaller sizes.

The good news he is almost done with it.

But he has some questions in regards to the tail size.

He is machining a mold so he can inject the hard plastic tails.

His original plan was to downsize the tails as he downsized the jig.

But he noticed commercial versions all had similar sized tails(OD).

So what's your opinion on this?

Downsize the tail as you downsize the jig or keep the tails the same size even if the jig gets smaller?

I wish we had a 3D printer to try different samples but I don't think it's in the cards on this project.

Thanks,

Chris

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could you fashion some different sized tails out of thin aluminum from an aluminum

can to see what works best on a prototype before going thru the trouble of making a mold ?

 

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19 minutes ago, jigmeister said:

could you fashion some different sized tails out of thin aluminum from an aluminum

can to see what works best on a prototype before going thru the trouble of making a mold ?

 

No I cannot.

You see he has the bodies designed in a CAD program which is a scaled down version of a mold he already made and I already own.

He was going to make the tails smaller in the OD as the jigs got smaller.

But then was looking at the commercial versions realized most used the same sized OD tail.

But either way he has to make a new mold with which to inject the plastic tails that will fit the smaller jig bodies.

So there is no prototype.

If I have him ship the mold without the tails so that I could test different ones then it will likely take a few extra months to get all of this complete.

I was hoping to be making jigs out of this to use for this icefishing season.

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1 hour ago, mark poulson said:

Maybe he could make the mold with the larger tails, and also make an insert to let you cut down to the smaller tails.

You know that's not a bad way to go Mark.

Have him make a full size tail mold and if testing isn't good modify it and test again.

If needed I could then get him to make another smaller tail mold at that point.

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On page 116 of the 2019 lure-craft cat. they offer the lure body, eye, and fin as a kit for $1.80 each in the following sizes, 1/8, 3/16, 1/2, 7/8 oz.

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7 minutes ago, Musky Glenn said:

On page 116 of the 2019 lure-craft cat. they offer the lure body, eye, and fin as a kit for $1.80 each in the following sizes, 1/8, 3/16, 1/2, 7/8 oz.

I'm aware of that.

But I really want to create my own from my own casting.

Just a personal preference.

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