Kent I

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  • About Me:
    Phil Ellis
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    Kayaking, boating, fishing, crabbing,woodworking, plug building, bicycling, nature study, and so on.
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    Retired product engineer

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    Stevensville MD

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  1. It is indeed a design patent. It can be viewed at uspto.gov. Unfortunately, design patents protect only the appearance of a product (the standard is that a product infringes if it creates confusion in the mind of the viewer as to whether it's the genuine article), and can have no functional claims. As a result, they are very easy to circumvent. Bob's best bet is to get it into production as quickly as possible so as to be first to market. There's really no protection from knockoffs because (1) it's really easy to do and (2) litigation is extremely expensive once you get past the cease and desist letter.
  2. Google only showed me a patent application. Has the patent been granted?
  3. Here it is. http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2015/0282464.html
  4. the only refs I can find to the nail knot have to do with fly fishing leaders. Would it be secure tying 16# mono to a 50-60# mono shock leader? How about a Sebile knot? I've lost my enthusiasm for the Albright since I got careless last week and took a chunk out of my thumb.
  5. A couple of things I learned doing this; (1) The spring, pin and roller for the Akios mag clicker assembly are not held in place by anything until the unit is assembled to the side plate, so it's best to just remove them until the knob hole is drilled. (2) The mag mounting plate has a .050" tall boss around the knob hub. This complicates hole location a little, but I used a trick I learned for temporarily joining pieces of wood. Take a piece of material that is slightly thicker than the boss (I used .062" thick polypropylene) and drill a hole that fits over the boss. Cut this material to the approximate size of the mag mounting plate, making sure that it clears the stud or pin holes in the side plate. Accuracy is not important. Stick a piece of masking tape (not painters tape, it's not sticky enough) on the inside of the side plate where the mag assembly will be located, again, making sure the screw holes are clear. Remove the knob from the mag assembly. Stick a piece of masking tape on the knob side of the mag assembly, making sure that the boss and pin holes are clear. Now, slide the assembly onto the pins of the frame. Put a dot of CA glue on the tape on each side next to the boss, put the spacer on with the hole over the boss, put a dot of CA glue on each side of the tape on the side plate, and assemble the side plate to the frame and clamp it together lightly. Go have dinner. When you come back, take the side plate off the frame. The mag assembly is now temporarily attached to the side plate in perfect position. Now drill through the screw hole in the hub, remove the mag assembly by pulling the tape off the side plate, and enlarge the hole with progressively larger drills until the boss fits through the hole. Put the clicker assembly back in, screw the knob on and you're done. Incidentally, breaking the edge on drill flutes makes for a much neater hole in thin, soft material like Abu side plates. (3) the magnets in the Akios mag assembly are glued in, which kind of limits experimentation, but it will do for now. I've been looking at the Avail mag kit, which is a similar but with more magnets and no knob or clicker. It looks as if it should be easy to bring the adjuster shaft through the side plate and put a knob on it.
  6. Yep, polishing is my next step. Just thought I'd take care of braking before I did anything to make it faster.
  7. There are no bearings in the spool. The spool is rigidly attached to the spindle and the bearings are in the side plates; they are full ceramics. I may eventually add an ultracast spool, so that both the spindle and the spool have bearings, but I've done that before and didn't see a noticeable difference in casting distance.
  8. Finished the installation for the lower mount. Since the plate I was using was a bearing in side plate type, I decided to mount it on a frankenreel I've been working on (5500c side plates, 6500 live spindle spool on a 6500 CT Sports Rocket frame, full ceramics in the side plates. I'd previously mounted a monomag on this reel, and the Akios setup at first blush appears to be more effective and more adjustable. Testing to follow when the snow melts.
  9. Really nice plugs, great colors.
  10. Very clever! And cost effective.
  11. Man, lonellr is a plug building machine! Good looking plugs, too.
  12. Well, thanks, but I didn't show the six that went back for a strip and redo. Fortunately, it's easy to strip them with alcohol.
  13. Thanks. Now I'm on to stage 2, locating the assembly in the lower quadrant of the side plate to clear the clicker mechanism. To do this, I had to modify the mounting plate a little, as one of the holes did not match all three studs. To accommodate the errant stud, I removed the portion of the boss that interfered with the case stud, leaving as much as I could for support, and elongated the hole as necessary. Tomorrow I will transfer the hole positions and drill the knob hole. After I have the assembly mounted to the new side plate, I plan to mount the side plate on a 6500 Mag Elite to see how the Akios Mag compares with the Mag Elite system.
  14. Test install complete. I installed the I modified assembly on the upper posts of a beater 5001 to test my method for locating the knob hole. I was a little careless drilling the hole to size and had to file it a little, but the method basically worked and and the results look ok and function well. For installations on non-clicker reels, the upper post location is definitely the way to go.
  15. Adding alcohol is a problem. According to testing by Gougeon Bros (West Systems) it produces a coating that is softer and less water resistant. There was a thread on this forum about it recently. I had problems with Bob Smith myself. I used it for sealing, no problem, then used it for a top coat and it got lumpy and never cured. Never again.