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It's (not) cold, I'm bored, who's building what... - 2012 edition

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Ted started this thread last winter, so I'ma gonna start it this time around. I'm in a holding pattern til I get some parts in and I've had a pretty productive building season. Got a lot of great ideas from this thread last year, so here's to round 2.

 

Here's what I've managed to knock out so far. ALL handcarves (I don't even want to consider how many hours of handsanding I'm looking at.) 75% of this is getting sent off for other folks to beat on, or handed to folks I fish with, or ponied up for Bill Couch's win in the largemouth plugathon. Enjoy, feel free to critique, and if you have questions I'm more than happy to try to answer. I applied alot of knowledge gained from here in these batches; Ted's homemade screweyes, handcut lips, alot of Black Talon inspiration, Ted's foil tutorial, alot of proto/trial and error from the old guard (particularly Winch and Jigman threads), and a few different hook hanger/fullseal threads. Thanks to all of you here for your contributions here and the wisdom/inspiration you pass on.

 

BigO Clones. Some white cedar, some spanish red cedar. I prefer the white, the red is a little light and livelier than I prefer. 6"l x 1.5"d x 1"w.

 

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Minners. All AYC. Action between a Bomber and a Topgun with a little more tail wag. 6"l x 1"d x 3/8"w.

 

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Speck Spooks. White cedar. Works like a spook, 2 rattle chambers provide the ballast. Taught me I need to drop my line tie more. 4"l x 7/8"d x 3/4"w.

 

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...and what is left of what I cut out this winter, 9 of these going to the swap, 3 going elsewhere...

 

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And a few glamour shots...I really should have pulled out my d80, but the plugbag camera was easily accessable. Just some paint I am happy with.

 

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Thanks fer lookin, thanks fer the inspiration, and here's to another good year. Let's see what the rest of you have been doing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DOH,

 

Those are AMAZING!!!!!!!

 

I love the shapes and your pinting style is off the charts! You're wonder bread pattern is the best I've seen. Let me know if your ever up for a trade :D, you're going to have some very happy friends and trading partners!

 

I must have missed Ted's tutorials, will be doing a sear immediately :D

 

On the spoonbills are those surfster lips? or did you make them as well?

 

FAR OUT!

 

Well done,

 

MS

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I'm working my butt off before May 1 and then its over till December.

Just getting ready to cut up the maple and black walnut wood i just received after my pencil run .

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Stuff looks great Noel. I need one of those shads, they look great. I have been busy trying to get some stuff done for plugfest at the other place. Mike nice looking stuff especially those darters. Nice stash of wood too.

 

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Very impressive, that's some nice batch of plugs !!!! You guys do some fantastic work !!!! Great paint work !!!

A smaller handcarve I'm playing around with, 6" x 1.5 - 2 oz. depending on what wood I use ( pine- wrc )

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Also doing some experimenting with different type lips on my handcarves. The surster swims real nice. I haven't had a chance to test the z-lip yet. They go 7" x 2.50 oz.

Next are some with no belly hooks. These were made to specs from Old Man, around 4" x 1.25 oz

Last one's are my slugs, these are still a work in progress, as I'm trying to find the right formula to get them swimming right, just need the ice to melt so I can test them.

 

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Wow. Nothing less than absolute beauties in the whole bunch there guys.

 

I will have to get some pics taken when I finish up my latest batch. Good inspiration, thanks for sharing.

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Geez guys...absolutely sick stuff. I don't know if the plugs I'm working on now will worth posting after looking at those. :shock: Ted that little stick bait is killer, Doh, wow, magnificent, you keep raising the bar.

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Thanks for all the kind words guys, and for posting up and keeping this going. Alot of good work going on.

 

MS - Since Ted has already posted, I'll defer to him on the lips for the spoonbills, although they are not a surfster lip they act similarly. I don't think he will be tightlipped about it, so just hold on a bit... I know you've been buildin' wharz the pics?! Thanks for the compliments on my paint...I work harder at it than I probably should, since white catches just as well, but I enjoy doing some funky stuff with the airbrush.

 

Surfsharpie - WOW you are cranking out some volume! I like the polaris's but the bottle darters are awesome... I won't have the testicular fortitude to attempt any kind of darter for a long long time.

 

Ted - :drool: All I can say is when the day comes that I make it up your way, you better hide your plugbag and keep me out of your shop! Whats the little stickbait? Spook, glider, ? Jitterbug is really nice too. In all our discussions I've never asked you what kind of paint you use...your blending is amazing; monster technique? Paint? Combination thereof?

 

FJR - Great looking stuff! I enjoyed looking at your "old man builds" in their thread, and am just about curious enough to try one myself, but I don't know that they would do any good here unless they were "inhalable size". It's nice to see another member of the handcarve contingent.

 

JMac - Yup, you do need to get some pics up! I like the little feller in your avatar, theres a zen like quality to the red gill line...something about the single brush stroke.

 

CBMike - Everything is worth posting! God knows, go look through some of the stuff I posted in past years :kook: Thanks for the kind words! I'm hoping over the next year I develop a little more into my own paint style, as alot of this stuff is Black Talon derivative. The only truly original idea I have had is that splatterbread paintjob.

 

Let's keep this party jumpin' guys. I'm off to work here shortly, but lots of plug pics and a hoppin thread make for a little less crummy night in the kitchen. I may even get to post some from my phone if it behaves.

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MS - Since Ted has already posted, I'll defer to him on the lips for the spoonbills, although they are not a surfster lip they act similarly. I don't think he will be tightlipped about it, so just hold on a bit...

Ted - :drool: All I can say is when the day comes that I make it up your way, you better hide your plugbag and keep me out of your shop! Whats the little stickbait? Spook, glider, ? Jitterbug is really nice too. In all our discussions I've never asked you what kind of paint you use...your blending is amazing; monster technique? Paint? Combination thereof?

 

Those lips are just Colorado blades I punched through wire holes in with my hand punch. Just like the commercially available ones but slightly different blade. Those are small, probably only 3/4 the size of the small one available.

 

The stickbait is a subsurface walking bait. I have high hopes for it. PVC and screw eyes. As for paint I use mostly createx and fascolor because it's available locally to me. I really like the fascolor stuff. I also use the craft store cheap paint. I found several colors I really like and I just add a pearl medium to them. They all work when thinned enough. I tend to use thicker paint and higher pressure. Some folks would say scary high pressure. I shoot at 60 and above sometimes. I know they say don't go that high as it may cause airbrush trouble but none so far. Black Talon gave me the goods on that one. I only turn down the pressure when I want to do eyes and stuff like dots. I actually have started to down the pressure a bit all the way around and thin paints a bit more, but it works for me. I like this thread and hopefully it gets some more people to post.

 

Frank your stuff looks great like always. Wish we could have got something together this winter. Always enjoyed them.

 

Ted

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Beautiful stuff fellas.....MAN this site has some crazy talent!!

 

Going into the shop as soon as i post this, been a really crazy start to the building season and some other items have kept me away from the build.

 

Keep 'em coming guys, cool stuff

 

Best

 

MS

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