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    Default Help cutting tails...... Please !!

    Help badly needed please....

    I have been trying to make my own Flying C's since last season and have had 4 fish on my own to date. Problem is simple, I have stopped trying to make them simply because I have so much difficulty cutting the tails accurately. I am a bit of a perfectionist and have all other aspects down to an art. It's just those bloody tails. I have bought the sharpest blades to cut the rubber/silicone and cut perpex the best way I could, but just not right... Very frustrating for me that I can't get them right regularly. I love the idea of making them and I have spent quite a bit of money buying lots of materials. I have had a few mates ask for some but I am just not happy with the quality yet. I have promised to give them some but have asked for some more time to get it right....
    Calling all the perfectionists out there.... HELP

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    buy the latex bodys pre cut
    Id rather have something I don't need than need something I haven't got!!

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    Buy them precut and save yourself the grief

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    I had the same trouble trying to cut my own.Ended up buying Pre cut ones.
    I asked the guy at Spintec how he cut the ones he sells and he said his missus did them with a very sharp pair of quality scissors.
    She makes a hell of a better job of them than i ever could.
    This is my fishing rod!.
    There are many like it but this one is mine.
    Without me,my rod is useless!.
    Without my rod,i am useless!.

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    Hi

    I've seen both Howard and Morris at spintec do them with scissors.

    The advantage of doing them yourselves is you can make the tails as long or short as you like.

    I just use a blade I've pm the details to you

    mikh
    Last edited by mikh; 07-03-2015 at 12:13 AM.

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    I punch a hole through the rubber 'blank' with a belt punch at a point where the vee joins then use sharp scissors to cut at an angle into the punched hole.

    The hole gives you a guide and stops you cutting too far and stops the the rubber tearing in use. Very tidy, will post pics tmrw if I get time.

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    Default Some great ideas...

    Hi

    Thanks for the help so far. I have an issue with buying them pre-cut to be honest I want to keep trying until I get it right.... Stubborn till the end
    I'd be delighted with any pics etc, they would be a great help. I have looked at previous posts from Stump ( true quality) but I have been failing to cut them properly and wondered if anyone else out there had come up with ideas to make it easier. Thanks again and keep the ideas coming....

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    Quote Originally Posted by An Sionnach View Post
    Hi

    Thanks for the help so far. I have an issue with buying them pre-cut to be honest I want to keep trying until I get it right.... Stubborn till the end
    I'd be delighted with any pics etc, they would be a great help. I have looked at previous posts from Stump ( true quality) but I have been failing to cut them properly and wondered if anyone else out there had come up with ideas to make it easier. Thanks again and keep the ideas coming....
    I had the same issue and ended up buying the really sharp scissors think they were 15 it just takes practise to get them right every time i still couldn't get them right every time

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    Ok, here's some photos

    Note that I don't actually make any flying c's, I only make the rubbers to replace any torn ones.

    I've not had a single torn tail since I started doing them this way as the hole acts as a diffuser for any potential tears.

    You can make a large amount of bodies this way in only a few minutes. The tails can flair out a little on some materials (see pic 6) but I like this as it gives them a bit of life in the water.

    I'm a perfectionist too and this method is way good enough for me so if not quite what your looking for then you have OCD


    1. Get a good pair of scissors and a belt punch (2 from my local market)

    1-jpg


    2. Cut the blanks to length

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    3. Punch a hole at the point where your tail meets

    3-jpg

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    4. Cut into the hole through the double layer of rubber (and no need for a blade its dangerous and not required)

    5-jpg


    5. Voila!

    6-jpg
    Last edited by AlanT; 07-03-2015 at 05:56 PM. Reason: typo

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    Default Super work

    Hey AlanT

    Thank you very much for your efforts, super stuff....
    I had a "laugh out loud" moment when I read the OCD comment
    Excellent work, I will be giving that a shot tomorrow...
    Thanks Alan !!!!

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