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Here are a few shallow running square bills and a jerk bait. Of course the paint is plain but I'm a plain paint guy. I leave the high detail painting to Marc and Cliff.

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Those look outstanding Marty, no way would I have the patience to make baits like you. I'm a big fan of the 2nd bait.

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Marc, I don't have the patience or talent to paint baits like you do. I admire the awsome paint patterns that custom painters like you come up with.

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Nice stuff Marty, like them all. I'm going to get a couple of your baits wet next week at St. Clair, smallies look out.

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Nothing plain about your work Marty. Stunning as usual. In fact, I enjoy the work done by all the artists mentioned in this thread plus a few more. This forum is home to a lot of paint skills.

Dave

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Vman, there is a lot of talent on this forum (spinner baits, jigs, plastics and hard baits). I want to see some of your creations posted. I follow all your work on TU but you need to spread the wealth.

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I rarely take baits to completion. I design - test - log - store - lose. I plan on completing some jointed swimbaits real soon, but have a few problems to solve first.

I have built a new duplicator machine for making larger bodies, but it is not giving me the finish that I was hoping for (75 cuts per inch). There is a wobble in the system somewhere and it is leaving me with effectively 15 cuts per inch, which is very rough.

I have run out of solutions and not definitely identified the problem. I am thinking now of building a new design that I have in my head. But without identifying the problem, I am afraid that the problem may occur in the new design, so lots of thinking time going on at the moment.

It is very frustrating, as I put a lot of man hours into the design and build of this new duplicator. It is a work of engineering art :lol: I will get there in the end I am sure, but hand carving these bodies is not an option that I would savor, especially as I still have a lot of prototyping to do on the bait.

It takes close to two hours to shape the body by hand, for just five minutes in the test tank, this is not acceptable, especially when I know that my machine will cut a body in 4 - 10 minutes, depending on the finish that I configure for. Hopefully I will solve the problem and be able to post up some finished baits soon.

Dave

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Vman, perfection is always worth the wait....

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