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Cheers Mike. Yeah, hopefully we'll get a bit of a break from this wind  and head out wide again Wink
Hows your boat progressing? must be getting close now.....Big smile
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Very nice MarkThumbs Up you like the CTS jigging blanks?? I have 2 CTS blanks,softbait and spinning, nice action ayeWink
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yeah not too far away now, got the hardtop (came up awesome Thumbs Up) on yesterday so just got to finish the wiring now.
will give ya a bell when its done and you can call round for a look see.
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here is one i just finished

 6-8kg softie rod
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how r the rods u guys r building with dean any pics
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All top secret broLOL
Na you will see when mine is finished
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Here's a site with alot of manufactures how-to guides posted on it:

http://www.merricktackle.com/tips/tips.html
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Originally posted by kaveman kaveman wrote:

Very nice MarkThumbs Up you like the CTS jigging blanks?? I have 2 CTS blanks,softbait and spinning, nice action ayeWink
 
Very nice blanks - I have an Offshore SB rod built on a CTS and absolutely love it Smile The CTS Seamaster jig blank are also very nice to jig with...
 
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Hey Mitch, whats that wrap above the foregrip? looks very cool Wink 
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Nice tiger there Greenguy, what brand is the EVA? That is a cool camo. Just got some deep water camo to try. Had a fish with it yet?
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Originally posted by MarkE MarkE wrote:

Hey Mitch, whats that wrap above the foregrip? looks very cool Wink 
tiger wrap they come out wicked and when they hit the sun they pop 
drop me a p.m and ill send u the tutorial Wink
u can get the grips from rod works in au
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Just finished this - Acid wrapped, Synit Venom 150 blank with Alps harware.
 
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Sweet. What do think about the quality of the Alps guides? Is that their Tri Lex seat as well?
Might need a report on how that fishes.
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No complaints so far. Ive got a couple of rods with Alps hardware and so has my brother. Wouldnt bother spending the extra on Fuji guides again....Wink
Yep, that the Trilex seat. I used it for the first time on Saturday for a few hours - very comfortable to jig with, the finger grooves are spot on for jigging with the small SA20.
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mate you've certainly got the hang of the rod building thingThumbs Up
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mark r u doing ur own glueing now???
good job the rod looks wicked
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Cheers guys Smile
 
Doing the epoxy work myself Mitch - its actually easier than it looks Wink
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Originally posted by MarkE MarkE wrote:

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Doing the epoxy work myself Mitch - its actually easier than it looks Wink
yea mate not hard at all just got to get rid of those pain in the ass bubbles hahaha o and dont eat mc ds and glue afterwards u get the mean fish eyesLOL
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Thin the epoxy down - dont get any bubbles that way.
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I once made a simple vacuum chamber to assist in the release of any bubbles. A large glass pickle jar with screw on lid allowed me to place mix in a mixing jar into the larger jar, place lid on (didn;t need to use a rubber seal) and I use a hand pump to remove air through hole in lid (had glued a washer onto lid to strengthen) with a small o ring around screw in bit of hand pump.You can use a bike pump but you need to fiddle with the valve as they are designed to be positive pressure devices. It wasn't high tech but it worked. Cost me next to nothing.
 
I found that most bubbles are introduced during the mixing if using a 2 part system and can be greatly reduced by warming the mix (hair dryer) and then eliminated entirely using the vacuum chamber. Some rod builders even flame off their final finish but I have never had to do this.
 
I agree that thinning is a good solution depending on the brand of coating being used. Differing schools of thought on numbers of coats but I have done up to three on some rods with a lot of threadwork. It also depends on whether you are also using a sealer on threadwork which can also contribute to bubbles on bindings and decorative wraps as the bubbles release after coating and can be a pain with some threads.
 
Being scrupulously clean re dust is also needed to get a perfect finish but your rod is immaculate in this regard. Hope the above is of interest.
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