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Rothmar2
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« on: November 10, 2020, 06:12:56 PM »

 Hi All,

I havenít been posting much over the last couple of years, purely because I have had little to show since the Jigmaster builds. But I have been doing little bits here and there on a couple of projects, and my work situation has changed yet again to where I may be able to get back to doing more custom work due to having access to decent machines again.
The builds in this thread have been in limbo for some time for various reasons, but progress has been made to where I now have one fish-able, and the other I will show as it progresses.
This thread is also a shout out to those who have had influence on me to do reel mods. For those who have been regulars on AT.com for many years, you will spot their legacy as this progresses. Two I would like to mention straight up are Sal and Wallace, who are tragically no longer with us.
Iíve had a Cortez Conversions Classic Squidder kit for some time (many thanks Tom!) but it took a back seat while I was doing the Jigmasters. What bought this reel forward was the recent release of the Savage Gear 3-D Octopus slow jigs and the potential that I could see to use them on the local striped trumpeters.



People have tried jigging for them on and off over the years with only very limited success, but I felt these new jigs could be game-changers. I had also wanted to chase them on lighter tackle to get a bit more fight out of them. The usual tackle being 50lb braid, 12-24oz sinkers and a spread of hooks on a heavy paternoster rig. This tends to take the sting out of their fight somewhat!
So it was that the low gear ratio of the Squidder, steel gears, SS gear-sleeve upgrade and Tomís kit would make the perfect lightweight package to try something different. I just needed a decent crank and handle.
I had made a panel for the sounder on my little tinny out of a botched polyester/ fibreglass channel section Iíd tried to mould a few years ago.

 

Mike (mhc) had sent me some dyed Kevlar cloths that he wasnít going use a while back from some of his projects, and I laid some blue/black cloth over the channel section to make it a bit more pleasing to the eye (never mind not finish fairing the piece, I do have a lazy streak at times!). The cut-out for the sounder to fit into was perfect stock to make cranks out of, being about 4mm thick. Wallace had made some Carbon fibre cranks which he had shown here years ago, hence the inspiration.
I used an old stock Shimano TLD5 handle as the basis for the crank design, having significantly more leverage than a stock Penn Squidder handle.



I rough cut out the blade and then laid up a layer of Carbon fibre weave over the reverse side from the blue/black Kevlar weave (more on that later). Then I made some SS inserts to fit into the blade where the gear sleeve and handle shafts would mate together. These being high potential wear and stress areas.



These inserts were filed off from being perfectly round and had grooves filed into where they would fit inside the blade, and all surfaces roughed up to provide as much keying as possible for when the inserts were epoxied into the blade. I did not bother with an insert for the blade counterweight, as I figured there would be minimal stress at this end.



The handle shaft, sleeve and bearing was similar to what I have shown in my other build threads. This arrangement has given me no trouble so far. The sleeve end thread is once again 3/8 BSP. The shaft is a M5 SS cap head bolt.





The actual handle is made from a heavy rod blank butt off cut which had an insert epoxied in for the handle sleeve to screw into. The blank ends were build up with a thickened epoxy mix, and allowed to cure, then shaped back to allow for a comfortable (to me) feel in the hand.






Finally the handle blank was sheathed in a thin carbon fibre weave for decoration (!). Using peel ply and tape to hold it all down while the epoxy cures saves on frustration and minimising fairing post cure. Thank you to Marqís epoxy work he shown on threads here. Ideally having a vacuum bag arrangement is the ultimate in laying-up these tricky shaped profiles.



Then it was just a matter of finish fairing and polishing the parts. I didnít bother with the handle however as I like having a bit of weave texture as it helps with grip, and as Iíve said before, I do get lazy and canít be bothered where I feel it isnít warranted!
So here it is, spooled with 30lb solid core. The bridge has also been fitted with the extra dog as per mhcís thread https://alantani.com/index.php?topic=20257.0





The star is a Titanium one from Motive-fabrication. The clutch lever (Tomís?). Spool is a Newell, which is a dark bronze colour, would ideally like to get it re-anodised black some day. But for now Iíll fish it as it is.

I have only been able to fish the reel once and had no luck finding any stripeyís to play ball. Could  not catch one on bait either, grrrrrr, even amongst the other blokes onboard. So no fish so far. There was a little knock when turning the handle under load which turned out to be a couple of little burrs on the main gear. This has since been taken care of by bedding the gears with a little lapping paste, cleaning off and re-greasing the main gear and pinion.

Now for the blue/black Kevlar weave. I purchased one of the XN Tiburon Squidder kits from Randy at Vintage Offshore Tackle close to 2 years ago now, in Black/Cobalt. This should mate up nicely with the crank stock from the sounder cut-out.



I also ordered a set of Tomís recently released Squidder plates in black. Today they arrived!







Needless to say, the plate kits are absolute first class! Thank you also Tom for the extras bits you threw into the package.

To anyone reading; Who has built a XN Squidder, and has anyone fished one yet? Keen to hear anyoneís thoughts about them, and what they are using them for?

Will show more as this progresses.
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2020, 08:15:54 PM »

Nice work as always.  I look forward to your projects.  Makes for a very pleasant distraction from everything else.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2020, 10:05:59 PM »

That's a beautiful reel and crank Rothmar.  I think the tape and peel ply may have been safer and preferable to vacuum bagging.  I miss Marq's composite work.  He did some good stuff too.
-steve
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2020, 08:43:39 AM »

Bravo! Great work! Cool
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2020, 02:57:41 AM »

Good to see you back in the reel world Chris and picking up right where you left off - building spectacular reels with your personal touch. The crank and handle turned out great. I'm looking forward to the XN build.

Mike
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It can't be too difficult - a lot of people do it.
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2020, 03:45:50 AM »

Lovely work, as always Chris Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2020, 03:22:27 PM »

Yes Chris, your a tallented man with great forsight, thanks for taking us along, cheers Don.
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