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Sandan

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On 11/29/2020 at 11:46 AM, Sandan said:

@Moshup , @chugbug27 Thank you gents.

@flytire  I'm working on the proportions, thanks.  Obviously there's still work to be done. 

@cphubert I tried burnishing the underbody and the floss. 

@SalarMan I ordered the thread and burnisher. I used the shaft of a bodkin in my attempt to burnish the underbody and the floss, keeping the thread as flat as I could. BTW I used  Gordon Griffiths14/0 Sheer to keep the thread bulk down. I think it worked.  I tried matching my proportions to the picture, SBS, I'm working with. Your final tip just might be the critical piece of the puzzle to get everything else to fall into place.  Marathon not a sprint and drawing out the fly really helped.

Question: After mounting the wings, when I tie in the shoulders, cheek, topping and horns sometimes the wings will split apart, I remarry them as best I can. Is that common, might I be handling them too much to cause that?

Regarding the wings splitting...now we are getting into the area of material quality. I imagine you are using goose shoulder which is easy to use but can vary widely in quality. Your options are either swan (hard to find) or dyed white turkey. John McLain's (feathersmc.com) goose shoulder is probably the best you will find anywhere, plus his dye work is second to none. He also has a respectable selection of turkey at this time.

And yes too much handling can cause wing problems...I know from experience LOL.

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3 minutes ago, flytire said:

i believe uni stretch = wooly nylon 

I prefer wooly nylon thread because it is finer diameter and that gives better control of the diameter (size) of the underbody and it also seems to wrap smoother.

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3 hours ago, SalarMan said:

Regarding the wings splitting...now we are getting into the area of material quality. I imagine you are using goose shoulder which is easy to use but can vary widely in quality. Your options are either swan (hard to find) or dyed white turkey. John McLain's (feathersmc.com) goose shoulder is probably the best you will find anywhere, plus his dye work is second to none. He also has a respectable selection of turkey at this time.

And yes too much handling can cause wing problems...I know from experience LOL.

@SalarMan

"Regarding the wings splitting...now we are getting into the area of material quality. I imagine you are using goose shoulder which is easy to use but can vary widely in quality. Your options are either swan (hard to find) or dyed white turkey. John McLain's (feathersmc.com) goose shoulder is probably the best you will find anywhere, plus his dye work is second to none. He also has a respectable selection of turkey at this time."

You are 100% correct about the goose shoulders from my local shop. Off to feathersmc.

"And yes too much handling can cause wing problems...I know from experience LOL."

Glad it's not only me.

Thank you sir

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58 minutes ago, Sandan said:

@SalarMan

"Regarding the wings splitting...now we are getting into the area of material quality. I imagine you are using goose shoulder which is easy to use but can vary widely in quality. Your options are either swan (hard to find) or dyed white turkey. John McLain's (feathersmc.com) goose shoulder is probably the best you will find anywhere, plus his dye work is second to none. He also has a respectable selection of turkey at this time."

You are 100% correct about the goose shoulders from my local shop. Off to feathersmc.

"And yes too much handling can cause wing problems...I know from experience LOL."

Glad it's not only me.

Thank you sir

Tell McLain George K sent you. I know him well and he will appreciate that.

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31 minutes ago, SalarMan said:

Tell McLain George K sent you. I know him well and he will appreciate that.

@SalarMan I'll be happy to mention you. 

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