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How do you tie off your parachutes?


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Poll: Finishing off parachutes

How do you tie off your parachutes?

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#46 mybadhabit

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 10:44 AM

When I do it, I put a small piece of a small straw or swizzle stick on the bobbin and slide it over the hackle and whip finish, it holds the hackle back and doesn't damage it in any way. Blane

#47 natedubay

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:19 AM

If you get a really thin penetrating CA glue (I use it for finishing reel seats, it soaks into the wood and buffs to a high polish...), it doesn't bind or clump the materials at all, I just put one drop on and let it soak in. When i first took the poll, I was shocked to see only 5% of people did it my way, but then I started reading through... I do alot of dandelion-type parachutes and that's what I thought they were talking about. When I tie mine, I do them in big batches... imagine a piece of stretched mono with hackles every 2 inches. The way I set up my rig to tie them, there isn't any way to whip finish, so you can tie half hitches over the mono slowly, or glue them off. Once I started that habit, I started gluing all my parachutes, even the ones I was tying right onto the fly. Maybe bad habit, but it works for me.

 

My other bad habit is cutting thread with a razor blade instead of scissors. This is something I picked up from rod building, and people make funny faces when they watch me tie at shows. Not something I would recommend however.



#48 Crackaig

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 06:44 AM

I must admit out of all the methods CA glue does seem to be the simplest way. If I ever find a way to handle the stuff without the usual comedic results I would probably use it. It was designed for BDR so the thing it sticks best is flesh. My skin seems to attract the stuff. Has anyone ever managed to empty a tube they haven't used all at once?


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#49 Wavey1988

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:47 AM

I must admit out of all the methods CA glue does seem to be the simplest way. If I ever find a way to handle the stuff without the usual comedic results I would probably use it. It was designed for BDR so the thing it sticks best is flesh. My skin seems to attract the stuff. Has anyone ever managed to empty a tube they haven't used all at once?


Cheers,

C.

 

 

Yeah. A couple of times. Managed ot stick my hand to the cutting mat, when model building, on more than one occasion. 



#50 sniperfreak223

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 12:56 AM

I tie off the hackle around the post, then whip-finish at the head.