Okay, so you have seen the 3D model that has been made, now to make it a reality, or in other words…here comes the hard part.
Here are some pics of what I have started. I figured I would start with the front ring and back plate. I am using yellow brass for the material. The reel foot prawl and hardware will be out of 7075 aluminum and anodized black. I will attempt to make a green glass handle…we’ll see how that goes.
My backplate will have a radial pattern of half inch holes, with 1/4 or maybe 1/8 inch slots in between. My drag system will be a simple spring and prawl with an eccentric hex mechanism to allow for 6 different drag settings.
In my 3D model, the spool is made of carbon fiber, however I have no idea how to work with carbon fiber, so it may end up aluminum. I have started the front ring, I just have to put the pillar holes in it. I have machined a back plate but have already changed my mind on the drag system so I will be making another one of those.