Hi Guys I thought I would post some photos of some poppers I have been making over the last few months. I received alot of knowledge from this forum so I will return the favor with some things I have learnt that might help some begginers. First fish on one of my poppers The only power tools you really need to make poppers is a lathe and a rotisserie. A drill press and a drop saw are nice but not essential. - Lathe, get a decent size lathe, 1m long bed is a good size. The only chisels you really need are a large and small roughing gouge. A box cutter is an excellet parting tool. - Creating cup, mark angle of cup and cut with hand saw, use core box rounter bit in lathe to rough out shape, change to round bur to tidy up, use piece of sand paper on a flat bench to sand face of cup perfectly flat, finaly a flappy sanding wheel to finish. Only takes 10-15min per lure to create the cup. All fittings are used in a 16mm drill chuck in the lathe (no drill press required). - Weights, I use sinkers (for belly/keel) and a piece of 3/8 s/s tube in the rear (casting weight) which can be changed to suit the weather conditions (less tail weight if calm more if rough). Glue belly weights in using epoxy, do not use car bog ect as it is not water proof and will casuse problems. I use Techniglue, water proof, sands nicely. When you work out where to put the belly weights glue them in the blank before turning so no sanding is required. - Rotisserie , 4W microwave turntable motors are the go. $3.00 each on ebay. These motors are 240V AC single phase sychronous motors and will randomly start in either cw or ccw (50/50 chance). Excellent as you only need to wire a simple single throw (on/off) switch and the rottisserie will go either way. Couple rods to motors using 3/8" (9.5mm) tube with one end squashed to a semi circle using a hammer/chissel. I have welded 3mm threaded rod to the coupler which rests in a 'V' block on the opposing side. If you only drill a 4mm though hole the lures they will slip onto the rod easily but be firm enough not to slip while rotating. Do not coat lures if they flop or slip on the rotisserie! you will get a build up on one side. either tighten coupler or wrap some tape around the rod so the lure fits on tighter. - Sealing, I have been using a concrete sealer which seems to work fine with a primer adhering well, although I might try usng an acrylic sealer in the future. The ultumate would be to seal using thinned epoxy but it is far to expensive to be dipping 200mm+ lures in it and tossing the excess. - Finishing, I have been using Norglass Liquid glass. It works quite well although I found it important to spary a clear coat on first as this gives the lure an even texture and allows the liquid glass to flow better while drying on the rotsserie resulting in a better finish. I have been recoating after 20-24hours, I know it will react if recoated too early and I havnt tried to find the limit yet, maybe someone knows the answer to this?? Hope this info is usefull to someone.