World Debut of 2008 Chromatic Attack
Photographic Proof from the 2007 Season!
Building a Legend, One Fish at a Time!
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To those message board members purchasing the specially priced 2008 Silver Bullet package deal, may I suggest fishing this as a total system. Mix and matching is not necessary and might actually hinder success. For the last part of the summer season, all I ran was this stuff and never felt outgunned at the cleaning, or by worthless braggadocios radio chatter that can't be proved. Eliminate the brainwork and just load the spread with these fine metalized products.
Evolutionary Time Line
Getaway Bob K showed up at my shop and
surprised me with
metalized heads and 2 BTIs. Bob's project was under deep-deep
cover. In fact, the cover was so deep, I didn't even know about it!
His input was 1000% unexpected by me, but he knew a company that built it's
reputation on highly specialized in plating for custom cars, etc. Flex
of the flashers was always my concern, that might cause the plating to
crack. Little did I know his plating company solved this problem a long
time ago with the special durable base coat.
8/28/07 First set of tests results about adhesion/structural today. This was structural and how the metal adhered and coating info. All areas passed with flying colors and superior to some test pieces of my competition.
Received my test batch from the metalizing company. Which
included a few 12 inchers, some more BTIs, chromed bullets (for flies) and
meat heads in Super Mag & regular. I appreciate this companies
speed in which they got more test products to my shop for on the water
10/3/07 Weatherometer test results came in today. 15 days in the weatherometer is equivalent to about 300, 24 hour days of sunlight at the equator during the fall or spring equinox. The short summation of all testing said: "It looks like you have a winner John."
10/5/07 Examined several bids/pricing and made the decision to move forward. Cost issues are a big part of all manufacturing, but went with the company Getaway recommended, cuz of the proven flexibility issues.
10/10/07 Reviewed all laboratory testing again. Here's an excerpt from 8/28/07 structural/environment tests: "Subjected to a “-40°C / +80°C / soaking in water” environmental cycling condition with no change in visible appearance.... (cycle run 3 times). The parts were also able to withstand -40°C and 90°C for 16 hours (overnight) with no change visible." 90C is close to boiling, minus 40 Celsius is -40 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit)!
10/11/07 Prepped the blades and heads for shipment.
10/12/07 Packed and shipped the products for metalizing.
10/15/07 Sent the flasher blades, meat heads and a small quantity of bullet heads to the vacuum metalizing company.
11/2/07 Received the final product from the metalizing company. I dealt with a Michigan based company.
11/3/07 Started working the blades for world debut on 11/22/07. Several pre-orders exist and need to have a shippable inventory in about 2 weeks.
Finished over 100 blades since yesterday. Felt nice to make
progress, cuz the behind the scene events move at a snail's pace, like
on installing the code for shopping cart stuff for the webstore.
a long day re-doing the webstore in the Christmas and adding the new 2008 Silver
Bullet products in all
shapes and forms. Dull data inputting, working with java
script/html codes suck. Shopping cart stuff is tricky.
11/19/07 Did the world
debut announcement and consider this a successful project put to bed!