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Post by Rod » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:13 pm

Hi all, I have a rod that purports to be a chapman 550, can some one please give me the correct length of the handle. The second question is, how do you remove that modern whipping coating, which I presume is epoxy resin of some sort?
Thanks in advance.
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Post by Tonytoned » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:33 pm

Hello Rod :Hat:

This may help. I to have a Chapman 550 Mk 4 Carp which I re-whipped to the same spec as this.Image


Chapman “550”

Chapman Rod Specifications.

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The Chapman 550 10′ 3 piece Carp rod 1960.

Blank specifications. Compound tapered blanks six strip. Test Curve 1-1/2 lbs

Tip section.
0” .120
12” .184
24” .230
36” .254
47” .297 
Middle section.
  0” .321
47” .455

Handle: 28″ alloy tube with internal brass ferrule.
Cork handle 28″ x 7/8″ with two 7/8″ alloy sliding reel bands with cork ball butt.

Ferrules.  Brass suction ferrules butt 11.8mm middle 8.5mm.

Ring spacing as above.
Ring sizes.  Middle.  Thread-line bridge size 22mm.   Full open bridge size 9  —  6.
Top   Full open bridge sizes   5  —-  4 —-  3 —- 3 —-  Tip 604HC size 3

Wrappings – Green Early models may have twisted copper wire on lower leg of butt guide, also on male and female ferrule wrapping

1960 Catalogue description. This rod has the precise action and test curve of a standard Carp, but is supplied in two  3’ 11” lengths with detachable handle.

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Post by QBP » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:02 pm

Epoxy whipping coating removal can be done by gently warming with an heat gun or hair dryer. When warmed it should easily peel off. Take it steady with the heat though - you should be able to see the epoxy 'lift' from the thread when the temperature is right. That's how I have removed epoxy from whipping on c****n rods

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Post by Rod » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:19 pm

That's what I love about this forum, I ask a question, and within a couple of hours, I get an answer :Thumb:
A great big thanks to both Tonytoned and QBP, now I can put a good rod to rights, I bought it on that site, but failed to realise it had been refurbished, the general job had been done extremely well, except for the fact that the butt eye was too big, and all the whipping had been finished with epoxy, which was a shame.
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Post by Liphook » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:47 am

If it's 2 part resin over thread on split cane then I cut the lot through over the guide foot with a new stanley blade then peel it all off. I don't personally like any heat near split cane as the wood glues can be remarkably fragile. If there's original varnish below (it may show as 'lifting edges' in the 2 part resin, where the 'epoxy' hasn't made a good bond) then it will very easily crack/crumble off outwith the actual thread wraps. Hope this makes sense! If not then remember the adage "a thumb nail rarely does damage, whereas tools often do" a quote from one of the best (if not THE best?) rod builder ever to be blessed by British birth. Hope this helps :Hat:

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