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Old 12-05-2016, 07:12 PM
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Does anyone know where I can get some purpose made imping needles suitable for a goshawk?
Over the years I've tried everything available from model shops, brass rods (they bend), carbon fibre rods (they lose strength & break when trimmed to size), darning needles (brittle)
The goshawk is moulting at the moment but when out flying it's only a matter of time before she starts breaking tail feathers however obsessive I am about fitting a rail guard.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:19 PM
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Hello All

Does anyone know where I can get some purpose made imping needles suitable for a goshawk?
Over the years I've tried everything available from model shops, brass rods (they bend), carbon fibre rods (they lose strength & break when trimmed to size), darning needles (brittle)
The goshawk is moulting at the moment but when out flying it's only a matter of time before she starts breaking tail feathers however obsessive I am about fitting a rail guard.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated
Those wire hair grips - straight one side, and wavy the other. Grind off the waxy covering, and they are brilliant. Virtually spring steel, flexible, hold shape, take glue very well, can be ground if required (dremel) but generally fit mid sized birds fine.

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Old 12-05-2016, 08:43 PM
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Old 13-05-2016, 12:10 AM
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Carbon fibre rod, cant beat it.
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Old 13-05-2016, 06:38 AM
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Go to modelling shop you cam buy lengths of thin steal various diameters. Some people cut into small lengths and leave in vinegar to make a rust form so that it grips well, although I have never found this necessary.
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Old 13-05-2016, 07:17 AM
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If you have a tail breaker.
Imp high up using bamboo.
With the finest possible drill make a hole side to side through the lower half of the needle. Push the undrilled half into the remaining shaft and glue into position. Slide the repair feather onto the needle over the drilled hole and rotate until the plain is correct. Pass a needle threaded with dental floss through the quill and pre-drilled hole a couple of times, so the hole is full of thread and tie off on top of the feather. If the hawk breaks it cut the knot off and tease out the thread, then simply slide off and replace.
Should last easily through a season.

I had a gos I did this with for a season, but she improved her behaviour and I my handling of her so it was not required the following year.
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