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'Vintage' Nautilus

Post by Marrakai » Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:35 pm

Here's a few Barra-Blitz lures from the early days.
They were acquired from Chris Hurst by my mate Bart who did bar-work at the Maranga Hotel in the late 1980s. The Maranga was a popular watering-hole for the lads from the old Winnellie warehouse where Chris was working at the time. He delivered them to Bart at the pub in a shopping bag, no cards or packaging. The year was 1986 or 1987.

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Note the broader stripe pattern on the deeper-running versions.

Including the following two examples, Bart is pretty sure that was the full colour range at the time.

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Anyway, they are recent additions to my budding lure collection now!
...along with a vintage Mack-Magnet or two if he can find them!
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Re: 'Vintage' Nautilus

Post by Falky » Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:38 pm

hi Marrakai
do you know if Chris Hurst ever used stick on eyes at the beginning? I have one here or a copy, would be good to clarify it thumbsupsmilie
its the bottom one in the pic of course
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Post by ropes.basstard » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:14 pm

Beautifull! Very nice lures! Thanks for posting them. clapclap

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Post by Marrakai » Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:29 pm

do you know if Chris Hurst ever used stick on eyes at the beginning?
Falky:
I'll check with Bart.
I'm a relative new-comer to the Territory, didn't move here permanently till January 1988!

Given the stick-on eyes on his more recent surface lures I'd say it is a distinct possibility, but perhaps not at the beginning.
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Re: 'Vintage' Nautilus

Post by Falky » Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:35 pm

thanks Marrakai thumbsupsmilie

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Post by Marrakai » Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:15 am

Falky:
Ol'mate Bart found a Mack Magnet and a Mack Magnet Junior stashed away, now further additions to my collection thanks to his generosity!

The MM Jr has stick-on eyes, definitely from the late 1980s.

Photos to follow when I get time.....
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Re: 'Vintage' Nautilus

Post by Falky » Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:03 pm

good work marrakai thumbsupsmilie
now just wait till you post a pic

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Post by Marrakai » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:24 pm

now just wait till you post a pic
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Mack Magnet and Mack Magnet Jr from 1986/87.
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Close-up of stick-on eye:

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BTW Bart corrected me on Chris's workshop too.
Apparently he rented one of the roller-door garages at the back of the pub for a time!
It was previously being used as a store-room.
Bart would go down and have a chat during his breaks from bar-work.
He told me all this a while ago and I had forgotten the details...

The Maranga Hotel changed its name to the Winnellie Hotel about the time the southern airport gates closed, after they built the new international terminal.
I enjoyed a few Friday arvo 'happy-hours' there myself when I first moved to the Top End, for those of you who remember the 'old Darwin'.
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