Archery | Putting on Spin Wings
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Archery | Putting on Spin Wings

August 16, 2019

I’ve mentioned spin wing vanes before.
Spinnies are curled, plastic vanes, stuck on in an offset configuration. They’re meant for thin arrows, such as X10’s and ACE’s. Their purpose is to put more spin on the arrow. I’ll let the info card do the talking – improved accuracy, stabilisation and arrow flight. Most people won’t use these, but they are the norm for competitive shooting. They also get ripped up pretty easily, especially if your bow is out of tune, so they’re higher maintenance than regular vanes. Since they take considerably more time and effort to put together, most shops won’t offer them as an alternative so you have to do it yourself – it’s not
that hard but it can be a bit tricky to get it just right There’s some leeway involved in not getting it precise, so if you’re a bit off they’ll still function fine. My first pack of spinnies were pretty terribly done – the negative effects were negligible, they just looked ugly! I’ve bought a new batch of arrows and a
new pack of spin wings, so I’ll have to fletch them all. There are few videos on Youtube explaining how to put them on, but I’m going to do this one a bit differently. I had to do a bit of improvisation and while this definitely isn’t the most precise method, it came out fairly well. If your club is well-equipped there’s probably enough tools lying around for you to use to assemble arrows. My Clubhouse consists of this concrete slab and a shed. I glued my inserts using a candle shaped like a champagne bottle from the year 2000. I’ve got the spin wing pack here, which comes with the vanes and tape and I’ve got a pencil and a fletching jig. It’s a lot easier if you use a paint pen which you can get from any art store. I’ve got one, for some reason I can’t find it. It’s also probably a lot easier if you use a helical fletching jig, but I’ve got a straight one . I’m using a Cartel fletching jig, although most jigs are similar. Jigs come with magnetic clips that hold vanes in place while the glue dries, but since I’m using spinnies, I won’t be using glue, and I only need the jig to rule guidelines. It’s possible to adjust jigs left and right, but I was in a rush and I couldn’t figure out how to
rule helical lines using a straight jig. If you’re watching this, you either think
this is the most awkward and stupid way of putting on spin wings, or you wonder why you didn’t think of this yourself. So, this is what I did. First, I had to
figure out where to draw the lines – most jigs have preset positions to place veins
and if so, you’re in luck. For some reason, this one doesn’t so I had to measure my own. Thankfully the knob has equal segments, so I placed the pencil mark on the knob and the frame as a crude alignment tool. To make aligning the vanes easier, I also mark out the length of the line. The vanes start from around an inch from the nock and I’ve marked the end point of the vane on
the clip as a reference for my line. And look! I found my paint pen! I align my preset marks and mark each line – you end up with an arrow with perfectly
distanced vane markings. However, the spinnies go on helically, not straight, so you can’t follow these lines. I’m not too familiar with angles and measurements so I estimated the
necessary angle – it’s not large enough to completely cross the lines, so I place
about just below it and do the same marking for the other two vanes. Now for the tape – it’s double-sided and
can be tricky to peel, so my strategy is to rip a strip off and hope that the end
gets split. I anchor one end of the tape on the
solid line and stretch the tape so that it crosses the second mark – if you make a
mistake, the tape comes off easily if you pull it back right away, but avoid
doing it too often. Press against the tape to secure it. Do the same for the remaining two lines – you should get three equally distanced diagonal parallel strips. Now for the vanes – expose the adhesive
tape and carefully stick the vane on. Use the back of the vane and the tape
and or line as a reference point. Since the tape is already angled correctly, all you have to do is follow the tape. Try not to misalign the vane – pulling it off is actually difficult without ruining the adhesive tape Peel and break off the excess tape and you’ve got a perfectly attached vane. Do the same thing for the other two,
making sure the vanes are stuck securely. Finally, you need to apply tape around
the ends of vanes – use the black tape that comes in the pack, break off 2 small
pieces. Peel one, and stretch it across the end of the vane. Do the same for the other end. This prevents the vanes from peeling off. And there you go! It’s a fairly crude method, but it’s actually pretty fast and not impractical, considering what I’m using. Of course, if you’re doing a whole
set of arrows, it’s still going to be a pain in the rear. With all that said and done, I hope you found this video helpful and or comical. As usual, thanks for
watching and cheers!

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  1. They're meant to be helical. I presume the design of the vane means that a helical placement allows air to catch onto the curled section, imparting more spin. Regular vanes can be attached helically for a similar effect, but I don't think straight spinnies do better or worse than regular vanes.

  2. Spinwings, or any other mylar vanes can not be put on a helical. You can only put an offset in them, but that's not necessary.

    A helical mean that that vane wraps around the shaft and has the front and end straight parallel to the shaft, a little bit different that an offset vane which just goes straight but on an angle.
    So you need a flexible material that can take these bends, mylar doesn't offer you that.

  3. Ah right, I was using the term incorrectly. It is indeed an offset placement. Thanks for the clarification!

  4. The commentary is pretty funny… Thanks for the video! Helped a bunch (other than the whole helical thing but it seems the other comments have already poked at it a bunch of times)

  5. I have found the black tape to stay on better if you wrap the other direction. (from what was done in the video) My 8 yr old daughter has started using these and loves them. Also it says not to mix the colors, I have done a lot of research and found, as long as the colors are close, your good. (don't mix black and white, but pink and blue are close on the color chart. good to go.) Thanks for the video.

  6. I'm preparing a video about stabilisers at the moment. As far as I know, having a full stabiliser setup is better than none, but beyond that it comes down to preference and shooting style. Most archers use a long rod, v-bar, extender and side rods, which work fine. The rest is fine tuning with lengths, top/bottom limb dampeners, etc.. There is no optimal setup.

  7. Your jig does not have definite stops because you have unscrewed both of the allen screws. Screw in the top one for 3 vanes (stops), or bottom one for 4 vanes (stops), just make sure its only one and not both. 🙂


  8. I know this is a very old video, but can I please just help out all the people who watch this video. Kurlys are meant to be put on straight. The curve of the vane gives the arrow spin.
    Placing the kurly at an angle like this will create a parachute effect (too much spin and slows the arrow down )at long ranges. I typically shoot 90m every weekend at my club and the difference between a straight kurly and a 3 degree kurly at that distance is whether you hit the target or the arrow drops short.

  9. im interested in buying a fletching jig but I don't know what is the difference between straight, left helical and right helical. could someone share some light?

  10. It would be a good idea to first clean the part that you are fletching with rubbing alchohol or soak it in soap water and wipe it clean, then apply the tape and vanes. my spin vanes practically never comes off unless I rip them off or something tears it

  11. A question came up in my mind, as some arrows use only two vanes/feathers, how would two helical vanes work? Would it work out well? Might help avoiding damage

  12. It might be a good idea to use a small piece of glue lined heat shrink tubing instead of the black tape – it will look a lot neater :o)

  13. What's the difference between spin wing and XS wings? Are they practically the same but just made by the different companies or do they do different things?

  14. Hihi love your video. I do have a question; what would be the correct name for the end tape? I've been looking for it everywhere and want to find it in a different color. Other than black. I heard there is a similar tape you can buy at any auto shop that has a variety of colors? Thanks!

  15. Need to screw in one of the two screws then the jig will stop at either 3 or 4 vanes, the little alen key bolts.

  16. Not all spinnies are glued helicaly to the shaft. Mine doesn't and if you're assemblying yours then double check reading the instruction at the back of the package.

  17. That double sided tape is something specific for archery or can I just get any double sided tape and cut so it fits the vane?

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