with the upgrade race rod offer in the b pro series, i had an extra set of rods for modification...results of a 30 minute project...used dremel to cut, rev tape was enough to protect cut...super glue for ferrules, had to re glue two, so use enough glue...rev has ferrules in two configurations solid & hollow...will ask oracle to make rod bag, & then design bag for sail rolled around rods...g
You talked about "one" extra set of rods for modification. I'm assuming that you cut each of the five rods in half ... yes? If so, then one rod with a ferrule is missing from the pictures ... yes?
Since the object was to make a very short set of travel rods, did you consider not adding a ferrule to both ends of any of the rods? The verticals are obvious ... cut one vertical rod in half and add a ferrule. With the leading edge, you would cut the three rods in half ... two halves will automatically have ferrules. By adding ferrules to one end of three of the rods, you could still reassemble the leading edge by using the same amount of ferrules. However, you would thus avoid the problem of the extra length associated with the double ferruled rod. That would reduce the overall length of the one rod 1 3/4 inches.
With the normal 1.5 set of rods, it's no problem with the center section having two ferrules ... they're already too long to get into a suitcase. But when you're trying to make them as short as "reasonably" possible, avoiding the double ferruled rod looks like an advantage. The leading edge would look like this (the forum removes spaces, so imagine the ferrules glued into the left-hand rod and free to insert into the empty end of the right-hand rod):
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and the verticals would look like this:
That yields five rods cut in half and five ferrules added to the orginal two that were installed in the center rod.
Oh, one additional advantage ... you'd never have to contend with the problem of trying to remove a ferrule that came lose and was pushed in on the double ferruled rod.
Clear or confusing???