I thought I would show how I make popper bodies out of soft foam. Almost all my top waters are made out of soft foam. They are very fast to build, easy to color and being soft I personally believe that fish hang onto them longer before spitting them out, much like hair bugs.
I started making popper bodies out of foam sandels in the early seventies after noticing a sandel floating on the lake. I tried just about every way imaginable to make them but when I came up with this method I knew this was it.
I punched out the primer and drilled a 1/8" hole in the primer pocket of a .45-70 shell. I put a 1/8" bolt through the hole and added a lock washer and nut. I chuck it up in a drill and drill cylinders out of the sandels. You can drill straight through or edge ways for longer bodies. I have made several other sizes of drills as well. The smallest I had to braze a rod on the back as there wasn't enough room for the bolt head inside.
Once I have a bunch of cylinders made I sand a taper to the back end. This is done to make the popper sit at a 45 degree angle in the water. That way when you pull it the popper will wag up and down more and make more movement. To know how much taper to make I always use an old Peck's popper body as my guide. They were perfect.