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#323784 Direct Propulsion Crossbow

Posted by Paloose on 20 November 2012 - 10:40 PM in Homemades

Its interesting to see the catch designs of this compared to those of historic crossbows. Granted, we're not working with a draw weight heavy enough to warrant a lever system, but its still cool none the less.


#318532 Rampage Mod Guide

Posted by Paloose on 15 July 2012 - 05:26 PM in Modifications

If you're going to want to stretch the spring (ie if you have no other springs on hand) you should definitely "heat treat it" using a propane torch or some other tool. This keeps the spring at the stretched length and keeps it from deforming. True, if you stretch the spring (without treating it), performance will increase by a good amount, but as you use the blaster, its performance will decrease quite a bit as the spring deforms.

I wouldn't recommend trying to heat treat a spring on your own unless you've had training in the process and a whole lot of practice. Heat treating and tempering is a pretty complex process that even professional blacksmiths screw up from time to time, and without computer aided forges/kilns and quench tanks it all comes down to rules of thumb. Do yourself a favor and just buy a new spring.

#313159 Oogoo & epoxy resin mold casting

Posted by Paloose on 19 March 2012 - 12:29 PM in Homemades

Sand casting is a casting process, not a forging process.

#307242 Nite-Jolt - Mini SMG Style NF/Jolt Integration

Posted by Paloose on 11 November 2011 - 12:28 PM in Modifications

Nice mod, I was actually just thinking about using jolts for integrations the other day. The plunger set up just naturally seems to lend itself to designs like this.

#306578 Vortex Praxis high-capasity Magazine Mod

Posted by Paloose on 27 October 2011 - 01:13 PM in Modifications

The spring was heated with a torch, then quickly dropped into a tub of cold water.

Be careful about using water that's too cold, that's a good way to stress your metal too far.

#306558 Vortex Praxis high-capasity Magazine Mod

Posted by Paloose on 26 October 2011 - 05:54 PM in Modifications

Before I say anything else, I'd like to say I'm a student at SIUC pursuing a degree in blacksmithing. On the topic of heat treating steel, there are more or less guidelines to follow unless you have temperature regulated forges and kilns.

To take the stresses out of the metal we normalize the metal by raising it to a temperature so that the steel loses its magnetism and then we let the material air cool and repeat the process twice more. This anneals the metal, makes the steel very soft in comparison to having been work hardened by moving it around through bending, striking, or any other form of manipulation.

On the third heat, after the steel has lost magnetism, quench the metal in water, oil, or brine until it becomes cool to the touch. This process makes the metal hard but brittle, and without the normalizing process you risk stressing the metal so much that it warps or shatters on you.

After you have quenched the metal to make it hard, the next step is to temper the steel so that you draw back some of the springiness of the material and you lose some of the brittleness. A conventional or toaster oven works fine for the tempering process, and the traditional way of telling when its done is to look for the heat color spectrum as it appears on polished steel. Polished steel, when heated gradually, will turn colors from bright steel, to yellow, all the way through blues and purples. Generally in tool making we quench whatever tool we're making when it obtains a straw color, but different colors are used for different purposes.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that heat treating is a pretty complex process, and frankly I'm surprised that you managed to keep the temper in your spring. Although the process of winding the spring may have work hardened the wire enough to act as a spring. Just my input though, take it or leave it.

#243331 Nerf Wars On Wikipedia

Posted by Paloose on 23 July 2009 - 01:38 PM in General Nerf

I love the Bomber war specialist. "These guys can use the buttstock of their weapon to attack (only in certain wars, not in the majority) or homemade NERF grenades."

I can tell you right now that if anyone hits me with the buttstock of their weapon than someone's gonna get punched in the dick.

#159829 Nerf Swords

Posted by Paloose on 20 June 2008 - 11:18 AM in Off Topic

I disagree. I used 1/2" PVC on 1/2" PVC with my friend and they shattered.

I've heard rumors of people using galvenized pipe for a stronger core, but you'd want to be more careful as it's heavier. I've also heard of people using fiberglass kite poles duct taped together.

I've only ever used 1/2" and 3/4" pvc as a core so I couldn't tell you how well the others hold up.

kossaxx, It looks like you use pvc elbows as your crossguards. Honestly, I'd reccomend against it. Everytime I've used a joint in my weapons it always presents a weak point for a breakage. All of the force behind a swing will be exerted on that one joint. But if it works for you, it works for you. I've always found crossguards made of built up campers sleeping rolls to be satisfactory.

Dangaard, the weapons look sweet, diggin the purple.

#155699 Primary Guns

Posted by Paloose on 13 May 2008 - 04:46 PM in General Nerf

I usually use a Turreted BBB outside, but once I get to an enclosed space I use a DTB with its restrictors removed.

#155698 Favorite Older Computer Game.

Posted by Paloose on 13 May 2008 - 04:41 PM in Off Topic

Heroes of Might and Magic was the shit.

My family also had an NES and I can remember playing games like Battle Toads, The Legend of Zelda, and of course Duckhunt.

#145769 Nitefinder Stock?

Posted by Paloose on 19 March 2008 - 05:39 AM in Modifications

Starbuck did this before. I think he just stuck cpvc in the batery pack and built it from there.

#143299 Increasing Accuracy?

Posted by Paloose on 01 March 2008 - 10:26 AM in Modifications

I think I'll shorten it by a couple inches (I'm sure to get streamlines shortly) and add the stub of Crayola.

I'd pick just one or the other, not both. I'm a big advocate of 17/32" brass tubing if you have access to it. You might even be able to get away with using 1/2" brass without the dart fishtailing.

If you haven't cut off the barrel stub yet the 17/32" slides right in, and all you need to do is glue a 1/2" pvc coupler onto the base of the original barel stub.

#142165 ΦΗΣ Nerf Project Input/advice Wanted

Posted by Paloose on 23 February 2008 - 12:19 PM in Modifications

Alot of the time cpvc is just too tight a fit on stock darts, it may be cheaper, easier to find, and easier to cut, but it may lead to a decrease in range.

#142137 ΦΗΣ Nerf Project Input/advice Wanted

Posted by Paloose on 23 February 2008 - 10:50 AM in Modifications

Sch. 80 works well, but it's still not tight enough for stock taggers. Just pound a 2 inch segment of 17/32" brass into the back of the sch. 80 and that should tighten the barrel enough for your purposes.

That way you have the tight brass, sheathed with pvc so you don't have to worry about denting your barrel.

#140424 What Was Your First Nerf Gun?

Posted by Paloose on 15 February 2008 - 09:58 AM in General Nerf

The nerf AutoGrip.

Back in the day I saw it for sale at a KB toys for like $8.

What is it with all you guys destroying your guns once they were out of ammo?

#139106 Arachnophobia Ii

Posted by Paloose on 07 February 2008 - 08:44 AM in Modifications

It's like Slug's Paintball tank, but more compact. That's fuckin' ridiculous.

#137199 Heath Ledger Is Dead

Posted by Paloose on 25 January 2008 - 03:29 PM in Off Topic

Harvey dent was disfigured by a vile of acid to the face while prosecuting a crime boss. Joker, as the red hood, fell into a vat of acid while being persued by batman. And to tell me that the origins found in the animated series are better than anything written in comics is just silly. Go read Year One, or Long Halloween.

"The Killing Joke" says that the Joker fell into the waste vats of the Ace Chemical Processing Plant. I don't know if chemical waste counts as acid, but it may. However "The Killing Joke" is not an official part of the Batman universe, but it is widely accepted as the origins of the Joker. You may also want to read "The Man Who Laughs" if you can find a copy. The Long Halloween was good, but I'm not to big into mysteries.

#137103 Heath Ledger Is Dead

Posted by Paloose on 24 January 2008 - 03:45 PM in Off Topic

all you guys talk about is the upcoming movie.

When I saw his death on the news all I could think about was the movie. Everyone else thought the same thing, I'm just the one who says it.

#128954 Music

Posted by Paloose on 07 November 2007 - 05:34 PM in Off Topic

Celtic Rock. I've been hooked on it since Enter the Haggis played at the local pub, 8 years later and it's still my favorite genre of music.

Celtic (especially Celtic),

Falcon, are you a fan of the Dropkick Murphys?

#128425 A Halloween Pumpkin's Doom?

Posted by Paloose on 03 November 2007 - 01:11 PM in Off Topic

I usually have a couple friends over and we tear the pumpkins up. Using, but not reserved to, Machetes, hatchets, sledge hammers, and occasionally a replica of a 12th century broadsword made by the company Generation 2.

For the people that kept there pumpkins; wouldn't it rot or is there some way to preserve it?

Word is, you can soak the pumpkins in water for a couple of hours if they start to get a little limp.

#122211 Singled Turreted Pump Shotgun

Posted by Paloose on 06 September 2007 - 05:34 AM in Modifications

Good job but I just looked and sadly there is already 3 mods for this gun. :cry:

3 mods for the other shotgun.

#116417 Spare Time

Posted by Paloose on 19 July 2007 - 10:06 AM in Off Topic

Shit, bags. Not you too. Why are all of you addicted to Pokemon?

As for what I do in my spare time: make knives (just starting with some fixed blades, but I'll be doing a switchblade soon),

Are you just using a steel blank and using stock removal to make the blades? Because if you are than I've found that using old worn-out files work wonders for the blade's blank. Since they already come with a tang you only need to peen it over the pommel, and grind edges and a point onto it. If you get one old enough you may not even need to heat treat it.

#116213 Spare Time

Posted by Paloose on 17 July 2007 - 07:28 PM in Off Topic

Whoa! That was wierd. My computer was showing that you reposted about 10 times.

It happens, man.

Lets see I wakeboard, kneeboard, intertube, swim, gymnastics, bike, kayak, and canoe.

Good man, I practice for 18 hours a week in that noble sport. Needless to say it takes up most of my time. Other than that I read Batman comics, collect battle-ready swords, and do some fencing.

Yup, level 10, but please the questions are getting excessive.

Dude, that's awsome. It's really cool to see another gymnast on NH. Me, Hierarchy, and the other 4 of us thought we were the only Nerfer/gymnasts. Level 10 here too. Maybe we'll compete together at nationals someday.

Mabey. Last season i missed nationals by about 2 points. Damn highbar, I only scored a 5.1.

#116210 Spare Time

Posted by Paloose on 17 July 2007 - 07:12 PM in Off Topic

Yup, level 10, but please the questions are getting excessive.

#116206 Spare Time

Posted by Paloose on 17 July 2007 - 07:06 PM in Off Topic

Port Huron, Michigan. About 5 minutes from Canada, so if there's a draft I'll see you suckers later.

#116202 Spare Time

Posted by Paloose on 17 July 2007 - 07:03 PM in Off Topic

For all those sailors out there, if you haven't been traking the Mackinac race, then here is the link. The website has a GPS tracking system, so you can keep track of every boat.

Tracking is under "Results" at the top of the page.

The Mackinac race starts in my hometown every year, but I mostly stay out of town that night to avoid traffic.

Lets see I wakeboard, kneeboard, intertube, swim, gymnastics, bike, kayak, and canoe.

Good man, I practice for 18 hours a week in that noble sport. Needless to say it takes up most of my time. Other than that I read Batman comics, collect battle-ready swords, and do some fencing.

#112363 Fuckingpecan: My Take On The Volley Titan

Posted by Paloose on 21 June 2007 - 02:08 PM in Modifications

Does 1 1/2" pvc actually give that good of a seal on ballistic balls? Because I've been looking for a decent barrel material for the balls.

#109327 Night Finder Mod Write Up.

Posted by Paloose on 04 June 2007 - 05:34 AM in Modifications

Clean. I can't figure out between all of these write-ups whether brass or CPVC is the better barrel material, or if it's mostly personal preference/budget.

Brass is better for range.

CPVC is much cheaper.

Barrel choice is always a matter of personal preference. Only you can tell what barrel material fits your darts.

#108508 Doritos X-13d Chips

Posted by Paloose on 31 May 2007 - 05:32 AM in Off Topic

I always thought that they had a mustard taste. But I've never had secret sauce (I'm assuming it's just catsup and mustard).

#106591 Ls Clip Mod For Faster Reloading

Posted by Paloose on 19 May 2007 - 07:21 PM in Modifications

Back to the Clips vs. Mags

Clips reload magazines and become part of the firing of the gun with out the clip the gun cannot fire, (the M1 Garand uses this system) like the Magstrike because the dart is already held withing its own barrel.

Not necessarily, clips also include stripper clips as well. Some guns require the stripper clip to be inserted with the rounds (M1 Garand), but in others the clip simply speeds the process up (Mauser C96). In the case of most magazine using rifles (M16), clips can be used to quickly load the magazines which are then placed in the actual firearm.

#105142 Wooden Buttstock(s)

Posted by Paloose on 12 May 2007 - 03:28 PM in Homemades

Actually, I think it looks more like a PPSh-41 than a Thompson, just because of the drum mag...

PPSh-41's didn't have a foregrip or a pistol grip with its stock. You just hold onto the magazine and it has a traditional semi-pistol grip stock.

Just my $0.02.

It's currently on a Tippmann 98 paintball gun body:
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It would have been sweet if you had put finger grooves in the front grip. Nice work nonetheless.

#105138 Magic

Posted by Paloose on 12 May 2007 - 03:14 PM in Off Topic

I stopped playing around the time the Legions set came out. I never got serious about the game but I still keep my green elf deck though. Weak as hell at first, but once you got out enough elves to support each other, you're set.

#101410 Showing Off My New Gear.

Posted by Paloose on 25 March 2007 - 04:49 PM in General Nerf

Good God. :(

#101099 Star Wars Nerf Blasters

Posted by Paloose on 15 March 2007 - 01:53 PM in General Nerf

Links please.

#101009 Concept Dart

Posted by Paloose on 11 March 2007 - 06:32 PM in Modifications

These remind me of flechette rounds.

#100974 Am I Going To Get Shot?

Posted by Paloose on 10 March 2007 - 07:47 AM in Off Topic

Tecnically its an MPEG. And the best guns (electric) ive ever heard in that range are the ECHO 1 series, CYMA cm .028 and CYMA cm.031

It is an echo 1 series. Check the link on the first page.

#100330 Rutgers Boffer Club- Livingston Dueling Association

Posted by Paloose on 24 February 2007 - 03:44 PM in Off Topic

It's mostly info about our meetings right now, but there are some articles on Boffer Construction coming soon from some people in the group who can do amazing stuff with duct tape and foam.

I used to do this before I got into NERF. I took a length of 1/2" pvc and put 3/4"pipe insulation over that, and secured it with duct tape. I could make anything from a Russian Bardiche to a Scottish claymore complete with downsloping quillions.

I personally prefer the hand-and-a half. What do you use?

#99726 Hasbro Reveals Nerf N-strike Disk Shot (nerf Skeet Shooting)

Posted by Paloose on 13 February 2007 - 03:21 PM in General Nerf

Who knows, hasbro might create a whole new line of n-strike skeet.
There's still a chance they'll put out long rifles or shotguns, with or without the disk launcher.

#99418 Hasbro Reveals Nerf N-strike Disk Shot (nerf Skeet Shooting)

Posted by Paloose on 06 February 2007 - 07:53 PM in General Nerf

I would like to see a variant of the front gun of the LS come with the game with some sort of a 2-shot loading mechanism. Like the DS, but in a pump-action version.

I personally would like to see a shotgun that uses LS clips.

Look at what they did with the scout. They essensially reworked it with a better spring and threw on a turret, and the maverick was born. Why wouldn't they do the same thing now?

#98884 Longshot Modification.

Posted by Paloose on 28 January 2007 - 08:38 AM in Modifications

Sounds like something Falcon would do, being the turret junkie that he is... However, the range and power of not only one, but multiple quickly-reloading back-up shots is something that would make this worthwhile.

I wasn't even talking about a turret as it may mess up the gun's clean look. When I made the post I was thinking a singled 2k.