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#1 User is offline   Milez 

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:21 PM

What is the spring diameter for the Longshot? Also, what are some materials I could use for padding instead of the foam found at hardware stores?
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:13 PM

The spring diameter can be found in the NIC Spring Database. Padding material can be made out of anything with "give". Rubber or foam are the usual choice (thougy foam tends to get compacted over time).

But none of that is as important as your poor choice of font. What the fuck where you thinking, using a monospace font for regular spoken-word text? And Courier New of all things... the most archaic, difficult-to-read of the fonts supported by IPboard. If you absolutely insist on using a non-proportional font, try Lucida Console (it's much more readable). Or you could just use non-formatted text - this isn't a fucking beauty contest.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:53 PM

If you can find it, look for some form of foam rubber. It has similar properties as normal rubber, but is more more compliant when it comes to compression - it'll act more as soft padding than a semi-hard layer.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:50 PM

View PostDaniel Beaver, on 14 March 2012 - 07:13 PM, said:

But none of that is as important as your poor choice of font. What the fuck where you thinking, using a monospace font for regular spoken-word text? And Courier New of all things... the most archaic, difficult-to-read of the fonts supported by IPboard. If you absolutely insist on using a non-proportional font, try Lucida Console (it's much more readable). Or you could just use non-formatted text - this isn't a fucking beauty contest.


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:52 PM

Many people use craft foam, available at Art/Craft stores. It's not particularly expensive, and it's easy to work with.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:51 AM

View Postroboman, on 14 March 2012 - 10:52 PM, said:

Many people use craft foam, available at Art/Craft stores. It's not particularly expensive, and it's easy to work with.


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:51 AM

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:52 AM

View PostJilliop, on 15 March 2012 - 05:51 AM, said:

Troll much? Comic Sans in the font war... well played.

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Back to the OP: you can use any spring(s) so long as they fit in the PT, over the PR, and at max compression do not exceed the space between the back of the PH and the front of the screwed-on plate.

If you use multiple nested springs, I'd recommend alternating them by direction (clockwise v. counterclockwise) else your springs may interweave instead of nesting.

If you use multiple sequential springs, I'd strongly recommend you use ones with 'closed' ends - the end of the spring's wire lays flat against the next coil or two. This will again keep the springs from intervweaving.

If you up-spring your blaster too much, please consider reinforcing the boltsled. Various writeups exist. Also consider augmenting the catch spring as well.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:13 AM

For the Longshot, too thick of padding will mess with the alignment of the breech and cause jams.

You can either use thin padding (for my angel-breeched LS I use ~1/8" thick foam rubber that works very well) or you can cut down the black piece of the bolt a bit, to compensate for a thicker padding (I would use 1/4" foam rubber, but many don't have access to it).

As for where to find foam rubber, I get 3 thicknesses of adhesive-backed stuff from a local surplus store, but I have no idea where else one could look for it.

EDIT: super glue works well to attach it without the adhesive backing.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:26 AM

You can get sheets of foam rubber from craft stores, but they are not adhesive-backed so keeping it in place may be an issue. Maybe double-sided tape? Unsure.

The back end of the bolt that reciprocates in the PT is another option. In one LS, I filled that with Crayola Model Magic and left the PH bare. The biggest pain with that method was to get the excess out of the way, but it was rather minor an effort - just cycle the bolt a few times.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:29 PM

I always use silicone sealant(sort of like caulk) for all my plunger heads, it will never get mashed into a wafer, and provides ample cushioning. You can get it at any hardware store.
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