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#1 Draconis

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:01 PM

As the remainder of the rockets for the Kickstarter campaign continue to ship out, we at Parabolic Toys have begun to think about homemade blasters capable of firing this giant things. Currently, there isn’t much of anything that can, mostly due to the our focus on micro darts as a community. We would like to change this. To that end, we propose a contest!

The object of this contest is to manufacture a blaster capable of firing the rockets at least sixty feet, in the same range as stock Roto-Rockets and Titans. Using existing assemblies for some portions of the blaster is great, but aesthetics will be graded as well. Simply throwing a barrel on to a Cobra is not an acceptable entry.

Requirements:

1. All entrants must officially declare your intentions to create a blaster for this contest in order to receive a testing rocket. But if you don’t produce something, you will face the ire of your peers and bear the shame of failure for all eternity.
2. All entries must be posted by August 15th, 2012. We don’t care about the time. Seriously, if it is slightly after midnight in your timezone or something, we are still going to accept it, because it isn’t a big deal.
3. The total cost of the components of your entry should not exceed the normal $30-ish price tag of a Roto-Rocket from Amazon. Please keep a detailed list of your costs for the parts. If you buy parts from a discount store or repurpose an existing assembly, such as a pump, please state this.
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Categories and Prizes:

A. Spring Powered Homemade - We see this as the most challenging category, and it will have the highest prize value of five rockets for first place, three for second place, and one for third.
B. Air Powered Homemade - Four rockets for first place, two for second, and one for third.
C. Other - If it doesn't fit in the first two, it goes here. If you are unsure, ask and we'll decide. Four rockets for first, two for second, and one for third.

Safety:

1. We realize that it will be nearly impossible to have a contest like this and exclude PVC as a building material, so we won’t. However, air tanks made of PVC MUST be constructed using at LEAST Sch 40 material. Don’t waste our time with pop bottle tanks. Seriously. You’ll be disqualified and ridiculed.
2. All pressurized components MUST be assembled using proper adhesives for slip joints, or NPT threaded components.
3. All pressurized blasters must include at least a gauge or OPRV. All entries must have permanent rocket barrels installed.
4. “Exotic” gas power such as combustion or CO2 are acceptable, but all components (save for the barrel) must be metal and have power regulation equipment. All entries of this type must be submitted by an adult because holy crap, kids don’t try this at home.

Grading:

Points will be awarded based on a scale from one to five in various categories and added together. The blasters with the highest point totals in each category will place.
1. Range, which needs to be flat, measured by a long tape, lines painted on the sidewalk, measuring wheel, etc. Videos of test firing would be helpful, but not required. 0-5 Points.
2. Cost to manufacture. 0-5 Points.
3. Usability during play. Awkward priming or firing mechanisms are going to detract here. 0-5 points.
4. Aesthetics. 0-5 points.
5. Creativity. A massive reproduction of an Arrowstorm is likely to earn more points here than say, a stomp rocket. 0-10 Points.

Total: 30 Points.

Bonus of 5 points if you use the blaster in a war, and have confirming pictures and/or feedback from other attendees.

Eligibility:

We welcome entries from all interested parties. If you do not have a Nerfhaven account, then either email us or hit up the Nerfhaven IRC channel.

Arms race, bitches!

Edited by Draconis, 17 July 2012 - 01:24 AM.

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#2 Draconis

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:03 PM

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:05 PM

I'm in. How do I get a test rocket?
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#4 Draconis

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:10 PM

I'm in. How do I get a test rocket?



Send me a PM with your address, credit card info, a scandalous picture of your mother, and your social security number. Okay, I'm kidding about the social. And the credit card.

Edited by Draconis, 15 June 2012 - 07:11 PM.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:30 PM

Is it bad if it looks extremely close to um say an rpg?

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#6 Draconis

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:41 PM

Is it bad if it looks extremely close to um say an rpg?


I was hoping this would come up. I don't think that is an unreasonable design, as long as it isn't painted black or something. I don't want you to get shot by the police or anything.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 08:02 PM

I was hoping this would come up. I don't think that is an unreasonable design, as long as it isn't painted black or something. I don't want you to get shot by the police or anything.



ok because this gives me an excuse to build a nerf rpg. (that sounds kind of n00bish)
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:00 PM

Does it have to be this Kickstarter rocket, or can it be something of larger/equal proportions? For instance, if we have a Titan rocket, or want to make a bigger or different rocket just to suit our idea better, or we simply don't want to be ridiculed if we can't find the time to produce anything, can we make our own and have it count?
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:48 PM

How many entries are we limited to? I know I would personally like to build an air powered rocket launcher and a spring powered one, just so I know I have a back-up if one fails.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:50 PM

How many entries are we limited to? I know I would personally like to build an air powered rocket launcher and a spring powered one, just so I know I have a back-up if one fails.


Yes, we'll allow one entry per category.

Does it have to be this Kickstarter rocket, or can it be something of larger/equal proportions? For instance, if we have a Titan rocket, or want to make a bigger or different rocket just to suit our idea better, or we simply don't want to be ridiculed if we can't find the time to produce anything, can we make our own and have it count?



No, the ranges would not be consistent if the ammunition is different. The point of this is to encourage standardization on one rocket design which is more universally useable between multiple blaster types. Beside that, I am offering to send a rocket to each committed participant.

Edited by Draconis, 24 July 2012 - 12:37 PM.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:01 PM

I have been messing around with different types of ammo lately and I would love to make a springer to work with these rockets specifically.

I'm assuming that shipping needs to be paid by the person entering the contest.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:19 PM

I'm all over this bitch.

As a point of clarification: does a blaster have to hit a range of 60' in order to be eligible to compete, or is that the range that guarantees points in this category? Would a blaster that gets 55' get zero points in Range because it doesn't hit the minimum of 60'?

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#13 Draconis

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:53 PM

I'm all over this bitch.

As a point of clarification: does a blaster have to hit a range of 60' in order to be eligible to compete, or is that the range that guarantees points in this category? Would a blaster that gets 55' get zero points in Range because it doesn't hit the minimum of 60'?


I was planning for points to be based upon the continuum of the entries received.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:57 PM

I was planning for points to be based upon the continuum of the entries received.

Grading on a curve...sweet.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 11:13 PM

I'm in.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 11:56 PM

I'm in; can I also assume previous mods are not allowed? if so, that really sucks for my homemade cobra.

I have other ideas, trust me ;)
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:55 AM

Are international entrants allowed? If so I have an idea lined up - one that's been on the back burner for a while.

If you let me in, should I still use the Drac rocket? As shipping it to me would be expensive to say the least.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 08:05 AM

Guys. Homemade XXL/Ultimator. Ratchet straps, a 2.5" plunger tube, and a super spring, anyone?

Not entering the contest personally, but this is something I would love to see come out of it in some capacity.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:41 AM

Guys. Homemade XXL/Ultimator. Ratchet straps, a 2.5" plunger tube, and a super spring, anyone?

Not entering the contest personally, but this is something I would love to see come out of it in some capacity.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:38 AM

@ Carbon - I officially declare that if you are able to make it down for Foam in the Fort III, your deadline is 10 days earlier so I can see in person whatever awesomeness you devise... :lol:
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 01:17 PM

I will definitely give this a shot too.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 01:39 PM

I'm in. This should be worth it.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 02:56 PM

I'm in. I'm getting a shipment of rockets anyhow, so don't worry about sending me a test set.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 07:36 PM

Declaring my entry. Also a question, what goes for spring/air hybrids?
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If two powerful is a problem then just go with one powerful. I guess this style of hopper will work even beyond three powerful..


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 07:40 PM

Declaring my entry. Also a question, what goes for spring/air hybrids?

Probably the third category, though to be honest I don't see how you could do both in one mechanism.
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