Hmm...never thought about those giant waterbalon launchers. Those things can shoot the couple-pound water balloons pretty decently...
Try something, maybe, softer? That way there will be less resistance when it is crushed, causing it to be crushed at a higher speed, meaning the projectiles within will be moving faster, which all in turn causes farther range and greater spread.
I might have to try one of these with a few things to test out. There'd be some differences to increasse reliability and accuracy of the projectile, however. Great, now I have to finish quite a few things...this won't get done until after next Monday probably...unless I skip that speech I have to write...
For those differences, think either fins, cylinder, or something else which will not roll in a barrel. Also, just drill something like 11/32" holes so that nano Stefans could just be stuffed in there. I dunno. This involves testing, and that's about it.
Anyone ever thought of just using some environmentally safe liquid that can compress alot, shot in a waterballoon??? If like... water mixed with epsom salt or something... did that, it would be pretty much the perfect grenade, and a simply mortar launcher could shoot it out no problem.
Then you'd just need something to hold the mortar angle, some way to easily transport the mortar (a backpack would do if the mortar was sturdy enough), and some markings along how far to pull back that you could use to compare powers.
Come to think of it, a kind of clear plastic protractor that included the average feet of launch per power instead of just angles would make the perfect mortar helper.... The only problems would be inconsistencies and different weights/sizes of grenades.
Edit: I just made a very quick version of my idea... You can make one yourself (if you want) even though it didn't work well, if you wish to try to improve it as well.
Step 1: Get cereal box cardboard, and cut it into around 8-12 strips, each about half an inch wide and somewhere around five inches tall.
Step 2: Make a "fan" with your strips so that they are evenly spaced & connect in one place. Staple/glue/connect them.
Step 3: Pull all the other ends together until they connect as well. Once again, staple/glue/connect them.
Step 4: Grab a peice of paper, and cut a rectangle somewhere around 7x3.5 inches. Curl it around a central point to make a cone, and tape/staple it.
Step 5: Crumple up one or two peices of paper, with some kind of wieght in the center (I used coins). Wrap this in tissue paper to prevent BBs from falling into the cone end.
Step 6: Put a piece of tissue paper into the cereal box end so that it prevents the bbs which you now pour in from falling out in mid-flight. Fold the tissue paper over the top of the BBs to prevent the bbs from entering the cone end.
Step 7: Tape the cone onto the half-sphere, find a target, and hurl it.
What you get in the end is a kind of ice cream cone about two & a half inches wide, three & a half inches tall. It does spray out the back, yes, but hardly.
My ideas to improve this are to replace the cone with another hemisphere of some easily bendable (but heavy) material. Then I am going to try the other end to be an actual hemisphere of some light & sturdy material, and drill holes into the back of it.
This might help spray by itself, but I am thinking we need bigger things projectiles than airsoft bbs... Some 1/3rd inch diameter bouncie balls might do the trick.
Anyway, I'm mostly just testing. Maybe it will work, but as of now I am going to concentrate of perfecting my autamated airsoft cannon. After that, I think I will modify an airsoft mini into a nerf gun with that deoderant clip.
Edit 2: Okay, I probably won't do that. But I still have an unused mini that may make a cool nerf version of what it was made to do for airsoft... That is, a fully automatic piece of crap.
Edited by KnightValor, 13 April 2006 - 08:31 PM.